Two US companies are offering software that they claim will allow Sony's PlayStation 2 (PS2) console to have TiVo-like video functions.
BroadQ.com said that its Qcast Tuner software, costing $50, has been developed to connect the PS2 to a PC running video recording software developed by SnapStream Media.
SnapStream has also said that the network adapter Sony released for the PS2 last month will allow its Personal Video Station (PVS) software to connect to TVs.
Originally PVS could only let a PC connected to a TV signal record and play back programmes using the PC's hard drive.
But analysts have suggested that the PS2 as a fully functioning multimedia device is not entirely practical at the moment, as the console in its current incarnation doesn't have enough capacity.
David Cole, president at research firm DFC Intelligence, said that the overall idea of introducing more content via a games console has long-term potential, but that it will be four or five years before its realisation.
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