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Aug 09 2013

Review: Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 freesat HD ReceiverFreesat, 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 sixty 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

This latest Freesat HD box is available to buy now from Satbuyer, and will be available to buy from retailers including John Lewis and Currys PC World from the 12th August. Alternative places to buy can be found on the Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 product page.

The first official review is courtesy of us at joinfreesat and can be found here.

13 Responses to “Freesat launches new compact HD box”

  1. Keith Says:

    This looks to be a very attractively priced box which I will be looking at with great interest as my Humax will soon need to be replaced, One question I would like to ask, does anyone know if this box will tune in the non-freesat channels in the same way as the Humax, automatically, or is this all going to be manual due to the low price of the box?

    Thanks in advance for all help.

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  2. admin Says:

    If you go to non-freesat mode you can do a full scan, so you can pick from a list of channels rather than individually adding them by frequency.

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  3. Richard Crichton Says:

    I fail to see how this box is “priced at under £50″. Don’t you mean under £60?

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  4. Keith Says:

    Thanks, Admin for a quick response. Can you answer me another question please, With my Humax box, channels like STV HD will not come through on a normal scan. Can I tune these in manually on this box?

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  5. admin Says:

    Richard Crichton said: sixt

    Thanks, I’ve edited it. Seems freesat wanted to achieve a price point of under £50, but this isn’t possible based on the current trade price so I edited out the original £49.99 suggested retail price.

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  6. admin Says:

    Keith said:
    Thanks, Admin for a quick response. Can you answer me another question please, With my Humax box, channels like STV HD will not come through on a normal scan. Can I tune these in manually on this box?

    Not sure on that one sorry, but sure someone else will confirm (not really on topic though ;))

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  7. Richard Crichton Says:

    STV HD is 3855. Store as a favourite. No problemo.
    There is a revue here http://recombu.com/digital/news/manhattan-plaza-hd-s2-review_M11981.html they don’t even know Sky News is on Freesat EPG. Pathetic.

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  8. cartman Says:

    Richard Crichton said:
    I fail to see how this box is “priced at under £50″. Don’t you mean under £60?

    It’s £49.99 at currys. How can you fail to see that, its below £50?

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  9. admin Says:

    cartman said: It’s £49.99 at currys. How can you fail to see that, its below £50?

    The price from Currys wasn’t available at the time Richard mentioned it. The major retailers seem to have got a better deal than the independents based on quantity purchase no doubt. Shame really as this isn’t a stance Manhattan have previously taken, as they are huge advocates of independent trading.

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  10. cartman Says:

    Can I just say, that Freesat have not launched a new compact HD box.
    Freesat is just an EPG.
    Manhattan made the FREESAT set top box.
    The title is misleading.

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  11. admin Says:

    cartman said:
    Can I just say, that Freesat have not launched a new compact HD box.
    Freesat is just an EPG.
    Manhattan made the FREESAT set top box.
    The title is misleading.

    Know what you mean, but this was a press release agreed by Freesat and Manhattan, so assume they were both happy with it.

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  12. Keith Says:

    I bought one of these boxes today for 49.99 from the local Curry’s, took it home, set it up, excellent piece of kit for the price. For a good quality HD box at a decent price, you would have to go a long way to beat this. It sets up differently from the other boxes I have had, but within a few minutes of setting it up, you’ll know this box back to front. I thoroughly recommend this box.

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  13. Richard Crichton Says:

    cartman said:
    Can I just say, that Freesat have not launched a new compact HD box.
    Freesat is just an EPG.
    Manhattan made the FREESAT set top box.
    The title is misleading.

    Actually Freesat isn’t just a EPG. They also specify and licence the hardware parameters. I doubt if Manhattan actually made the box they probably farm that out. I suspect what they do is design the software that they think will be of extra benefit to the punters within Freesats parameters and specify the hardware components.

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