Looking to hunker down this Christmas and watch excessive amounts of TV? Or maybe so busy over doing it that you want to be able to record your favourite
repeats programmes. Well fear not, here is our (brief) guide to the best deals out there from the Freesat range.
At the low end of scale, the Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 is an exceptionally good Freesat HD receiver. What it lacks in on-demand services and record functionality, it makes up for in design, ease of use, quality of picture and low low price. You can pick up from Amazon for just £47 delivered; or shave £1 off via their marketplace sellers.
Fancy a tastier treat, then what about the Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD Freetime receiver? Our favourite Freesat product of late, this great little box offers all the same features as the Manhattan above, but also includes the latest television guide and roll-back/on-demand services offered by Freetime. Whilst it may not have a hard drive built-in, you can add a USB drive for basic record functionality. Once again, Amazon were the best priced retailer, currently selling at £78.95 delivered, which trust us, is close to trade value! Worth the extra £31.95? Definitely!
If you fancy stepping up to include a built-in hard drive for record functionality, but are not bothered by the new fancy EPG and on-demand services offered by Freesat’s Freetime, then what about the Manhattan Plaza HDR-S? It comes in two hard drive sizes, 320GB and 500GB. The 320GB is actually the outgoing version, so bargains can be had. Satbuyer are selling for £129.95 plus delivery (additional £10 for the 500GB version). Alternatively, in a similar vain, the ‘graded’ version of the discontinued Echostar HDS-600RS is available for as little as £109.95 plus delivery also from Satbuyer.
If Christmas isn’t Christmas without the best, then the Humax HDR-1000S Freesat+HD Freetime Receiver is currently top of the crop. Humax recently dropped their prices…twice (quite rare for them) so now is the time to pick up a deal. The 500GB version is available at the lowest price we’ve seen of £169 from John Lewis, including 2 year warranty. The 1TB version is cheapest on the Amazon marketplace at £194.95 and the top of the range HDR-1010S/1TB in ‘white’ with built-in wifi can be found for £224.90 including delivery and 2 year warranty from Satbuyer.
There are of course other options available, and prices do vary, but these are our pick…happy Christmas.