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Set-top box manufacturer to launch range of Freeview Play boxes

Tuesday, June 30th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Set-top box manufacturer Manhattan TV is to launch a range of Freeview Play boxes early next year.

Freeview Play is a new subscription-free service that combines live TV with on demand content from BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All4 and Demand 5.

Manhattan will produce a stand-alone receiver as well as two digital recorders that will come with 500GB and 1TB hard drive options.

All three boxes will come with wi-fi connectivity as standard and will be available in supermarkets and from electrical retailers.

Digital UK is leading on the technical development of the new platform, which will benefit from Freeview’s biggest-ever marketing campaign.

Ilse Howling, managing director of Connected TV at Digital UK, said: “It’s great that Manhattan will be bringing viewers another way to enjoy the benefits of Freeview Play on their existing TVs.

“We continue to work closely with a range of manufacturers and broadcasters on this exciting new service, which will let consumers take that natural next step into the world of connected TV, free from subscription.”

'Even more choice'

Freeview’s managing director Guy North said: ‘The availability of a Manhattan range of Freeview Play receivers, including a set-top box and two Freeview Play recorders, is excellent news and will give consumers even more choice of Freeview Play products to buy.”

Abbas Arbab-Zadeh, chairman and CEO of Manhattan TV, said: “We are delighted to confirm the development of our Freeview Play products.

“We strongly believe the combination of on-demand services and live programming will put the viewer in full control of their TV.

“We plan to launch a receiver and two recorders at competitive price points, and all with wi-fi built-in.

“These devices will put Manhattan TV at the cutting edge of the UK television industry.”

Manhattan TV joins Freeview Play launch partners Panasonic, which has already launched a range of TVs designed to support the new service, and Humax, which will offer digital recorders.

Multi-brand manufacturer Vestel will follow with a range of Freeview Play products.

Cable.co.uk reported earlier this year that more than 100m Freeview boxes and TVs had been sold since the service was launched in 2002.

The figure included all TVs, set-top boxes, DVD and Blu-ray players with an in-built Freeview SD or HD tuner.

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