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Jun 20 2012

Sneak peak at Manhattan HDR-SLaunch: July 2012 | Price: £189 (rrp)

It’s time for a (lengthy!!!) review of the much anticipated (and delayed) Manhattan Plaza HDR-S 320GB Freesat+HD Receiver. I have been looking forward to getting my hands on this unit for months now, tipped to be a low cost PVR receiver for recording all your favourite standard and high-definition channels from Freesat; and I must say, it doesn’t disappoint.

From the moment you open the packaging; you can’t help but be impressed by how super compact and light weight the receiver is, especially compared to other Freesat+ receivers available. This is due to the 2.5” hard drive you usually find in laptops (specific make/model is the Western Digital AV-25). The unit is matt black and actually much better in terms of looks and quality than I was expecting. The front panel has a simple layout of on/off light (red/blue), the “Manhattan” logo and of course the “Freesat+” logo to show it is an official product. One thing you certainly can’t ignore are the number of vents on the top of the casing, and whilst it looks a little fussy with a clear view of the inner workings, it serves an incredibly important purpose, keeping the receiver cool as it is a fan-less design which also keeps noise down and energy efficiency up. The top of the casing also has 5 buttons for controlling the record functionality, and whilst they are handy for those that still like buttons on a receiver, I think they are really there to stop you stacking things on top of it and risking the unit overheating.

Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Freesat+HD Receiver (side)

The receiver comes well packaged complete with power adaptor, hdmi lead, remote control, 2 x AAA batteries, user guide and a quick start guide which is very handy for us blokes that don’t like reading instructions! The quick start guide is brief as you’d expect, but includes diagrams and colour images which really help ease you in to the HDR-S; it also has a remote control diagram showing you what every button does which is useful. Connections on the back of the receiver include power, 1 x HDMI, 2 x SCART (TV/Video), 2 x LNB input, Ethernet, USB (manual updates only), R/L RCA Audio and S/PDIF (optical audio).

Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Freesat+HD Receiver (back)

The setup process is easy, as you’d expect from any Freesat product. Simply connect to your television via HDMI (you can use Scart but won’t have access to HD channels or up-scaling), your satellite dish via two cables (so you can record one channel whilst watching/recording another – will work with one with limitations) and to your wall outlet via the provided power adaptor (note this is an external brick to further help keep the receiver cool). Once switched on, you will be taken through the usual steps of selecting your picture format (widescreen, 4:3, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p etc), followed by checking your signal strength and quality, then just enter your UK postcode and the receiver will scan for all the freely available channels. This process takes no more than a few minutes. There are currently 150+ television/radio channels on Freesat, 5 of which are high-definition.

Navigating the channels is simple, as are most options on this HDR-S. You can either press the CH up/down button, or use the navigational arrows to scan the channels and programmes before pressing OK to view them. What Manhattan have included that some others haven’t is the ability to scan for (+12 hours) future programmes on another channel using the arrows, which is great if you are watching something and don’t want to change to that channel to have a look.

The channel guide (EPG) is accessed via the GUIDE menu and whilst I could complain that it takes you to a category page first, requiring another press to get to the list, and doesn’t have a HD category, these are frustrations to be vented at Freesat, not Manhattan who are governed by this default structure. The guide is clear and lists 8 channels at a time and 2 hours worth of programmes, with the option to skip forward/backwards 2 hours as well as 24 hours which I was impressed with on the HD-S, so pleased this has been retained. You can also set reminders and view more programme information from this screen. Sadly though no mini-screen or sound when in the guide, though you do get sound in the other menus and both in the record library; but again, we know this is mainly a Freesat restriction plus is a bandwidth greedy resource in the EPG.

Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Freesat+HD Receiver (EPG set to record)

As I and many customers have experienced from the Manhattan Plaza HD-S (non-recorder), the picture and sound quality is excellent, easily on a par with the premium models from Humax and Echostar. The high-definition offered by NHK World HD is crisp and clear and standard definition is suitably up-scaled, albeit a little soft but I like it that way. The sound is basic and clear as you’d expect, though there is the option to use the optical output to your home cinema system for 5.1 Dolby should you wish (subject to programmes being available in that format of course).

The menus are simple and well set out; you can tailor a few picture and sound settings, plus adjust record settings such as a record buffer at the start or end (options are auto, 0 mins, 1 mins, 2 mins, 3 mins, 4 mins, 5 mins), plus you can set the skip forward/backwards time to 10 sec, 30 sec, 40 sec, 60 sec, which is great if you are watching a recording and want to skip part of the programme or adverts without using the fast-forward/rewind buttons.

Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Freesat+HD Receiver (setup record menu)

I’ve covered the non-Freesat mode in the HD-S review so won’t go on about it, but happy to say that Manhattan offer the best option for adding non-Freesat mode channels to a favourites list so you don’t have to keep flicking between Freesat and non-Freesat mode all the time. It is a little fiddly to setup, but once you’ve done it, it works a treat. You can also filter the EPG by favourites too.

On to the most important feature, recording, I must say that whilst the Manhattan Plaza HDR-S is targeting the low to mid-range market, it works exceptionally well; there might be a few little glitches and delays in responding, but they are easily overlooked by the simplicity of use. The HDR-S has a 320GB hard drive capable of recording an advertised 80 hours of HD or 200 hours of SD. To record the programme you are on, you just press the record button; or use the channel banners or EPG guide to do the same. If a series link is available, it will prompt whether you want to record the series or just this one; as well as ask if you want to record in standard or high-definition if available. On that point, there is an option in the menu to default to SD or HD when available which is perfect, rather than it asking each time. Recordings are accessed very easily just by pressing the LIB (library) button on the remote, it will display programmes recording/recorded (plus group those in a series) and if you press the right arrow, show those scheduled to record at a future date. From the recorded list you can press red to delete, star to protect (so it prompts you to delete so you don’t do it by accident), play to preview (in a useful mini-screen) and OK to view. Navigation within playback is fine too, small delays in response but allow you to play, pause, stop, fast-forward/rewind, skip etc; the same options are available in live television mode if you miss something or get interrupted!

Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Freesat+HD Receiver (Library recordings)
(ignore the description error, this is a development screen-shot)

On demand services are available from BBC iPlayer and ITV Player, both work very well though basic as they are across all ‘television platform’ receivers and my Internet connection isn’t that great, so couldn’t give a full test.

Are there any bad points? Yes, there are a few minor ones, the remote control whilst easy to hold and navigate is a little cheap and has clunky buttons requiring a firm press and it’s also quite directional; not as bad as the Humax, but not much better; a few times I had to press the button twice to gain a response (this is the weakest point of the product) but it is by no means terrible. I had trouble getting the unit into widescreen from the initial setup, it just wouldn’t work, but as soon as I switched off and back on, it was fine; I’m sure Manhattan will be able to resolve this pre-release. The biggest missing for me is a record light on the front panel; I like to know the receiver is recording so you can plan what to watch, but, it all adds to power consumption so can be forgiven. You also get a slight sound crackle when switching channels or into a menu, but that is being very picky on what is a great device.

In conclusion, this is a straight forward, easy to use receiver suited not just for low/mid range market consumers, but the enthusiast too. It effortlessly accesses channels with excellent picture and sound quality and recording is straight forward. Yes the remote could be better, the unit more responsive and it could no doubt benefit from more features and options, but that isn’t what it is about, it is designed to meet a specific price range and providing it is sold slightly lower than the RRP guide, it will be a cracking buy. If you want a Freesat+HD receiver that is logical, user-friendly, easy to navigate and just does the basics very well, then I’d struggle to find a better option from the current range than the Manhattan Plaza HDR-S.

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

Joinfreesat score 8 out of 10
Review: Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Freesat+ HD Receiver

The Manhattan Plaza HDR-S is due to launch in July and has an estimated RRP of £189. Contact Satbuyer to be added to their waiting list if you wish to be notified when available (also available through other retailers).

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64 Responses to “Review: Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Freesat+ HD Receiver”

  1. S.E. Says:

    Interesting. However, there doesn’t seem to be any mention of any diseqc functionality? Do I assume that there is none? :(

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  2. admin Says:

    S.E. said:
    Interesting. However, there doesn’t seem to be any mention of any diseqc functionality? Do I assume that there is none? :(

    No, not on this receiver, but bare in mind it is an affordable unit so additions all add cost. You can manually scan all satellites you are aligned to though.

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  3. S.E. Says:

    admin said: No, not on this receiver, but bare in mind it is an affordable unit so additions all add cost. You can manually scan all satellites you are aligned to though.

    That is true!

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  4. Spanners Says:

    Good review. My only concern would be keeping the top of the unit dust free with all those vents.

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  5. Matthew Says:

    Thank you very much for the splendid review. I have been waiting patiently in anticipation to buy one of these for months to replace a failing Sky+ receiver. Any clues as to availability?

