Official : PlayTV to Launch in NZ

Loooooongest weekend of my life. The official word on the PlayTV was handed out on Friday, which was very exciting, however we couldnt say anything until today. Which was rather frustrating as it seems another news source (admittedly large enough to crush us over a morning cup of coffee) was given the scoop.

But hey… thats how the cookies crumble and so we celebrated that Sony Computer Entertainment NZ has finally delivered the PlayTV. Freeview in NZ has always been slightly different from our Australian counterparts, which is probably a significant reason why its taken longer to get here for us, however come 25th November you can pickup the High Definition PVR for your PS3.

But that’s not all.. With the PS3 you can not only watch and record freeview|HD digital TV, you can do both at the same time and share this with your PSP, Sony Vaio Laptop  and Sony Ericsson AINO mobile phone. Couple this with the TVNZ on demand offering already available and the built in bluray drive the PS3 is shaping up to becoming a significant home entertainment device. 

So how is this going to work? PlayTV is a USB based device that will allow up to 13 days of Electronic Programming Guide (EPG) and promises to be extremely easy to use. Being Freeview|HD you will need to ensure you can receive the Terrestrial Freeview signal. Of course unlike some PVR’s you can upgrade the Hard Drive on the Sony PS

The device alone will cost $199.95 for existing PS3 owners or if your new to the PS3 market Sony are releasing a special 320GB console which will include the PlayTV for $729.95. Compare that to a new Freeview|HD PVR and you will find that the PS3 bundle offers alot of value for the price. So well done Sony, our hats are off to this great addon for the PS3. I guess its now Xbox’s move.

Last modified on Monday, 15 November 2010 06:42

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