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Channel Master TV

Dual-tuner HD DVR records over-the-air digital TV broadcasts, Internet-ready

Item # 659CM7400

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About the Channel Master TV

Attention, cord-cutters!

You're not ready to give up watching TV entirely, but you're tired of writing that big monthly check to your satellite or cable TV provider. If that's where you're at, Channel Master has a brilliant alternative. Their CM-7400 DVR makes it easy to record over-the-air high-def TV shows without paying for a subscription. Simply connect the CM-7400 to an indoor or outdoor antenna and start recording your favorite network shows in crystal-clear HD — to watch whenever you want.

Read a letter from Channel Master about their latest software update for the Channel Master TV and their switch to a full 1-year warranty on this product.

Attention, cord-cutters!

You're not ready to give up watching TV entirely, but you're tired of writing that big monthly check to your satellite or cable TV provider. If that's where you're at, Channel Master has a brilliant alternative. Their CM-7400 DVR makes it easy to record over-the-air high-def TV shows without paying for a subscription. Simply connect the CM-7400 to an indoor or outdoor antenna and start recording your favorite network shows in crystal-clear HD — to watch whenever you want.

Channel Master TV on-screen guide

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

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

The CM-7400 can record up to 35 hours of high-def programs, and provides great DVR conveniences like pause and forward/reverse skip using the remote control. And you know what? Over-the-air high-def broadcasts look 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. Recording shows is a snap using the on-screen program guide.

You'll find both HDMI and component video connections to ensure compatibility with virtually any HDTV. This DVR is a terrific solution for projector-based home theaters, since projectors never include a built-in tuner. Note: This DVR cannot record satellite or scrambled cable TV signals.

Stream movies from Vudu™

The CM-7400 makes it easy to access great Internet entertainment, too. You can either connect a network cable to the back-panel Ethernet port, or go wireless with the built-in Wi-Fi®. You like movies? Vudu's on-demand service has over 30,000 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 share photos from Flickr, and keep tabs on your Facebook friends.

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Product highlights:

  • built-in ATSC tuners receive free over-the-air digital TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • dual ATSC tuners let you to watch one over-the-air broadcast channel while simultaneously recording another
  • records up to 35 hours of HD content or up to 150 hours of SD content to built-in 320GB hard drive
  • versatile playback modes, including pause, fast-forward/fast reverse, and forward/reverse skip
  • setup wizard with auto channel scanning
  • timer recording with on-screen program guide
  • can record and play back 3D content
  • Internet-ready with Vudu apps for accessing streaming movies, music and more
  • built-in Wi-Fi® to link to a wireless network
  • selectable resolution (480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/30Hz or 1080p/24Hz) — 1080i performs best for most TVs
  • 1 set of audio/video outputs (HDMI, component video, composite video, and RF)
  • RF input for antenna signal
  • optical digital audio output
  • Ethernet port for a high-speed connection to a home network
  • front and rear USB ports for viewing files on a thumb drive
  • multibrand remote control
  • 10-5/8"W x 2-1/8"H x 8-3/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts and labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # CM 7400

What's in the box:

  • HDTV over-the-air receiver/ DVR
  • AC power adapter (with attached 6' DC cord)
  • 2-prong AC plug insert
  • IR remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 6.5' HDMI cable
  • 7' RG-6 RF coaxial cable
  • 6.5' Audio/Video cable (with a composite video/stereo RCA connectors on each end)
  • User Guide
  • Quick Start Guide
  • "Read This First!" note
  • Vudu HD Movies offer sheet
  • Important Safety Instructions

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Channel Master TV
Subscription Free HD DVR
On Demand Entertainment
Personal Media Storage
Audio/Video Connections
Remote Control

