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Aug 09 2013

Review: Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 freesat HD ReceiverA few weeks ago Manhattan sent us their latest product to test, explaining that it was a brand new freesat HD receiver not only to replace the current Plaza HD-S, but also the hugely successful Plaza DS-100A. We initially thought that Manhattan had gone mad, until we realised that they have managed to combine both units into one, whilst still retaining a price point similar to the current SD version.

The Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 essentially uses the same system set-up as the existing models, but benefits from a newer sleeker, smaller designer, and a more cost effective, efficient chip-set to aid performance navigating through the TV guide and menu structure.

The design is of a better quality than previous models, and whilst looks quite chunky and square, is in fact smaller, measuring just 210mm (w) x 147mm (d) x 49mm (h) and only 550grams; making it the most compact freesat receiver available. It isn’t quite as small as we initially hoped (thinking Apple TV), but the HD-S2 benefits from an internal power supply, rather than having an external brick taking up additional shelf/floor space; plus is efficient enough to use only 0.5W of power consumption in standby (max 20W in use), awarding it the Energy Saving Trust recommended stamp.

Review: Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 freesat HD Receiver
Front image of Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 freesat HD Receiver

The all black unit is well packaged and comes complete with remote control, batteries, HDMI cable and user guide. With the internal power supply, the power cable is moulded to the receiver so sadly might not be suitable for caravan/motor-home use which is a shame.

From this point, much of our review is made quite easy because once you connect everything up, the similarities with the existing DS-100A and HD-S (reviewed here) are obvious, as they share the same set-up/structure. The initial launch process is simple, just power up, and follow the brief freesat instructions on screen to check for signal from your dish, and assign regional channels based on the UK postcode you enter (for those ex-pats abroad, just pick a UK postcode of a region you want). You are still forced to enter a PIN code which we didn’t need, but apart from that, you’re finished and the default channel will appear for you to enjoy.

Scanning through the channels it is immediately obvious that the picture and sound quality is very good, especially on any of the 6 (current) high-definition channels. The standard-definition channels are a little blocky, but this is the same across the entire freesat range and is more to do with the broadcast bit-rate than the receiver itself.

Review: Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 freesat HD Receiver
Side image of Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 freesat HD Receiver

We found the TV Guide and menu structure pleasing enough on the eye and easy to navigate, and once you’ve been through it for the first time, you realise that the HD-S2 has all the basics covered, as you’d expect. What we noticed was a slight delay from issuing a command to the unit responding, but the chip-set has been changed and it is defiantly quicker than previous models, and on a par with other brands.

When we were told that the remote control would be the same one from the DS-100A and HD-S, we were a little disappointed as the revised version for the HDR-S is significantly better, but having played around with it for a few hours, it might feel cheap, but is very reliable and the infra-red distance is pretty good. The remote is possibly a little too small in our hands, but the button layout is very good, with a positive feel to the buttons. The only issues we encountered that may niggle us on a daily basis are the small EXIT button which could be bigger and more prominent, plus when pressing the ‘i’ button to bring up the banner, you can press it again to request more information, but a third press doesn’t exit when really we think it should (to save you waiting or finding the EXIT button). On the subject of the channel banner, it only has now/next information (full 8 days in the TV guide), we wish it had maybe a few hours worth to scroll through.

Review: Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 freesat HD Receiver
Image of Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 freesat HD Remote Control

One of Manhattan’s biggest positives is without doubt the ability to add non-freesat channels to one of 8 favourites lists for quick access. For anyone that doesn’t know what this means, essentially there are hundreds of channels that still haven’t paid for inclusion on the freesat TV Guide (known as the EPG – Electronic Programme Guide), so the only way to find them is to scan the satellite in non-freesat mode. Whilst all freesat receivers allow you to do this, only Manhattan has the option of adding them to a favourites list which you can access by pressing the star button whenever you like, rather than going through the long winded process of finding them each time. Granted you won’t get 7 day listings (only now/next), but it is a brilliant feature. Only point we would make is that adding a channel isn’t quite as straight forward as it could be, but once you’ve sussed it out, you’ll see the benefit.

