|Brand Name||Channel Master|
Channel Master DVR+ Subscription Free OTA Digital Video Recorder for TV Antenna Signals with Streaming Applications [CM-7500GB16 ]
- 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||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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The wrong Hard Drive can cause trouble on play back the sound was cutting out on FOX but no other channels. I replaced the Western Digital HD with and intel SDD in a USB case that I had laying around and the problem went away. The free internet channels are all Christian channels which is not a problem for a church going Lutheran like me but if you not Christian don't bother with the free internet channels. Other than that I wish I had bought this before the Tivo Bolt it's like Toyota reliable and the Tivo is Yugo reliable.:)
Before I got this, when I decided to cut my Fios Bill, I started the journey with those really cheap $20 converter boxes that have a USB port for recording. It wasn't bad actually. I tried a few different brands and models, all from here on Amazon. I returned a few that weren't good, but I found a few good ones that were not bad at all (like the Homeworx) but since I use the DVR function mostly, by always pausing and watching in time shift mode, so I can skip commercials. So the cheap USB ports on these boxes couldn't really keep up, the picture would start freezing and skipping after playing for long stretches of time. So it became more and more bothersome with time. So the search continued... I came across, here on Amazon, the refurbished older model of the channel master brand, the Cm7400. So I tried that, loved it, loved the idea, but... It fell a little short, because that model has been discontinued by them, so a lot of options don't function anymore on that model, like no internet channels guide, no internet channels. Etc. So since I liked the box, the DVR is great. And I needed a second box anyway for the bedroom, so I figured I'll spend the money and try this model. And this is it! I love this box! Surprisingly the older model comes with internal memory for DVR, like 300-gb I think. But the new one doesn't, unless you pay extra. So I just hooked up my Toshiba 500 GB external hard drive, it's been working perfectly this whole time. Not one complain.
It bothers me that people blame weak signal issues on the box. Antennas aren't perfect, but don't blame this box, its awesome!
It does have a internal memory that able to record up to 3-4 programs. It great if all you need is something to be able to record your shows or game. But remember only one at a time. I had to return mine because I was hoping to be able to record two shows that started at the same time but was only able to work on one. ( both shows started at 8pm on different channels) . Nevertheless I do recommend it and I wish it did more but it does enough. I did get direct tv instead. Having sling,hulu, and anything extra did add up to the same price. Perhaps if it did record from those apps I may had stayed with it.
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.