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Channel Master DVR+ Subscription Free OTA Digital Video Recorder for TV Antenna Signals with Streaming Applications [CM-7500GB16 ]
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- Records and plays back live HD TV up to 2 hours out of the box, and virtually unlimited storage capacity with full DVR functionality using a recommended external hard drive (EHD)
- Dual tuners - record one program while watching another, or record two programs at the same time
- Works with all digital TV antennas
- Supports SD and HD video resolutions up to 1080i and 1080p
- Includes video and music streaming apps: Sling TV, YouTube, Vudu, Pandora (no recording options for streaming content)
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|Connectivity Technology||—||Wi-Fi||Built-in Wi-Fi||Built-in Wi-Fi||Built-in Wi-Fi||Ethernet and MoCA|
|Item Dimensions||—||5.5 x 8 x 10 in||14.2 x 7.4 x 2 in||2.7 x 8 x 4.3 in||2.7 x 8 x 4.3 in||6.12 x 6.12 x 1.25 in|
|Item Weight||—||1.14 lbs||3.7 lbs||0.7 lb||0.7 lb||0.78 lb|
|Internet Applications||Pandora, YouTube, SlingTV, Vudu||Vudu||Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, YouTube, Vudu, Pandora||Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Pandora, Vudu, YouTube||Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Pandora, Vudu, YouTube||Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Vudu|
|Total HDMI Ports||—||1||1||1||1||1|
|Total Usb Ports||—||1||2||2||2||1|
The only subscription-free, over-the-air DVR that integrates online streaming services and lets you choose your recording capacity. It’s TV Freedom. The DVR+ provides the ultimate cord-cutting alternative to traditional pay-TV services. Watch and record free, live over-the-air broadcast programming in crystal clear HD, including all of your favorite shows, news and sports from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, The CW and many more. Experience pure, uncompressed HD, a higher quality video signal than what is provided through cable and satellite operators, displaying both SD and HD video resolutions up to 1080i/1080p. Enjoy a familiar experience with menus and a program guide very similar to the DVRs used by cable and satellite operators, and dual tuners allow you to record one program while watching another or record two programs at the same time. Internet connectivity provides additional features including an expanded 14-day program guide, software updates, access to online streaming services and a free subscription to Channel Master TV (30+ Internet Channels).
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I shopped hard and still chose this one twice. Largely because of the free program guide, which is great. Price is decent. The remote is HUGELY better than the older one. I opted not to get the one with the built-in hard drive (which was almost $100 more), and bought a 500 GB drive for $35 for the bedroom set and kept the separate 1 TB drive for downstairs. Just sounded safer in case something went kerflooey with the built-in drive (which I think someone mentioned happened). Probably not likely, but what the heck.
I recommend programming the remote to your TV before you plug in the DVR. As soon as you turn on the DVR the setup screen comes up, but it might time out while you're messing with the remote (it took me two tries to get it programmed). It went away on my set while I programmed the remote, and I couldn't get it back. Turned out the set got onto the wrong input setting, but I was perplexed for a while wondering what happened. Setup is actually pretty easy and automatic.
There seem to be issues with the program guide others have mentioned and I have experienced, and I don't know if that has been resolved. It occasionally (not often at all) misses a recording and it has recorded things I didn't ask it to. I decided I could live with all that because it's FREE. Still overall the best that I have been able to find.
I contacted their customer service a couple of times when I bought the first one, and they were helpful and responsive.
The guide looks really nice with its transparent background and icons for each channel. Along with the over the air channels, you also get a ton of internet only channels if you are connected to the net. If that's not enough you also get a few apps such as Pandora, Vudu, YouTube and Sling TV ( subscription required). If you want to record and pause live tv, make sure that you have the model that comes with built in memory or, plug in an external hard drive like I did. I now have a couple of terabytes to store shows on.
Recording shows is a snap. Just press the OK button on a show that you're watching and it brings up a menu with the option. You can also set a show to record on a future date by opening the guide and selecting the date that the show appears and clicking OK. I love the fact that this device will revive updates via the net to continuously improve the experience with new content options.
Sure you could get by with one of the cheaper alternatives to this box, but there is no question that this is the better experience without question. I have one of the cheaper boxes so I speak from experience.
Update April 17 I was changing channels and the channel master locked up. I'm still going back-and-forth with Tech Support trying to solve the problem . I have emailed tech-support videos and they're not getting them. It peers Amazon is removing the videos as they don't qualify to be in communications with the vendor. Vendor has told me twice that I'm not sending them the videos while I am I'm tired of the i'm out of time to try to get this resolved channel master has now told me to go directly to their website and open a trouble ticket. They also told me I could completely reset the unit which would you race all the programs I have scheduled to record which is taken me over a month to get into the system. The TV Guide program did you use to select the programs you want to record and the channel master uses to record is not working correctly. It is saying the shows on NBC tonight are repeats and they are not they are new. Therefore it is not recording the Tonight Show and the late late show on NBC as their Rovi guide is wrong. Tech Support just emailed me to reset the unit. This way race all of my recordings that are programmed into it and with the TV Guide program not working I will not be able to reenter them . It crashed April 17 it is now April 25 and has not crashed again so I'm not going to reset it until it crashes again. I just do not have the time and the energy as I'm disabled to go through and add all my programs again. I will attach the videos of the unit crashing to this review. Amazon will not allow videos to be attached to this review for some reason a picture is attached of the screen where it locked up and then restarted it shows the time difference as it was recording when this happened.
Update May 5 I see my previous update did not get posted. The unit locked up two days ago again and I did a factory reset as directed by channel master to see if it resolves the problem. The factory reset removed all my scheduled events from the DVR which is kind of a pain but hopefully this solves the problem. As I said in the previous review it it doesn't appear to be here I put it back to five stars as I did not do the factory reset mine asked me to a month ago if I locked up.