The Manhattan T3-R is an affordable satellite-box-style recorder with access to 70 plus channels
When we didn’t have internet access for a few days, my children were genuinely horrified at the idea that there was a specific time when cultural essentials such as PAW Patrol were ‘on’ the TV.
Every day I’d have to explain that they couldn’t just watch what they wanted, when they wanted to. Then the sheer tyranny of having to watch what some person at CBeebies had decided was ‘on’ would dawn on them, and the howling would begin.
Unusually for such devices, the Manhattan T3-R is not some dubious piece of junk crafted from egg boxes and sticky tape
Hence the appeal of the Manhattan T3-R. It’s a satellite-box-style recorder, offering the chance to pause and record off 70-plus channels, with free catch-up apps such as iPlayer and YouTube built in. But there’s no subscription.
Unusually for such devices, it’s not some dubious piece of junk crafted from egg boxes and sticky tape. It’s quick and easy to set up (it just needs an aerial cable and wi-fi).
It’s simple to operate (enough that my children managed to find YouTube Kids within 0.003 seconds of me leaving the room to get a cup of coffee).
For anyone looking to cut their monthly bills, this is almost, but not quite, as good as a satellite box
But the key thing is that there’s a search box, the single most important thing in any TV device. You never have to remember which channel something was actually on, or when – just search the name and (hopefully) find the TV show you’re looking for. There’s no Netflix or Amazon Prime, and none of the fancier Sky channels, but there’s still plenty to watch.
For anyone looking to cut their monthly bills, this is almost, but not quite, as good as a satellite box – and it’s much, much cheaper.