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Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Dual-tuner DVR with 1TB hard drive, records over-the-air TV broadcasts

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by Steve Kindig
Channel Master

Hey, cord-cutters!

A lot of people are looking for an alternative to writing that big monthly check to their satellite or cable TV provider. It's understandable — why pay for a zillion channels that you never watch? Channel Master's latest solution is the CM-7500TB1 over-the-air DVR. It makes it easy to record your local high-def TV broadcasts without paying for a subscription. Simply connect the CM-7500TB1 to an indoor or outdoor antenna and start recording your favorite network shows in crystal-clear HD — to watch whenever you want.

Over-the-air HD — amazing picture quality, free for the taking

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 on-screen guide

The on-screen guide makes it easy to select and record programs.

The CM-7500TB1 is the skinniest DVR we've ever seen, yet it can record up to 160 hours of high-def programs, and provides great DVR conveniences like pause and forward/reverse skip using the remote control. And as we've told people for years, regular over-the-air high-def picture quality is as good or better than cable or satellite HD.

This is a dual-tuner DVR, so you can watch one over-the-air channel while simultaneously recording another, or set it to record shows on two different channels at the same time. Setting up timer recordings is a snap. The free on-screen program guide lets you schedule recordings up to 14 days in advance.

The CM-7500TB1 is surprisingly easy to hook up and set up. First, connect an indoor or outdoor antenna suited to your distance from local station transmitters. Next, make a single-cable HDMI connection to your HDTV, then follow the step-by-step instructions of the on-screen setup wizard.

This DVR works great with virtually any HDMI-equipped TV, and it's a terrific solution for projector-based home theaters, since projectors never include a built-in tuner. Note: This DVR cannot record satellite or cable TV signals.

Stream movies from Vudu™

The CM-7500TB1 makes it easy to access great Internet entertainment, too, by connecting a network cable to the DVR's Ethernet port. You like movies? Vudu's on-demand service has thousands of HD titles available for instant streaming. And their highest-quality "HDX" option combines a stunning 1080p picture with Dolby® Digital 5.1 surround sound.

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Highlights:

  • built-in ATSC tuners receive free over-the-air digital TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • dual-tuner design lets you to watch one channel while simultaneously recording another, or record two programs at the same time
  • records up to 160 hours of HD content to the built-in 1TB hard drive
  • versatile playback modes, including pause, fast-forward/fast reverse, and forward/reverse skip
  • supports standard- and high-definition video resolutions up to 1080p
  • setup wizard with auto channel scanning
  • easy timer recording with the on-screen program guide
  • Internet-ready with Vudu apps for accessing streaming movies, music and more
  • HDMI output to connect to the TV (cable not included)
  • RF input for antenna signal
  • Ethernet port for a wired connection to a home network
  • 2 USB ports for connecting the hard drive and an optional Wi-Fi dongle
  • mini optical digital audio output
  • remote control
  • AC power adapter
  • 10"W x 1/2"H x 8"D
  • weight: 1.1 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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5 out of 5

Good system for free t.v.

Written By Kristof, Southern Oregon Coast, OR on Tuesday, September 09, 2014
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The remote is a little on the small side. The guide, info, exit & back buttons are a nice size, as are the channel and volume buttons (I haven't configured the volume buttons yet, for my tv. The remote is 8" X 1 3/4".

The buttons that annoy me are the arrangement of the fast forward, reverse, pause and play buttons. It is a small thing, but I am accustomed to the play button being in alignment with the ff & fr...but the pause button is between them, and the play is below.

The Player is incredibly small compared to the ones rented from the cable company. I am using this system upstairs in my bedroom where the t.v. is mounted over my sliding doors. I was able to put a VERY small shelf up/by the t.v to link everything together.

The first wifi dongle I got didn't work, but Crutchfield was good about replacing it. It is vudu ready. I am in "Ozark" OR, on the southern coast. I receive 16 channels in HD, crystal clear. (Some are duplicates...and of course there is the religious channel. Local movie channel. (shows older movies). Station transmitters are 10 or so miles away. I have the CM antenna4228HD & the CM 3414 booster.