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  6. admin Says:

    Matthew said:
    Thank you very much for the splendid review. I have been waiting patiently in anticipation to buy one of these for months to replace a failing Sky+ receiver. Any clues as to availability?

    Alex from Manhattan might be able to give you a more accurate indication, but it should be by the end of July.

    If you are not already, contact Satbuyer to be put on their waiting/news list.

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  7. Clive Says:

    80 hours of HD recording from 320GB, no chance! With only 320GB this unit should be cheap!!

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  8. Kevin ver 1 Says:

    Hard drives are quite expensive at the moment. Hopefully the prices will fall by the end of the year. As a matter of interest does anyone know if they are using quality components such as solid capacitors? I would imagine they are using Linux for the program.

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  9. Martin Says:

    When you say it will work with one cable what can you get to work on it will it record two channels but you must watch one that’s being recorded cos I can’t see me costing to put a second lnb in I have a freeviwe hd recorder at the moment

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  10. Muzer Says:

    Interesting, definitely; it sounds like something as good as a Humax but cheaper.

    A couple of questions about the review:

    “(you can use Scart but won’t have access to HD channels or up-scaling),”

    That wording implies you can’t view HD channels at all with a SCART cable, ie it doesn’t do downscaling – is this the case, or just badly-worded?

    “(so you can record one channel whilst watching/recording another – will work with one with limitations)”

    I assume due to the lack of loop port, the limitations are that you can only watch the same transponder when recording in single-cable mode – I assume it’s not like a Humax, in that with a Humax you can watch any channel on the correct half of the band and polarisation. Correct me if I’m wrong.

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  11. Clive Says:

    Get a Humax, stick a 1TB hard drive in and install the brilliant free custom firmware, it will eat this thing for breakfast!

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  12. Muzer Says:

    @Clive: Mmm, I’ve got one, but the point is, the Humax is more expensive than this – this is more of an entry level thingy.

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  13. admin Says:

    Clive said:
    Get a Humax, stick a 1TB hard drive in and install the brilliant free custom firmware, it will eat this thing for breakfast!

    …and cost significantly more!!!!

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  14. admin Says:

    Muzer said:
    That wording implies you can’t view HD channels at all with a SCART cable, ie it doesn’t do downscaling – is this the case, or just badly-worded?

    Probably badly worded, actually not sure if you can access them regardless and have had to send the unit back so can’t test unfortunately. Alex will know.

    Muzer said:
    I assume due to the lack of loop port, the limitations are that you can only watch the same transponder when recording in single-cable mode – I assume it’s not like a Humax, in that with a Humax you can watch any channel on the correct half of the band and polarisation. Correct me if I’m wrong.

    Correct.

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  15. Clive Says:

    Muzer@12 – admin@13
    My Humax cost £190 new and the WD hard drive was £45.
    The brilliant firmware was free. That’s £235, not what i call significantly more considering it’s a Humax with a 1TB hard drive that’s actually useful! Surly not even you’re that tight!!

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  16. admin Says:

    Clive said:
    Muzer@12 – admin@13
    My Humax cost £190 new and the WD hard drive was £45.
    The brilliant firmware was free. That’s £235, not what i call significantly more considering it’s a Humax with a 1TB hard drive that’s actually useful! Surly not even you’re that tight!!

    Where did you get a brand new Humax for £190 from? They have never been that low?!?!

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  17. Dipper Says:

    Good price for the Humax, Clive. My pair cost £209 each & that’s in VAT free Guernsey.

    What’s this firmware upgrade all about?

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  18. Richard Crichton Says:

    Clive said:
    Get a Humax, stick a 1TB hard drive in and install the brilliant free custom firmware, it will eat this thing for breakfast!

    I would like a warranty with my box and don’t want to mess around installing larger hard drives (joe average) and presumably installing the “brilliant free custom firmware” voids the warranty. 320 GB is perfectly big enough unless you want to archive shows for years and even 1TB HD’s get full eventually.

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  19. Richard Crichton Says:

    Dipper said:
    Good price for the Humax, Clive. My pair cost £209 each & that’s in VAT free Guernsey.
    What’s this firmware upgrade all about?

    It allows you to add non Freesat channels to the Freesat guide amongst other things.Not really a major step up from the Manhattans customer friendly non Freesat mode with Freesat and non Freesat channels in the same favourites list. The Manhattan already has good firmware imho :-)

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  20. Muzer Says:

    Richard Crichton said: It allows you to add non Freesat channelsto the Freesat guide amongst other things.Not really a major step up from the Manhattans customer friendly non Freesat mode with Freesat and non Freesat channels in the same favourites list. The Manhattan already has good firmware imho

    It also allows you to transfer data from the device remotely, which is a very useful function.

