Manhattan confirmed as Freesat partner for next gen receivers

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. Continue reading Manhattan confirmed as Freesat partner for next gen receivers

Competition: Manhattan Plaza HD-S Freesat HD Receiver

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.


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: Continue reading Competition: Manhattan Plaza HD-S Freesat HD Receiver

Review: Manhattan Plaza HD-S Freesat HD Receiver

Manhattan Plaza HD-S - Joinfreesat score 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. Continue reading Review: Manhattan Plaza HD-S Freesat HD Receiver

Latest Manhattan HD-S Due Soon

Manhattan Satellite Receivers

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. Continue reading Latest Manhattan HD-S Due Soon

No News Is Good News?

Well, maybe not, things have been a little too quiet recently following the high profile launch of Channel 4 HD and NHK World HD a few months ago.

However, it is the summer season which quite often see’s things tail off a little, but we hope to have more news for you very soon to kick start the platform back into life ready for the silly season in the build up to Christmas. Continue reading No News Is Good News?

Updated: Manhattan Launch Freesat SD Receiver

Manhattan Plaza DS-100 Freesat Digital Box

Updated 26-Nov-10

Manhattan, a leading manufacturer of UK terrestrial and satellite receivers are due to launch a new Freesat SD box to rival the existing Harvard Group units, branded as Bush, Goodmans and Grundig.

The Manhattan Plaza DS-100 is believed to be launching to offer an alternative choice to consumers looking for a standard-definition receiver, rather than the more commonly purchased high-definition units available on the Freesat platform.

We suspect that the idea behind the launch is to take advantage of failings in the existing Harvard boxes which suffer from lack of connections on the back, as well as reliability and availability issues. Manhattan may have missed the opportunity to capitalise in the early days of Freesat, but should still see a good potential market from those not wishing to follow the HD craze.

This unit is due for launch mid-December through exclusive retailers initially, at a recommended retail price of £50; so on a par with the alternatives, but with the advantage of two scart connections so you can connect both to your television and a DVD/HDD/VIDEO recorder if you wish (something Harvard removed from their range some time ago to save costs!).