Digital UK and Freeview have announced that leading set-top box manufacturer Manhattan TV will launch a range of Freeview Play products in early 2016.
The UK-owned company, which is a member of the DTG, will offer a standalone receiver (T3) and two digital recorders (T3-R), providing 500GB and 1TB hard drive options. All products will include Wi-fi connectivity as standard and be available through major electrical retailers, as well as supermarkets, in Q1 2016.
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."
Ilse Howling, managing director, 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."
Freeview Play combines catch-up TV from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, on-demand services and live television. The service will be free from subscription and compatible with existing broadband services.
DTG Staff | 24.06.2015