Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


2385 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 286
Inactive user


Topic # 93738 28-Nov-2011 16:34
Send private message

Hi Guys. Thinking of getting Play TV for my PS3.

However I have seen many comments about the EPG Guide not working. Also I have read that there is no series link.

Whats your experience?

Thanks

Create new topic
1574 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 11


  Reply # 551087 28-Nov-2011 17:05
Send private message

Overall I really like the experience of using my PlayTV.
It provides a solid and responsive user interface, and generally feels good to use.
YMMV if you do end up buying one, but I haven't personally experienced any of the stuttering or other playback issues that other PlayTV users seem to be experiencing. Watching live TV whilst recording a different channel seems to work smoothly. On occasion I do notice that when a recording kicks in, the picture might pause slightly for a second or two, but it's not that big of a deal.

Re: EPG.
As it currently stands, TV1, TV2, Maori, U, TVNZ 7, and Trackside all have full 8-day EPG listings.
Unfortunately, TV3, FOUR, TV3 Plus1, C4, PRIME, and Stratos only have 'Now' and 'Next' EPG listings. This means usually about 4 listings ahead of the currently playing programme. Interestingly, all of the time 'slots' appear to be appropriately allocated for these channels, only they have a 'dot' as their description/title. So it appears that withholding the EPG listing data is purely bureaucratic. You have to wonder what is going through the heads of these dinosaur broadcasters sometimes!!

If I'm honest, I hardly ever watch 'live' TV any more (maybe the news). I usually just record what I want, and then watch it later WITHOUT ADS!! :)

If you have any specific questions, ask away! :)

203 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 3


  Reply # 551108 28-Nov-2011 17:31
Send private message

Hey. We brought play tv for our tv that didnt have built in freeview, and for the price of a freeview box worth the price of playtv with being able to record etc. it was good.

We upgraded our tv and no long use it, so if your interested in a second hand one. let me know.



2385 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 286
Inactive user


  Reply # 551415 29-Nov-2011 12:52
Send private message

dontpanic42: Overall I really like the experience of using my PlayTV.
It provides a solid and responsive user interface, and generally feels good to use.
YMMV if you do end up buying one, but I haven't personally experienced any of the stuttering or other playback issues that other PlayTV users seem to be experiencing. Watching live TV whilst recording a different channel seems to work smoothly. On occasion I do notice that when a recording kicks in, the picture might pause slightly for a second or two, but it's not that big of a deal.

Re: EPG.
As it currently stands, TV1, TV2, Maori, U, TVNZ 7, and Trackside all have full 8-day EPG listings.
Unfortunately, TV3, FOUR, TV3 Plus1, C4, PRIME, and Stratos only have 'Now' and 'Next' EPG listings. This means usually about 4 listings ahead of the currently playing programme. Interestingly, all of the time 'slots' appear to be appropriately allocated for these channels, only they have a 'dot' as their description/title. So it appears that withholding the EPG listing data is purely bureaucratic. You have to wonder what is going through the heads of these dinosaur broadcasters sometimes!!

If I'm honest, I hardly ever watch 'live' TV any more (maybe the news). I usually just record what I want, and then watch it later WITHOUT ADS!! :)

If you have any specific questions, ask away! :)


Thanks for all the useful info.

EPG, I guess I can live with not having TV3 etc.. How does this affect series link? Will that still work if you try and series link something? We pretty used to isky, and the missis is not too tech savvy either. So really want her to find it easy to use. We pulling the plug on sky becase I just don't see the point of paying $70pm when all we atch is on freeview anyway.

My PS3 has a $160GB drive in it. I dont have anything else on it, will that do or should I look at upgrading?

As for dual tuners? I see mixed reports on this. Is it possible to record something on TV2 while watching something on TV3? Or even record both at once?

Thanks again for the info



2385 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 286
Inactive user


  Reply # 551417 29-Nov-2011 12:54
Send private message

KennyM: Hey. We brought play tv for our tv that didnt have built in freeview, and for the price of a freeview box worth the price of playtv with being able to record etc. it was good.

We upgraded our tv and no long use it, so if your interested in a second hand one. let me know.


