Manhattam T3-R. Wow!

scgf

Active Member
I've mentioned before on here how impressed I am with my Manhattan T3-R. It's what the Humax Freeview Play devices should have been. I previously has the Humax FVP-4000T and boy was it slow and clunky!

Having used the Manhattan for a few weeks I have experienced no issues at all, but I have found a couple of gems.

The Watchlist is an excellent way to 'store' catchup programmes. Clearly they're not downloaded, but they are all in your watchlist, whatever service they come from. They only appear in the watchlist if you added them from a Manhattan menu, like search. If you go directly to, say, iPlayer, you can't add a programme to the watchlist. Today I discovered that if you go back in the EPG, select a programme you'd like to watch, you can add it to your watchlist from there too. The watchlist feature is the icing on the cake. It's really useful. Only one issue, catchup programmes which aren't from iPlayer can't remember where you were if you didn't watch to the end. I'd say 95% of my catchup is BBC based so it's not a problem for me.

As far as I know Watchlist doesn't have a dedicated remote command. I have a Harmony Hub so created a quick macro to give me a one-button access to the watchlist. Menu > Right > Right > Right > Select. This gets you to the watchlist no matter where you were previously.

The Manhattan hasn't failed me in nearly two months and the feature integration is top class. I highly recommended it!
 

Rodders53

Distinguished Member
Others don't entirely share your joy. But nice to hear a positive experience for a change.

 

scgf

Active Member
Yes, I read that but can honestly say I have not had a single recording error. It's clearly important to remember the Manhattan has only two tuners, but when I attempt a third recording in the same time slot I am warned of the problem and given the option to cancel this or a previously set recording.
 

Clem_Dye

Distinguished Member
For me, the jury’s still out between the T3-R and the Humax 5000. Both have their pluses and minuses. I’m waiting to see what the promised September firmware update for the Manhattan will bring. From memory, padding, a CEC fix and a few other tweaks, but no manual recording option, ever, something that I occasionally rely upon and which the Humax offers, along with three tuners.
 

scgf

Active Member
I suppose if one device has a must-have feature for a particular user and the other doesn't it's a no-brainer. Since the demise of the VCR I have never needed a manual timer so the lack of one is not even on my radar. I love the way the recordings on the T3-R start in exactly the right place, where Sky Q, for example, started recording a good minute or more (sometimes up to 5) before the programme actually started. The Humax Freeview Play boxes are just too sluggish for me - so much so I found them painful. For anyone used to Sky Q it would be like going back in time, or in computer terms going from an Intel i5 to a pre Pentium 386. The Manhattan also does the backward EPG thing like YouView, where you go back through the EPG in the exact same way as you go forward. Humax changes to a different format when you go backwards going from linear to vertical for the one channel and in UI terms it jars. For its advantages (for me) I am prepared to forgo the extra tuner. The Watchlist is a deal-maker, it blows me away and is a feature which gives more than a nod to the way broadcasting is going when it will all be online.
 

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