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Old 09-03-2008, 03:13 PM   #1
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European PS3 DVR "PlayTV" Remains DRM Free

Computer And Videogames reviews the PlayTV product and DRM-free recording has remained unscathed.
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There are other ways to get programmes recorded, too. As you browse show listings for the days ahead, you can set the PS3 to record any show with one touch of a button. Or, if you know exactly what you want, you can do a word search for a program and, after a brief search, it'll list all the examples of that programme airing in the next few days, which you can set to record. Clever, that.

Any recorded footage is slapped in a Library menu, automatically tagged with the programme name and description. Hit X on it and PlayTV runs the recording. Again, nice and simple.

Or, brilliantly, you can export videos to your PS3's XMB menu as MPEG-4 video (despite rumours suggesting the feature had been removed). From there you can use it like a normal file - watch it on your PS3, put it on PC, transfer it to your PSP... whatever you like.

You can access PlayTV from your PSP via Remote Play, too, allowing you to watch live TV or stored videos through your portable. Handy if you find yourself near a Wifi spot in, say... India, and don't want to miss out on Corrie.
Its interesting how Sony hardware always seems at ends with Sony media... but glad this turned out DRM free
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Old 09-03-2008, 04:26 PM   #2
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Why in the hell is this not coming to the states. I was looking so forward to this until I heard that it was Europe-only ...
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Old 09-03-2008, 04:36 PM   #3
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Ditto on wishing this would come to the US. Is it because the US networks/cable companies need special agreements for stuff like this?
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Old 09-03-2008, 05:05 PM   #4
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Because North American markets, including the United States, Canada, and Mexico will be using the ATSC digital standard (and the latter two are currently early in their digital transition), it is unlikely they will see the PlayTV device because of compatibility issues.
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Old 09-04-2008, 12:56 AM   #5
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Its interesting how Sony hardware always seems at ends with Sony media...
What exectly do you mean by this?
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Old 09-04-2008, 12:57 AM   #6
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Wow, so we're actually getting you are not. That's quite a shock.:P
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Old 09-04-2008, 12:58 AM   #7
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Like the ability to type correctly, I meant getting something.
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Old 09-04-2008, 01:22 AM   #8
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Poor America. You just have to have something different don't you :P
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Old 09-04-2008, 01:23 AM   #9
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Kinda worthless here in Sweden as it only works with the free digital channels and we have very few of them. Most of the channels here needs a card and this product does not support cards.
Dunno about the US though. Do you have lots of free tv channels in the digital terrestrial net?
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Old 09-04-2008, 01:37 AM   #10
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Like Radiozo said. Kinda worthless in a lot of European countries.
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Old 09-04-2008, 04:00 AM   #11
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Great in the UK as most of the worthwhile channels are available on freeview. (Well film4 and the BBC are which is most of what I watch despite having cable)
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Old 09-04-2008, 04:27 AM   #12
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Kinda worthless here in Sweden as it only works with the free digital channels and we have very few of them. Most of the channels here needs a card and this product does not support cards.
I was wondering what the addon card slots on the back of my TV were. So are they basically like smart cards for a cable box?
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Old 09-04-2008, 05:14 AM   #13
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What exectly do you mean by this?
I can't find the link, but there was a time when Sony BMG sued Sony's hardware division over what could be done withe media files. DRM free movie transfer via this thing doesn't seem like something the media arm would support.
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Old 09-04-2008, 05:29 AM   #14
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I was wondering what the addon card slots on the back of my TV were. So are they basically like smart cards for a cable box?
Yeah. Thats exactly what it is.
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Old 09-04-2008, 05:47 AM   #15
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I can't find the link, but there was a time when Sony BMG sued Sony's hardware division over what could be done withe media files. DRM free movie transfer via this thing doesn't seem like something the media arm would support.
I now realize I completely misread your post.
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