The first thing everyone says when they pick up the Play TV hardware is, ‘’Oooh, isn’t it light?’’ But its lack of weight is no surprise when you consider little more than a pair of TV tuners: all of the clever stuff is handled by your PS3 once you have installed the Play TV software from the disc provided. Upon start up you choose your region, attach the Play TV hardware to your PS3, and scan for available channels. So far, so expected, but towards the end of the process the system warns you that, if you want to use Play TV’s recording function while simultaneous playing PS3 games or watching Blu-ray discs or DVDs, it may effect gameplay or the quality of recording.
If you’re a serious gamer, you’ve probably been feeling slightly left out all these years without a phone that properly “clicked” with what you love the most. Now all that is about to change. The latest Sony Ericsson Aino has got everything you’ve been missing in a phone.
The Aino is a slider phone with a large three inch touch enabled display screen with 16 million colours. Running a modified version of Sony Ericsson’s phone OS, do not dare to mistaken the Aino with the likes of business orientated smartphones as it is exactly the opposite.
Running a feature familiar to PSP owners known as Remote play. The Aino has been equipped with the privelge to allow its user to connect to his / her PS3 from anywhere around the globe. With the Aino, all the content on your PS3 is at your fingertips.
Orange has yet again launched something wonderful for the iPhone, but making it only available to France. French Orange iPhone users will have access to 60 TV channels, live, in high definition quality, over their local 3G network.
The application in question will be free from Apple’s App Store, whilst several of Orange’s pricey tariffs will incorporate unrestricted access to the service itself. For those without the relevant tariff, an add-on will be available for purchase for 9 euros per month.
Navigating the channels takes full advantage of the iPhone’s interface. They can be browsed in the extensively used Apple coverflow fashion, double tapping the screen will bring you out of the full screen view to access details of the programme, or alternative options.
As for those in the UK, you’re probably wondering whether something this cool may arrive across the channel anytime soon. The bad news is, because iPhones in the UK are sold through O2, this exclusive live TV service is unlikely to become available. Orange haven’t got a deal with Apple for the iPhone in the UK and therefore don’t have the rights to provide this service, sorry folks!
Here’s a video of what the iPhone TV app in question looks like, yes, its just made me even more jealous:
[via Unwired View]
Much like the Livestation app, Ustream.tv which is also a site that provides free live video streaming is now offering an iPhone application completely free of charge. Some differences though, ustream.tv is not only a live interactive video broadcast platform but also allows streaming and watching of user recorded videos, it also features live daily broadcasting of events such as Barack Obama’s inauguration. While this is not the main purpose of Livestation, if you want to watch major channels such as BBC World News, or Bloomberg TV, you should go to Livestation instead.
You may or may not have heard of Livestation which is a service that brings online users the ability to watch tele on their computer (Windows / Mac OS X /Linux) using their all-in-one software or web based application absolutely free. When you are subscribed, you can watch television streamed directly to your computer, via peer-to-peer, from anywhere that you are able to connect to the internet. And now the folks at Livestation are apparently set to announce an iPhone app that will do the same thing, in other words provide us iPhone users with live TV over WiFi.
However, Livestation have said that it’s still in development right now and no dates are yet available. Another issue is that their app is unlikely to come to 3G due to network related complications. There is no doubt that we’ll soon see streaming TV on the iPhone one way or another, but the qustion is how soon and from who?