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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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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.

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 sports and shows from Sling, 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. Want live sports? SlingTV offers live streaming of several TV stations, including ESPN. You like movies? Vudu's on-demand service has thousands of HD titles available for instant streaming. 

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®, YouTube®, and SlingTV
    • SlingTV streams select TV channels live, including ESPN and ESPN2 (subscription required)
  • 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 & labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

It took a while; but customer service at Channel Master did eventually correct error in DVR+ Guide. Other than this issue, the product performs very well.

GlenAlpine, Laramie, WY

What's in the Box:

  • 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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Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+ Reviews

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Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Owen from Mount Juliet, TN on 10/24/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Bar none, this is one great DVR. Easy to set up, easy to operate, easy to record your favorite programs and great service. The only improvement that would be nice is to include a DVD player. Anyone that would like to cut the cord on cable and save money should strongly consider this unit. For me the Wi-Fi dongle works great and Is bringing in numerous channels. Had only one question about recording and a Crutchfield tech answered that. I had been looking at this unit for a year and finally decided to purchase. So glad I did. No more jumping up and down to change DVD's. The feature to be able to record all program with the same name and put them in folders is a real plus. The two tuners are a great feature as you can record two different stations at the same time. And no I do not work for Crutchfield, I am just a consumer. Happy to give my review to a great company

Pros: There are so many pros that there is not enough room to list them here.

Cons: None that I can think of other than I wish it had a DVD player incorporated.


Karl from Hillvile, TN on 10/2/2016

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Very skeptical of anything by Channel Master after the antenna pre-amp fiasco. Had to send three back to Crutchfield since three failed. Crutchfield was GREAT on customer support! Now to the DVR+: Ultimately outstanding! Had to download software update to get it to work on 4k tv and that took FOREVER. Sit there and watch the thing download over the included wifi link because it will try the download 2 to 3 times and then go back to showing the channel you have selected on the non-4k tv, convincing you the download is complete! Once I figured this out I sat there and made sure the download went to completion. There is a window that shows on the screen when the download is successful. Then you can hook this thing to your 4k tv and it will work. The schedule works great even without an internet connection but only two to three days ahead. That is when you must go to the menu and reselect wireless network connection. Then it goes to the promised 14 day sched listing. The USB male-female coed and wifi adapter is included. I am really happy with this DVR because the cord/cable/satellite is CUT! Now if this thing lasts for five years it will be really good!

Pros: Well boxed, looks good, works well. Good on screen presentation, good receiver and remote works well. Turns tv and sound on and off with DVR. Which is more than I can say for either Dish or Direct.

Cons: One must really study instructions to achieve success because some differences in hardware do exist. One outstanding recommendation is to use a non-4k tv for setup but does NOT tell the wifi reverts to "wired" when you shift to the other tv.

Great DVR

Bob from Appleton, WI on 7/18/2016

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Awesome DVR, features nearly identical to the one Direct TV provides. I discontinued my satellite TV and now use an antenna and the features on this DVR make watching television easier and more convenient. Dual tuners a great thing so you can be watching one program while recording another. Own a Magnavox DVR but it's not even fair to compare because features don't compare and quality of reception on the ChannelMaster is awesome! If you want to save $100 per month on a cable bill and still enjoy the TV Guide for your active channels along with recording features this is what you want and need.

Pros: Recording features, TV Guide channel program listing, huge hard drive, fantastic remote control...

Cons: They are still working on the manual but they have toll free technical support.

Very Good Product

GlenAlpine from Laramie, WY on 7/4/2016

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It took a while; but customer service at Channel Master did eventually correct error in DVR+ Guide. Other than this issue, the product performs very well.

Pros: Product performs as advertised and it is easy to set up.

Cons: Customer service was not as helpful as it should have been in correcting an error in the DVR+ Guide. It took a while and repeated emails; but eventually the error was corrected.

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Anonymous from Anderson, SC on 6/27/2016

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The Channel Master DVR+ is a fantastic alternative to satellite. There are movie channels, classic TV channels, all the major networks, and more over-the-air without subscription. Watching the DVR programs means the same high quality as a live feed. There is also the capability to use streaming video services.

Pros: Watch HD programs over-the-air that have better quality than a satellite signal. The DVR has plenty of storage capacity and you can schedule multiple programs to record. To say this DVR is better than a VCR is a major understatement.

Cons: The Channel Master does not seem to have some of the recording options that my satellite DVR had.

