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I think I solved the issue in a much simpler way. all the "auto-off" methods and re-installing etc didn't work for me. The thing that worked for me, was to remove a few dodgy connections/splitters between my ariel and PlayTV box!
A while back I was having issues tuning in certain stations to PlayTV, but my $20 digital set top box found them fine. I called an antenna guy and he said that he had seen it a number of times when people using PlayTV would just have poor reception and put it down to the units requiring a really good signal to work properly. I started noticing that after windy days, my guide was really patchy with some stations not finding the programs at all. I put it down to the ariel iniutially, but realised some of the signal may also be lost in a few extra cables I had splitting the ariel to differnt tv's/radios etc.
I bought a signal tester and tested the signal before and after removing these cables, and once I remove them, the meter read a much higher signal and all of a sudden my PlayTV guide loaded quickly and the stalling function stopped! (touch wood....)
So think the software just froze when it couldn't load the TV guide properly.
Hope this helps some other people!
For me the solution was to make sure the ariel was in the best possible position and to then rescan for channels when it was.
It must be something to do with picking up a poor signal that made it freeze. Now it works perfectly again :)
Both my parents and MY PS3 PlayTV have both started suffering this freezing issue now. (We live over 300 miles apart, not in the same house). We're all still relying on PlayTV, even now (and why wouldn't you if you've paid for it).
Anyway, just like others, I tried deleting and reinstalling the app from scratch. I fully installed EVERYTHING. Including the extra series record add-on again. This resulted in the same freezing problem. So no good. I then found this thread on the forum and have just tried the suggested disabling of the PS3 from my user account. This seems to be working. It makes me think it's the social aspects which are probably stopping PlayTV from working properly now, or the TVTV thing. Probably due to lack of support I'd guess.
im going to try scrubbing PlayTV again, but this time, not even bother adding the series record add-on part. I suspect this will also work to fix the freezing issue, but means you'll be able to leave your PS3 activated.
PlayTV and any other standard definition setop box or TV tuner with a DVBT tuner is on borrowed time. Over the next year or two these devices with DVBT tuner will start losing channels as the frequency is being shifted to 5G mobile coverage.
The best way to future proof yourself is to invest in Freeview Play/HD equipment with a DVBT-2 tuner to avoid the loss of channels and reliability.
PlayTV has a good run but with all these changes being made to the Freeview services it's causing problems with these devices unfortunately.@RissyMcG
Right, one month on and some major progress of this issue. On Saturday, I removed the old aerial on this new house of mine and have replaced it with a high gain digital aerial I bought off ebay for £35 (total bargain!)
I've installed this on my chimney, and I also replaced the coax cable leading into the loft from the aerial with a high quality new length. Finally, in addition to this, I fed this new signal into an aerial gain booster/splitter I bought. Looking at the technical readouts for umpteen channels on my Sony Bravia TV, it was clear to me that I am now getting a much stronger more stable signal across the board for all my digital freeview channels. Zero errors and constant "HIGH" signal strength. This same aerial feed into the lounge is simply split off in two directions. 1. Into my Bravia 2. Into the PlayTV digi box behind my PS3.
Now the bit you're no doubt eager to read if you're having issues too.
PlayTV is now working PERFECTLY! I left it for hours on a TV channel, and periodically changed channels etc. No problems. No freezing, no crashing. This was on V1.00 straight off the CD. I've since updated PlayTV again to the latest and greatest and unlocked it again with the paid for add on to return it all to how is was in my previous house again. Once again, I can confirm that this too is working perfectly. I can watch, record and pause TV etc just as I used to be able to.
So i can confirm, there is nothing wrong with the software driving PlayTV or the firmware of your PS3. If you're having issues, then sort your aerial out and you'll be good to go again. I'm very pleased! PlayTV continues to live in my house!
One month on, and just another complimentary update to advise that my PlayTV is still working perfectly. Watching, recording, playing back, etc. My previous issue was definitely aerial related. I have everything switched on (game updates option, etc as suggested by others to switch off) and all is well.
Unfortunately from the first quarter of 2018 I think yourself and other PlayTV (and Standard Definition equipment) users are going to start to experience a lot of problems.
Retuning and more channel reshuffling sill start to clear out some of the frequencies that equipment with DVBT tuners use, it's inevitable if you are using SD equipment if you want to avoid channel loss and technical issues upgrading to DVBT-2, Freeview HD,Freeview + and Freeview Play equipment will be a necessity.
This website http://www.a516digital.com is quite good for updates on upcoming tuning information etc.
I think we have some time with PlayTV yet.
It will work for a while yet but from next year you will start losing some channels due to frequencies being cleared for mobile broadband use.
There's SD channels such as Film4 +1 you can recieve on HD DVBT-2 equipment that you cannot SD DVBT equipment because the equipment doesn't support the frequencies. The main 5 TV channels will be safe but channels such as 5USA,Spike or even E4 could start disapearing over the next two years.@RissyMcG
I have no doubt, but for those of us still wishing to use the addon, they can rest assured that they can for the foreseeable future, for some time yet. All be it in a continually depreciating fashion until complete switch off.
Unless of course Sony do something to stop it before the broadcast standards force the switch off.
One thing you can rely on - Sony have abandoned this product. They shut the development studio down several years ago, hardware production stopped around the same time. They never even produced a T2 model.@RissyMcG
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