Playstation 3 DVR to Forgo DRM

Let’s give a nod where it’s due: one of Sony’s developers of the “PlayTV” digital receiver for the Playstation 3 has announced that television recordings will be stored in industry standard, DRM-free MPEG-2, reports Eurogamer.

“We’ve talked to our legal department about it,” said Bunting. “All we’re doing is moving it out of PlayTV and to the cross-media bar as if it was any other recording. So hopefully users won’t do stuff they shouldn’t do with it.
“If I’m prohibited from getting the recording off and storing it somewhere else because some other dude is making money out of selling it, then I’d rather they brought the law in to catch those people,” he added.

What a wholly sensible outlook! I’m sure it’ll be quashed by the time the product gets to market.

I finally got a Playstation 3 last week, picking up a used 60GB so I can pretend I’ll someday get around to playing Dragon Quest VIII someday. So far I’ve been pretty impressed by the machine, if superficially. It certainly feels like a magisterial, adult experience, from the warming orchestra boot-up intro to the copious options available in the menu to the slot-loading Blu-ray drive—much more so than the Wii or Xbox 360. (Which, for the record, I think are also great in their own ways. Let’s not start a console battlefront here!)

Do anything with PlayTV recordings [Eurogamer.net]

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3 Responses to Playstation 3 DVR to Forgo DRM

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ah, of course. I must be the only person on earth who is still a little paranoid about buying from eBay. Maybe it’s time to change my stance, though; you scored a pretty sweet deal. Thanks for the tip.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Where did you find your 60GB, Joel? I was thinking about picking one up, but couldn’t find it in stock at a store that didn’t appear to be a total scam.

    • Joel Johnson says:

      Ebay, Anonymous. And it was as much as a new one, but I lucked out since mine is in tip-top shape (or so it appears) and came with DMC4 and a copy of Planet Earth to replace my now apparently useless HD DVD version!

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