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  21. Dave Says:

    Hi how do you change FireWire on humax boxs – so I can put
    Non freesat and freesat channels in same guide if this is possible

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  22. Alex Says:

    Hi,

    To answer Muzer, yes you can watch the HD channels via SCART and they will be downscaled :-)

    To answer Kevin, I’ve had to ask a few of our tech guys. They say:

    “Not 100% sure of this question, solid caps are often Tantalum types which is not used in this design.

    We use Aluminium electrolytics and ceramic types mainly.”

    I can confirm the Plaza HDR-S is linux based (as is the Plaza HD-S).

    Thanks,

    Alex

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  24. Clive Says:

    admin@16
    Well according to the advertising down the right hand side of THIS website you can get one for £174.95 including delivery. Or how about Satbuyer £184.95 including delivery! I got mine in Luton a long while ago £189.99, and I’ve seen one in Hemel Hempstead £178. You should maybe shop around a bit more, or perhaps look at your own website!

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  25. Richard Crichton Says:

    Off Topic News Flash.Sorry admin.

    The Arqiva HD test card/colour bars on Eutelsat Eurobird 28 degrees east frequency 12.606 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4, 55300 is now showing StarPlus HD an Indian Channel. There are on screen English subtitles. Presumably part of the Star Network.

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  26. Clive Says:

    The things i like the most about the custom firmware is adding non-freesat channels to freesat (no more missed recordings when your watching something in non-freesat mode) adding all the red button channels to the channel list so you can go straight to them and record them, and something i didn’t think I’d use but have three times in the last two days, watch a recording from my Humax (which is down stairs) up stairs on my PC, while my wife’s watching TV down stairs using the same Humax box. (SD only of coarse). I also like setting up the recordings for the week on the web page EPG as it’s much clearer and quicker. There are other things too, but these are the one’s i use.

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  27. Richard Crichton Says:

    Clive said:
    admin@16
    Well according to the advertising down the right hand side of THIS website you can get one for £174.95 including delivery. Or how about Satbuyer £184.95 including delivery!I got mine in Luton a long while ago £189.99, and I’ve seen one in Hemel Hempstead £178. You should maybe shop around a bit more, or perhaps look at your own website!

    Satbuyer cheapest price is £199.95 plus delivery and it’s out of stock. Where can you get one for £174.95?

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  28. admin Says:

    Clive said:
    admin@16
    Well according to the advertising down the right hand side of THIS website you can get one for £174.95 including delivery. Or how about Satbuyer £184.95 including delivery!I got mine in Luton a long while ago £189.99, and I’ve seen one in Hemel Hempstead £178. You should maybe shop around a bit more, or perhaps look at your own website!

    You can, but not brand new, they are 1 year warranty graded units; the cheapest new unit is £199.95 plus delivery and you might manage approx £195 lowest, but that is the lowest new price. Obviously there are exceptions, but it is likely you bought graded (sold as new).

    Anyway, it doesn’t matter, the point is that this product is designed to meet the mass market customers looking for a cheap but reliable PVR option, without the hassle of changing hard drives, invaliding the warranty etc.

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  29. Clive Says:

    admin@20
    Ok try TV.aerials.com, Humax Foxsat HDR Freesat HD PVR Receiver (1TB) £232.99 with free p&p with two year manufacturer guarantee. That’s even cheaper than changing the hard drive yourself. Mine was certainly brand new, also with a two year guarantee. If it’s got 1TB from new there’s no problem.

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  30. admin Says:

    Clive said:
    admin@20
    Ok try TV.aerials.com, Humax Foxsat HDR Freesat HD PVR Receiver (1TB) £232.99 with free p&p with two yearmanufacturer guarantee. That’s even cheaper than changing the hard drive yourself.Mine was certainly brand new, also with a two year guarantee. If it’s got 1TB from new there’s no problem.

    Very true, but that becomes a matter of capacity over price, so the same principles still apply.

    If yours was brand new at that price then well done, the retailer must have been clearing stock at a loss.

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  31. Andy Dow Says:

    Brilliant, just ordered one £232.99 thanks for the info Clive.
    Going to put the old 320GB Humax upstairs, with the HD channels available now we’re finding the capacity way too small. Looked on the AV forum and everyone say’s how good that custom update is, so going to try and install on the old one, don’t want to mess with the new one. Thanks again.