Possibly the best feature of the HD-S2 is the ability to create your own TV Guide. By marking your preferred channels as favourites, you then press GUIDE and where prompted for the category (a standard option for all freesat receivers), simply press SWAP and you will have your own favourites list; fantastic if you don’t want to wade through countless channels you are not interested in, or wish to create a HD category as sadly freesat never introduced one of them on the first generation receivers.

Review: Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 freesat HD Receiver
Your own EPG on the Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 freesat HD Receiver (apologies for quality)

As you would expect of a freesat HD receiver at a price point only matched by existing SD receivers, the connections on the back of the unit are limited. They include the HDMI port (required for high-definition on your ‘HD Ready’ television), single SCART port, Optical Audio Out (S/PDIF), Ethernet (for accessing on-demand) and USB (manual software updates – no record feature sorry). The HD-S2 also supports Dolby Digital Plus, interactive TV & digital text, plus subtitles, audio descriptions and supports resolutions 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p.

Review: Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 freesat HD Receiver
Rear image of Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 freesat HD Receiver

The interactive offering includes both BBC iPlayer and ITV Player, which are accessed via your broadband connection using an Ethernet cable (not supplied). They are the watered down version you’ll get with most freesat receivers apart from <free time>, but do a reasonably good job, though we must stress that our test environment has an appalling slow 2mbps, so giving the on-demand services a full test wasn’t possible. In terms of future services, we see them as very unlikely given this unit runs off the ‘generation 1′ freesat structure, but these facilities are always going to be a nice to have rather than essential on a box like this.

Conclusion

Lets not forget what this receiver is designed to do; it is designed to be efficient and carry out basic tasks for accessing the freesat line-up, whilst hitting a low price point no other manufacturer have managed, and it does them all exceptionally well. If you were to compare it with one of the latest <free time> boxes, then this will come up very short indeed, but as a stand-alone unit to barely make a dent on your wallet, and be a simple point and shoot receiver, you would struggle to find better. To say it is perfect for use in a bedroom or kitchen would do it an injustice, because unless you want recording features, fancy guides and more interactive facilities, this would also serve the purpose incredibly well as a main living room device for accessing all your favourite channels. The Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 is capable of good quality high-definition picture and Dolby sound through external speakers using the Optical output should you wish.

Yes we’d like to see a slicker TV guide with more interactive features, plus a slightly quicker response from the basic remote control, and recording/media playback via USB would have been fantastic, but we understand all these minor tweaks cost money, and that would then place it within the same range as some of the premium freesat HD receivers (what’s left of them).

We have no hesitation in offering a high score, it’s worthy of being the only single-tuner freesat HD receiver you need in your home.

Performance 8/10
Design 9/10
Features 8/10
Value 10/10

Joinfreesat score 9 out of 10
Review: Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 freesat HD Receiver

The Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 is available now. Please consider purchasing from our key site sponsor, the UK’s leading satellite retailer, Satbuyer. Alternative places to buy can be found on the Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 product page.

Suggestions to Manhattan

More than just now/next data on banner
‘i’ button twice to switch banner off
Adding favourite channels could be easier
Bit quicker to respond
Exit button on remote more prominent
External power supply would have been more useful for the caravan/motor-home market
Diseqc facility
USB recording and media playback

59 Responses to “Review: Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 freesat HD Receiver”

  1. Neil Says:

    This looks a fantastic small and compact set top box – in fact I’m going to recommend it based on this to a mate of mine who wanted to buy a spare Foxsat HD off me to replace one of his multiroom Sky sub STB’s.

    I’ll have a proper read through this review over the weekend when I get a bit of spare time.

    admin: does it have the option on the remote to switch the TV in and out of standby? I can’t see it at a glance so guess not and to be honest not something many manufacturers include but would be good.

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  2. admin Says:

    Neil said:
    admin: does it have the option on the remote to switch the TV in and out of standby? I can’t see it at a glance so guess not and to be honest not something many manufacturers include but would be good.

    Sadly not, it requires a much more sophisticated remote which would increase the price.

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  3. Pollensa1946 Says:

    As nice as this box looks on spec and price it muddies the waters of Freesat somewhat in having a completely different GUI and R/C from the “freetime” box (HDR-1000S from Humax). On compatibility alone that rules it out for me.