Very nice product

Kevin D from Naugatuck, CT on 6/13/2016

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Bought this to replace a Dish DVR PAL that failed, and so far I am very pleased. Much smaller footprint and nice interface. Was a breeze to set up. Picture quality and signal strength are good and remote is backlit. It does everything it is supposed to do and offers internet streaming capabilities. Only thing on my wish list would have been the ability to record a third show and to be able to use the remote to control my tv AND my stereo, not one or the other. Also noticed that the box is a little slow to receive signals from the remote, have had to many repeat presses to do things, but I really think its the box not receiving rather than the remote not transmitting. For example pressing the remotes 'power on' button will turn on the tv every time, but not always the box. May play around with placement to see if that makes any difference. Buy with confidence, product and Crutchfield are great!

Pros: 14 day guide, interface, wifi, ability to add external drive for playback, internet video streaming, quite operation, unobtrusive lights.

Cons: Response to remote commands sometimes requires multiple presses, Remote will only control an additional tv OR stereo, not both. No buttons on box ....if remote fails you are out of commission.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Rolfe from Jefferson, IA on 6/13/2016

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The Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+ is an excellent, slim design Off-Air digital recorder. It can replace those rented to you by satellite/cable TV. All you need is an antenna and to purchase a HDMI cable. You may connect directly to the internet for additional features either wired or wirelessly using a dongle. Spending the winter months in the south I have one in IA & one in AZ. Ease of hook-up is extremely simple and unit is very light weight.

Pros: You can record sub-channels you don't get on satellite TV.

Cons: You cannot record a series in one click. You must highlight each individual program. Recommend that Channel Master add that feature in their next update.

Small and powerful machine

Ernest M from The Colony, TX on 6/7/2016

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Delivery from Crutchfield was prompt; everything arrived in-tact and ahead-of-schedule (as usual). This product was really easy to set up and is really easy to use. The DVR+ does most of what the cable company's box does in about 25% the space. I purchased the model with the integrated 1TB hard drive. - It is a little expensive (compared to buying separate components); but I believe that the convenience and sleek look justify the price. Having this device makes "cutting the cord" with one's cable company a lot less traumatic. And I figure it will pay for itself in about 3 months. The direct link from the on-screen TV Guide to selected on-line programming apps is a really nice feature - but be aware, Netflix is not included. Maybe Channel Master will consider that for the next software update?!!

Pros: Small, sleek, easy to set-up, easy to use. And, oh yeah... no more cable TV bills!!

Cons: None really, I'd like a direct link to the Netflix app, but not having it doesn't really affect the greatness of this product.


Geoff B from Warwick, RI on 6/6/2016

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very happy with the product and service!



User-friendly recording

Cracker Bob from Brandon, FL on 5/22/2016

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It works as advertised and is very small and light. According to the documentation, it allows connection of a USB disk for additional storage of recorded material. I'm getting poor reception on some channels through an indoor amplified antenna. I found by switching some cables that my HDMI cables are causing the same symptom as would a weak signal from the antenna. I've ordered some better-quality cables.

Pros: Works well and is quite user-friendly.

Cons: Expensive, but the little box contains a lot of capability.

New still but so far 5 stars!

Anonymous from Henderson, NV on 5/1/2016

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Seems (so far at least) to be a great product. We use it in the RV and haven't been on the road yet but seems to work perfectly here!

Pros: Channel guide works ota! Bravo!!!

Cons: No Netflix or Amazon Prime :(

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Anonymous from Salem, OR on 4/22/2016

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I love it, I finally got to gut the cord from $200.00 a month almost the same as my cable box...I love that I can pause live TV, just like cable and record my favorite shows two at the same time....This box has a awesome tuner in it, with the antenna going to my TV I only got 24 channels and with the antenna going to the Master Channel box I get 47 channel and a much better picture and with the WIFI connection and Sling I get all I could ever ask for $20 bucks a month

Pros: I love everything about it

Cons: Not really a con, but I would like to see them a little cheaper so I could put one on all 4 of my TV's and I would like to see 3 or maybe even 4 tuners instead of just 2

Good for the cord cutters

Mike from Milwaukee, WI on 4/16/2016

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Works as promised, easy to set up, easy to use. I was thinking about getting another one because there is one nite there are 3 programs on at the same time. but it looks like I can view on Hulu later.

Pros: Thin- almost blends in when set on top of my DVD player, ease of set-up and use

Cons: Only two tuners

why did I wait so long

jrj from Kettering OH on 3/28/2016

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We cut the cable cord and haven't looked back, yet with a young family we'd often miss our off-air TV shows. When I found out about this "off-air" dvr, this was the answer...and it's lived up to all expectations.

