Sony Announces Nasne Television Recording Thinger for Japan
A post on Andriasang today reveals a newly announced Japanese device from Sony called “Nasne.” Apparently Nasne is a “standalone home network hub,” featuring a 500 gigabyte hard drive and a “digital terrestrial and satellite broadcasting tuner.” Nasne connects with the PlayStation 3, the Vita, Sony tablets, and any Xperia devices to stream television content onto devices. Or something.
The post explains that PS3 owners will be able to use Nasne to watch and record television broadcasts through the LAN cable; the console will use a dedicated application called “Torne” to do this. Vita owners will be able to transfer content onto the handheld console via home Wi-Fi connection so as to watch shows while not at home.
So, basically, this sounds like some kind of fancy DVR device specifically for the PlayStation brand of gadgets. Sort of like a cross between a Roku and a Tivo I guess?
The device will be available in Japan on July 19, but there’s no news as to whether or not it’ll be heading west. I have a feeling it won’t. At least in the States, it seems as though the television and media companies here wouldn’t really be compatible with a device like this, especially since we already have built-in DVRs in most digital cable boxes, not to mention all the various video watching and streaming services we’ve got our consoles already hooked up to.
Seems interesting nonetheless. What do you think? Is this something that you could use? Or do we already have enough TV watching gadgets?