Manhattan Plaza HD-S2

Manhattan freesat HD Digital Box (Plaza HD-S2)
Released: 9th August 2013

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About the Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 freesat HD Digital Box

The successor to the award-winning Plaza HD-S, the HD-S2 is the most compact freesat HD receiver available, and comes bursting with unique features.

Easily create up to eight lists of your favourite channels, then use them to filter the Programme Guide, so you only see the ones you want to.

If over 150 freesat channels are not enough, you can automatically add hundreds more non-freesat channels, and combine them with freesat channels on the same favourites lists.

The Plaza HD-S2 even helps save you money thanks to its extremely low power consumption (less than 0.5W in standby), and comes recommended by the Energy Saving Trust.

Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 freesat HD Digital Box (press release)

Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service, has today announced the launch of the most compact Freesat HD set top box to date and at a new market beating price point. The new Freesat HD box, manufactured by Manhattan, is priced at under fifty pounds and is expected to be a popular choice amongst those looking to have Freesat in any room.

The new Freesat HD box provides viewers with more than 150 free TV and radio channels, with six in HD. The receiver also supports on-demand TV through BBC iPlayer and ITV Player – connecting the HD box to the internet allows viewers to catch up with the best of the week’s TV at the time that suits them.

Matthew Huntington, Freesat’s Chief Technology Officer said:

Technically the new Freesat Manhattan box is a superb product, very robust and with high quality performance at a really attractive price point,

We are excited about being able to bring to market this latest addition, adding to our range of digital satellite HD boxes and integrated HDTVs. This new box extends the scope of HD viewing to viewers wanting to choose a really excellent value option or those looking to add Freesat HD to a second or third room in their home. It’s a smart choice for many reasons.

Additional features built into the new receiver are designed to make the act of watching TV even easier and more enjoyable. There is an 8-day on-screen Programme Guide for improved viewing planning as well as the ability to create up to 8 favourites’ lists so all the family can set their own viewing preferences. The Freesat Manhattan box ships with Parental Control and Interactive TV & Digital Text as standard and Audio Description functionality. The receiver is also recommended by the Energy Saving Trust for its low power consumption, (less than half a watt in standby).

Abbas Arbab-Zadeh, Chairman and CEO at Manhattan Technology Ltd said:

Our aim is to create award-winning digital satellite and terrestrial receivers that have the latest features whilst still being simple and easy to operate. With the new Freesat Manhattan box we have succeeded on all counts

Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 Online Reviews

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27 Responses to “Manhattan Plaza HD-S2”

  1. dermot mc dwyer Says:

    Just changed from a humax box to a manhattan plaza hd s2 ,cannot get channels 137 , BBC I player & itv player . Got them before . On installation signal check shows signal quality 5% & signal strength 73% max ,I have already exchanged one box .if I put my old humax on it picks up above channels ,why can’t the manhattan ? .greatfull for any advice.

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  2. Alex Says:

    Hi Dermot,

    Unfortunately the signal quality is not good enough and your dish will need re-alignment. The tuner must not be as sensitive as the Humax’s.

    Best,

    Alex

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  3. John S Says:

    dermot mc dwyer said:
    Just changed from a humax box to a manhattan plaza hd s2 ,cannot get channels 137 , BBC I player & itv player . Got them before . On installation signal check shows signal quality 5% & signal strength 73% max ,I have already exchanged one box .if I put my old humax on it picks up above channels ,why can’t the manhattan ?

    I had exactly the same problems. Manhattan blamed the dish but a Humax box has no problem with the signal. It must be a weak tuner in the Manhattan. Curry’s gave me a refund without questioning.

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  4. AndrewM Says:

    Just to let you know, the link to buy from John Lewis is broken, it gives me “Sorry, we couldn’t find this page”.

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  5. admin Says:

    AndrewM said:
    Just to let you know, the link to buy from John Lewis is broken, it gives me “Sorry, we couldn’t find this page”.

    Thanks Andrew, they don’t have stock at the moment but for some reason have taken it off their site. We’ll edit the details.

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  6. Ian Coulton Says:

    Had the HD-S2 box for about a month. Up till now it seems OK but It seems slow to install the red button menu with iPlayer. More worryingly it froze last night on iPlayer part way through a programme, no controls would work and the only way to get it going was to unplug at the mains. This may be a one off otherwise its going back.

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  7. AndrewM Says:

    This box is now available again at John Lewis for £49.95 (+ £3.00 delivery)

    And the price at Curry’s is now £49.99 (with free delivery)

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  8. andy Says:

    I am having the same problem.i have returned 1 box and now the new one will not find a signal.

    Plugging a sky box in produces a picture but the manhatten will not, so I know the dish is time.

    Would a signal booster help does anyone think?i thinkin the manhatten might not be the product I hoped it was

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  9. NeilJ Says:

    I needed a new box desperately and got this one. What a mistake to make!

    BBC1 and BBC2 HD start breaking up after about twenty minutes, causing me to have to tune out and tune back in again or it suddenly goes to ‘No Signal’.

    Occasionally the box freezes and will not register any channels, causing me to have to reinstall.

