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Freesat firms up deal with Manhattan for more Freetime set top boxes

Freesat has inked a deal with Manhattan Technology that will see the manufacturer build a new line of Freetime set top boxes.

Viewers using the new range of devices will be able to use Freetime to roll back the TV guide for the past seven days, access all the major On Demand services including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD, and Demand 5, and watch Showcase, Freesat’s programme recommendation service.

The Freesat mobile app will also work with these new set top boxes to plan, record and manage programmes to watch and directly control the TV.

Freesat firms up deal with Manhattan for more Freetime set top boxes
Freetime features the Roll Back TV Guide

Emma Scott, Freesat’s MD, said: “We’re delighted to confirm that we are working with another Freetime manufacturing partner, following the recent Freetime announcements with Panasonic and Vestel.

“Having worked with Manhattan for five years now, they are an important partner for us and it’s great to see our Freetime service proving so popular amongst both industry and consumers alike.”

Manhattan is the largest UK-owned set top box manufacturer and supplies retailers through sister company Eurosat. It also supplies the major retailers and supermarkets, including Dixons, Argos, John Lewis, Amazon and Tesco.

Abbas Arbab-Zadeh, chairman and CEO at Manhattan Technology, added: “Freesat’s Freetime technology provides a world class TV experience, with access to a roll back guide and multitude of On Demand services.

“Freetime puts Manhattan at the cutting edge of the UK television industry and we look forward to releasing a full range of high-performance Freetime receivers, all with integrated WiFi. ”

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