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  # 326883 5-May-2010 12:53
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bazzer: I'd honestly just go for the 320GB now if I knew all this beforehand. 
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I've now sold PlayTV and purchased another PVR.  I'm looking at buying a 320Gb drive to put in the PS3 so I can use the 500GB in my PS3 for the new PVR.  One day down the line I'll get another playTV, and it should work then.

We can't complain about a product that's not even supported here, but that said, it is released officially in Auz and people there are experiencing problems with larger HDD's.  You'd think Sony would be onto it, but it's taken years for them to get onto some updates.  They left France with no reception for a long time after France adopted our style freeview.  Lately they've only seemed to release big updates, whereas a lot of us would prefer smaller updates that quickly corrected faults like the HDD size issue.

That said, I really do think there is still a chance of this being signal related and Sony has offered no on screen info page to describe signal quality.  It's been well documented that PlayTV requires a stronger signal than most other set top boxes that work where playTV does not.  I don't know why that means I could watch TV fine, but would have big problems when I recorded anything though.  I stand by the concept that if you can watch live TV fine on PlayTV then you have a good enough signal.  If it breaks up 5 mins into recording and watching at the same time, then you have a HDD problem.



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NZtechfreak: Mine is just a WD drive, so I'm at a loss to explain why there are no problems here, but obviously happy about it :)

Do you have a mast head amp? 
Could you describe your aerial/cabling/spitter/location a bit please?  Thanks.

 
 
 
 


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  # 326890 5-May-2010 13:04
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Ok looking at 320GB drives does the cache size matter? If not which of these two would be the best?

Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9320325AS 8MB 320GB
Or
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD3200BEVT 8MB 320GB

I just chose the two cheapest HDD's off Pricespy.

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  # 326894 5-May-2010 13:07
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Philica: Ok looking at 320GB drives does the cache size matter? If not which of these two would be the best?

Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9320325AS 8MB 320GB
Or
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD3200BEVT 8MB 320GB

I just chose the two cheapest HDD's off Pricespy.


I have the WD3200BEVT in my PS3. I don't notice any stuttering while using PlayTV.



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  # 326901 5-May-2010 13:23
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dontpanic42: I have the WD3200BEVT in my PS3. I don't notice any stuttering while using PlayTV.

Most have this drive with no problems.  Original PS3 was a 5400rpm 8mb cache drive.  I was tempted to go for the 7200rpm and 16mb cache to be sure, but most report it works fine for them with this drive so safety in numbers really!

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Philica: Ok looking at 320GB drives does the cache size matter? If not which of these two would be the best?

Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9320325AS 8MB 320GB
Or
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD3200BEVT 8MB 320GB

I just chose the two cheapest HDD's off Pricespy.



I have this one...

Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9320325AS Hard Disk Drive, 320GB, 5400rpm, 8MB Cache, SATA-2

...with no issues. I read somewhere that seagate drives were already in the PS3, and the suggestion was to replace like for like, but aside from that there wasn't much in it between the two for me.

Buying a 7200rpm drive just buys you a bit more heat which most ps3's don't need anyway, and the faster drive doesn't seem to help the stuttering problem

Cheers

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  # 403992 12-Nov-2010 18:49
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To be honest, I never thought it would happen. But it has!!!
An official release date has been announced!!
November 25th 2010.

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Check out this article on TechDay:
http://www.techday.co.nz/gameconsole/news/playtv-officially-coming-to-nz-before-months/18714/2/

Article:

Stuff's Game Junkie, Gerard Campbell, has received official word from Sony Computer Entertainment New Zealand that PlayTV will launch in New Zealand on November 25th.

In his blog, Campbell said that PlayStation's director of sales and marketing for New Zealand, David Hine, broke the news to him over the phone earlier today.

PlayTV is a Digital Video Recorder solution for the PlayStation 3 that will allow users to record digital television to their PS3 hard drives in order to watch them later at their convenience.

Few details are known at the time of writing, but Game Console understands that a press release with the official details should drop on Monday. Stay tuned.


Just checked now, and there are no new software updates for the PlayTV, but I guess there will be soon.

Also confirmed here:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/blogs/game-junkie/4339507/Play-TV-arriving-at-end-of-November

 
 
 
 


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  # 404026 12-Nov-2010 19:54
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Wow! Thanks for the update! That's great news! Smile

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  # 404034 12-Nov-2010 20:12
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Great news, so we'll get a properly functioning EPG?




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  # 404038 12-Nov-2010 20:30
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NZtechfreak: Great news, so we'll get a properly functioning EPG?


I believe that's what the main hold up was, so it seems likely.
Well, put it this way: it probably wouldn't be wise to release it in NZ if it didn't have a fully functioning EPG.
I'm also hoping for dual recording functionality.

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  # 404273 13-Nov-2010 17:13
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Oh cool. Someone broke the embargo. My press release says to say nothing until Monday. Stupid PR rules.

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  # 404405 14-Nov-2010 09:35
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Ben: Oh cool. Someone broke the embargo. My press release says to say nothing until Monday. Stupid PR rules.


Yep, check the TechDay article, looks like a guy at SCE casually let it slip over the phone to a Stuff employee. Everything is on the record these days.
 

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  # 404459 14-Nov-2010 12:46
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As being discussed over on the Freeviewshop forum
http://www.freeviewshop.co.nz/forum/index.php/topic,422.285.html
mikef has posted a promo image for it. I won't post it again here, but you can see it on the freeviewshop forum.

Looks like the EPG (13-day EPG no less) will be pulled from the net, as it mentions a requirement of an internet connection. I assume from Sony's servers?
Or maybe an agreement with Tivo? Yeah right..... ;)



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  # 404866 15-Nov-2010 14:06
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Don't think it has the Maori/Prime limitation of TIVO.

It's freeview accredited but not approved, or vice versa. Means Freeview are happy to be associated but sony haven't used the MHEG5 EPG so Freeview can't fully condone it sort of thing.

May have some form of series link, would need to check this.
May have implemented the social networking feature, I know you'll all be excited about that.

Doubt you'll see the twin tuner record any time soon. This is still essentially a single tuner for recording purposes, (can't record two channels at the same time, regardless of Mux I believe).

Great if you have an older TV without inbuilt freeview, have a PS3, have PS3 connected to the internet and live in a freeview HD reception area.

Still cheaper to import from UK by the looks of it. Mine arrived within 5 days way back when I got it, before I sold it because of unacceptable stuttering on mine (assumed linked to 500Gb hard drive?). Hope that's fixed if it was a cause.

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  # 404875 15-Nov-2010 14:18
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I bought mine from UK as well, from here

http://www.mymemory.co.uk/Sony-PS3-Accessories/Sony/PlayTV-(Sony-PS3)

Currently using it on my HTPC wit Pinnacle drivers. Apart from accessing EPG it works flawlessly.

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