Overall...very happy with storage capacity...great! and overall quality of reception, recording, and playback.
Pros:
easy install, LOTS of storage capacity, quality HD playback. Vudu available with dongle.
Cons:
minor...button arrangement and size on ff, fr, play and pause.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7500TB1

Written By Anonymous, Golden, CO on Tuesday, September 09, 2014
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Very small unit so it fits anywhere.Easy to set up and easy to use
Pros:
Easy to set up and east to use
Cons:
No details provided in the included manual - you need to download the complete manual.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By JerryM, Sadieville, Kentucky on Saturday, September 06, 2014
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Wow! Absolutely satisfied. Wished I had purchased sooner, this dvr is awesome. I love that it records two shows in the same time slot. Playback is phenomenal. I previously had satellite service with a dvr and I have missed out on so many shows without it until now. I can't say enough about it, a little pricey yes, but well worth it, especially when you consider those monthly satellite bills. Kudos to Crutchfield, I got mine in two days!
Pros:
on screen guide one button record
Cons:
info on guide is unavailable for extended hours on some channels
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5 out of 5

free dvr!

Written By Tony, schaumburg, il on Thursday, September 04, 2014
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I have been waiting to buy a dvd for over the air. We cut the cord 2 months now and thats the one area I been missing to record. But now it is here. I was considering Tivo but this has no fees!
Pros:
A bit pricey but worth it in the long run!
Cons:
Not working with the harmony remote yet. One reason why I haven't bought the all in one remote.
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5 out of 5

CM-7500TB1 DVR+ Review

Written By jk, McLean, VA on Sunday, August 31, 2014
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I've owned the CM7000 and the CM7400. The CM7500TB1 DVR+ is the best yet. The expanded recording time (with the built-in 1TB disc) is a great improvement. The on-screen set-up and guide are intuitive. The tuner is strong and has no difficulty finding and holding the channels. The unit does not get hot (like the previous generations). I have not used it long enough to know if it will "freeze-up" as did the previous generations - I believe this was heat-related and it caused the unit to stop keeping time and to miss recordings. One change (not for the better) is that "deleted" recordings are really deleted. In previous generations, deleted programs were recoverable until they were recorded over. Now, one needs to be certain that a program will not be watched again before deleting.
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5 out of 5

Excellent DVR/HD-tuner

Written By Christopher, South Carolina on Saturday, August 16, 2014
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Like most people considering this unit, I bought this to "cut the cord" of my satellite provider. I already have a Roku with Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu (not sure if I'll keep all those), but the missing piece of the puzzle was local TV as my venerable HDTV doesn't even have an ATSC tuner. Installation was very simple, and with an amplified rabbit-ear antenna up in the attic I am now able to pull in all the major networks: PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox, plus several extra stations. Coming from Dish Network the user interface is very intuitive, and I love that the guide data is free with an Internet connection (I'm using Ethernet). It is VERY small and compact. In fact I wish it could have been built into a larger case to help with cooling and to allow it to stack with other components (like my DVD player and AV receiver). My old Harmony remote set up with it easily though I had to teach some missing commands. Some people may find the lack of different outputs to be limiting, but since I'm using HDMI I'm fine. But be aware there are no Component or other outputs available. My only (minor) complaint is that when I'm in the guide or info screen showing program information the very edges of the sides of the screen are slightly cut off. I am not sure if that is a configuration issue with my older television or if it is a common issue. Picture and sound are excellent when there is a good signal, but some stations seem to be compressing signal to squeeze in SD subchannels.
Pros:
Compact. Easy set-up. Good picture quality for those stations that are not overly compressed. Appears to have a good-quality tuner that receives stations easily.
Cons:
Doesn't stack easily with other A/V components. Slight overscan on my older CRT 1080i TV which is most visible in the guide and program information screens.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By Anonymous, Fenton, MI on Saturday, August 16, 2014
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Nice features and very user friendly.
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5 out of 5

Channel Master DVR+;

Written By Kevin, Waterford Mi on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
 
