Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

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

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Hey, cord-cutters!

More and more 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. Over-the-air channels and streamed web content are accessible from one screen.

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, music from Pandora, and everything else from YouTube

Supplementing over-the-air channels with streamed Internet content makes cutting the cord a whole lot more appealing. The CM-7500TB1 makes it easy to access great Internet entertainment — simply connect 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.

You can also enjoy Pandora's endless jukebox of streamed music, and watch music videos and concert clips from around the world on YouTube.

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Product 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
  • access streamed Internet content with built-in apps for Vudu®, Pandora®, and YouTube®
  • 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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What's in the box?

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  • HDTV over-the-air receiver/DVR
  • AC power adapter with attached 58" DC output cord (DC output: 12V 1.46A)
  • IR remote control
  • Two CR2032 Lithium batteries (installed in remote)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • "Read This First!" note

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Features

Overview: The Channel Master DVR+ (Model CM-7500TB1) is a High Definition OTA (over-the-air) digital video receiver and recorder. You can receive and record over-the-air broadcasts in HD and SD for later playback. You can also connect to a high-speed broadband Internet service to enjoy online streaming services, such as VUDU and Pandora. DVR+ comes with a full-function IR remote, which can control multiple brands of TVs.

Dual HDTV Tuners: The DVR+ is equipped with two ATSC tuners, which allow you to record two programs at once, or watch one program while recording another. Just connect an antenna to enjoy subscription-free broadcast programming from your local stations at resolutions of up to 1080i and 1080p via HDMI. The DVR+ is not compatible with existing cable and satellite connections.

Internet Ready: The DVR+ has an RJ45 Ethernet port for connecting the unit to your router via a LAN cable to receive broadband Internet service. In addition to the online streaming services, an Internet connection provides the unit with automatic software updates, and extends the program guide to 14 days. The optional Channel Master Wi-Fi adapter will allow you to connect the DVR+ to the Internet wirelessly.

Note: To enjoy high-quality video streaming, a 2 Mbps minimum connection speed is recommended.

Built-in Streaming Services: The DVR+ features integrated streaming services and apps, including VUDU, a premium streaming service for your favorite TV shows, movies, and new-release DVD titles, YouTube, and Pandora, a music streaming service. Access to rent or buy VUDU movies on-demand using the DVR+ requires an account with the VUDU service. You can sign up directly on the DVR+ receiver, or use a web browser to sign up. If you already have a VUDU account, you can sign in from the DVR+ receiver.

Electronic Program Guide: A built-in electronic program guide allows you to see what programs are on each broadcast channel at any given time. From the guide, you can change channels, set the DVR+ to record a program, or set a reminder for a program you want to watch in the future. The program guide also directly integrates the available streaming services and apps, so you can find the programs or movies you're looking for. The program guide provides up to 14 days of guide data with an Internet connection, but only 2 days without.

1 TB Hard Disk Drive: The DVR+ has a 1 terabyte (TB) internal hard disk drive for storing your recorded programs. The memory allows you to pause or rewind live TV for about 15 minutes (up to 2 hours with an optional external USB hard disk drive). You can also store up to 160 hours of HD programs or 640 hours of SD programs. Rear-mounted USB 2.0 ports let you connect an optional external hard drive for additional storage, if desired.

Remote Control: The DVR+ has a front-panel power button, but no other controls. The supplied remote control contains all of the remaining controls you'll need. The remote is equipped with a numeric keypad for direct channel tuning, as well as + and - buttons for channel scanning. Transport controls are included (play, pause, stop, fast forward, rewind, skip forward and skip backward) for watching recorded programs. Special color-coded buttons let you rapidly move through the program guide (-2.5 hours, -1 day, +1day), or search for the desired program by title. The remote is pre-programmed with remote codes for hundreds of TV manufacturers. The remote is powered by two CR2032 batteries (installed).

