Manhattan Freesat HD STB including dish and installation £45 INSTORE @ Tesco
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Manhattan Freesat HD STB including dish and installation £45 INSTORE @ Tesco

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Found 15th Oct 2013
Previously £90, then £60, I notice that Tesco are now selling these for £45, presumably a final reduction. Ridiculous pricing considering the installation of a dish would cost more than this.

OK, the box isn't going to be as slick as a Tivo and from the previous thread there would seem to be patchy availability, but my local store has at least 12 of these on the shelf and I doubt it's unique.

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Which store please ?

Installation...as in someone will install the dish for u?

Original Poster

Yes, the price includes box, dish and dish installation up to gutter level (max. 3 stories) with twin LNB and (I think) up to 20m of cable. If you already have a dish the price includes an LNB upgrade to a quad.

Original Poster

hoperay

Which store please ?



Amersham

Anyone know if you can just buy the box for a lower price?

Does this have recording facility???

Original Poster

No, if it did for that price this would be at 3000°!

there were 2 at the Long Eaton branch yesterday.

alright for a caravan?

can i get sky channels if i use a different receiver on the other LNB?
Edited by: "iamflamez" 15th Oct 2013

marko7969

alright for a caravan?


Don't see why not, though I'd worry about the bolts poking through into the cabin.

iamflamez

can i get sky channels if i use a different receiver on the other LNB?


lmgtfy.com/?q=…ish

Can I get installed for another room if I already have one in the front room?

You are too kind about TiVo. TiVo is absolute junk, painfully slow and unresponsive. If this freesat thing doesn't make you want to put your foot through the telly I would call it an improvement

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StevieStagg

You are too kind about TiVo. TiVo is absolute junk, painfully slow and … You are too kind about TiVo. TiVo is absolute junk, painfully slow and unresponsive. If this freesat thing doesn't make you want to put your foot through the telly I would call it an improvement



Haha!

Jonnyblock

Can I get installed for another room if I already have one in the front … Can I get installed for another room if I already have one in the front room?



You need to run a cable from your sat dish to the nex box and it'll run after that.

Heat added, just gonna check my local tescos.

StevieStagg

You are too kind about TiVo. TiVo is absolute junk, painfully slow and … You are too kind about TiVo. TiVo is absolute junk, painfully slow and unresponsive. If this freesat thing doesn't make you want to put your foot through the telly I would call it an improvement



Virginemedia TiVo works fine for me, and trust me I am no VM fan

Are these boxes any good for other sats like 19e?

Freesat uses the same satellite as sky so yes you can hook your sky box up to it and receive the "free" channels provided you still have a card in the slot.Cant see the Tesco details from the link but Id think this would be a single receiver box so no second channel recording features.
Edited by: "arachnoid" 15th Oct 2013

saw this offer my self in Brookfield cheshunt Tesco I had to look twice thought it was cheap didn't buy it don't need it. good deal though,

that would be a blessing for me:) anyone aware of stock around edinburgh?

Taksim_Red

Are these boxes any good for other sats like 19e?




A Free to Air Receiver would be cheaper and better suited.

arachnoid

Freesat uses the same satellite as sky so yes you can hook your sky box … Freesat uses the same satellite as sky so yes you can hook your sky box up to it and receive the "free" channels provided you still have a card in the slot.Cant see the Tesco details from the link but Id think this would be a single receiver box so no second channel recording features.




Why would you need a " card in the slot " to get free channels?

Inactive

Why would you need a " card in the slot " to get free channels?

Sky box can work without a card, but regional programming gets messed up and Channel 5 services seem to disappear, so you can either continue with an expired card or they will send you an dedicatedFTA card for a price. Freesat from sky does have extra (junk) channels and

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you also get 5hd if that's much of a benefit.

There is a new Astra satellite just launched 2E, and 2G is launching next year, so it is likely there will be more HD & +1 services coming to the Freesat platform. If you've got a Sky box, you may as well keep it, otherwise stick with pure Freesat and avoid Sky.

How much does it cost to fit a dish if you had one already? Or could I do it mysekf?? Thinking about this, local has 5 in.

Can I replace my Sky hd box with this, cancel my subscription and just use this for the free to air channels?

stphnstevey

Can I replace my Sky hd box with this, cancel my subscription and just … Can I replace my Sky hd box with this, cancel my subscription and just use this for the free to air channels?



Yes you could although you wouldnt need the Dish unless Sky took the one you have down ( unlikely )

Now could anyone answer my question pretty please

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Rona7do

Yes you could although you wouldnt need the Dish unless Sky took the one … Yes you could although you wouldnt need the Dish unless Sky took the one you have down ( unlikely ) Now could anyone answer my question pretty please



Not sure I understand your question.

A dish and LNB would cost from about £30 to buy on its own.

A dish supplied and fitted would cost from £60 upwards.

You can fit it yourself but you would need to point it to the correct direction and angle for the satellite or you get no reception.Two ways of doing it yourself first you get the satellites compass angle and horizon declination from tinternet then use a compass and degree marked spirit level.Second you get a meter that reads the reception strength and go from there.Lastly blind luck i.e. point it in the same direction of the neighbors dish and see what the reception like.
Price to fit by someone else probably at a wild guess in the region £40 from a local Ariel company.

