PlayTV is the little PVR doohicker that was released in PAL territories as a PS3 add-on back in 2008. Now, a Sony rep has confirmed they're working on a second model, with social networking features most likely to be added.
When we heard that PS3 PlayTV DVR recordings would be transferable to PSPs and PCs, we we're absolutely thrilled, proclaiming, "For the first time in a long time, we want to grab Sony and kiss them square on the lips." Well, put away the Binaca, because Sony has taken back their promise for undisclosed reasons.Now…
For the first time in a long time, we want to grab Sony and kiss them square on the lips. Because PlayTV, the PlayStation 3's DVR/PVR (that's not coming to the States yet), will record television to MPEG2 files that can be easily copied off the system to any storage medium you'd like. That's right, no DRM.
Even though the PlayTV PVR for the PS3 was announced for Europe in the middle of '07, they still haven't managed to release it yet (target date was early 2008). The BBC managed to get a hands-on video look at the device over at Sony's UK offices and it actually looks pretty great.
While filming this walk-through of Sony's new DVR on the PS3 (with content streamed to the PSP), I mouthed to another writer, "This is hot shit!"
Of all Sony's recent PSP announcements, this is really the only one that could directly impact American consumers in the near future...and long distance relationships everywhere. [Kotaku]
Just as we reported before, Sony's just announced a personal video recorder (PVR) add-on system for the PlayStation 3 in European/PAL territories. Starting early 2008, the dual HDTV DVB-T tuner setup and the PVR will be available in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, and you will have the ability to store shows…