    I won’t be buying Manhatten again

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  10. Barry Says:

    Similar problems here but with the earlier HDS.
    If I attempt to remove channels from the list, the system freezes and can only be awakened by unplugging mains power and re-booting.
    It also on occasions loses the “postcode” setting and I heave to do a complete re-instal.
    Software has been upgraded via OAD link but to no avail.
    Is it time to bin it?
    Barry

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  11. Russell Says:

    when will freesat have 210 channels available

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  12. William Says:

    My Humax HD Foxsat would not boot up just sat there with start worm going round and round ( had it since 2010 ) so I purchased a Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 after reading the reviews I thought it would be a good replacement, how wrong can you be? All seemed OK until you try to use it ! poor remote that you need to point directly at receiver to get it to work, slow and clunky response ( like going back 20 years in time ) now and next banner no use at all, no sound on some HD channels, scrolling up an down it would jump back to the program you are already watching, who writes these reviews, there are more faults but won’t bore you with them. returned to PC World and got a refund. Went to Maplins and purchased a 95 pence capacitor and fixed my Humax, never again will I make the mistake of taking any notice of reviews !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. admin Says:

    Tbh William, not much of what you have said is common of the Manhattan and it sounds like you had a faulty unit; you should have tried a replacement instead.

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  14. William Says:

    Dear admin, don’t want to be to negative but if you read the other comments left there are more negative than positive posts about this unit. If an old Humax can do a better job I cant see many good points in this unit. One problem I didn’t mention is it going into standby even though it is turned of in the tools menu, the Manhatan site say you should update the software to version v1.15 to fix this problem,it didn’t

    ” This minor update corrects an issue that can cause Auto Standby to still function intermittently even after turning it to “Off” in the Setup menu. It’s recommended only for those that have experienced an issue with the Auto Standby functionality”

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  15. admin Says:

    No problems, everyone has their ‘weapon’ of choice for viewing. Just bear in mind that the Manhattan HD-S2 is a budget receiver compared to the latest Humax equivalent, though that isn’t to say the Manhattan should expect to have such issues, but it is likely to be limited to the unit you had. The return rate on the Manhattan HD-S2 is incredibly low.

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  16. JOHN HUGHES Says:

    Plaza HDS2 worked well straight tout of the box – great pictures and sound. Cuuldn’t ask for more at this price! One very minor snag – it refuses to find page 432 (Rail travel) on BBC text – is there a bug here?

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  17. Douglas Kay Says:

    For the price this receiver has worked perfectly since connecting it to my satellite. The build quality is not great and the response time is slow but, so far, it is working well.

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  18. Lesley Says:

    I’ve had same problems with remote now it’s stuck on one channel and won’t change (or do anything else) batteries changed no obstruction on sensor TV breaks up picture and yes the remote constantly wouldn’t stay on the channel now it’s stuck on one! Disappointed will never buy anything Manhattan again and will post on social media to warn my family & friends.

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  19. brenda beere Says:

    had my Manhattan about a month & now its playing up. I retune & It tells me the signals good, but when retuning over it comes up as no signal! Then after about 15mins. a picture appears only to start breaking up. keeps coming & going & scrambling! Very disappointed, & will be sending It back to Curries. previously had a Goodmans box for 6yrs before trouble started. Think i’ll go back to that!

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  20. tg Says:

    Just bought one of these, piece of junk. Works fine for a few minutes and then loses all satellite signal. Suspect that the main ic on the board is over heating as the heat sink is too hot to touch. This should not be happening. Poor design.

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  21. admin Says:

    tg said:
    Just bought one of these, piece of junk. Works fine for a few minutes and then loses all satellite signal. Suspect that the main ic on the board is over heating as the heat sink is too hot to touch. This should not be happening. Poor design.

    Might be worth checking your satellite signal, or get an exchange, as these units are incredibly reliable.

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  22. Nigel Hyde Says:

    Please could you tell me if a Manhattan Freesat can get C4 and C5 iplayer version as it will BBC and ITV I am new to this

    thanks

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  23. Chris Turner Says:

    Having read the feedback on this page I do feel obliged, in the interests of balance, to submit the following, ” I have two of these receivers and willingly report not the slightest issue with either. For the price, they appear to be fantastic value and provide everything I would wasn’t as part of my viewing experience”. Many thanks guys. Good effort.

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  24. a Bunn Says:

    I have a Manhattan Plaza HD.T2 its not the best Freeview box the world as the controls are difficult to operate and fiddly but once you get used to then there ok.
    The worst part is, its life expectancy is only 14 months after which the picture becomes fuzzy and boxy, you can retune again and again and again but no, its had it. So if your looking for advice, avoid Manhattan

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  25. Mark Aberfan Aerials Says:

    Hi All,

    Do you know if freesat have any forthcoming basic affordable freesat HD boxes to replace the bush and Manhattan ?
    It’s hard to justify the almost double cost of the Humax to customers who don’t want the freetime features or even have internet
    Many of the natural customers of a basic box want just that, a basic box that they can watch TV on. If there are FTA HD boxes retailing on eBay for around £30 it must be possible to get a non freetime freesat box to market for £50, many customers would find a clearer big button remote far more desirable than freetime .
    Don’t get me wrong freetime is great, but some customers need a more basic option.

    Mark

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  26. admin Says:

    Mark Aberfan Aerials said:
    Hi All,
    Do you know if freesat have any forthcoming basic affordable freesat HD boxes to replace the bush and Manhattan ?
    It’s hard to justify the almost double cost of the Humax to customers who don’t want the freetime features or even have internet
    Many of the natural customers of a basic box want just that, a basic box that they can watch TV on. If there are FTAHD boxes retailing on eBay for around £30 it must be possible to get a non freetime freesat box to market for £50, many customers would find a clearer big button remote far more desirable than freetime .
    Don’t get me wrong freetime is great, but some customers need a more basic option.
    Mark

    No cheap models anymore. Manhattan will have their unit available soon which complies with Freesat’s requirement for Freetime, however, expect the initial batch at the very least to be on a par, if not more expensive than the Humax alternative!

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  27. Mark Aberfan Aerials Says:

    Thanks for the reply, shame really I could still see quite a market for a £50 basic box.

    Mark

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