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  32. Clive Says:

    I think your right they were probably clearing stock. You do see great deals occasionally though, if you keep looking.

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  33. soldierboy001 Says:

    @Alex 22. What Satellite & Digital TV says it is not Linux based, so who is correct?

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  34. admin Says:

    soldierboy001 said:
    @Alex 22. What Satellite & Digital TV says it is not Linux based, so who is correct?

    I’m guessing Alex is given he helped develop it :D

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  35. Alex Says:

    Hi Soldierboy, it is Linux based, in fact part of the reason it took so long to develop was it was our first experience of a PVR on Linux!

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  36. Muzer Says:

    soldierboy001 said:
    @Alex 22. What Satellite & Digital TV says it is not Linux based, so who is correct?

    Presumably What Satellite’s Linux bit means “Linux in a meaningful way to the end user, ie you can use it like a HTPC”. I would expect the FOXSAT-HDR to also be listed as Linux: No

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  37. TimK Says:

    Why do manufactures insist on having a wired ethernet only connection. (to sell us expensive add on wireless dongles???)

    I know the quality is better but for most installations the wifi route is so much easier. (my router is upstairs by the PC)

    No mention of what the USB is for. Picture viewing???? or is it actually useful like on a Humax which allows you to use an external HDD for additional storage. (v good as am running out of space on my 320GB hdd).

    I think it sounds a nice device, but it’s missed out on having much of a USP.

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  38. ondemand Says:

    On my Samsung box in non-freesat mode I’ve got all the free to air channels as favourites as then the option of renumbering them is available. In my case I’ve renumbered the channels to the Sky EPG channel numbers.

    Can non-freesat channels be assigned a custom channel number?

    Thank you

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  39. Alex Says:

    Hi Tim,

    The reason for no wifi is cost. Also, personally, I only like using wifi for mobile devices… I use Ethernet and home plugs for everything else. If you’re watching iPlayer over wifi and then someone else starts copying a large file via wifi, there’s a good chance of it interrupting.

    The USB is just for software upgrade. Media playback means paying for codec and licenses which again adds to price. This product is for people that want a fully featured no-fuss freesat+… There are plenty of other gadgets/methods for picture viewing, streaming, etc.

    All the best,

    Alex

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  40. Rozzo Says:

    Alex
    Will you be adding DiSEqC switching to the model later on as previously indicated you might?
    It’s all fine being able to add non-freesat to the freesat favourites but not that much use if only limited to one satellite position.

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  41. admin Says:

    Alex will no doubt answer you Rozzo, but I personally can’t see that happening, as developing the unit too far will result in it overlapping the planned G2 spec receiver.

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  42. dave Says:

    any info on the G2 please

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  43. Kevin ver 1 Says:

    It will be interesting to see the retail prices once the Manhattan is freely available. I would be more tempted by the Echostar which is cheaper but has more features. Infact the Echostar has a larger hard drive!

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  44. Alex Says:

    Hi Rozzo,

    We have no resources to put into DiSEqC at this time… I know it would be very useful but 99% of Satellite Dishes in this country are fixed, so it would be useful only to very few.

    We have the Plaza XT range of receivers if you want DiSEqC :-)

    All the best,

    Alex

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  45. Richard Crichton Says:

    Kevin ver 1 said:
    It will be interesting to see the retail prices once the Manhattan is freely available. I would be more tempted by the Echostar which is cheaper but has more features. Infact the Echostar has a larger hard drive!

    The Echostar was over £300 when it first came out. Wonder why it’s so cheap now.
    Blockbuster in my town have only sold one in months of having it on display.

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  46. pingu Says:

    Alex said:
    Hi Rozzo,
    We have no resources to put into DiSEqC at this time…
    …We have the Plaza XT range of receivers if you want DiSEqC
    All the best,
    Alex

    Alex,
    That is pretty clear concerning the HDR-S but for those who may want a freesat box (i.e not the plaza XT ) will the soon to be released G2 500Gb and 1 Tb models be DiSEqC capable?

    Pingu

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  47. Neil Says:

    Been away on holiday and only just had the chance to see this review. It looks like a good looking receiver, I reckon at the RRP will sell if marketed well. The EPG and GUI (especially with the ‘R’ logo for recording) look more Sky+ orientated which will please those who often say the Humax layout looks different to Sky’s in that respect. All we need to sell these units now is a good Olympics based marketing campaign as Freesat has somewhat gone a bit quiet in that respect since the new year.

