PlayStation 3 Sony's Play TV - not available in the US?

Nevyrmoore

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What Sony’s PlayTV is, and isn’t | last100

...As expected, Sony — well, actually Sony Computer Entertainment Europe — announced that it’s turning the Playstation 3 into a super duper home entertainment device in early 2008. With the addition of PlayTV, the Playstation 3 will become a personal video recorder (PVR) with dual high-definition tuners, allowing users to view, record, and play free over-the-air TV channels through the Playstation 3 console.

This PRV capability, however, will be available only in the U.K., France, Italy, Germany, and Spain, with other PAL locations to follow later in 2008. It’s the first time that a game console has been given PVR capabilities (BBC News).

PlayTV is what we’ve been dreaming about ever since Sony, Microsoft, and, to a lesser extent, Nintendo promised that their game consoles would become the entertainment hub of our digital lives. Sony partly delivers...
...Sony’s Phil Harrison told gaming blog Kotaku that PlayTV isn’t coming to the United States anytime soon because it does not have terrestrial digital television. Some cities such as San Diego have digital TV but other locations do not, making it not worth the effort for Sony to introduce PlayTV in the U.S. at this time. Harrison says when that changes, Sony will step up with PlayTV in the States.

That’s fine and dandy, but PlayTV may never make it to the U.S. because of the deep paranoia in TV Land and Hollywood, which are always concerned about piracy. PVRs/DVRs in the States already have dual high-definition tuners and recording capabilities, of course, but so far getting recorded digital content off the device — either backed up to a separate hard drive or burned to a DVD — is nearly impossible...
It's the first I've heard of this, so I have to ask - any of you guys in the US seen this product?
 
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