Connections: The DVR+ features the following rear-panel connections:

  • RF In: Female F-type connector for your over-the-air antenna
  • Optical: 3.5mm mini-optical jack to connect to a high-quality digital audio decoding system (outputs Dolby Digital Plus)
  • HDMI: Provides high-definition digital audio and video to the TV. (HDMI 1.3a with HDCP 1.3)
  • Ethernet: RJ-45 Ethernet port for connecting to your modem (10/100 Base-T)
  • USB: Two USB 2.0 host ports (Type A) for connecting optional USB Wi-Fi adapter and optional external hard drive
  • IR: 3.5mm jack for optional IR extension cable
  • Power: DC connector for supplied external power supply

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Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR

Written By EdfromDarwin, Darwin, MN on Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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I like it -it's easy to use, records excellently, and it works as advertised; good picture and sound quality; highly recommend this DVR.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By Neal, Missouri on Monday, December 15, 2014

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Good design. The manual could be a little more detailed in explaining the manual scanning process. I had two channels that would Not come up during the scanning process. I had to change the resolution to get them to scan.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By ksmith, Virginia on Saturday, December 13, 2014

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The Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+ works as advertised and the tuner pulls in channels that my TV tuner sometimes freezes. The play back picture quality in most cases is just as good as the original signal on TV. All recordings played back are very good and as good as DVD or better. You can fast forward through commercials at 64X. When you pause, rewind or fast forward a bar pops up on the screen showing a graphic and digital indication of where you are in the recorded program. This bar covers most of the lower part of the screen and does not go away. So if you want to pause a program to get a better view the screen is blocked by the program progress bar. One item I miss from a VCR is on the Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+ you can only chose programs to record from the guide which only goes 2 weeks. I miss picking a time, day of week and channel and having the DVR record the program until told to stop. I am out of the country for months at a time so two weeks does not work too well for me. An other issue is sometimes the remote will not control the DVR. The remote will control the TV but not the DVR. My DVR is connected to my TV through a receiver. It seems if I switch to the DVR input on the receiver and select external input on the TV the remote will then operate properly. Maybe if the DVR was connected directly to the TV this would not be an issue.

Pros: DVR playback provides an excellent picture and sound

Cons: large section of screen is blocked during pause, rewind or fast forward. As the owner's manual says you can only record up two weeks.

CM-7500TB1 Channel Master

Written By Out-of-town Ted, Minnesota on Friday, December 12, 2014

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I have never cut the cable as I have never had cable TV. I grew up with free over-the-air (OTA) TV and could never get used to paying to watch what I used to watch for free. I have had several different types of recording devices over the years, the last one being a Philips DVDR357H/37 which recorded in 480 and upgraded to a simulated1080, a good machine except no HD. I like the Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR. The unit is very compact and does not stand out under the TV. The installation and operation went just a predicted. It was pretty easy except for that I used a cheap HDMI cable that had a short. As others have mentioned, the tuner seems to be of a higher quality than is in my Sony TV. The TV program menu works well with or without an internet connection.The unit does not over heat and is quiet. It would be nice if you could burn a disc from the unit as I was able to do with my old Philips but it works just as advertised. I get about 40 over-the-air channels which supply most everything I want to watch. There are a few videos on YouTube that can help you if you have installation questions.

Pros: Superior tuner. Ease of use.

Cons: No serious negatives for this machine so far.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By PK, New Jersey on Tuesday, December 02, 2014

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Easy to use.

Nice DVR

Written By TJS in VA, Virginia on Saturday, November 22, 2014

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Basic installation is easy to setup and configure. Response time to access recordings is very good and the ability to maneuver within recordings is very good. Overall, the DVR works great for an antenna based product, is highly recommended and yes, I would purchase this product again. This DVR has never missed a recording.

I purchased and setup this DVR for my father who is 80 years old and he has not had a problem using it, working with recordings, or managing recordings or scheduled recordings.

Proprietary Wi-Fi software with limited capability to access common on-line providers (e.g., No access to Netflix or a number of other popular web based movie providers). For the price of this DVR Wi-Fi should be integrated within the unit.

Pros: Easy to install and configure. The unit as a very small foot print, and one TB provides plenty of storage capability. Software interface is intuitive for the basics.

Cons: The User Manual is fine for the basics, but should provide greater detail for manual recordings. Software interface is intuitive for the basics, but the setup of manual recordings requires a number of dry runs (i.e., practice recordings, trial and errors). The interface for the on-line key board is a poor at best, but it works. The jump-forward and jump-back functions should provide longer time increments to simplify skipping over sections of recordings or commercials.

Bye Bye Cable TV

Written By RobinM, Texas on Thursday, November 20, 2014

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This is exactly what I needed to finally give up cable television. The installation was a breeze! I love the fact that I can record shows and pause live television. I read the reviews and purchased the WiFi adapter. This is the best investment ever.