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  4. Ian Vallender Says:

    Admin how does this box compare with Bush’s BFSAT03?

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  5. admin Says:

    Ian Vallender said:
    Admin how does this box compare with Bush’s BFSAT03?

    Wouldn’t touch any Bush unit tbh, they are so badly/cheaply made that their return rate is scary!!!

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  6. ian Says:

    A tad saddened they didn’t include the ability to record to an external HDD via USB but for the price, under £60 and it being HD, you can’t really grumble.

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  7. Ian Vallender Says:

    Good to know that the Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 Beats Bush’s BFSAT03 hands down. I’ve been thinking you need a couple of how to’s on installation 1 for existing sky dishes be the cable connected to a sky Digi box or lay down on the floor and one for flats and Appartment blocks that have communal Satellite dishes as all they need is a simple cable.

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  8. admin Says:

    Installation is easy, just plug in to a cable from your Sky or freesat dish. That’s it!

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  9. soldierboy001 Says:

    Glad to see the reviewer is recognising us ex-pats. It’s also good to see the chip set is defiantly quicker than previous models.

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  10. Rop Says:

    ‘We initial thought’, ‘the familarise with’, ‘you are stil force to answer’. Who wrote this? A five year old?

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  11. Night Watchman Says:

    Rop said:
    ‘We initial thought’, ‘the familarise with’, ‘you are stil force to answer’. Who wrote this? A five year old?

    Before you knock someone else’s typos and spelling it should be “A five-year-old child?” (compound modifier) not “A five year old?”.

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  12. admin Says:

    Rop said:
    ‘We initial thought’, ‘the familarise with’, ‘you are stil force to answer’. Who wrote this? A five year old?

    Thanks for spotting them, but hey, have some respect. Nothing better to do at 01:51 in the morning?

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  13. Richard Crichton Says:

    How about a firmware upgrade for the HD-S to give the same EPG swop facility as the HD-S2? It should be possible imho and would be a nice thank you to the people who put their faith in Manhattan back in the day.

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  14. Al (Original) Says:

    Really no excuse for everyone not to be on a HD receiver now at that price point.

    I’m not sure about the internal power supply comment though. Given the alleged Humax HDR power cap issues, I think many would actually prefer an external supply as its a cheap and easy replacement should it fail.

    Humax have gone over to an external supply on their Freetime box now which makes this an even more curious decision from Manhattan.

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  15. Ian Vallender Says:

    I’ve noticed Manhattan haven’t yet updated their web site for this new freesat receiver. also I’ve done a little looking around various web sites and found the HD-S2 for £49.99 with free postage and packing at currys nearly £10 cheaper than Sat buyer. so admin could you adjust the prices also I believe the prices would be the same in pcworld also same group as currys. its a pitty their coaxial cables f plug to f plug are so expensive living in a block of flats that has a communal satellite dish system a cable like this is needed to connect the box to the wall. mind you it looks like I maybe able to sort my neighbours out with satellite tv remember connecting to a communal satellite dish takes only a simple cable between the set top box and the dish point located above the tv and radio aerial for £60 box installed.

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  16. admin Says:

    Hadn’t spotted it on Currys, wasn’t meant to be available to anyone but satbuyer until Monday. Regarding the price, it seems the rrp is unachievable for the independents, but the major retailers are getting the better price based presumably on large quantity purchasing. Hopefully Manhattan will resolve this to give all retailers a fair chance.

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  17. admin Says:

    Price update now added to product page, impressive this being available at £49.99 delivered, http://www.joinfreesat.co.uk/digital-boxes/manhattan-plaza-hd-s2/

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  18. Richard Crichton Says:

    So item is only worth £45 when you subtract delivery costs which do not majically disappear and have to be bourne by someone.Interesting it’s so cheap and includes a HDMI cable which just shows there is no real justification for Currys trying to flog their £35 HDMI cables when you buy a new TV etc.. I wonder if Manhattan is in the firing line of being taken over by Currys. Wouldn’t put it past them.

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  19. Richard Crichton Says:

    With HD box prices this low there is no justification for any further SD channel launches from now on .HD is the new SD. 4k is coming so it’s about time some of those sub prime and so called prime channel providers upped their game and stopped charging an extra fee for so called HD which should really be
    the lowest standard in this day and age.

