During a press conference at the Games Convention 2007 in Leipzig, Sony has unveilded its PlayTV, a device which turns any PlayStation 3 into a TV tuner and personal video recorder (PVR). The device comes with a dual tuner, using the DVB-T standard for both SD and HD (1080p) quality. The PS3 is already capable of playing back Blu-ray (HD) discs.
It will also be possible to upload any recorded programme to a PSP to watch programmes ‘on the go’. Seamless connectivity with PSP also allows you to set recordings, watch Live TV and recorded TV programs remotely on PSP via a Wi-Fi connection (using Remote Play feature).
PlayTV will be available in early 2008 across the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain. At the same time, introduction in New Zealand and Australia is planned. Other DVB-T territories will follow. But it comes without Conditional Access required for markets that do no carry the DVB-T signals in the clear. Sony did not name a price for the new device.