Channel Master TV

Overview: The Channel Master TV CM-7400 is an over-the-air HDTV DVR (digital video recorder) with on-demand entertainment access and Clear QAM capability. The Channel Master TV CM-7400 enables free over-the-air HD broadcasts, adds full DVR functionality (including the ability to pause, rewind, & record live TV), supports non-premium Clear QAM digital cable channels, provides storage and management for your personal media content, plus allows access to web content; such as On Demand Movies/TV shows and more for Vudu Apps - delivered right to your TV. The Channel Master TV CM-7400 lets you view and record local over-the-air digital broadcasts in your area, as well as unscrambled Clear QAM digital cable channels, using its dual ATSC tuners and Clear QAM tuner, along with its electronic program guide. With the CM-7400, you can pause, fast forward, and rewind your over-the-air programs. And unlike many other DVR services, there are no monthly subscription fees to record your over-the-air HDTV programming. In addition to accessing and recording free over-the-air HDTV content, the Channel Master TV CM-7400 gives you access to various on-demand Internet content, such as movies, music, photos, social networks, and more (subscription fees may apply). The Channel Master TV CM-7400 comes with an infrared remote control which operates the CM-7400 DVR and up to two other components.

Note: The Channel Master TV CM-7400 requires an over-the-air antenna for free TV broadcasts, a Clear QAM service provider & subscription for non-premium digital cable channels, and a broadband Internet connection for web movies/TV shows and apps.

Subscription Free HD DVR

Free HDTV: Over-the-air broadcasts provide the highest quality of HD available without any video compression or compromised video quality. All cable and Satellite providers use video compression techniques which degrades picture quality. You will notice a difference between their picture quality and what is available over-the-air with Channel Master TV. Over-the-air broadcast stations include major networks; such as ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and PBS.

Note: In order to receive live over-the-air broadcasts, you will need an outdoor or indoor antenna (sold separately) depending on your location.

Dual ATSC Tuners: The Channel Master TV CM-7400 is equipped with dual ATSC digital tuners which allow you to record two different over-the-air digital broadcasts simultaneously. You can also watch a previously recorded program while recording the two simultaneous broadcasts. This service is totally free of charge.

Note: The CM-7400 is not equipped with an NTSC tuner.

Clear QAM Tuner: The Channel Master TV CM-7400 also features a Clear QAM digital cable TV tuner that can receive unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service still required). You can record available Clear QAM digital cable channels as well. Clear QAM support varies city by city; check your cable provider for compatibility.

Note: Channel Master TV is not compatible with premium subscription cable services, so you will not get content that is only available on a premium cable service such as HBO, Showtime, ESPN, Disney, etc.. The CM-7400 does not support Satellite TV signals.

SD (Standard-Definition) and HD (High-Definition) Compatible: Using the built-in HDTV over-the-air tuner, you can view and record both standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) digital programming. You can view up-converted standard-definition and native high-definition over-the-air digital broadcasts on a connected HDTV. You can also view both native SD and down-converted HD programming on a connected SDTV.

Electronic Program Guide: Other DVR manufacturers and service providers are required to pay fees for the television guide data that is delivered to the box via the internet or a service provider network. This expense is passed on to the consumer as a monthly DVR fee. With Channel Master TV, basic television guide data is transmitted free-of-charge by the broadcaster and the Channel Master CM-7400 receives this info and appropriately inserts it into the on-screen guide. The Basic Program Guide provides a 2-day viewing and recording window for ATSC/Clear QAM channels. While this info is basic and all depends on what the broadcaster decides to send, it is free. The electronic program guide offers the following search functions.

  • Channel List: The Program Guide will display a list of channels and programs available to watch in your area based on your selected TV source.
  • Title Search: Title Search allows you to find programs in the Program Guide by a keyword within the title or description. Keywords can be entered using the unit's on-screen keyboard or from the remote control's keypad.
  • Advanced Search: The Advanced Search option offers the ability to use additional search criteria to narrow your search. You can search by using criteria for keywords, genre, and people.

Note: If you desire additional program information, Channel Master TV offers a Premium Program Guide upgrade for a fee of $49.99 annually. The Premium Program Guide offers additional program information for both ATSC/Clear QAM, including a 14-day viewing and recording window.

