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Sony Adding DVR Capability to PS3

In an interview with a local New Zealand paper, Sony Computer Entertainment representative Warwick Light revealed plans of a new PlayStation 3 product which will soon allow users to record and watch TV programs.

"We're also hoping next year--about the same time that Freeview launches its terrestrial broadcasting service--to release a digital tuner for the PS3, turning it into a programmable TV recorder," he said to The Press.

When contacted today, Sony senior hardware manager Patrick Seybold told Shacknews: "We have no announcement regarding DVR capabilities for PS3 in North America at this time."

Freeview is a non-profit digital television provider, and is planned to launch in New Zealand next March. It is unknown whether the PlayStation 3 digital tuner will be released on the same time frame in other territories, and if it will entail a simple firmware update or require a hardware add-on.

Competitor Microsoft has plans to bring television to its line of Xbox 360 consoles with the release an IPTV-enabling firmware update. The service--announced at this year's CES--will deliver television content over the internet, rather than through terrestrial lines.

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    August 1, 2007 10:24 AM


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      August 1, 2007 10:32 AM

      How much is this new SKU gonna cost?

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        August 1, 2007 10:38 AM

        How much was the PSX?

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        August 1, 2007 10:46 AM

        Could easily be a USB add-on coupled with firmware update, no need for an entirely new SKU.

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          August 1, 2007 11:12 AM


          Why wouldn't they just run it through ethernet? So instead customers will have to hook up a big dongle that converts a coax line into something the PS3 can use? Yea, how much are they going to rape customers for that?

          I've seen posts like this from other shackers regarding sony... but again, how come they don't have marketing that is a bit more universal instead of segmenting everything?

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            August 1, 2007 12:13 PM

            It could easily go through ethernet as well, I was just speaking in hypothetical examples.

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