Pros: easy setup, guide display is good, light-up remote, very small, it works in full HD quality

Cons: make sure you have a decent HD antenna, wireless software update is sensitive - use a usb stick,

2nd one is great

Rueben from Durham, NC on 3/18/2016

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I ordered one of these and installed it. The picture on my TV kept pixeling, like the antenna signal was weak. However, the Crutchfield guy on the phone led me in how to show the signal strength. The signal strength was perfect (100). He then sent me a return label for the one I had, and shipped me a new one immediately. I was able to hook the second one up quicker, having learned on the first. This one works great. One other problem I had with both machines was the sound not in sync with the video. However, in the settings, when I switched the sound from "Surround" sound to "Stereo": Problem solved.

Pros: Small, and works as described

Cons: Changing channels is not as fast as a regular TV.

There is a lot to like!

JNJ from Spokane, WA on 3/15/2016

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This is a truly unique product that does what it is designed to do. It is long overdue. There is a lot to like but it is not perfect. I have been using it for less than a month with a hard wire connection to my router. The internet menu in my area is quite acceptable and easy to use. I have not used it for streaming video over the internet so I will not comment on that use. With a direct connection to the router it is very quick and there is no buffering delays. It is easy to hook up. It has a compact and attractive form factor. The front blue light is not too bright and dims when it is turned off. I do wish the remote could turn on just the DVR+ or TV or both.

Pros: Compact (about the size and weight of an ipad), quiet operation, and relatively easy to use. I like the remote especially the "zoom" button which easily and quickly adjusts the picture size to accommodate either 16 x 9 or 4 x 3 broadcasts. Recording and playback of over the air broadcasts is easy and straight forward. If the over the air station is subject to pixel-ling the recording continues and does not stop when the signal is lost for a short period of time.

Cons: Pricey - if it had more features the price would be more acceptable. The tuner is not exceptional. When I hook up the antenna directly to my Samsung the reception and picture is noticeably better. The picture produced by the DVR+ is dull and must be adjusted on my Samsung to full dynamic to match the standard setting with a direct TV antenna hookup. I would like to copy a recorded program to a attached devise to archive it. I have been required to reboot the DVR+ twice when it locked up.

Excellent purchase

M&E from richland, WA on 3/13/2016

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Excellent unit to get you released from the cable companies. The remote is simple to use, the picture is crisp, clear & possibly better than what my cable co was providing. Setting up to program or record is a snap! Hook up to the TV & antenna was very easy & quick. Be certain to get with this unit the WiFi connector that plugs into the USB port, this enables the unit to keep the program guide up to date for 2 weeks out. This has been perfect for us and we think it will save us money not having a monthly cable bill for TV programs we never watch.

Pros: No high power demands. Like the very soft blue stand-by light. Enjoy the ability to watch a program & record another or watch a recording & record another. Like the ability to pause, rewind and like the fact that the remote's keys illuminate when any key is tapped.

Cons: only con I have and it only from habit, the cable TV receiver had a clock & at a quick glance when walking by could immediately know the time. This unit because it is so thin, less than a 1/2 inch there isn't room for a clock.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Anonymous from Bettendorf,IA on 3/5/2016

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I purchased the Channel Master 7500 1tb about a month ago. It was very easy to set up and does everything promised. The internet dongle was included free which made it a better deal. The TV guide is basic but it makes programming easy.

Pros: Easy to set up and operate.

Cons: Would be nice if you could stream Netflix and other channels other than those included.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

K from las vegas, NV on 3/3/2016

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The DVR works as your review said it does. Hook up and programing was easy. I like the TV guide which makes it easy for recording.

Pros: Great product

Cons: None

A little noisy

Ian from Taos, NM on 2/26/2016

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This is the second Channel Master that I have owned, and I think they are fantastic. The noise the hard drive makes however, is excessive for a bedroom so I have always put the DVR on a timer so that it is turned off at night. After purchasing this new model I have learned that there is a second flash memory Channel Master DVR that Crutchfield does not carry. This second Channel Master utilizes an external drive which can be solid-state, so that the entire unit can be silent. I am returning my Crutchfield Channel Master in order to purchase the flash memory version plus an SSD. Unfortunately I must make this purchase elsewhere because Crutchfield does not carry it.

Pros: A fantastic solution to subscription DVRs.

Cons: Noisy.

Crutchfield response on 3/8/2016 We are currently only carrying the 1TB version. However, there is a version of this DVR that requires the use of an external drive as this customer mentioned. It is available directly from Channel Master.

Remote Control

Lowell H from portland, OR on 2/26/2016

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My Channel Master CM-7500TB1 works excellent, but the remote control is too small. I purchased a Logitech Harmony 350 Remote control on E-Bay that works excellent and easy to program.

