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Manhattan T3-R Freeview Play 4K Smart Recorder 500GB

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Generally speaking, a direct Ethernet-cable connection is faster and more stable than WiFi – but if your WiFi signal is strong, it’ll be enough.

A Freeview Play box that also serves as a (limited) streaming device, but with no recording capabilities – the Manhattan T3. I think having an internet-supplied service might be the best option, so we're looking at the Manhattan '4' (I don't know if hers is a 2 or 3, but both are now a bit outdated, certainly the former).

Another important aspect of the T3-R as opposed to a regular TV with a Freeview tuner, is the speed: Most tellies have an excruciatingly slow interface. Mil is having problems with her Manhattan reception - lots of break-ups and pixelating on her recordings. You can connect to your existing TV via HDMI and experience stunning HD with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound.

The major issue we've had reported is that some people have found their T3-R keeps rebooting shortly after booting.In this on-demand age, the need for time-shifting isn’t what it once was – so can the Manhattan T3-R rekindle our love for series-linking? It also comes with an excellent and ergonomic ‘learning’ remote that can ape your TV’s remote for commands like standby, input changing and volume. Niggles are minor, but our principal caveat is the limited number of channels that can be recorded simultaneously – irksome, if you live in an area where the broadband speed isn’t conducive to care-free streaming. We’re told by the boffins at Manhattan that they’re looking into enabling a third channel to be time-shifted simultaneously, and that the feature could come via a firmware update.

I haven't been able to check what the Manhattan itself reports, but I assume the cables are fine as it goes to the Manhatt and then to the TV. If your Wizz Air flight has been delayed or cancelled in the past six years AND the airline refused to refund you for additional costs incurred, such as replacement flights, you may now be able to get your money back. The usual features you might be used to on your Sky/BT/Virgin Media box – such as pausing live TV for up to two hours, initiating series links and making one-touch recordings – work like a breeze.Must say the setting up and operation with my Harmony remote was quick and easy and works flawlesly. From my experience so far I would have no hesitation in recommending it as a 5000T replacement, the only thing it currently lacks is official versions of Netflix and NowTV (which I don't use anyway) but by using Android at least there are workarounds. Its fast, responsive and has excellent PQ on both HD and SD (live and recorded) is quiet in operation and has great sound, but I use a JBL pseudo 5.

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