Channel Master CM-7500TB1 Dual-tuner DVR with program guide, 1TB
- Records & Plays Back Live Hd Tv Up To 160 Hours Out Of The Box With Virtually Unlimited Storage Capacity With Full DeVry Functionality
- Dual Tuners Allows Recording Of 1 Program While Watching Another, Or Records 2 Programs At The Same Time
- Works With All The Digital Tv Antennas For Instant Access To Programming
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The Channel Master DVR+ with Built-in 1TB Hard Drive is the only subscription-free over-the-air DVR that integrates online streaming services and lets you choose your recording capacity. DVR+ lets you pause live TV, record, rewind and fast forward. It also comes equipped with dual tuners so you can watch 1 program while recording another or record two programs at the same time. Now you can record without limitations or fees!
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Setup is quick and easy and takes about 4 minutes (including scanning for channels). The instructions recommend connecting to the internet and updating the units software; this took much longer.
The guide is user friendly and resembles a Cable companies recording interface. You select the show and can record that show or the series (shows with the same name). The guide has two different appearances: 1) If you do not have an internet connection, the guide is only text based on the digital signal that comes through the air waves. 2) If you connect to the internet, the station logos are downloaded to provide the guide appearance showing on CM's website.
Over the airwaves, the CM will get about two days of guide information. With an internet connection, the guide will get about two WEEKS of guide information. This extra information is necessary when searching for programs to record. The Guide does not allow a user to only record new episodes; cable DVR's have this function. It's not a big deal to me, but some purchasers should know.
The remote is easy to understand and use. The buttons seem well laid-out and planned. It has an on button and a separate off portion of the button; this was unique to this remote. In addition, the Guide button has a sticky feel to it, which makes it easy to find in the dark. The bottom of the remote has a serious design flaw - the remote has a convexed bottom, so if the remote is placed about 90% on your nightstand, it will fall slide off of the nightstand and fall onto the floor. The remote should have a flat bottom to prevent this problem.
CM has a small flat device that is only thick enough to house a notebook harddrive and wide enough for the connections.
CM has two tuners, which allows you to record two shows at the same time or record one show and watch one show through the DVR. CM offers about a dozen free streaming channels through the internet, including news channels like Bloomberg, Reuters, and ABC News. In comparison, TiVo Roamio has four tuners, but does not offer the free internet streaming content. Magnavox offers two tuners, but has an interface that resembles a VCR from 1990; literally with a record start time, stop time, and channel. A CNET review said the Magnavox units were supposed to have a Rovio guide, but the unit I purchased and returned did not. Hopefully Magnavox will have a useful guide. The Magnavox has a built in Wi-Fi card. Based on my research, I chose the CM. I think all of the units can use USB harddrives for additional storage capacity.
My unit came with the antenna connection came bent about 15 degrees, but still works. There was no damage to the packaging, so I don't know how it was damaged. I tried using a generic USB Wi-Fi adapter, but it didn't work. The Channel Master is setup to only use its own USB Wi-Fi wireless adapter. Supposedly a USB Adapter with the Realtek Chipset RTL8192CU will work, but I haven't test it. Another work-around would be to have a wireless adapter that connects to the wired connection. Channel Master should just have a Wi-Fi adapter installed into the device, which would allow for a better antenna for improved connectivity.
The channel guide should show the relative signal strength of the different stations, so that you can choose to record stations with a stronger signal. I live in a metropolitian area, where I have local stations and stations from 60+ miles away, some of these are duplicate stations. It would be best to record from the stations with the stronger signal. I suggest have a Built in Wi-Fi card. Make the bottom of the remote flat, so it won't fall easily fall off of a table if 100% of the remote is not on the table.