Pros: works excellent with the Logitech Harmony 350 Remote control

Cons: Remote control to small

DVR+ is the cure for cable television.

Jeff from cordova, TN on 2/21/2016

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UPS delivered the unit at 6:12 pm. The wife and I were out the door to dinner with the unit installed setup and recording shows at 6:38. Needless to say setup was a breeze. Four days into our cable independence we are well pleased by the product. It does everything it says it will do. Thank you Crutchfield for pointing my search in this direction. To Comcast..... we will never be back. The unit we ordered from here came with the dongle and the enhanced remote, so there were no additional purchases required.

Pros: Good picture, easy to use once you get past the slight learning curve. Online support from Channel Master is very thorough and comes in handy. Definitely sign up for Channel Master TV when you get the WiFi up

Cons: There is a definite signal drop through the tuners. A slight pixelation problem on the channel is magnified about 10 fold during playback. Perhaps the addition of a signal amp before the tuners could be done. This is the only reason I gave it a four instead of a five.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Richard from Elmhurst, IL on 2/16/2016

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Works exactly as advertised.

Pros: It's a DVR

Cons: Can only record one channel at a time.

Channel Master CM-7500TBI

Linda G from phoenix, AZ on 2/13/2016

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My husband set up in a short time. Works very well for an antenna based item. We get all of the major networks. Over all very satisfied.

Pros: When we ordered, this item came with a free Dongal. Thank you Crutchfield! Was easy to set up! For the most part, we are very satisfied, but cable DVR's do have some advantages. I will list the two biggest disadvantages to me in the cons.

Cons: 1.) Doesn't list the name of the recorded shows, only shows the time. 2.) We recorded the Super Bowl and missed the last few minutes and after game show as the DVR didn't realize the game ran longer than expected. If there is a way to extend the time of a program, we haven't figured it out yet.

We'll see if it is an improvement over its replacement

James from leland, NC on 2/2/2016

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I owned the prior model to the CM-7500. It was a larger box and not as sophisticated in design or performance as the CM-7500. But the biggest problem with it was that it didn't even last two years before it failed. I had the SquareTrade warranty though so I cashed that in and bought a Tivo in its place. The Tivo is a reliable, but comes with an onerous $19.99 per month fee for their guide service - which is nothing short of highway robbery and lubricous. Granted, Tivo's channel guide and recording functions are more robust and information loaded than Channel Master, but not worth anything near the $19.99 per month charge they extract from you. So, back to the CM-7500. I've only had it for a few weeks. Set-up to my home entertainment system was a breeze. The channel guide is user-friendly and once you get to know how to navigate within in is a snap. For cable-cutters who don't want to be held hostage to Tivo's insane monthly usage fee, Channel Master is really the only other alternative. Bottomline: The CM-7500 is hopefully an improvement in terms of reliability and longevity over its predecessor. It is not as sophisticated as a Tivo DVR, but then it is far less expensive when you compare the cost impact of Tivo's monthly usage fees. This is where Channel Master excels and gets my vote. It is also important to note that Channel Master's channel guide contains no ads whatsoever. On the other hand, up until a recent firmware update, Tivo's did.

Pros: Cost is less than competition. Ease of use and set-up. No ongoing usage fees like Tivo.

Cons: Channel Guide is not as robust as TV Guide app or Tivo, e.g., no summary of program content, etc.; setting up recording options for successive recordings of same program has some limitations, but not a deal killer. Recording start/stop times are not "smart". For instance: Doesn't know that program start was delayed due to game overtime, etc. Tivo knows this in some instances. Again, not a deal killer though, you can't expect everything when you don't pay a usage fee every month.

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Tiffiney M from OKLAHOMA CITY OK on 1/27/2016

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My Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+ is working well!

Pros: The set up was easy and the product has functioned without fault.

Cons: No cons....

Did not meet expectations

Mike from daytona beach, FL on 1/22/2016

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This unit did not meet my expectations. At first, I thought this unit would enable me to cancel my cable subscription, return the DVR boxes I was renting from the cable company, and watch and record everything I wanted free of charge. But, it did not live up to my expectations. When coupled with a Mohu Leaf 50 antenna, it did not receive all of the major network channels (it did not receive NBC in my area). It did receive many religious and/or special interest channels that I have no interest in. The unit did not always record shows that I programmed it to. When it worked, it worked well. But, its performance was far too inconsistent and temperamental. Also, I was originally told that the unit would receive cable signals, but that is not the case, at least not with my cable provider (Bright House).

Pros: Compact size, easy to set up and use.

Cons: Cannot receive cable signals (will work only with over-the-air signals). Recording did not always function when programmed. Performance is inconsistent and sporadic.