Thanks for the offer, I may just take you up on it. Also got my eye on a few on trademe. Will let u know once I have made up my mind

xpd

Chief Trash Bandit
8794 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1283

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 551418 29-Nov-2011 12:55
Send private message

160GB is OK if you dont have a lot of games installed.... ideally a 500GB is better as HD recordings do take up a bit of space.
Just be careful if you want to upgrade the HDD tho, some HDD brands/models are slightly thicker than the standard PS3 one and wont fit - hunt on Goole and Im sure you'll find a list of models etc that work and fit fine.




XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

For Free Games, Geekiness and Reviews, visit :

 

Home Of The Overrated Raccoons

 

Battlenet : XPD#11535    Origin/Steam/Epic/Uplay : xpdnz


6655 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 568

Trusted

  Reply # 551448 29-Nov-2011 13:40
Send private message

BraaiGuy: As for dual tuners? I see mixed reports on this. Is it possible to record something on TV2 while watching something on TV3? Or even record both at once?


Check the epic PlayTV threads here on GZ.

PlayTV is a twin tuner device, but not in the traditional fashion.  One if for recording and one is for watching, so yes, you can record TV2 and watch TV3. 

You can't record TV2 and TV3 at the same time, and that includes recording TV2 7.30 - 8.35 and then TV3 8.30 - 9.30.  Specifically that over run buffer after the first show can't continue once the TV3 recording starts etc.  Hopefully that makes sense.



2385 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 286
Inactive user


  Reply # 553639 4-Dec-2011 19:00
Send private message

xpd: 160GB is OK if you dont have a lot of games installed.... ideally a 500GB is better as HD recordings do take up a bit of space.
Just be careful if you want to upgrade the HDD tho, some HDD brands/models are slightly thicker than the standard PS3 one and wont fit - hunt on Goole and Im sure you'll find a list of models etc that work and fit fine.


Yea. Going to be putting in a bigger drive. Thanks for the advise. Probably will go for a 500GB drive.  



2385 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 286
Inactive user


  Reply # 553640 4-Dec-2011 19:04
Send private message

Jaxson:
BraaiGuy: As for dual tuners? I see mixed reports on this. Is it possible to record something on TV2 while watching something on TV3? Or even record both at once?


Check the epic PlayTV threads here on GZ.

PlayTV is a twin tuner device, but not in the traditional fashion.  One if for recording and one is for watching, so yes, you can record TV2 and watch TV3. 

You can't record TV2 and TV3 at the same time, and that includes recording TV2 7.30 - 8.35 and then TV3 8.30 - 9.30.  Specifically that over run buffer after the first show can't continue once the TV3 recording starts etc.  Hopefully that makes sense.


Thanks, sounds like its similar to our dishtv t1020, not really two tuners. But that  will suit us fine.

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central launches
Posted 10-Jul-2018 10:40


Spark completes first milestone in voice platform upgrade
Posted 10-Jul-2018 09:36


Microsoft ices heated developers
Posted 6-Jul-2018 20:16


PB Technologies charged for its extended warranties and warned for bait advertising
Posted 3-Jul-2018 15:45


Almost 20,000 people claim credits from Spark
Posted 29-Jun-2018 10:40


Cove sells NZ's first insurance policy via chatbot
Posted 25-Jun-2018 10:04


N4L helping TAKA Trust bridge the digital divide for Lower Hutt students
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:08


Winners Announced for 2018 CIO Awards
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:03


Logitech Rally sets new standard for USB-connected video conference cameras
Posted 18-Jun-2018 09:27


Russell Stanners steps down as Vodafone NZ CEO
Posted 12-Jun-2018 09:13


Intergen recognised as 2018 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for New Zealand
Posted 12-Jun-2018 08:00


Finalists Announced For Microsoft NZ Partner Awards
Posted 6-Jun-2018 15:12


Vocus Group and Vodafone announce joint venture to accelerate fibre innovation
Posted 5-Jun-2018 10:52


Kogan.com to launch Kogan Mobile in New Zealand
Posted 4-Jun-2018 14:34


Enable doubles fibre broadband speeds for its most popular wholesale service in Christchurch
Posted 2-Jun-2018 20:07



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.