Pros: Pause live television and record OTA programming.

working great for me

Written By C.Russell, mi on Thursday, November 20, 2014

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This Dvr is just what i wanted coming from a directv dvr i wanted to still be able to record shows off the anntena . This dvr works great for me i have only had it 2 weeks but everything i have recorded has turned out very good. The duel tuners in this dvr seem to be strong to me i am getting 100 percent signal strength on all the local channels and i am only using a wineguard amplified indoor antenna with this dvr so i wasnt sure how good of a signal i would get we are out in the country about 20 miles from the tv towers. This dvr also works with my Harmony Touch remote no trouble.

Pros: easy to use and tuners are good the channel guide is better then i expected it to be.

Cons: The price is a bit high but the channel guide is free so it will pay for itself in time.

Impressed but also dispappointed

Written By Mick, San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, November 01, 2014

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Overall, I'm amazed and impressed. And yes, a bit disappointed too. I didn't initially comprehend how tiny this 1 TB powerhouse was, so when I saw the size of the shipping carton, I was worried Crutchfield sent the wrong item. Opening the box I happily discovered this diminutive unit had everything I expected. Well, almost everything. I understood it didn't have built-in WiFi, but I recently purchased a dual-band Kinivo USB dual-band WiFi stick compliant with 11 n/g/b/a up to 300 Mbps. The Channel Master features two USB ports, so surely this hot little stick, capable of Infrastructure, Ad-Hoc and Soft AP modes, would work without a problem. Nope. A little research on the Channel Master web site uncovered the poorly documented factoid that only the $40 Channel Master 7500XWF wireless USB stick works. Disappointing. Also, the power brick takes up two AC outlets, but a simple 6 inch power extension cable solved that problem. Overall, the quality of the recordings is superb and I can easily manage the quirky interface. Yes, I really like this device, but I resent being blind-sided by the proprietary WiFi solution. It leaves me feeling less like a satisfied customer and more like part of a revenue stream for Channel Master. Too bad, because I really want to love this otherwise great device.

Pros: 1 TB storage Tiny High quality recordings

Cons: Proprietary WiFi solution No indication that WiFi solution is proprietary until after purchase Power brick hogs two outlets

CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By NormW, Richmond, VA on Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Have used this product for one month. Installation was very simple. All nearby channels scanned in automatically. In the first week I noticed some local channels breaking up and was concerned. My antenna is in my attic so I tried pointing it in different directions. Then I discovered the website 'AntennaWeb.com' which takes your home address and zip to analyze your reception. The results showed that my old antenna position was ~ 30 degrees off (used compass on my cell phone to correct the direction). Reception is crystal clear on all stations I receive. Guide menu is very intuitive as it displays all times and programs for the date. Push one button and program is set to be recorded. Have recorded 6-8 one hour programs to date and still have 95% capacity on the 1TB drive.

Pros: It's compact size and weight made it very easy to place on top of my DVD Player and not require dedicated space.

Cons: None

Works well!

Written By RobA, Alpharetta, GA on Sunday, October 12, 2014

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Easy to set up and provides reasonable response time. After a full scan removing unwanted channels is cumbersome. Setting up a manual recording for a program not in the Guide is not intuitive. The user manual appears to be out of date & you'll have to experiment a bit to figure out how to do some things. The pause live TV feature works very well. The audio level over the HDMI is very low as compared to the direct antenna feed. The picture quality on live and recorded programs is as good as the direct feed. I have not had good luck with named events. They work the first time but since the over the air Guide in my area only contains data for the next 24 hours, once the program is no longer in the Guide, the recording info for that event shows up as "-----". I have had these fail so I set up manual recordings for recurring programs. The Recordings screen has a nice feature which puts the same program into a single folder and means more programs fit on a single screen. The "History" menu shows you what you recorded and what "future" programs are scheduled. When you set up a manual recording you need to pick the program from the guide. If it is not in the guide you need to pick a random program and then set up the channel & times & program name through a clunky on screen keyboard. You can set start early / stop late times for "named events". I recommend it to anyone who is looking to cut the cord. I hope most of the issues can & will be fixed in future software releases.

Pros: 2 tuners 160 hours of recording with expansion relatively intuitive user interface

Cons: Clunky on screen keyboard for naming manually recorded programs Some programming quirks A bit pricey

Much better than previous models!

Written By LindaD, Virginia on Sunday, October 05, 2014

I also owned two previous models of the ChannelMaster DVR and so far, this one seems superior. It is easier to set up and program. I'm hopeful the new design will take care of the issues we had with previous models (they got very hot and their lifespan was shorter than anticipated - about 2 years). Since it's still new, I'm reserving the 5th star until this new model proves itself long term.