Few Quirks

KMC from Wisconsin on 1/4/2016

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Our first DVR; Quick Start guide could be more fleshed out; I had to go online to learn more. But fairly easy to set up overall. Disappointed that you have to order wireless adapter from Channel Master, was hoping to save a few dollars by using existing wireless adapter. Had an error message this morning regarding storage error, again, Quick Start guide not useful.. Unplugged device and restarted it and my recorded programs were there. Seems to do what we want, but again, we are new users and learning as we go.

Pros: Guide is useful, easy set up, great picture

Cons: Need a more fleshed out User's Manual. Getting online to read it is annoying.

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Jim from Kentucky on 12/23/2015

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Had to re-educate myself in connecting and setting up the DVR+. Made couple of calls to Crutchfield tech. All seem to be working correctly . Been using over the air antenna and C/M DVR's since 2005... works great.

Pros: Now only time will tell.

Cons: Now only time will tell

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

jim from Ohio on 12/20/2015

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Does most of what i hoped for but is not user friendly. Would have preferred it was more like a vcr to program,etc.

Pros: good picture & has plenty of storage

Cons: not user friendly, hard to program,complicated.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Fox from Wisconsin on 12/10/2015

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Beautiful. When it comes to a wanting of a DVR for on air reception, this does the job. Period!

Pros: Thin real estate design

Cons: Nothing that I can see

Great product

Stephen from Vermont on 12/1/2015

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So glad I purchased this as I have wanted one for quite awhile. I have always gotten TV over the air as I am in a good location to receive all the current signals over the air and was never interested in paying for TV. The DVR was easy to set up and seems to perform very well and is user friendly. No longer need the VCR to record programs. Very happy so far with the product and hope it will last a long time.

Pros: Easy setup Easy to use Lists recordings well by name or folder(if the same program name).

Cons: somewhat pricey, but there is not much competition for these no built in Wi Fi, had to purchase separate adapter in order to get 14 day programming and updates to unit.

Cutting the cord

Gene from Missouri on 11/27/2015

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The Channel Master was easy to set up from the on-screen instructions but it is essential to download the full users manual. In order to get the 14 day program guide and access Channel Master's internet channels, you will need an internet connection. If you don't have a wired internet connection, you will need to purchase the optional USB Wi-Fi adapter directly from Channel Master. Crutchfield does not carry them. Recording TV shows on the Channel Master CM-7500TB1 was very simple process and recalling the recorded programs to watch was also very simple. Channel Master's technical support was very responsive. I have been using the Channel Master CM-7500TB1 for over a week now and it has performing very well. Thanks to Channel Master, I do not miss the AT&T Uverse service that I had before. Cutting the cable cord with Channel Master's DVR was the right decision.

Pros: Ease of set up and reliability of device.

Cons: No built in Wi-Fi adapater.

Over the air with ease

Don from Nevada on 11/18/2015

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We had no idea this would be so easy. Had one little hick-up connecting, called for assistance and it was fixed. We have all our shows and have the ability to record, fast forward, pause. We sent all our Direct equipment back with a big smile on our face. I bet you I can sell these Channel Master's to others just by letting them know how easy and well it performs.

Pros: Ease

Cons: cannot figure out how to record a series

Warning: This product may be addictive!

The Big Lug from Virginia on 10/25/2015

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I bought this unit to replace my older Channel Master DVR. The older one died after many years of faithful service. Once you have used one of these you cannot live without it. Watching over the air broadcasts on one's own terms, rather than being a slave to the broadcasters' schedules, is very liberating. Being able to zap the commercials also shortens watching times considerably. I would have given this unit 5 stars if not for the poorly designed remote. All the buttons I use the most frequently (skip, pause, FF, play, volume and channel) are at the bottom of the keypad, requiring me to hold this 8" long remote by the bottom inch. Two handed operation is almost mandatory! Have not connected to internet yet so I can't really evaluate the extended program guide features as promised. VUDU, Pandora and YouTube features not accessible until I do this hookup.

Pros: Huge hard drive capacity for lots of HD program storage. Tuners are great. They don't seem to degrade signal reception as some other reviewers have complained about. Unit is very compact. DVR organizes regularly recorded programs by folder (e.g., all Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert in one folder)

Cons: Remote layout is terrible. Doesn't attach a name to regularly recorded shows, they are only identified by the time they were recorded.


Steve from Shawnee, Kansas on 10/15/2015

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I have only had it up and running for about a week. So far it is very nice pretty easy to use. The only thing is I wish the remote would control my Bose or any other sound system.


