European PS3 owners get DVR capability with no DRM

by James

Following up on our post of July 21st about the Play TV add-on accessory for the PS3. It has now been leaked that Sony is adding a feature that will no doubt cause every PS3 owner in the US to salivate with desire. The DVR add-on with have no Digital Rights Management and will “export [recorded] videos to your PS3’s XMB menu as MPEG-4 video for free use on other devices.”

This is presumably to take advantage of the synergy with the PSP. But what a great idea – the Playstation 3 is already the number 1 Blu-Ray DVD player in America, perhaps even the world. For Sony to put out a DVR component accessory which will not only expand the PS3’s capability but also add synergy to the PSP and other media players is simply a stroke of genius. And it gets better.

According to Joystiq, the PlayTV unit comes with two high definition tuners allowing users to watch one channel while recording another – and enjoy it all in 1080p. 1080p folks. Full High Definition with no DRM. I’m sure lawyers at the MPAA are working overtime to draft legislation to prohibit the PlayTV from ever being sold here in the States. But thanks to Amazon.UK, will it be too long before they start popping up on eBay? You can bet I’ll be looking for them.

Hat Tip – Joystiq

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Latest Gadget Thumbnails » Coolest Gadgets Says: September 6, 2008 at 4:36 am

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misfit Says: September 7, 2008 at 1:54 pm

You wouldn’t be able to use a European DVR device in the United States because Europe has a different television broadcast system than in North America. What’s the point of buying one and importing it? I’d like to see something similiar in the United States,but I doubt television broadcasters will let that happen. How will they make a profit from their TV show DVD sales?

jaime Says: September 7, 2008 at 2:06 pm

maybe you will see it in eBay if USA used the world standard of HD broadcasting.
but since it created one for themselves and isolated from the world.
you will still salivate for very long time.
cause if you can get one from UK it wont work at all in USA, you will record a nice black screen or maybe static, but only this 2 chanels.

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