Over the years, many cable-disablers have asked me to recommend a DVR (digital video recorder) that can be used to record free broadcast TV from an antenna. For a long time, the best option was TiVo, but it has a monthly fee ($14.99 at the time of this writing) which is a show-stopper for me. The whole point of getting the antenna was to dump the monthly cable fee, and now we have to start paying again? Not gonna do it.
After seeing some good reviews online, I purchased the Channel Master DVR+ to see if it could be the DVR that free TV enthusiasts have been looking for. Continue reading for my full review or skip to the end for my conclusions.
What It Is
The DVR+ will record live broadcast TV to an external hard drive (or internal, if you buy the version with built-in drive), from the antenna connected to it. I used it with the Mohu Leaf. It has a channel guide that allows you to see up to two weeks in the future, and easily schedule recordings during that time. It allows you to pause live TV and fast forward or rewind to the point where you started watching that channel.
The DVR+ has HDMI output only. It will NOT work with an older tube TV without an adapter.
What You Get
In the package, you get the DVR+ unit, a sleek black metal box smaller than a notebook, an IR remote control, power adapter, and manual. Here’s my unboxing video if you’d like to see more:
The rear panel has coax antenna in (where you plug in your antenna), digital audio out, HDMI out, Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports (one for hard drive and one for Wi-Fi adapter), 12V power, and IR extender input.
Total Cost of Ownership
There is a version of the DVR+ with 1TB hard drive included. If you are not tech-savvy, and don’t want to mess with hard drives, you can get that. But, a better value is to attach your own hard drive to the unit.
Because I’m a bit of a computer geek, I had an old external hard drive lying around that I could use with the DVR+. But if you don’t have one, you can purchase one for around $60. You can even use a USB thumb drive if you have one of those, as long it is of decent storage capacity.
To get its channel guide data, the DVR+ has to be connected to the Internet. If you go with wired Ethernet, you’ll need an Ethernet cable to go to your router. If you want Wi-Fi, you’ll have to purchase the optional USB Wi-Fi adapter for .
Finally, you’ll need an HDMI cable to connect from your DVR+ to your TV.
Assuming you don’t have any of the accessories already, the real total cost of the DVR+ system becomes kind of pricy:
$249 (DRV+) + $60 (hard drive) + $39 (Wi-Fi adapter) + $10 HDMI + $13 shipping = $371.
Add tax, and we’re close to $400. So, if you don’t already own some of the required accessories, the DVR+ is expensive. But is it worth it? Read on.
There is some setup involved, but it’s not too hard. You’ll need to connect your antenna to the DVR+, then connect your DVR+ to your TV. Finally, plug in the power adapter. You can plug in the hard drive later.How to smell good? How to measure diameter? How to split screen? How to do bubble braids? Forgive them father for they know not what they do meaning? What is the meaning of the word messiah? What does cfa mean? what skills do you have as a host in this letter i will offer advice to those who want to learn a new language what does sneaky link mean definition Where do you buy professional magic tricks? What does fs mean? advice for smokers who want to quit What is the meaning of mary had a little lamb? how to improve stepping on gas what to do when client asks for advice Tricks to figure out where to take your wife out to eat.? what the job titile for helper what is the difference between rat and mice How to beat sierra? what benefits can a single unemployed mother get what computer skills should i learn Which of the following is the correct meaning of "presentation of self"? What does interment mean? where to get free legal advice in fulton co ny what is a conductor definition What does pejorative mean? What does qid mean in medical terms? How to do clouder vape tricks? How to get sick? why are we unable to measure parallax shifts for most of the stars in the galaxy? What does reduced engine power mean? What does cake mean? what is the difference between the contestable market model and the cartel model of oligopoly? What are birthday flowers? What is the meaning of living room? what are the benefits of agricultural biotechnology why employers offer benefits to employees What is the meaning of cures? How to clean vagina? definition for people who hurt others how to improve buildings for earthquakes Where to buy condiment bottles with twist open tips? How to mirror ipad to tv? How to treat athlete's foot? How much you mean to me? What are the signs of covid-19? how much does secret benefits cost What does ethnicity mean? what is the difference in figure skating jumps what is web marketing definition How to reset icloud password? how to improve newborn sleep How to get rid of forehead acne? You can't teach a dog new tricks would represent which method of forgetting? what is difference between 4g and 4g lte what to file when parent takes kids out against medical advice other than work what have learned to enhance your skills as qa how can i improve blood circulation in my legs what is package access helper on samsung galaxy core prime? the simpsons when they get santas little helper what is the definition of sphygmomanometer what is the definition of water quality How to soak beans? how to tell homophobic mom im gay omfg i need help please give me advice i dont know what im doing what is the difference between individualization and specificity? How to make a flyer? What is meaning of nada? What is the meaning of last name? which is the best option to improve project velocity? What is idiocracy meaning? how to improve fluency in reading what is the definition of racism in the webster dictionary how to improve your visual memory how does physical activity improve your immune system What does sfs mean in snapchat? How to make a girl cum? Movie where guy tricks girlfriend to make sex movie? what is the scientific definition of physical change how to highlight computer profession skills resume How to clean charging port on iphone? Interviewing tips how to address the nature of the offense? What is the meaning of low impact exercise? what do they do to improve a witchers eyesight How to calculate apy? how to improve mcat cars what is the primary difference between iso 9000 and iso 14000? How much do valet parkers make after tips? What is the meaning of a pineapple? how to disable windows currentversion explorer browser helper objects what is the definition of capillary action in science what are the 8 locomotor skills? what is the definition of bereft what is spouses benefits What time does season 8 start apex? How to start a propane forklift in cold weather tricks? what do skills do valheim What does lgbtq? what is the definition of factor in math How to make gif? how to improve your running form How to make a lot of money? what is applied ethics definition what is a trust definition What does low white blood cell count mean? ck2 how to get jesus gives advice What is the meaning of expiry date? what is legal definition of insurrection which of the following is a cause of poor attending skills among students? under which of the following circumstances will the benefits under cobra continuation coverage end? what is the best well rounded definition of motivation how to improve your pitching speed who to call for legal advice What does gooch mean? how can i improve my test taking skills how to cancel linkedin helper account What does wack mean? how do you say good advice for everyone in spanish