Cons: The only thing is I wish the remote would control my Bose or any other sound system.


Channel Master from Rhode Island on 10/13/2015

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I absolutely love this recorder...I had a Magnavox, and it did its job, but many more steps in order to program it...I liked the simple hookup of the Channel Master...I am 85 years young, and did not need a bit of help..

Pros: Excellent item ,but a little pricey...

Cons: No cons

Perfect addition to the Channel Master Antenna

PeteOwl from Wisconsin on 10/2/2015

I bought with the wall mounted antenna (which I subsequently returned and got outside unit). It is so easy to use -- makes no noise - and the picture is perfect! I like how it actually adds 1.5 minutes to each side of the recording, just in case the program goes over / under. Fast to hook up. Strongly suggest the wireless USB to insure a fast install using a 4-port router. (wired limited to 4 --- wireless limited to ~200 devices)

Pros: Low profile - easy to use -- setup and let it update automatically - simple to program for recurring series

Cons: Expensive, but paid off quickly without cable bill.

Improved signal-Great for RVs

C. Tuna from Ohio on 9/19/2015

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At last a good DVR for us over-the-air people. This unit improved my signal with our inside antenna. We had trouble with digital sound on several channels before installing. I guess the tuner in the Channel Master is much better than the tuner in our Panasonic Plasma TV. Haven't installed the USB Hard drive yet; it should improve the functionality of the DVR. Downloaded instructions are pretty good. They did not mention that a bright red light when recording two programs will keep you from entering the menu. Took a while but I finally figured out what was going on. This would be perfect for use in a RV as it runs on 12 Volts and is very small.

Pros: Works as advertised, improves signal.

Cons: Instruction manual could be better.

One Great DVR

Rowland from Fancy Gap, VA on 9/13/2015

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This is a Great DVR for anyone wanting to cut the cable/dish cord. It was super easy to install and set up. It did everything it was advertised to do. Could not be more happy with it.

Pros: Channel guide is great. Super clear picture.

Cons: None

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Shawn from Ohio on 9/12/2015

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Free at last! No more Directv bill. So easy to hookup and use, should have done this years ago.

Pros: Easy of use and installation

Cons: Doesn't record off of Hulu and Netflix but no big deal.


txs from Texas on 9/6/2015

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Great product! Works as advertised and we do not miss the cable DVR at all!

Pros: Easy to set-up. Slim design. Great Product!

Cons: None

Good DVR with a few criticisms

Levi from Colorado on 9/3/2015

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I bought this DVR to replace an older model Channel Master DVR which only lasted me 2-1/2 years. Hopefully, this model will be more reliable. The colored buttons on the remote control don't do what the quick start guide says they do. --That is they don't move ahead or back in time in the program guide. I called Channel Master and they told me that after the most recent software update which I downloaded and installed on my DVR+, the colored buttons now are used for the online internet channels navigation. Also, you Now Use the fast forward arrow button to skip ahead 2.5 hours in the program guide and the rewind arrow button to move back 2.5 hours in the program guide (for antenna TV channels). Also, you Now push the Forward Skip button and Backward Skip button to jump ahead 24 hours and to go back 24 hours respectively in the program guide. The picture quality of the DVR+ is very good, but has a few video artifacts (wavy lines) in some scenes on TV programs. I also like being able to watch YouTube videos through the DVR+ which have very good picture and sound quality. However, searching for a specific YouTube video title is cumbersome, You have to use the arrows on the remote to enter each letter. The only real negative is the remote control button layout. It is not very convenient as the most frequently used buttons are at the bottom of the remote control. They should be in the center of the remote. Also, the remote is very thin and lightweight and feels flimsy.

Pros: 2 week Program guide; Intuitive on screen menus; Large hard drive capacity; strong TV tuner with good channel strength. Also, fairly good picture and sound quality. Availability of YouTube and some streaming internet channels.

Cons: The remote control is too thin and lightweight and flimsy. The remote control button layout is not convenient. Finally, there are some video artifacts (picture imperfections such as wavy lines and blurring) in some picture scenes during TV programs or recordings. For example, a person's shirt that has pinstripes on it appears wavy or blurry.

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Sher from Maryland on 8/31/2015

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great product, we were so happy to get away from cable but we missed the TV guide and the capability to record shows. When I found this product we decided to purchase and are not sorry we did. The money saved on my cable bill a month paid for the channel master in just a couple of months.

Pros: easy set up and works great.

Cons: none at this time.

