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Manhattan Plaza HDR-S HD Freesat Receiver and PVR with Built-In 320GB HDD

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  • Record up to 200 hours into the built-in 320GB HDD
  • On Demand TV with BBC iPlayer & ITV Player
  • Full 1080p HD & upconversion of SD sources
  • Auto scan of freesat & non-freesat channels
  • Whisper-quiet operation with fanless design
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  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
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  • Item model number: HDR-S 320GB
  • ASIN: B009EO8CW6
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 27 Sept. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,204 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

The Plaza HDR-S 320GB is an extremely capable Freesat HD receiver and PVR with the built-in HDD 320GB

The simple switching between Freesat and non-Freesat channel lists and the inclusion of both types of channel in the favourites makes this receiver a good choice for anyone wanting everything that 28’E has to offer

Its reception performance is excellent and it will record up to 200 hours (125 hours of HD)

The Plaza HDR-S 320GB must be connected via Ethernet to a minimum actual broadband speed of 2Mbps for On Demand TV with BBC iPlayer & ITV Player

Connections : LNB IN, HDMI, 2 x SCART sockets, Ethernet, Optical SPDIF, Power

Box Contains

Plaza HDR-S
Remote Control & batteries
User guide & Quick Start Guide
HDMI cable
External Power supply


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Verified Purchase
Bought this box when we moved house recently and cancelled our sky subscription. We factored in the outright cost of the box and realised it would pay for itself in 6 months. Box arrived and set up was really easy. It is easy to use too, although not as reliable as our previous Sky+. On a couple of occasions it has "stuck" on recording a programme and continued on for 3 days. The only way to stop it was to turn the power off. It has also "failed" to record a few programmes too. Overall, it is not as reliable as Sky but a good money saver long term I guess.
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This is my first Freesat box of any type so I can't make any comparisons, that said on its own merits this is a good piece of kit. It a very unobtrusive box - small, light and virtually silent with the sole light a subtle shade of red/blue (depending on mode), the set up was painless and quick with the integration of the non Freesat channels onto the favourites list very easy (having them all on the one list is definitely a plus point). Scrolling through the channels and accessing of EPG details is not as quick/slick as that of SKY. I don't know if that is down to the Freesat software or Manhattans implementation of same, I have noticed that downloading the programme guide data is slower than SKY when looking ahead. UPDATE (Nov 2013) while the updating is still leisurely the EPG reacts much quicker now, presumably an update at some point.

Picture and sound are first class the HD image is crisp while the upscaled SD picture is good if the source is in any way decent, the PVR aspect has so far been glitch free. Selection of programmes for recording is simple and locating them in the library quick and painless. I only have a single input so can't comment how well it works when recording and watching different channels. UPDATE - have fitted a second cable so now have fully dual input capability. Works just fine in record A/watch B, record A & B and record A & B while playing back from library modes

The remote is small and very light but has not posed any handling issues for me. The direction "sensitively" is greater than that of a SKY remote but its good enough not to harm usability. 320 GBs capacity will possibly be an issue for some but I'm not one for archiving every episode of long running series so 200 SD/80 HD hours storage is fine for me.
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straight out of box connected to my old sky dish ,picture and sound are great ,the interface is also very simple to use .very happy........oh and 100 pound cheaper than the humax freesat box .very very happy
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The price is superb and facilities/functions and quality is on par with the best (I have owned 2 Humax Freesat boxes in the past). Picture quality is brilliant and you can certainly tell it is upscalling standard definition pictures. SD picture is much better than I got from a Virgin Media box and I would say that HD is noticeably better too! I was amazed at how small the box is and how silent it is in operation. Highly recommended.
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I bought this to replace my sky plus package. Initial set up is excelllent as is the picture quality. The unit as a whole appears to work very well. My only issue is that The remote control does not work as it should. For example - when the mute button is pressed, the tv input mode jumps from HDMI input to DTV. There are also one or two other glitches. I spoke to Manhatten tech support and apparently this is because, Toshiba TV frequencies are very close to those of the Freesat box and both units receive the signal and a corruption occurs. Their suggested solution is to put a piece of tape over the infra red receiver on the tv to block signal. Not entirely suitable if you want to switch the tv between functions!!!
I feel that there should be a warning about this as I have a product which I like, but will continue to have a problem with unless I change TV

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Having lived with this unit now for a couple of months I am frankly sick of it. It continually freezes up and needs to be disconnected from the power source, sometimes for several hours, before it will reboot. Dont buy - go for Humax or something else!!!!
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I am very pleased with this box. It has a well designed simplicity to it. I especially like that the guide can show JUST your favourite channels. This is worth its weight in gold. The remote control also has a well thought out layout, is good looking and quite ergonomic. However, a cover for it would be an added bonus (like the covers for mobile phones). I'm not sure if such a thing exists for remote controls but it would make handling easier and a pleasure.
I'm loving this box!
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This certainly isn't an outstanding box: if you're used to something like TiVo, you'll be sorely disappointed. There are some minor user interface issues, like no obvious way to page up and down in the EPG or jump to a specific channel, or that it can take some minutes for it to download enough EPG data to know what's on when, so if you want to see the list of scheduled recordings you have to wait while it figures it out but if you just leave the remote idle during that wait then that page might time out and the unit goes back to live television and you have to start from scratch. There are some feature gaps, like no obvious way to mark any recording of a series as being any higher priority than any other; it's not easy to discover when recordings conflict or to know or control how such conflicts are handled. There are some annoying bugs, like the last two one-hour shows that I had scheduled for recording, it recorded 24 minutes of one and 11 minutes of the other, that's all, although when we watch live television no channels ever drop out so why we get all these failed or partial recordings I've no idea, we don't have many shows scheduled for recording so with two tuners conflicts should be rare indeed. There are some more serious bugs, like sometimes the unit will crash altogether and then not record anything: the clue is that it seems to be off but the power light is still blue, not red, and then it must be power-cycled to recover.

The unit's tolerable, though, and fairly usable. Initial setup was easy. The BBC iPlayer thing works well enough; if you want to see the ITV one too, don't type in a Scottish postal code for yourself. There's not much of a selection of twin-tuner Freesat+ boxes in the market, after all, and none of the affordable ones get glowing reviews.
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