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Channel Master OTA DVR+ 16GB $199

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Last Edited by annie930ny July 21, 2016 at 01:02 PM
Channel Master OTA DVR+ 16GB $199

Normally $250

The only subscription-free, over-the-air DVR that integrates online streaming services and lets you choose your recording capacity.

Note: GB16 requires external USB hard drive for full DVR functionality (not included).

http://www.channelmaster.com/DVR_...00gb16.htm
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link plz
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link plz
updated. Forgot to put it in the body.
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I own this and also a PC running Win7 and MediaCenter. If you can go the HTPC route then MediaCenter is an awesome piece of software, probably the greatest Microsoft creation besides Windows that I own. That's just my $.02.
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I own this and also a PC running Win7 and MediaCenter. If you can go the HTPC route then MediaCenter is an awesome piece of software, probably the greatest Microsoft creation besides Windows that I own. That's just my $.02.
I agree windows media center was awesome. Getting all the piece to work, like remote and TV tuner card were sometimes a pain. Setting up your video library with covers and things took time too. I enjoyed it. I think chromecast and the like have taken over as better options. My nas with DLNA is great combined with chromecast.
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I might bite at $99
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I agree windows media center was awesome. Getting all the piece to work, like remote and TV tuner card were sometimes a pain. Setting up your video library with covers and things took time too. I enjoyed it. I think chromecast and the like have taken over as better options. My nas with DLNA is great combined with chromecast.
Thats why I got one of these. I was running EyeTV on a mac mini and it was confusing for other people when they came over, had to use the keyboard and mouse. EyeTV was switching hands and my guide had expired so I did a bunch of research and went with this one. This integrates into my Harmony Home Ultimate and works and looks just like a cable box.

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I might bite at $99
The higher up front cost is because you get the guide for life. You don't pay a monthly fee like other brands.
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Will this allow me to stream live to to a device when I'm not at home?
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My personal experience with this (for what it's worth):

The set itself is awesome. It really brings a lot to the table if you do not have cable/satellite. The channel guide by itself is a huge feature in my opinion.

I had no luck with my own WiFi adapter and had to buy their overpriced version. Also had no luck with my existing external hard drives and bought one that was on their tested list.

All in all, I'm very happy with it even though I had to pay for some overpriced accessories.

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Will this allow me to stream live to to a device when I'm not at home?
As far as I can tell, no. I've not been able to do that thus far.
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Last edited by jmhard July 21, 2016 at 02:54 PM
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I have one and love it.
It is slim and easy to connect. I have HDTV antenna in attic and actually get a couple more channels than before.
One of my best purchases.

As for the 16GB memory, it is not much so I plugged in a USB drive and have 128GB now.

Enjoy.
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200 bucks? Is it really that good? How is the interface?
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Will this allow me to stream live to to a device when I'm not at home?
You might be able to rig something up with a Slingbox, but it's much easier to do that with a Tablo OTA DVR [tablotv.com]. That's one of Tablo's features that requires a subscription (monthly, annually, or lifetime).

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200 bucks? Is it really that good? How is the interface?
$200 is competitive. Compare with Tablo (especially the 2 Tuner model) [tablotv.com] and Tivo Roamio OTA [tivo.com].

Tablo and Tivo both offer price comparisons:
https://www.tablotv.com/blog/OTA-...rship-TCO/
https://www.tivo.com/shop/ota-detail

Keep in mind that over-the-air HDTV is rather YMMV. Experimenting with a good antenna (chosen based on your range from the broadcast towers) before buying an OTA DVR is a must. There are a few web sites that can give you a good idea of what signals you can receive though. [tvfool.com]
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I agree windows media center was awesome. Getting all the piece to work, like remote and TV tuner card were sometimes a pain. Setting up your video library with covers and things took time too. I enjoyed it. I think chromecast and the like have taken over as better options. My nas with DLNA is great combined with chromecast.
I appreciate how easy Plex makes managing the metadata.

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Will this allow me to stream live to to a device when I'm not at home?
With something like Plex or Kodi you should be able to get this functionality.
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Last edited by sylentz July 21, 2016 at 06:17 PM
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Quote from Jeldar View Post :
You might be able to rig something up with a Slingbox, but it's much easier to do that with a Tablo OTA DVR [tablotv.com]. That's one of Tablo's features that requires a subscription (monthly, annually, or lifetime).


$200 is competitive. Compare with Tablo (especially the 2 Tuner model) [tablotv.com] and Tivo Roamio OTA [tivo.com].

Tablo and Tivo both offer price comparisons:
https://www.tablotv.com/blog/OTA-...rship-TCO/
https://www.tivo.com/shop/ota-detail

Keep in mind that over-the-air HDTV is rather YMMV. Experimenting with a good antenna (chosen based on your range from the broadcast towers) before buying an OTA DVR is a must. There are a few web sites that can give you a good idea of what signals you can receive though. [tvfool.com]

Does Tivo offer a lifetime subscription, like this device? I didn't see it listed on thier spec page.
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Does Tivo offer a lifetime subscription, like this device? I didn't see it listed on thier spec page.
Tivo all in plan is $549.99.
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