Manhattan bolsters Freeview Play lineup with T3-R PVR

UK set-top box specialist Manhattan has confirmed the release and pricing of its flagship T3-R, a 4K-ready Freeview Play PVR available in both 500GB and 1TB iterations.

Claiming to offer the 'ultimate subscription-free TV experience', the new PVR mixes the usual trickplay features (pause/rewind live TV, series link recording) with a slate of catch-up TV players including BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand 5.

Indeed, Manhattan believes telly addicts forking out for monthly subscriptions are currently not getting value for money. 'Winter has come early for subscription TV with Game of Thrones and the Premier League distant memories. Pay TV viewers are being left scratching their heads this summer as hundreds of pounds leave their bank accounts for TV they could be enjoying without a monthly subscription.'

The T3-R is up to speed with broadcast developments, boasting support for HDR10 and HLG HDR, providing compatibility with the BBC's 4K iPlayer content.

As with the company's HDD-less T3 Freeview Play receiver, the T3-R offers smart content recommendations, plus a Watchlist function that allows users to view on-demand choices in one place, regardless of which app they're sourced from.

The 500GB version of the T3-R will allow for up to 300 hours of recordings, and is priced at £170. The 1TB model doubles the amount of TV storage and sells for £200. Both models offer Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, and are supplied with an HDMI cable.

'It's no secret that 95 per cent of the UK's most watched TV shows are available subscription-free on Freeview,' says Alex Arbab-Zadeh, Manhattan TV’s Director of Product Development. 'The T3-R really takes that subscription-free model to the next level.'

'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, 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.'