Edited by: "arachnoid" 16th Oct 2013

stphnstevey

Can I replace my Sky hd box with this, cancel my subscription and just … Can I replace my Sky hd box with this, cancel my subscription and just use this for the free to air channels?


YES. If you cancel your SKY subscription the old Sky box will become a FTV (Free To View) receiver.
Free to view channels are soft encrypted channels (to prevent foreign viewing) and require the old Sky card to be inserted.
You will pay no fees for using the old card.
It will also receive all FTA (Free To Air) channels.
They are not encrypted at all.

The Manhattan box is a FreeSat box. It is designed primarily for the FreeSat package but is able to tune in all other FTA channels on the 28.2 East satellite platform. It can be used on other satellite positions but is not really designed to do this so will be awkward to set up.

If you buy the Manhattan Plaza HD-S package from Tesco with the dish installation offer and already have a dish then you have the option of having the LNB on the dish upgrading to a Quad with 4 outputs. This will allow you to use the old Sky box, say in a bedroom, as well as the new Plaza HD-S. They will run up to 20m of cable.

A list of the FreeSat channels are here: joinfreesat.co.uk/fre…ls/

A dish and LNB would cost about £25 so no one will fit it for £40ish. £60-70 if you are lucky. £45 for a box and a dish installation/upgrade is a red hot bargain. I have just got my brother to get me one for £40.50 (staff) as I want to add a fixed 28.2 dish to my 1m motorised dish. I was going to buy a dish and fit it myself but at this price is a "no brainer"


Edited by: "Martini" 16th Oct 2013

Martini

YES. If you cancel your SKY subscription the old Sky box will become a … YES. If you cancel your SKY subscription the old Sky box will become a FTV (Free To View) receiver. Free to view channels are soft encrypted channels (to prevent foreign viewing) and require the old Sky card to be inserted.You will pay no fees for using the old card.It will also receive all FTA (Free To Air) channels.They are not encrypted at all.The Manhattan box is a FreeSat box. It is designed primarily for the FreeSat package but is able to tune in all other FTA channels on the 28.2 East satellite platform. It can be used on other satellite positions but is not really designed to do this so will be awkward to set up.If you buy the Manhattan Plaza HD-S package from Tesco with the dish installation offer and already have a dish then you have the option of having the LNB on the dish upgrading to a Quad with 4 outputs. This will allow you to use the old Sky box, say in a bedroom, as well as the new Plaza HD-S. They will run up to 20m of cable.A list of the FreeSat channels are here: http://www.joinfreesat.co.uk/freesat-channels/A dish and LNB would cost about £25 so no one will fit it for £40ish. £60-70 if you are lucky. £45 for a box and a dish installation/upgrade is a red hot bargain. I have just got my brother to get me one for £40.50 (staff) as I want to add a fixed 28.2 dish to my 1m motorised dish. I was going to buy a dish and fit it myself but at this price is a "no brainer"



You sound just like me there with that! exactly my thinking to be honest.

Bought with the Mrs's discount too

Does anyone think they would fit a Quad LNB if I supplied it?

Original Poster

Almost certainly.

In fact, they may just do it if you ask nicely, they're only a few quid trade.

Just to add the sky box will not pick up all the Freesat channels and vice versa, not that Freesat content is all that great at the moment.

arachnoid

Just to add the sky box will not pick up all the Freesat channels and … Just to add the sky box will not pick up all the Freesat channels and vice versa, not that Freesat content is all that great at the moment.



Will the dish pick up all the channels on 28.2e then? or whatever Sky is pointed at?? I thought it would.
Edited by: "Rona7do" 16th Oct 2013

Rona7do

Will the dish pick up all the channels on 28.2e then? or whatever Sky is … Will the dish pick up all the channels on 28.2e then? or whatever Sky is pointed at?? I thought it would.



Yes, it will receive all the channels but it won't do anything with the encrypted ones. As I stated above: If you already have a dish they will give you the option of upgrading your single/dual LNB to a Quad or install a new/second dish with single LNB. You could always negotiate with the installer to fit what LNB you like I suppose, including an Octo!

Manhattan Plaza HD-S Freesat HD Features

- HDMI resolutions: 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
- Upscaling of standard definition programmes to HD
- Dolby Digital+
- On Demand TV with BBC iPlayer
- 8-day Programme Guide with Reminders
- Timer, Auto Turn On & Auto Turn Off functionality
- Auto scan of freesat & non-freesat channels
- 8 favourites lists that can combine freesat & non-freesat channels
- Energy Saving Trust recommended with under 1W consumption in standby
- Audio Description capable
- Concealed front panel buttons
- Easy-to-use Remote Control
Edited by: "Martini" 16th Oct 2013

Martini

Will the dish pick up all the channels on 28.2e then? or whatever Sky is … Will the dish pick up all the channels on 28.2e then? or whatever Sky is pointed at?? I thought it would.




The dish itself will pick up all the channels its the reciever box inside the house that will select which ones it will or wont unencrypt i.e. the Freesat box [not dish] wont translate the SKY channels and the SKY box wont translate the Freesat channels though these is some crossover on content which both have.

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Anyone know any stores that you can still get these in? Preferably in the Hertfordshire / Cambridgeshire / Essex area? Cheers. Hot btw!
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