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Channel Master CM-7000PAL Digital Video Recorder, Black

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  • View and record local over-the-air digital broadcast
  • Record up to 130 hours of SD content or up to 30 hours of HD content
  • Pausing, fast forward and rewind functions
  • Electronic programming guide
  • No subscription fees
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Technical Details
Brand NameChannel Master
Item Weight5 pounds
Product Dimensions8.8 x 14.6 x 3.1 inches
Item model numberCM7000PAL
Color NameBlack
  
Additional Information
ASINB0033TJPJW
Best Sellers Rank #45,420 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7.6 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJanuary 11, 2010
  
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  • Brand Name: Channel Master
  • Model: CM7000PAL

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Product Description

Let the Channel Master DVR with antenna enhance your TV viewing experience. View and record local over-the-air digital broadcasts. With the Channel Master DVR, you can pause, fast forward and rewind your programs; you can even use the slow-motion feature to watch clips frame by frame. The Channel Master DVR offers an electronic program guide that allows you to preset recording schedules so you never miss your favorite shows. Unlike many other DVR set-top boxes, there are no monthly subscription fees. The unit includes an infrared remote control, which operates the CM-7000PAL and up to three other Components.

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After the first two calls I was told Warranty would be getting back to me in one business day.
J. L. Huffman
Recording 2 channels at a time just like the cable DVR, without the cable costs, its basically basic cable with no monthly fees.
Gene Chastain
I really like the way the DVR timer utilizes a station's programming guide which makes setting up a record event automatic.
KCCF46

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429 of 436 people found the following review helpful By djsteve on June 13, 2010
I'll preface this review with the disclosure that I own the Echostar version of this product, the DTVPal-DVR (actually, I own three of them). While these are the same physical units as the Channel Master CM-7000PAL offered here (Echostar is the OEM for the Channel Master) the firmware is slightly different and Channel Master provides its own independent warranty and customer service program.

This DVR is an excellent value in comparison with similar offerings. In fact, it is one of the few DVRs which has been designed for Over-The-Air (OTA) recording of digital TV, rather than tied to a cable or satellite service. There are no subscription or licensing fees required for operation, nor any feature limitations imposed. The DVR includes two independent High Definition (HD) tuners, which permits the simultaneous recording of two HD broadcasts and playback of a third previously recorded show. Input from an external antenna is via a standard coax RF connector, and the tuners have better than average ability to lock onto distant stations. HD video output is provided via HDMI and/or analog component outputs, and standard definition video is available via analog composite and/or RF coax (including pass through of antenna signal to TV). Audio is transmitted via HDMI, optical digital, and analog outputs. The digital audio ports support Dolby Digital output for both live and recorded shows.

There is no compression or re-encoding of the recorded material, so playback is exactly the same quality of the original broadcast. It should be noted, however, that output resolution (480p, 720p, 1080i, etc) is set via menu selection and does not automatically switch dependent on broadcast resolution.
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163 of 170 people found the following review helpful By Chris Boylan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 21, 2010
The DVR (Digital Video Recorder) has changed the way many people watch TV. Now instead of being tied to a broadcast schedule, you can record the shows you want, and watch them at your convenience without having to worry about a blank tape (or a blank DVD) being inserted in the recorder. Because the DVR is hard-drive based, you just need to make sure you've set the timer and that there is adequate space on the internal drive. But moving beyond the VCR paradigm, DVRs (including the Channel Master CM-7000PAL) allow you to pause live TV (great for a quick phone call or bathroom break) or you can begin watching a show 15 minutes after it starts, and fast forward through the commercials while still being done watching the show at the scheduled end time.

Now none of the above behavior is particularly "new" -- TiVo and other hard drive-based recorders have been around for several years -- but what makes the CM-7000PAL HD DVR different from just about every other DVR on the market today is that there is no monthly fee associated with its use. Instead of getting nickel-and-dimed to death by your cable company, satellite provider or TiVo with monthly DVR or guide fees, you can pick up a CM-7000PAL: it pulls in your local HD and digital channels for free, uses publically available program listing information to give you a fairly useful and informative guide, and gets you all of the essential features of those other DVRs, for a one-time purchase price.

The CM-7000PAL isn't perfect - in some ways its operation is a throwback to the days of the VCR. Yes, you can surf through a guide listing of up to 8 days worth of shows on your available channels, and just highlight the show you want to record and hit the OK button in order to schedule the recording.
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189 of 202 people found the following review helpful By jeffincville on December 3, 2010
After 13 years as a Dish Network customer, I switched to over the air transmissions and purchased this unit because reviews here led me to believe I would be buying a nearly identical DVR to the one I had as a Dish customer. Although I was initially satisfied with this DVR, there are definite differences when compared to a Dish DVR, as this unit does not seem as sophisticated as my 5 year old Dish DVR was, and the weaknesses of this unit have lead me to consider abandoning the product.

Some differences:

* Like with many DVRs, if the DVR has been on the same channel for the past hour, you can rewind back to that point. With a Dish DVR, you could tape the earlier broadcast, with this DVR you cannot. So if you decide 10 minutes into a show that the show is a keeper, you cannot rewind and record. You can only start recording at the live point.

* This DVR will not allow you to manually change the DVR clock. For some reason, my DVR thinks the time is 5 minutes later than it really is. So if I set a show to tape at 7 PM, it really starts recording at 7:05. I contacted ChannelMaster Customer Service about this, and the best they could do was show me how to set the unit to think it is starting a tape 4 minutes early. So I still miss the opening of each show unless I also tape the show that precedes it. This is the biggest irritation with this unit.
Update: it turns out that you can manually change the clock, but the owner's manual never states this. You will need to update the clock on a daily basis, or it wanders away from the real time.
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