320GB HDD: The Channel Master TV CM-7400 allows you to record over-the-air digital broadcasts (MPEG-2 & MPEG-4) on its internal 320GB hard disk drive. The unit can record up to 35 hours of high-definition (HD) video and 150 hours of standard-definition (SD) video.

Note: Storage hours will vary based on the format of the content.

Recording TV: The Channel Master TV CM-7400 allows you to record ATSC/Clear QAM programs currently playing or scheduled in advance, through its electronic program guide. You can schedule up to two recordings simultaneously. You can also set additional recording options, such as:

  • Record Episode: Records only the current episode.
  • Record Series: This option lets you record all available instances of the program within the Channel Master TV Program Guide
  • Find Other Times: Takes you to an 'Upcoming Programs' screen displaying the current program's future episodes scheduled for the next 14 days (if you subscribe to the Premium Program Guide service). This list displays new episodes and/or repeat programs.
  • Priority: Set the priority of the episode to record if multiple recordings are scheduled at the same time.
  • Bonus Time: Add bonus recording time before and/or after the scheduled recording time; great for live events. You can add up to 1 hour prior to a scheduled event or 3 hours after an event has ended.
  • Manual Recording: When no guide data is present or when you are receiving limited guide data in the Program Guide, you may elect to perform a manual recording. You can manually enter the channel number, date, start time, record length, and how often for your desired recording.

Note: DVR recordings can be kept for 1 week, 1 month, until space is needed on the HDD, or until you manually delete them.

Controlling Live TV: The Channel Master TV CM-7400 lets you pause (up to 1 hr), fast forward (up to 5x), and rewind (up to 5x) live TV through its built-in 320GB HDD and built-in DVR capabilities. A replay function lets you view the previous 7 seconds of a program.

Programming Information: During a live TV broadcast, you can bring up the program information on the top of your TV screen. The title of the program, program duration, description of the program, channel number, and any TV ratings for what you are watching is displayed. Program details of the program you are watching may be available for some broadcasts.

Closed Caption Support: The CM-7400 supports digital Closed Captions. The unit offers many options for Closed Captioning (CC), including font size, colors, edge style, service, and opacity.

Parental Controls: You can restrict your family's viewing based either on program ratings or on a channel-by-channel basis. The parental lock feature is protected by a 4-digit pass-code.

On Demand Entertainment

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Channel Master TV CM-7400 lets you connect to the Internet via your home network, using its hard-wired Ethernet (RJ-45) port or its built-in WiFi. Once connected to your home network, the CM-7400 lets you access Vudu HD movies and various other web media applications from Vudu Apps.

Ethernet Port: A 10 Base-T or 100 Base-TX LAN port is required for a hardwired Ethernet connection to the CM-7400. Use a standard Ethernet (LAN) cable with this unit (Cat5 or better with a RJ-45 connector).
Built-in WiFi: The CM-7400's built-in WiFi supports IEEE 802.11A/B/G/N standard, as well as WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security. The TV's built-in WiFi operates at 2.4/5.8 GHz radio frequencies.

Vudu Apps: Vudu Apps provides you access to a wide range of Internet services and applications including streaming video, music on demand, photo browsing, social networking and more. Vudu Apps uses a unique, cloud-based architecture optimized for consumer electronics devices, including delivering the latest applications to consumers without the need for software downloads or frequent firmware updates. Vudu Apps has many popular online applications; like Vudu HD Movies, Picasa, Flickr, The Weather Channel, The New York Times, Twitter, Facebook, and more. Vudu apps can be browsed by category.