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  20. Chris S Says:

    ” an appalling slow 2mbps”

    LOL – I’d love to swap that for my 400kbps!

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  21. Al (Original) Says:

    Richard Crichton said:
    With HD box prices this low there is no justification for any further SD channel launches from now on .HD is the new SD. 4k is coming so it’s about time some of those sub prime and so called prime channel providers upped their game and stopped charging an extra fee for so called HD which should really be
    the lowest standard in this day and age.

    +1

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  22. alexander Says:

    Al (Original) said: +1

    HD has to come to all of the BBC, ITV, CHANNEL 4 and CHANNEL 5 channels on the FREESAT. Once those are using HD then the minor channels will start to convert to HD.

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  23. Neil Says:

    Had the chance now to read through the full review and this looks like a cracking STB for under the £50 price mark. As admin points out, it will be great for second and third sets, particularly those wanting a unit on an existing TV but not necessarily interested in PVR functionality, as you’d normally not expect on second/third TV’s around the house etc. It’s a pity there’s not any more than just Now and Next in the info banner as people find that handy to scroll through for future programmes on a particular channel rather than enter the full guide.

    In other news, there’s been two channel additions today. Don’t get too excited as they are shopping channels, QVC ones, which have come about as partly a closure of the Sky Active Red Button service QVC operate – something Freesat viewers have never had access too but these channels are available across both platforms.

    814 – QVC Extra
    818 – QVC Style

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  24. Richard Crichton Says:

    Freesat are pushing it as a cheaper replacement for Sky (boo) mulitiroom over a year.
    I expect Manhattan will sell loads in the run up to the winter holidays.

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  25. Rop Says:

    In answer to ‘Night Watchman’ (August 10th) I was, in fact, referring to a 5 year old monkey (prat).
    And in reply to admin (also 10th August) I would say that if you don’t have respect for someone’s command of the English language, then how can you give full credence to what they have written (especially in advice on a piece of technical equipment that you might be spending money on!). Don’t get me wrong, I am not criticizing anyone who writes on this forum who wishes to express their views or opinions and whose English is not A1 (mine could be improved, as pointed out by ‘Night Watchman’, but I am not writing a Technical Review) but I did draw the line at 01.51 in the morning (as pointed out, very kindly, by admin) when I was albeit a little tired (come on admin, I notice that a lot of your comments are made by people in the small hours, I don’t suppose ‘Night Watchman calls himself that for no reason!) and just gave up reading the report on the Manhattan because of the effort needed to convert the report into proper English. I have re-read the report during the day and will admit that it is not a bad assessment, but stand by my feelings that people who write such articles should have full command of the English Language. This country has too many Bleeding Hearts (probably the reason why standards have dropped so alarmingly!). So, admin, don’t say to me ‘have some respect’ as respect goes to where respect is due! I am writing this, admin, just to please you, at 10 past 3 in the afternoon. Are you happy?

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  26. admin Says:

    Rop, you claim to be offering constructive criticism, but further try to offend by calling me a 5 year monkey, not even a child; and then referring to Night Watchman as a prat!!!

    I have a reasonable grasp on the English language but am by no means technically gifted at writing news articles and reviews; I do the best I can with what I know. If you require such high standards of writing, then this isn’t the website for you; I don’t confess to anything better than average I’m afraid!

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  27. Terry Says:

    Thaks for the review.

    At this price I can see a lot of people ditching Sky multiroom and getting one of these, assuming they want to keep Sky on their main TV. That means more viewers on Freesat and that means more channels (and so on).

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  28. Dan Says:

    Got my HD-S2 a couple of days ago from Curry’s. Really happy with it initially, but i noticed that it makes an extremely high pitched electrical buzzing noise when it’s on standby. When its fully switched on or un-plugged it makes no noise, it’s just when on standby with the red light on… Gonna have to take it back :-(. Anybody else had any issues with this?

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  29. Richard Crichton Says:

    Dan said:
    Got my HD-S2 a couple of days ago from Curry’s. Really happy with it initially, but i noticed that it makes an extremely high pitched electrical buzzing noise when it’s on standby. When its fully switched on or un-plugged it makes no noise, it’s just when on standby with the red light on… Gonna have to take it back . Anybody else had any issues with this?

