Sep 132015

Freesat, the UK based subscription free satellite TV service, today announced that it will now offer its connected TV guide solution to terrestrial, cable and satellite TV operators and CE manufacturers outside of the UK.
Freesat has applied its years of experience of operating a successful hybrid TV service to the creation of Metaphor, a smart TV guide solution for terrestrial, satellite and cable operators, who are looking to integrate broadband on-demand services into their existing linear broadcast offering. Metaphor is based on the award-winning Freetime service in the UK and driven by Freetime’s evolving roadmap.

Freesat first launched its connected TV Guide in the UK in 2012. Since then, the award-winning service has seen rapid customer adoption across TVs and set-top boxes through manufacturing partnerships with Humax, Panasonic, Vestel and Manhattan. Freesat has continually evolved its product, content offering and features based on live customer feedback and insight to meet customer needs. The underlying solution is now available for use internationally.
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Mar 232014

Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Software v1.2.6 released

Manhattan have released a software update for their Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Freesat+HD model.

The update is recommended for all and includes assorted core stability and recording fixes as well as a number of software enhancements. It is important to note that due to the changes in this release, a factory default is required after updating. Recordings will not be lost but favourites, settings and scheduled recordings will.

v1.26 Enhancements
– When playback of a recording is completed, the user is returned to the library with the recording selected, rather than back to the top of the library
– When watching a recording, pressing the BACK or LIB button returns to the currently playing recording in the library
– Changed Step 2/5 in first time installation to show both tuners signal. Also a warning popup is displayed if no signal is detected on LNB IN 2 and you proceed with the installation
– Changed hard disk error warning prompt to make it clearer on how to recover the operation of the hard disk
– Series linked programmes only display in folders when there is more than one episode recorded

– Assorted recording and library fixes
– Failed recordings issue caused by box going into standby when a recording is imminent
– Random crash when a number of overlapping/conflicting recordings are scheduled
– Series recordings will always be made from the original channel the recording was made on
– Endless recordings
– Adding or removing of reminders in the Schedule
– Assorted core stability fixes

How to update to Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Software v1.2.6

Please note that the file below “” is a zip file and should not be placed directly on a USB stick. You must first unzip the contents. Using Windows, right click on the file and choose “Extract All”. On a Mac, just double click the file. The contents will be extracted to a folder with the name “Plaza_HDR-S_v1.2.6_update”. Open this folder and you will find a folder named ”update”. Copy this folder to your USB stick and then follow the included PDF upgrading instructions.

Download the Plaza HDR-S v1.2.6 software

Nov 292013

Sky have confirmed that there has been some stability issues with its latest Sky digibox software, that has recently been downloaded.

Sky have confirmed that there is an issue in the latest build and that they are working on a fix.

To allow them time to work on a fix, and to make sure there is no disruption due to digibox crashes over the Christmas period, Sky will switch all customers who received the latest version back to the previous more stable build.

Customers on the version with the problem will be switched as soon as possible.

On Tuesday 3rd December the software versions available via the “manual software download “process will be updated to:
DRX890, 1Tb, 2Tb : R008.063.49.08P
Samsung and Pace HD: R008.063.71.00P
DRX780: R008.063.68.00P

Sky say that they are “sorry that you may have had a poor experience with this latest  software version, rest assured we are working as quickly as possible to  restore the previous version to you, and find the fix.”