Category Content
Featured Apps Vudu HD Movies, Flicker, Picasa, Facebook, Twitter, Associated Press, Weather, The New York Times, Dailymotion, Stock Tracker, Dolby Digital Plus
News Associated Press, The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, NBC Meet the Press, NBC Today Show, Face the Nation, CNN Daily, and more
Arts & Entertainment the digg reel, The Screening Room, Scene Steelers, Indie Film Nation, The New Your Animated Cartoons, iFanboy, Scam School, and more
Internet Culture RocketBoom, digg Nation, Totally Rad Show, Tekzilla, Best of Revision3
Gaming Attack of the Show, X Play
Science & Technology Discovery, Nova, Hidden universe, TedTalks, Walt Mossberg's Personal Tech, Andy Jordan's Tech Diary, HAK.5, Pixel Perfect, SYSTM, Irrelevant Astronomy
Music Philharmonia Orchestra, XLR8R, UVTV, From the Top at Carnegie Hall
Sports ESPN Around the Horn, ESPN Mike & Mike Moment, Motorz
Travel & Lifestyle Good Housekeeping, DeliciousTV, DiveFilm HD, London Landscape TV, New York on the Clock, The City Concealed

Note: Please visit www.VUDU.com for the most current list of apps.

Vudu HD Movies: Vudu is an on-demand movie service available on the Channel Master TV CM-7400. Vudu HD Movies lets you choose from over 30,000 titles; including the newest releases, classics, and independent films (content updated daily). The latest movies and TV series are available on Vudu the same day they are available in stores, so there is no wait. You can rent or buy these movies from the comfort of your home, without ever leaving the couch. You can browse the Vudu Movie/TV Show Library by "Most Watched", Tomatometer", Release Date, Alphabetically, or by 16 different genres. Vudu offers 1080p picture quality with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1ch surround sound. There are no subscription, sign-up, or late fees; you simply pay for what you watch. At this time, the Vudu service is only available in the United States.

Movie Type Video Resolution Sound Bandwidth Required Rent Own
HDX 1080p 5.1ch Surround Sound 4.5-9 Mbps $5.99 $19.99
HD 720p 5.1ch Surround Sound 2.25-4.5 Mbps $4.99 $19.99
SD 480p Stereo 1.2 Mpbs $3.99 $14.99
Movie of the day 480p, 720p, 1080p Stereo or 5.1ch 1.2-9 Mbps $0.99 N/A
$2/2 Night 480p, 720p, 1080p Stereo or 5.1ch 1.2-9 Mbps $2.00 N/A

Note: Watching movies on VUDU requires a broadband Internet connection of at least 1 Mbps. All purchased content is restricted from download to the CM-7400. But if the content is purchased instead of rented, you can stream this content as frequently as you choose.

Social Networking: Vudu apps contains online social networking sites; such as Facebook & Twitter.

  • Twitter: Twitter is an online social networking and micro blogging service using text-based posts to share information amongst other Twitter users (also known as 'Tweets'). Using Twitter requires an existing Twitter account. If you do not have a Twitter account, go to http://twitter.com to create an account before continuing.
  • Facebook: Facebook is a social networking service and website. Using Facebook from Channel Master TV requires starting the Facebook application inside the VUDU Apps screen.

Photo Sites: Vudu apps include personal online photo management apps like Picasa and Flickr.

  • Picasa: Picasa is a free software application for organizing and editing digital photos. The Picasa Web Album manages user accounts based on a specified email address where you can either enter a password or keep the account limited to your public content. Entering a password enables access to non-public content.
  • Flickr: Flickr is a photo management and sharing application. The integrated Flickr application in Channel Master TV enables you to save a User ID set up with or without a password.

Internet Browsing Note: The Channel Master TV CM-7400 does not have an open internet browser that will allow you to visit any website; only Internet content from Vudu HD Movies and Vudu Apps.

Personal Media Storage

Dual USB Ports: The CM-7400's front-panel & rear-panel USB (type-A) ports allow you to import movie, music, and photo content to the CM-7400 for playback and storage.  Movie, music, and photo content can be transferred from a standard USB storage device to the Channel Master TV's 320GB hard drive or viewed directly from the storage device.

Media Management: The Channel Master TV CM-7400 has built-in media management capabilities that allow you to store, play, and manage your personal media content directly from the Channel Master TV user interface.