Pros: Easy set up, easy programming. Does not get as hot as its predecessors.

Cons: The wider design may be a problem for some folks (hasn't been for me). No visible clock, which isn't a big deal - I'm just still getting used to it.

CM-7500TB1 DVR

Written By GregC, Indiana on Sunday, September 28, 2014

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This unit provides a better picture the then the tuner in the TV. The response time is slow but that might be due to the remote not getting to the IR input. The system was easy to set up. The program information is not always available in the guide due to the network. Easy to record and playback. The unit is small but I have it flat against the wall due to no shelf near the TV. As a result of that the remote does not have a clear shot to the IR input on the unit.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By Jack, Parker, Colorado on Saturday, September 27, 2014

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In a nutshell ... this gizmo far-exceeds my expectations.

Pros: I don't think that there is any competition out there for this product. "This isn't your father's DVR"!

Cons: This product could use an "old-fashioned" set of printed operating instructions, or at the the very least, a directly accessible and comprehensive set of operating instructions. An acceptable set of online instructions are referred to in the printed set-up instructions, but clicking on the URL gets one to a place that requires additional searching. More user-friendly would be a more obvious path to the existing instructions.

Free HDTV

Written By JohnE, Surprise, AZ on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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This HDTV Receiver and DVR works really well and is really not too expensive.

Pros: It seems to be very easy to use even without reading the User's Manual. Also, the picture quality is really great.

Cons: I haven't found any yet.

Channel Master CM 7500TB1 DVR+

Written By D. Smith, Florham Park, NJ on Monday, September 22, 2014

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This is a superb product. Installation and setup are quick and simple. The product is incredibly thin and compact. The program guide lists all channels received and requires just a couple of clicks to schedule a program to be recorded. You can even click to record all programs of a series. Although the 1TB built in memory is generous, I added a 3TB Seagate external backup hard drive to one of the USB ports, this was immediately recognized by the Channel Master and programmed to supplement it. It does all it is advertised to do exceptionally well.

Pros: Compact size, ease of set up, simple to schedule recording, playback of same quality as the source, can record two programs simultaneously or record while watching a different program.

Cons: Nothing that I can think of.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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6 questions already asked

Not in my experience. Once recorded to the internal hard drive it stays there until deleted. If you plug in an external drive the CM-7500 is supposed to record content there, allowing you to remove the drive and copy it to any computer that is able to read a Unix formatted drive directory, but I have not tried it yet. Once you have your file onto a computer you can convert/edit it and burn it to a DVD with video editing software. [ Albert  Nov 13, 2014 ]
This DVR does not have any controls to allow dubbing its built-in hard drive to a DVD recorder (no RCA ports), but it does have a USB port for connecting an external hard drive for additional storage. Recordings on the external hard drive may possibly be transfered to your computer to create the DVD. Would call them and ask. Do like this product; remote could use some ergonomic improvements. [ Norman  Nov 12, 2014 ]
Not unless you have a dvd recorder that has a HDMI input, thus far I don"t believe they make a recorder with a HDMI inport - I wish they did. However, with the vast amount of storage available on the Hard Disc (which can be doubled with an optional 2nd disc) you can store it for years and get to a particular recording very easily plus the channel Master is so compact & light, you can take it with you on trips or your back yard outings with a TV handy. I have enjoyed mine, particulary the ease in going to the show you wish to see. If I had to rate this.... it would be a 5 star..... it would be a 6 star?? if it had a RCA output! Hope this helps. [ Ronald  Nov 12, 2014 ]
I do not know. We only record T.V. shows. Other than that, it is really a very easy to use and it was extremely easy to hook up. Love it! [ Wanda  Nov 12, 2014 ]
Sorry, but I don't know the answer. [ Bruce  Nov 12, 2014 ]
Not with the machine alone, as it has no DVD drive. I suppose you could connect the output of the Channel Master to a DVD recorder, and then monitor the DVD recorder with the TV, so you could see what you're doing, but I have no idea if that would really work. [ DAVID W  Nov 12, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Yes. You can connect the 659CM7500 to the Yamaha 2020 AV receiver with an optical digital cable. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Oct 07, 2014 ]  Staff
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 ]
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  Aug 21, 2014 ]  Staff
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  Aug 18, 2014 ]  Staff
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  Aug 12, 2014 ]  Staff

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