Manhattan TV launches T3-R Freeview Play 4K smart recorder
British set-top box manufacturer, Manhattan TV, is making a name for itself as a supplier of affordable Freeview and Freesat devices. Their latest addition, the T3-R is likely to help augment that status.Loaded with 85 channels of Freeview TV and catch up content from the likes of BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, 4OD and My5, the Manhattan T3-R can record, pause and rewind live TV, thus matching the functionality normally associated with higher end models.
Users can search for favourite shows, browse recommendations and check the last 7 days programming via the included TV guide, and Manhattan’s Watchlist feature enables viewers to keep all their on demand choices in one place, ready for easy access rather than having to trawl through all the services' own guides.
Available in two versions, the T3-R comes with HD as standard but is capable of showing the latest 4K Ultra HD programmes for viewers with a compatible TV.
The 500Gb model stores up to 300 hours of recordings, while the 1TB version can manage double that and, since there are no subscriptions governing ownership of the recordings, access to the material remains for the lifetime of the box.
The T3-R is launching at an interesting time, coming a few months before a host of high profile subscription services are rolled out from industry big hitters such as Disney, Apple and WarnerMedia (amongst others). As consumers are faced with a bewildering range of choices as to who gets their money, it’s worth noting that once the T3-R has been purchased, there are no additional monthly fees to pay.
Citing a dearth of decent content on pay TV now that Game of Thrones is finished, Manhattan TV’s Director of Product Development, Alex Arbab-Zadeh, emphasised the benefits of the T3-R.
"Our message to pay TV viewers - and anyone thinking about taking up a subscription, is that the vast majority of the programmes you watch and all the features you love - things like catch-up TV, pausing and rewinding live TV and recording hundreds of programmes, are all available on the T3-R without the hefty subscription."
In his statement, Arbab-Zadeh went on to say "It's no secret that 95% of the UK's most watched TV shows are available subscription-free on Freeview." The shows he mentioned included Killing Eve, The Bodyguard, both the men and women’s football World Cups and Love Island - all available without paying a subscription. Upcoming freely available content includes, X Factor, Strictly and The Last Leg.
Set up of the T3-R is straight forward and involves connecting to an aerial and the internet (via Wi-Fi or Ethernet) all directed by simple on-screen instructions, so there are no installation fees. However, if there are any problems there’s a UK based support team.
The T3-R is available now from retailers including Amazon, Currys, Argos, John Lewis and Richer Sounds for an RRP of £169.99 for the 500 GB model and £199.99 for the 1TB model.
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Source: Press release
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