  • Video: You can view your videos by title or sort them by date and by folders.
  • Photos: You can view your photos by thumbnail view, sort them by date taken, folders, or play a slideshow.  You can also have music playing in the background while viewing a slideshow.
  • Music: You can sort your music by Albums, Artists, Genres, or create personal Playlists.

Supported Media Content: The Channel Master TV CM-7400 supports various movie, photo, and music content.

Media Type Media Formats
Movie MPEG-1/2/4, H.264, WM9, DivX, AVS, MP4/MOV, MKV, and VC1
Photo BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG,  and TIFF
Music AAC, MP3, PCM, WAV, WMA, WMA Pro, and Dolby Digital

eSATA Connector: The External Serial ATA connector may support future upgrades.

Audio/Video Connections

Antenna Input/Output: The Channel Master TV CM-7400 over-the-air HDTV DVR is equipped with a threaded coaxial RF-type cable/antenna input and TV output to connect between your indoor/outdoor antenna and your television. The antenna output provides both standard-definition video and mono audio to your television via channel 3 or 4.

Video Outputs: The Channel Master TV CM-7400 is fitted with both high definition (HDMI/component) and standard definition (composite) video outputs.

  • HDMI Output: The unit's HDMI connection provides both high-definition video (up to 1080p) and digital audio (up to 5.1ch) to your TV or home theater system's A/V receiver.
  • Component Video Output: The Channel Master TV CM-7400 features one set of component video outputs to send a high-definition video signal (up to 1080i) to your TV.
  • Composite Video Outputs: The CM-7400 also features a single composite video input to send a standard-definition video signal (480i only) to your TV.

Audio Outputs: The CM-7400 is equipped with both digital (optical) and analog (RCA) audio outputs.

  • Digital Audio Output: The over-the-air HDTV DVR is equipped with an optical (toslink) digital audio output to transfer Dolby Digital or PCM audio to your home theater receiver.
  • Analog Audio Output: The Channel Master TV CM-7400 also features analog stereo RCA outputs to transfer audio directly to your television or stereo receiver.

AC Power Adapter: The Channel Master TV CM-7400 operates off of standard household AC current, using the supplied AC power adapter.

  • Input: 100-240V~ 50-60Hz, 0.9A
  • Output: 12V - 3A

Convenience Features

Setup Wizard: The first time you install the CM-7400 DVR, the Setup Wizard screen appears and guides you through the system setup process. The Setup Wizard scans for local digital over-the-air channels, as well as unscrambled QAM cable stations (if applicable) and helps you set up the settings for your local area and TV display.

  • Video Settings: You will need to select the resolution (480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/30Hz or 1080p/24Hz) that your TV supports You can also adjust the display format (16:9 Pillar, 16:9 Wide, 16:9 Zoom, 4:3 Crop, 4:3 Letterbox, 4:3 Squeeze, or 4:3/14:9).
  • Audio Setting: The Audio setting menu enables you to change the audio output of Channel Master TV CM-7400. The unit's HDMI or optical connections can provide two audio data types: Dolby Digital or Linear PCM (only Dolby Digital audio through these connections can then be decoded to provide full, 5.1-channel surround sound).

Multibrand Remote Control: The Channel Master TV CM-7400 comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the over-the-air DVR. You can set up the remote to control as may as two additional devices. These devices can be your TV and Blu-ray/DVD player. You will need to program the remote control using the remote codes in the included Quick Start Guide, or you can scan the remote control's database of device codes. The supplied remote control features a numeric keypad (0-9) for direct channel entry.

Note: The remote operates off of 2 "AA" batteries.

Software/Firmware Upgrades: It is possible to update the software/firmware of the CM-7400 using the unit's USB 2.0 port or Ethernet jack. Go to Channel Master TV to get the latest software/firmware version.

Note: The tested Channel Mater TV CM-7400 contained software/firmware version 1.074.2 (as of 12/21/2011). An immediate software/firmware upgrade (v.1.0.74.3) was available.

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