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Monday, 14 January 2008
PlayTV, which turns your PS3 into a twin-tuner Freeview PVR, is expected to be priced at £99.99 and ship on the 28th March.
PlayTV allows you to record programmes from the Freeview network, which only requires an aerial and doesn't require a subscription, on to the PS3 HDD. Of coures, you can also watch live TV and record another show at the same time thanks to the twin-tuner capability as well as all that good 'pause and rewind' goodness that comes with such devices.
Through Remote Play you can also watch live TV or any recorded programme via your PSP, and PlayTV also promises to be able to transfer recorded programmes to a Memory Stick Duo so you can take you favourite programmes away with you to watch on the PSP later.
Although £99.99 does make it one of the most expensive Freeview set-top boxes on the market, it certainly has the most functionality. If you already own a PSP, this would save you the circa £150 you'd need to spend on a Slingbox (or equivelant) and a Memory Stick encoder box to get the same features, so it is actually pretty good value.
As with all Freeview systems, your aerial may need an upgrade and you should check if Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is available in your area.