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Channel Master's DVR+ offers true subscription-free over-the-air TV recording

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Stormspace, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    Wake me up when their whole home solution does more than just OTA.
     
  2. Beryl

    Beryl Well-Known Member

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    I'm thrilled about this offering although I don't plan to purchase one soon. It may be a long time before it reaches the sophistication of TiVo but I see it like Slingmedia versus Monsoon (Hava/Vulkano/Belkin). I hope it successfully gains marketshare.
     
  3. santanzchild

    santanzchild New Member

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    The people who would buy it are the ones that cut the cable because of the money and dont have $700+ to get a tivo with lifetime going.
     
  4. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    Hey it's been a week now and we're still hoping for that "back with more later", especially answers to my questions above about recording by name.
     
  5. bradleys

    bradleys It'll be fine....

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    No way to indicate first runs only, so you get repeats and reruns.
     
  6. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    Much more likely the people who will buy it are the ones who listen to posts that claim you have to pay a monthly fee for a TiVo or ones like yours that say it costs $700 for a lifetimed Tivo.

    Sure you could pay monthly fee or even the $700 you stated if you wanted to but it is also pretty easy to pay $550 or less for a new Roamio with lifetime and if someone is willing to start with a used Series 3 unit they can have one with lifetime and an upgraded hard drive for less than this new channel master unit costs without a hard drive.

    In the end what really matters is how well any OTA DVR works (reception, reliability, easy of use, feature set, etc.) and as I have stated before I would be real interested in hearing from people that can directly compare this new channel master OTA DVR to other TiVo and nonTiVo OTA DVRs.
     
  7. bobsaccount

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    I have the money, just don't want to waste it.
     
  8. bobsaccount

    bobsaccount New Member

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    Well see, the DVR+ is for people who can cope with such things and are not upset or challenged by deleting the occasional duplicate ...
     
  9. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    Whereas Tivos are for people who can cope with CableCARD, Tuning Adapters and poor support from cable TV operators. I'd gladly substitute deleting some duplicates for those problems, although I'm still interested in how well one can approach Tivo's season pass functionality with the DVR+, just as a matter of curiosity.

    The really major issues w.r.t. the DVR+ are:

    1. Are you ready to cut the cord?
    2. Is it a quality product that works well?
    3. Is it supported, both now and in the future?
     
  10. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    You either want the extra features of a Roamio or you don't (double the number of tuners, way better DVR features, etc.). It's just a choice, not a waste.
     
  11. Starfury9

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    This looks a lot better than their DTVpal!
     
  12. shwru980r

    shwru980r Active Member

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    But if you're recording a duplicate, then the tuner is not free to record something else. It's not just the drudgery of deleting duplicates.
     
  13. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    Which leads to another question: How does it decide which show not to record if your record-by-name shows lead to three shows to be recorded at the same time? Actually I'm not sure how Tivo handles this (with season passes). Is tivo smart enough to reschedule one of the recordings to a duplicate showing at a different time? If that's not possible, what does it do? (Obviously I've never had this happen, but I would guess it records the two shows that are highest on the Season Pass list.)
     
  14. joemckairnes

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    I've been off cable for years now - have an antenna on the roof ($250). I get almost 100 channels, most all in HD, and am pleased that I get channels with shows from the past (oldies). Got to tell you, I'm fed up with Tivo - desktop software has lots of problems, tivo channel guide is almost always wrong, I could go on and on.. Seriously considering the Channel Master DVR+....... Don't bash...just my experiences / thoughts! Also, not a 'big' TV/Movie person...basics are fine...
     
  15. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    Channel guide is almost always wrong? LOL - you're using a different Tivo than I, Tivo generally has the most up to date data you can get on a DVR.
     
  16. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    slowbiscuit: Don't feed the Channel Master pimping trolls. While I have suspected that several of the users who setup IDs just to post in this tread where just that, the one you just responded to is even more suspect.
     
  17. joemckairnes

    joemckairnes New Member

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    Aw - I asked you to be nice... I just spent 3 hours with Tivo support - desktop hasn't worked since I installed windows 8. And yes, the guide is almost always wrong. No need to get personal - lets be adult here..... I'm a consumer who is very frustrated with Tivo and looking for alternatives....
     
  18. replaytv

    replaytv gun talk ignore list

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    It is rare that I have found the channel guide wrong. Not to say that TiVo is perfect, as it isn't in many ways. But really do love my TiVos. Their better than anything I have used in the past. And I have had ReplayTVs and lots of other brands of DVRS.

    I don't use the desktop software, so can't address any problems with that.

    I have never used a Channel Master DVR+ so can't say it is better or worse. Might try one if I find one for $50 at the thrift store or craigslist. The places I have bought most of my other DVRs.
     
  19. dlfl

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    I suspect this is due to your very unusual situation almost 100 OTA channels. You must be pulling from a large geographic area, i.e., many zip codes, and I think this may be something the Tivo guide data system doesn't handle well.

    I suspect the DVR+ guide data won't handle it well either.

    Just out of curiosity I wonder how many unique channels this gives you? For example I'm guessing you have five or more versions of each of the major networks such as CBS. Also do you rotate your antenna?
     
  20. rcanoza

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    Wow, I guess it's not as overpriced as it seemed, if it can catch around 100 OTA channels
     

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