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 sixty pounds and is expected to be a popular choice amongst those looking …read more »
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.
Manhattan 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 »
Launch: 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 »
Manhattan 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 »
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 »
Behold 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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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.
The latest Freesat HD digital box to launch is the Manhattan Plaza HD-S Freesat HD Satellite Receiver and we’ve managed to get hold of one pre-release for our first ever joinfreesat review. Manhattan are hoping to add to the success of the existing DS-100 Freesat SD receiver with its ‘big brother’, which includes access to high-definition channels plus a few more features.
On first inspection you notice that the case itself is of good build quality including a silver bevel on the front concealing a few buttons. The unit is also very light and well proportioned thanks to the use of an external power supply which also keeps the case cool after hours of operation. The rear panel is well catered for and includes the LNB in port, HDMI, TV Scart, VCR Scart, S/PDIF (digital optical output), Ethernet and USB. …read more »
We have been told that the eagerly anticipated Manhattan Plaza HD-S Freesat HD Receiver will be available from the end of the month.
Following the huge success of the SD variant (Manhattan DS-100), the latest high-definition single tuner receiver is expected to turn the Freesat HD range on its head, offering all the same functionality as the existing receivers available for a fraction of the price. …read more »