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  48. Richard Crichton Says:

    pingu said: Alex,
    That is pretty clear concerning the HDR-S but for those who may want a freesat box (i.e not the plaza XT ) will the soon to be released G2 500Gb and 1 Tb models be DiSEqC capable?
    Pingu

    Joinfreesat said in April G2 due in June. DiSEqC is part of G2 spec.
    http://www.joinfreesat.co.uk/freesat-g2-spec-diseqc-single-cable-pvr-on-demand

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  49. Richard Crichton Says:

    Just to be clear. DiSEqC switching is part of the G2 spec but not DiSEqC 1.2 for motorized dishes.

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  50. Chris Says:

    Alex said:
    We have no resources to put into DiSEqC at this time… I know it would be very useful but 99% of Satellite Dishes in this country are fixed, so it would be useful only to very few.

    My dish is fixed therefore I’m part of that 99%, but I have DiSEqC in my receivers and PVRs and find it very useful!

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  51. Zub Says:

    Shame there is no LNB Pass through.

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  52. pingu Says:

    Richard Crichton said: Joinfreesat said in April G2 due in June. DiSEqC is part of G2 spec.
    http://www.joinfreesat.co.uk/freesat-g2-spec-diseqc-single-cable-pvr-on-demand

    Thanks Richard,
    Yes, I noticed that. Those posts were pretty vague about timing and actual content of the G2 specs.
    Anyway, the official G2 spec is still not official as I understand it. It does not seem at all clear what the ‘G2′ label will really mean.

    Concerning the soon to be released G2 Manhattan models, it would be useful to have official confirmation from Alex if they will be DiSEqC equipped and more precisely, if this will be functional from the beginning or only made available by means of a vague future update.

    Pingu

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  53. Alex Says:

    Hi Zub,

    Our G2 will have LNB Loop Through.

    Pingu, sorry but no DiSEqC on G2 at launch.

    Thanks,

    Alex

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  54. Pingu Says:

    Alex,
    thank you for the replies

    Pingu

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  55. Rozzo Says:

    Therefore there must be no diseqc requirement in the g2 spec! Well the French freesat (TNTSAT and Fransat) were forced to add diseqc after trying to exclude it. So UK Freesat is still not going to comply with whatever EU regulation the French found could enforce it.
    I want Freesat for the epg and diseqc for the switching and an epg software that can read the data from other broadcasters and set up recordings from those epgs.
    Yes I am part of a minority but so what and if it was included in the spec for the developer the cost of including it would have been negligible.

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  56. pingu Says:

    Rozzo,
    The G2 spec has not been yet been officially launched so who knows what the final specs will be!!!
    As I understand it, the G2 Manhattan boxes are assumed to be G2 compliant only because of the newer chipset used. I think this means that the hardware will be able to cope with the extra demands expected. The diseqc part is done via software so can be added when G2 launches – if it ever does!!!

    Pingu

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  57. Dave Says:

    How good is the ITV player on this ? Can you watch the last 7 days etc like on the net ie Corrie from a few days ago etc ?

    BBC player has the HD option I guess ?

    Built in wi-fi ?

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  58. Muzer Says:

    Dave said:
    How good is the ITV player on this ? Can you watch the last 7 days etc like on the net ie Corrie from a few days ago etc ?
    BBC player has the HD option I guess ?

    It’ll be the same as on other Freesat boxes – ie, the last 7 days for ITV Player, no HD option for iPlayer (but a higher quality option which is like SD on PC) with no radio. No Wifi.

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  59. Richard Crichton Says:

    The Space and ITV player is now working with the 1.44 firmware.

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  60. admin Says:

    HDR-S now in stock at Satbuyer.

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  61. Wispy Says:

    HDR-s now also advertised as in stock by Tesco Direct at just under £180

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  62. Michael Taylor Says:

    Will it work with full functionality in France via satellite turned to Astra B

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  63. Dax Says:

    I am a complete novice at this electronic stuff but thanks for the review.
    I was interested in buying this but now I am completely confused with the messages above.
    I need one quick question answered:
    ‘It sounds like it needs TWO connectors from my satellite dish to go into it (2 x LNB inputs?) but my apartment in Spain only has one cable from the roof dish! … I am assuming that there is a splitter type gismo that comes with it?’
    Sorry if that sounded a bit silly but we cant all be geniuses.
    Regards.

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  64. felix anaut Says:

    New Manhattan HDR-5 for Freesat I do loved but………………….I do need help please……News Channels do not work…..no HD Channels……….signal 45%….what to do..???

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