I bought mine from Channel Master but wanted to comment on it here. I have used my DVR+ every day now for 6 months. At first a few lockups then after firmwear update I have had zero problems for the last 4 months. Firm wear update is painless and automatic. I would suggest a hardwire connection to internet. Wireless works good but direct hardwire best for movie streaming.
Pros:
No subscription fee.
Cons:
Only one is no old time 4.3 native video on old time shows.
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Previous recent units of this recorder from CM had lots of complaints about how small the remote was. I have an ailing first generation (new disc to short lived avail) and the remote is large and robust. What about the new CM-7500TB1? Are you comfortable with the remote? [ steveinglendale  Sep 08, 2014 ]
11 answers
  • I have gotten comfortable with the remote. It is lighter weight than the remote for my old DVR, but physically about the same size ( 8" L x 1 3/4" W x 1/2" D ). Since the new DVR is way better than my old one, I am willing to get used to the new remote. Strange to say, but it might help if the remote were a bit heavier. [ Mary   Sep 13, 2014 ]
  • The remote is a little on the small side. The guide, info, exit & back buttons are a nice size, as are the channel and volume buttons (I haven't configured the volume buttons yet, for my tv. The remote is 8" X 1 3/4". The buttons that annoy me are the arrangement of the fast forward, reverse, pause and play buttons. It is a small thing, but I am accustomed to the play button being in alignment with the ff & fr...but the pause button is between them, and the play is below. The Player is incredibly small compared to the ones rented from the cable company. I am using this system upstairs in my bedroom where the t.v. is mounted over my sliding doors. I was able to put a very small shelf up/by the t.v to link everything together. The first wifi dongle I got didn't work, but Crutch was good about replacing it. It is vudu ready. I am in "Ozark" OR, on the southern coast. I receive 16 channels in HD, crystal clear. (Some are duplicates...and of course there is the religious channel. Local movie channel. (shows older movies). Station transmitters are 10 or so miles away. I have the CM antenna4228HD & the CM 3414 booster. Overall...very happy with storage capacity...great! and overall quality of reception, recording, and playback. [ Christopher   Sep 09, 2014 ]
  • The current remote is awfully small. I sometimes have a hard time pressing the correct buttons. It should be made larger. [ Robert   Sep 09, 2014 ]
  • The remote is 8" by 1.75" and only controls the basic operations of the TV. So I still have to use the TV remote for a few functions. As for the CM DVR - it is easy to use and works well, however as with most new electronics the manual that they provide does not explain everything - you may need to download the complete manual. [ William   Sep 09, 2014 ]
  • i found the remote to be of good size not overly big and easy to use. Bill D [ Bill   Sep 08, 2014 ]
  • Thanks! [ steveinglendale   Sep 08, 2014 ]
  • Yes, I am comfortable with the remote. It is a little smaller than most, but I have found the keys to be more responsive than most, so I think it is a good balance. [ Darryl   Sep 08, 2014 ]
  • Thanks. I'm also into the glasses routine to run most remotes except the old very first gen CM DVR. I also hate the trend to button batteries - expensive and I like the heft a passel of AA give a remote. Old school, maybe, but works for me... [ steveinglendale   Sep 08, 2014 ]
  • The size of the remote seems pretty much the same as other DVRs. The buttons are on the small side, but they are well-spaced and well-marked (I need my glasses these days). The 7500 uses button batteries instead of pen batteries, so it is flatter (thinner), and lighter than previous generation remotes. Like anything else that's new, you quickly adjust and forget about how it is different from what you've used before. [ Jeffrey   Sep 08, 2014 ]
  • The remote is a little miniaturized, and takes a little getting used to. However I would not say this a deal-breaker for 2 reasons. 1)Like anything else after a little while I got used to handling it routine enough and wouldn't say its so bad. 2) If one is still particular about the size, I did find an alternative in the form of buying a standard sized Logitech Harmony universal remote 650 ($50-$70) and configure it for Channelmaster DVR+ (Use model code CM-7500gb16 if taking this option). Have even been able to automate some routine multi-key tasks like Deleting a recording, finding the signal strength info etc. [ Arun   Sep 08, 2014 ]
  • The remote is now used for all my TV functions. It is the standard size of most remotes that I have used. Some buttons may be small for the elderly or sight impaired. [ Gregory   Sep 08, 2014 ]
I have read a review that stated it was difficult to transfer a recording from the DVR's internal drive to a PC. They recommended that you purchase the 16Gb. internal drive and attach an external drive because it was easier to transfer a recording. Does anyone have any experience with this? [ Tom R  Aug 18, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff Staff  Aug 21, 2014 ]
Can this DVR be used with other streaming internet services such as Apple TV? [ William  Aug 14, 2014 ]
2 answers
  • Currently the only streaming service available on the unit is Vudu. [ Erica   Sep 08, 2014 ]
  • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy Staff  Aug 18, 2014 ]
When the Channel Master DVR+ plays back recorded OTA HD content, will the playback be in the format that was stored, such as 1080i and Dolby Digital 5.1, and will this be provided via both the HDMI and optical audio outputs? [ Kevin H  Aug 10, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The Channel Master will record the physical format that you send it, so if you send 1080i video and 5.1 Dolby Digital it will record and play back in these formats, no matter the input. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Staff  Aug 12, 2014 ]

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