PS3 Turns Into Digital TV Recorder (Video)

Jan 25, 2010
Takeyoshi Yamada, Nikkei Electronics
The engineers who developed the "torne"
The engineers who developed the "torne"
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The information on TV programs that are being viewed on a TV is displayed in the lower part of the screen. The colored bars show the remaining times of the TV programs. The pink icons indicate the number of audience on a scale of one to five. The number "364" in the center of the screen means that 364 users set an unattended recording of the program.
The information on TV programs that are being viewed on a TV is displayed in the lower part of the screen. The colored bars show the remaining times of the TV programs. The pink icons indicate the number of audience on a scale of one to five. The number "364" in the center of the screen means that 364 users set an unattended recording of the program.
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The program guide can show TV programs that are broadcast on nine channels in one day at the same time. It is possible to move the cursor and zoom in and out of the screen. The orange boxes are TV programs that are set to be recorded.
The program guide can show TV programs that are broadcast on nine channels in one day at the same time. It is possible to move the cursor and zoom in and out of the screen. The orange boxes are TV programs that are set to be recorded.
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The TV program search function makes a list of programs. And it is possible (1) to sort them by date, genre, keyword, channel and time of day, (2) to set an unattended recording of found programs, (3) to show the contents of the programs and (4) to search for the information on the programs on the Internet.
The TV program search function makes a list of programs. And it is possible (1) to sort them by date, genre, keyword, channel and time of day, (2) to set an unattended recording of found programs, (3) to show the contents of the programs and (4) to search for the information on the programs on the Internet.
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The list of programs that have already been recorded. When one of them is selected, its thumbnail begins to move. It is also possible to sort them in the same way as the TV program search function.
The list of programs that have already been recorded. When one of them is selected, its thumbnail begins to move. It is also possible to sort them in the same way as the TV program search function.
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The thumbnails of programs that have already been recorded. They are created on the spot.
The thumbnails of programs that have already been recorded. They are created on the spot.
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The screen can be split into a TV screen and a Web page.
The screen can be split into a TV screen and a Web page.
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A chart is created to show the records of viewing and recording TV programs.
A chart is created to show the records of viewing and recording TV programs.
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The torne
The torne
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Sony Computer Entertainment Inc (SCE) Jan 22, 2010, offered an opportunity for journalists to experience the "torne," which enables the PlayStation 3 (PS3) to view and record terrestrial digital broadcasts and will be released in March 2010.

The engineers who developed the torne explained the intention of the development and its functions and answered reporters' questions.

The torne consists of a USB-connected terrestrial digital TV tuner and dedicated software. When the tuner is connected to and the software is installed on the PS3, it becomes possible to view and record terrestrial digital broadcasts on the built-in hard disk drive (HDD) as well as USB-connected external HDDs. Up to eight units of external HDDs can be registered, and up to four units can be simultaneously recognized by the PS3.

"We are planning to make a sticker that can be attached to HDDs compatible with the PS3 in collaboration with peripheral device makers," SCE said.

With the "remote play" function, the PlayStation Portable (PSP) can be used to view TV programs that are being broadcast or have been recorded and to set an unattended recording via a wireless LAN. Also, TV programs recorded by the torne can be copied to the PSP at a bit rate of 1Mbps or 512kbps. The time spent to copy a movie is 1/3 to 1/2 of the running time of the movie.

動画 The menu screen, TV viewing and channel switching
When a program is selected, its title is displayed for a moment so that users do not feel a lag in switching channels.
Click the play button. Windows Media Player is required to play the video.

動画 Viewing the program guide
It is possible to move the cursor and zoom in and out of the screen at an unprecedented speed.
Click the play button. Windows Media Player is required to play the video.

動画 The TV program search function
The programs in a list are sorted very quickly.
Click the play button. Windows Media Player is required to play the video.

動画 Searching for recorded programs and creating thumbnails
The thumbnails of recorded programs can be updated in real time. It is also possible to search for the information on TV programs on the Internet.

Click the play button. Windows Media Player is required to play the video.