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Freesat is a UK digital satellite TV service from the BBC/ITV which launched in May 2008. Freesat has no monthly subscription, just a one-off payment for the digital box, satellite dish and installation. It even comes with subscription-free, high-definition TV programmes. As Freesat is broadcast via satellite, it’s available to almost every household in the UK.
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May 27 2014

Freesat confirms long-term partner Manhattan to develop Freetime set top boxesFreesat, the subscription free TV service, has announced that long term partner Manhattan Technology intends to manufacture a new line of Freetime set top boxes, building on Freesat’s award-winning and top-selling range.

Manhattan, the largest UK-owned …read more »


Mar 22 2014

Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Software v1.2.6 releasedManhattan have released a software update for their Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Freesat+HD model, which includes assorted core stability and recording fixes as well as a number of software enhancements. It is important to note that due to the changes in this release, a factory default is required after updating. Recordings will not be lost …read more »


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 …read more »


Jul 31 2012

Manhattan Plaza HD-S v1.45 Update AvailableManhattan have released the v1.45 update for upgrade manually via USB. It will be issued as an OAD after the Olympics as Freesat is on lockdown until after then.

The update has been tested extensively by Manhattan and Freesat …read more »


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. …read more »


May 25 2012

Manhattan make improvements to Freesat SD ReceiverManhattan have revised the existing Plaza DS-100 Freesat SD receiver offering an improved UI and other key features.

The improved model, named Plaza DS-100A offers a much more user friendly interface taken from the Plaza HD-S (but in SD) and soon to launch Plaza HDR-S. The ideal behind the update (which couldn’t be retro fit to the DS-100) is to give a much more user friendly interface in both the EPG (tv guide) and system settings. …read more »


Apr 10 2012

Visit Freesat at the Gadget Show LiveIf you are one of the lucky ones that managed to get tickets for the Gadget Show Live this year, then why not head over to the impressive Freesat stand, found at B22 near the main entrance.

There to greet you will be Michael, Joe, Craig and a number of additional members of the Freesat team, plus the newest addition, the Freesat Lexus car wrapped and on the road promoting the Freesat brand (not to be confused with a Google Maps Astra!!!). …read more »


Mar 07 2012

Sneak peak at Manhattan HDR-SBehold the new design for the Manhattan Plaza HDR-S, simple, modern, uncluttered; we like it a lot!

This will be the design for the 320GB Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Freesat+HD Receiver due for launch in late April/early May. We very much like the simplistic look of it, black panel with 5 buttons on the top lip (rewind, stop, play/pause, fastforward, record). …read more »


Jan 10 2012

Freesat today confirmed it is partnering with Manhattan as a manufacturer of its next generation set-top boxes due to launch early this year.

In September last year, Freesat confirmed that Sagemcom and Humax would also be producing the new boxes. …read more »


Oct 02 2011

Manhattan Plaza HD-S - Joinfreesat competition

Competition now closed, congratulations to Chris Roberts, winner of the Manhattan Plaza HD-S.

The winning answer was of course ‘B’, there are 5 HD channels currently available on Freesat, including BBC1 HD, BBC HD, ITV1 HD, Channel 4 HD and NHK World HD. Number 300 of 426 was generated at random with numbers being pre-assigned based on order of entry submission.

Manhattan Satellite Receivers - Joinfreesat competition

Thank you to both Manhattan for providing us with a review unit and allowing us to offer as a prize afterwards, and thanks to Satbuyer for facilitating the competition and sending out the HD-S to the winner.

If you are interested in purchasing this receiver at an even better price, Satbuyer have kindly given us a £4 discount code valid until mid-December on the HD-S. Just enter discount code JOINFREESATHDS where prompted during the checkout process.

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To celebrate the launch, we are giving you the chance to win the fabulous Manhattan Plaza HD-S we reviewed, in which it received an impressive score of 4.5 out of 5.

Courtesy of Manhattan and Satbuyer, to have a chance of winning this great prize, answering the following (very) simple question: …read more »