Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Manhattan Plaza HD•S2 Review



rating-star rating-star rating-star rating-star rating-star


  • Nifty non-Freesat and Favourites features
  • Solid picture quality
  • Price


  • Awkward remote
  • Browsing bar now and next only
  • Dull design

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £49.00
  • Receives Freesat and non-Freesat channels
  • BBC iPlayer and ITV Player
  • Up to eight favourites lists
  • Eight-day EPG
  • HDMI and optical digital audio outputs

What is the Manhattan Plaza HD•S2?

It’s an affordably-priced Freesat receiver that brings free digital TV into your home through a satellite dish. It’s not a PVR, just a basic set-top box for those who simply want to watch their favourite SD and HD channels – although you can also stream on-demand content from BBC iPlayer and ITV Player. What’s more, it’s the most compact Freesat receiver to date, making it ideal for use in a second room.

Manhattan Plaza HD S2Manhattan Plaza HD•S2 Freesat receiver on white background.

Manhattan Plaza HD•S2 – Design

The Plaza is encased in a dull-looking black box with a few buttons on the front. But the lack of modern-day panache is hardly surprising given the price and to its credit, build quality is good thanks to the firmly-bolted aluminium top panel. It measures just 210mm wide, which is about half the size of most Blu-ray decks.

Front buttons include standby and up/down keys for changing channels, all of which have a clunky, plasticky feel, but again it’s commensurate with the price. There’s no display panel showing channel names and the like – all you get is a small light that glows red in standby and blue when switched on.

Manhattan Plaza HD•S2 – Connections

On the back is a decent selection of sockets for the money, including an HDMI v1.3 output, Scart output (which can be connected to an older TV or external recorder), optical digital audio output, Ethernet and an LNB input. There’s a USB port too, but don’t get too excited as it’s only used for upgrading the unit’s software – it doesn’t support media playback, Wi-Fi dongles or HDD recording.

Manhattan Plaza HD S2Rear view of Manhattan Plaza HD•S2 satellite receiver showing ports.

Manhattan Plaza HD•S2 – Features

As well as bringing you Freesat’s range of over 150 TV and radio channels (six of which are in hi-def), you can also scan for non-Freesat channels automatically, expanding your selection even further. Connect the box to the internet via Ethernet you can also access BBC iPlayer and ITV Player and catch-up on the last seven days’ worth of programmes.

The box also supports interactive TV, digital text, Audio Description and subtitles. The HDMI output will send pictures to your TV in 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p, while on the audio side it supports Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital and HE-AAC.

There’s also an eight-day EPG and a Favourites feature that allows each member of the family to have their own channel list and filter out ones they don’t watch. Even better news is that you can add non-Freesat channels to Favourites lists, a unique feature that means you don’t have to search for them every time.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2003, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.

Trusted Reviews Logo

Sign up to our newsletter

Get the best of Trusted Reviews delivered right to your inbox.

This is a test error message with some extra words