    I have a high pitched buzzing noise in my ears all the time so probably wouldn’t notice but what you are describing sounds like a major problem for Manhattan if its widespread. Perhaps they would swop it for a HD-S which dosen’t suffer this problem .If you contact Manhattan customer services directly they sholud be able to help rather than have a big problem with their latest box.

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  30. Richard Crichton Says:

    Manhattan product support here: http://www.manhattan-receivers.com/support

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  31. Richard Crichton Says:

    “† Non-Freesat channels such as Sky News are not listed in the Programme Guide. Only information about the current and following programmes is available via the channel banner after changing to a non-Freesat channel.”

    Quote from Manhattans HD-S2 webpage. Shows how much they know :D

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  32. Alex Says:

    Hi Dan,

    Alex from Manhattan here.

    There should be no high pitched buzz. I have one here and it is totally silent.

    Please contact us directly mentioning the high-pitched noise and we’ll arrange a direct swap out for you.

    Have a great weekend :-)

    All the best,

    Alex

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  33. Alex Says:

    Hi Richard,

    Well spotted, better get that changed :-)

    Best,

    Alex

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  34. kevin Says:

    purchased this yesterday from local curry’s £50
    as my dish is slightly out of line it would not setup. Used a friends and it setup easy. set it to 720p as TV is only 1360 x 768 HD ready.
    Returned home and used it, works very well ,,, some channels have no signal ,, what channels it does get are of good quality and are slightly enhanced, you may find tweaking your TV ‘s colour contrast etc. you will improve it ,,, to your liking…………………….. Now going to adjust the dish and trim a tree branch.

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  35. Dan Says:

    Alex said:
    Hi Dan,
    Alex from Manhattan here.
    There should be no high pitched buzz. I have one here and it is totally silent.
    Please contact us directly mentioning the high-pitched noise and we’ll arrange a direct swap out for you.
    Have a great weekend
    All the best,
    Alex

    Many thanks!

    I attempted to take the box back to Currys today, and the “Knowhow” guys “tested” it and said they couldn’t hear anything… I’m apparently not eligible for a swap because I’ve opened the box and can’t prove its faulty! Its not my fault they have poor hearing. Useless customer service from Currys (not surprised). I was going to take it to a different Currys and lie to them (was going to say it keeps switching off randomly), but if Manhattan could help that would be great.

    I’ve submitted a customer support mail to Manhattan.

    Cheers,
    Dan.

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  36. Terry Says:

    Never buy from the Dixon’s Store Group (Curry’s Dixon’s, PC World) their reputation for refusing legitimate returns/refunds is legendary.

    No matter how cheap the thing is they’re offering, it’s not worth the hassle unless you’re prepared to write off the cost completely if there’s a problem.

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  37. Richard Crichton Says:

    Manhattans press release says it will be available from John Lewis from August 12th but all they list online is the three Humax Freetime boxes. Is John Lewis going to stock it or not and if so when?

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  38. Richard Crichton Says:

    Someone on Ebay is selling them for £49.95 delivered but claiming it’s 44% and even 50% off rrp. They have sold 7.

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  39. admin Says:

    Richard Crichton said:
    Someone on Ebay is selling them for £49.95 delivered but claiming it’s 44% and even 50% off rrp. They have sold 7.

    They are rogues! They replaced the original HD-S item with this one so maybe the original HD-S had a massive rrp; either that or just a way of fooling consumers into thinking they are getting a bargain…even though the unit is a bargain anyway. The product is much better than their negative feedback…constant theme…no comms!

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  40. AndrewB Says:

    I just bought one on ebay £49.95 delivered. It arrived quickly and is a great little box. I had Freesat and On Demand up and running in minutes. Seems a great bargain to me and no complaints so far. Picks up too many channels for one lifetime, good menu and programme list features. HD picture great.

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  41. Alex Says:

    Hi Richard,

    They were delivered to John Lewis today, but I’m not sure how long it will take for them to filter through into the stores and onto the web.