DVR Weakens Antenna Signal So Records Poorly

BIOARCHES from Virginia on 8/12/2015

My antenna signal to the TV is very strong, but when plugged in to this DVR it weakens on many stations. The station are often difficult to watch live and the DVR fails to record and says the signal was too weak. The old Channel Master DVRs actually strengthened the signal, but these newer digital ones do just the opposite.

Pros: - Sleek design

Cons: - No instructions on how to program the darn thing - Weakens OTA signal to the point of being unusable.

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Bill B from Texas on 7/11/2015

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Have not had the DVR very long but it was easy to set up and update the firmware. Reception is great but I already had a great signal with my antenna system. The remote is a little light as mentioned by others. I've recorded and watched several shows, picture and sound quality is great. I haven't tried recording 2 shows at the same time. The skip forward/back feature would be better if it allowed for more customization but not a big deal. It is set up for Wi-Fi and I found a USB Wi-Fi adapter that works with it for much less than the one offered by CM.

Pros: Easy to set up. Great picture and sound quality. Small size.

Cons: Wi-Fi should be built in, maybe in the next version. Colored buttons do not jump hours or days in the guide as mentioned in the manual. You have to go forward an hour at a time to schedule something the next day or further out.

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Bob G from Kansas on 7/9/2015

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DVR works as well as the one it replaced from Dish. Records 2 shows @ same time (same as Dish), has 160 hrs. recording time (same as Dish), can set it up to record only new episodes, all episodes, or as wanted. Records & plays back perfectly.

Pros: No more $100. / mo. Dish bill!

Cons: Haven't found any yet.

DVR that sets you free

Dan from Fayetteville, GA on 7/5/2015

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It works. I can record, pause and play television from the antenna in my attic. The channel guide display is excellent. When connected with WiFi, you have 14 days of programming to view.

Pros: User friendly. Easy to set up. No fees!

Cons: You can only record two programs. If you are recording two programs, you cannot be watching a third.

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Anonymous from Michigan on 7/3/2015

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The unit does all that it promises but the remote could be better laid out and more robust in design

Pros: Twin tuners a great feature although 4 would be even better

Cons: The dvr is too compact to allow good cooling of the electronic circuits a larger outer case with vent holes would cure this

Sluggish, does not respond to remote commands

DvrFanInLA from Hollywood, California on 6/20/2015

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DVR+ sluggish does not respond to remote commands: Unfortunately, we have seen this problem a lot with our previous Channel Master CM-7400 (before it died). The new Channel Master DVR plus CM7500TB1 is doing the same: DVR+ does not respond to remote commands - we mean no response at all. The only way to make it respond is to remove the power from the back and plug back in. If we do that while it's recording a show, that recording is toast. This needs to be fixed. Especially since it's an ongoing problem inherited from much older models. Tech support usually tells us to reset to factory settings. Not only are they unable to tell us why this will fix things, it does nothing to fix the problem that returns in a while.

Pros: Much better in managing programing and channel browsing compared to previous products. YouTube access is good.

Cons: 1. Sluggish does not respond to remote commands: seen this problem a lot with our previous Channel Master CM-7400! 2. Unable to view video and photos on external drive, so we need to buy another unit 3. Low quality product, plus unit seems to be ON all the time, heats up, even when turned off and not recording.


SteveR from Montana on 6/4/2015

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When are you coming out with a solid state DVR. Your DVR is pretty impressive but it has its quirks. I can't find any way to adjust the amount of time the skip button will skip. Your tuner is kind of wimpy. I have a big old clunker of a DVR and it gets more channels than yours with no help. I had to add a signal amp to get yours up to speed. Your remote control could be a little bigger. I have to keep looking at it to avoid hitting the wrong button. If I come across any other quirks I'll let you know. Steve



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Patti from Arizona on 5/27/2015

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Channel Master DVR works as it should and is a wonderful substitute for people who want to cut the cord to their cable or satellite company. It's sleek and small design is so much nicer than the traditional bulky dvr. We love the product!

Pros: We decided to cut the cord with our satellite company as their rates kept going up, but we still wanted the convenience of a dvr. The Channel Master was a great option and it works great, very simple to set up, simple to use, and we love the on screen guide.

Cons: The remote seems a little cheesy when you're used to more bulky remotes.

exceeds expectations

uncle Bill from Arkansas on 5/18/2015

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unit was easy to set up and use the picture is better than what we got from our cable company for$60.00 a month If you can live without ESPN and all of the other specialty channels it is really the way to go.



