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Old 22-Oct-2012, 10:00 PM   #1
John Kainer
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OTA DVR discussion and options

For the past couple of years I have been trying to identify OTA DVR devices, and the pro's and con's associated with them. My findings indicate their are only a few devices available and most of the information about them, e.g. tuner performance, app availability (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc.), how to they handle channel re-scans when rotating an antenna, etc. comes only from the manufactures site (if they post it), contacting the manufacturer tech support (grrr.) or by performing a lot of time consuming searches. I think this should be a separate forum, but I'm guessing a lot of you have researched this issue, and help keep the members up to date as new options become available.

I am still looking for the "right" OTA DVR, and any information provided here will be appreciated.

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Old 22-Oct-2012, 10:17 PM   #2
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Cm-7400 channel master tv


Brief overview:
Manufacturer link:
Only VUDU app - No Netflix, Amazon, etc.
Other Internet services touted (Social networking and photo sharing). I don't know about the quality or usability of these apps.
Some reviews indicate the box get's hot.
Built in WiFi
~Price as of Oct. 2012: $349.99

View and record local over-the-air digital broadcast
The most HD movies streaming on demand (VUDU™)*
Highest quality HD movie streaming available (1080p) by Vudu™
Records digital TV and HDTV
Dual Tuned DVR allowing two programs to record simultaneously
Pause, rewind and record live TV
Electronic programming guide and TV guide functions
Social networking + photo sharing apps (Picasa™, Flickr ™)
Advanced search features, schedule recordings, and parental control settings
Dolby® Digital and Dolby® Digital Plus
Dual ATSC/Clear QAM1
No monthly subscription fee
Includes a one year manufacturer's limited warranty
Recording Capacity
320GB Hard Disk Drive2
Up to 35 hours of HD recording3
Up to 150 hours of SD recording3
Built-in 802.11b/g/n
10(w) x 7(d) x 1.75(h) inches
Rear Panel Features
RJ-45 Ethernet
USB 2.0
Digital Audio (Optical)
RF output
RF antenna/cable input4
RCA component and composite video
Stereo audio
Front Panel Features
Illuminated power standby button
Indicators for network status, HD and recording status
USB 2.0
IR receiver
Capacitive touchpad
Clock display
Contents Included
Channel Master TV Unit
User Guide
Quick Start Guide
IR Universal Remote Control
AA Batteries
Composite and Stero Audio Cable
RF Coaxial Cable
HDMI Cable
AC Adapter
1 Clear QAM support varies city by city, check your cable provider for compatibility.
2 Recording capacity is an estimate and depends on the type of programming being recorded.
3 Recording hours are eastimated and subject to change.
4 Requires an antenna for free broadcast TV.
Requires a broadband Internet connection for web movies and apps.
The following audio file formats are supported: (AAC, MP3, PCM, WAV, WMA, WMA Pro, Dolby Digital).
The following photo file formats are supported: (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF).
The following video file formats are supported: (MPEG 1,2,4, H.264, WM9, DivX, AVS, MP4/MOV, MKV, VC1).
At this time, the VUDU service is only available in the United States.

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Old 22-Oct-2012, 10:34 PM   #3
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TiVo Premiere (Not the Premiere 4 or XL4)

Brief Overview:
Manufactures Link:
Apps: Netlfix, HuluPlus, Amazon, YouTube, PANDORA.
Does not retain previous scan after re-scan after Antenna rotated in different direction.
As of October 2012, Guide (which I hear is very good) is ~$15 per month
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