    All the best,

    Alex

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  42. Richard Crichton Says:

    Alex said:
    Hi Richard,
    They were delivered to John Lewis today, but I’m not sure how long it will take for them to filter through into the stores and onto the web.
    All the best,
    Alex

    Thanks Alex. Good to know they are stocking it. You should sell loads.

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  43. Dan Says:

    Manhattan swapped my box today. The new one had no horrible screeching noise.

    Good service from Manhattan. Thanks for the tip Alex.

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  44. Alex Says:

    Hi Richard, Dan – glad to be of service.

    Best,

    Alex

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  45. Michael Says:

    Hi,

    Quick question; can I access Youtube with this please?

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  46. Al (Original) Says:

    I hope Humax are taking note of the ability to add non freesat channels to favourites and to being able to create your oen favourite based epg that you can swop with the pre-made one with 2 press, those are truly great features.

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  47. Richard Crichton Says:

    Michael said:
    Hi,
    Quick question; can I access Youtube with this please?

    No this is a Freesat box you need a Freetime box for that which costs four times more.

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  48. James Says:

    Seem to have a problem with standby. When I put on standby the red light goes on. When I press the on button to come off standby, the blue light comes on but no picture and can not turn off again. Only way to use receiver is to unplug mains and plug back in.

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  49. DAVE Says:

    seem to have a problem with the picture quality on mine bought it from currys jan 9th,motion blur terrible on hd and sd channels,tried all settings but to no avail my tv was ok on sky hd ,any ideas?

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  50. yep Says:

    yes mine is exactly the same ,motion blur on all sd and hd channels.took it back to currys and exchanged for another only to have exactly the same problem,also tried all settings to no avail,can any one help?

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  51. Alex Says:

    Hi Yep, Dave,

    Please contact us directly for support (www.manhattan-tv.com or 020 8450 0005) as there should definitely be no motion blur and there must be something particular to your setup. Please when you contact us advise what TV you are using. It would also be great if you could try connecting it to another TV and see if the problem remains. I’m not saying it is your TV but it may be some kind of incompatibility with our box, which if we can identify we will fix.

    Thanks!

    Alex

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  52. Jason Says:

    Hi

    Great little box but I too am suffering with poor picture quality, it’s appears slow almost blurry, not sure if it’s the box, tv or could it be the dish alignment?

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  53. Peter Says:

    Hi Everyone,

    I too am suffering from same issue. Very poor picture quality, tried updating firmware no luck. another issue is that box is unable to control sound for HD channels. Pls comment if someone else is also facing similar issue?

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  54. Alex Manhattan Says:

    Hi Peter and Jason,

    Please can you contact us directly via our website http://www.manhattan-tv.com or our phone number 020 8450 0005? Report the issue with bad picture and ask for a swap-out so that we can study your box. This is not something we have been able to reproduce yet.

    Peter – if you have Dolby Digital turned on the receiver can’t control the sound because we have to output the original bitstream.

    Thanks!

    Alex

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  55. admin Says:

    Jason/Peter, Alex from Manhattan is keen to get in touch with you regarding your faulty receivers. They have a pro-active attitude towards fixing such issues and are keen to resolve. Jason, I’ve emailed you directly, assuming your email address is genuine. Peter, your email address is fake, so haven’t been able to pass on Manhattan’s details. Please get in touch with Manhattan directly, or email me using the contact form.

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  56. Jason Says:

    Thanks Admin

    That’s outstanding customer service from Manhattan, will get in touch

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  57. Robert Davidson Says:

    Bought a Manhatten HD-S2 today at currys and the picture Quality has motion blur like some of the other people who have e-mailed in. I have a samsung 46 inch full hd , hd ready tv bought about four years ago box is hdmi connected and signal strength is 100 per cent .
    Very good box for the money but picture not as good as i thought it would be

    Thank you Robert.

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  58. colin moore Says:

    I bought one of these units at Currys 2 days ago and set it up in my motorhome. t first kept getting a message no signal being received. I put a sat meter in line and it would not power up. Tried my sky receiver on the same line and no problems.I put the unit back in line and it worked ok but ever now and again the signal falls away even though the dish is set up.

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  59. Martin Says:

    Since this device has mp4 decoding etc built in for on-demand TV etc is it possible to use the USB port to play mp4 video files like most smart TV’s can ?

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