Finally Free

JMBeale from Arizona on 5/15/2015

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Freedom from cable is no small thing, no sir. We ended up with the basic cable because we wanted the VDR, however, it turns into a bundle of course and pulling it out of the system seemed near impossible without TV chaos of some sort. Then I located the CM-7500TB1. It's small (concerned my wife) and it's twice the machine I had from Cox, performs flawlessly, and it won't take very long before it pays for itself. I couldn't be more pleased with the operation and wow, does it ever FF and REW. I'll not give pros or cons, I haven't owned it long enough to find fault with it. This is TV the way it was intended, for everything else there is steaming. Congrats to Channel Master for supplying this marvelous device and we like the blue light that morphs depending on the task.



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GG from Illinois on 5/12/2015

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So far it is excatly what I was looking for . So glad to say goodbye to cable ! Stop live T.V. is great, Recoded playback is excellent picture. Would recommend this to anyone who need's all the feature's of cable DVR box without monthly fee's. Pandora radio, utube, 2 week's of future T.V. guide is perfect. Very happy..

Pros: No more cable bill's !! Slim design, Love recording in HD while watching another show, Easy setup,

Cons: Remote needs better layout of replay button's, Would be nice if I could record only new show's when setting up future recording's. Wifi should be built in, Pricey !

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WO from California on 5/11/2015

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This unit does everything I need to do, i.e. record, playback etc. The channel line up guide is what I really wanted for my recording . I like it......... its a keeper!

Pros: As stated above

Cons: My needs are relatively simple and it beats all my expectations.

Great product

walela from Texas on 4/24/2015

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Just what I needed. Easy to use.

Pros: No more cable. I keep thinking that I am recording too many shows and then see that I've used only 11%. Hard to find time to watch all the shows I'm recording. Once I had the wireless dongle the Guide worked great. Easy to set and no monthly fees.

Cons: I had trouble setting up the wireless part. The first one did not work. However this company is great. They worked with me until all was perfect. They are extremely positive and helpful. So not really a con at all. I'm not much for technical.

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Ron W. from Concord, NC on 4/12/2015

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Works great so far. Lives up to all expectations. Cut the cable bill by $100 the first month. It's very thin size makes it almost invisable.

Pros: 1 TB hard drive. There IS a 40 page users manual online without which you will be lost. After reading it's easy to use.

Cons: Unless you are going to hard wire to a router ORDER THE WYFI PLUG THE FIRST TIME! No where else keeps them in stock and you MUST have the one from Channel master. It should be built in to the unit. Maybe next generation.

free at last

rolandh from New Hampshire on 4/7/2015

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severed satellite tv cord saving over a cnote a month now i can watch jimmy fallon without staying up late this is the best thing since sliced bread i get a better picture i love it i love Crutchfield because i broke the remote 2 wks after i got it and they sent me a new one no charge also they have helped me so so much when i had connection problems you have my loyalty forever

Pros: marvelous piece of machinery

Cons: not a thing

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John C from Miramar Beach, FL on 4/6/2015

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I bought the Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+ with the built in hard drive. I didn't want to have another piece of equipment with cables and power supplies to worry about. This system works great, just like my Directv Tivo unit I have used for years. Pulls in all of the local stations for about 50 miles away. I needed to access ABC, NBC & CBS. Does a great job. Easy to setup, very intuitive. Hard wired into the internet and got the software update. Some people have complained about the size, feel of the remote. Its not a problem, just a little different. It's great to be able to set the system up to record shows anytime and play back when you want.

Pros: Great system. Works extremely well, fast access to recorded programs with the internal drive.

Cons: None

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Dan from Kansas on 3/29/2015

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Very nice piece of equipment. Wish I would have bought one sooner. Very easy to set up and use. The TV guide is a very nice to have.

Pros: It all seems very good!

Cons: Remote seems a little Chessey.....

Free At Last

FrankM from Willowick, Ohio on 3/29/2015

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Only had unit for 2 weeks. The thing I missed after cutting cable was ability to record and glad I found this DVR. Very user friendly, easy to set-up. Channel guide was a big selling point, although it could use some improvement. One review writer didn't like that they could record two programs at once but couldn't watch a third program. I put a splitter on the antenna cable and connected one to recorder and one to TV. I can record two programs, switch input back to TV and watch a third program while recording two others. The April issue of The Family Handyman had an article about coaxial TV cable. It recommended using RG-6 quad shield over the RG-59. It made a big difference in reception and can be found easily on internet at comparable price. To CAL in Indiana. There is a small hole above the battery door and you'll need to use a small screwdriver and push in and down towards the bottom end of remote to open battery compartment. Not a very good design.

Pros: Easy to set up and user friendly. Good picture quality. Channel guide nice to have.

Cons: A little steep in price. Could use printed full user manual book. Remote could be better designed or allow purchaser to program another remote to operate DVR.

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Tony P from Monkton, VT on 3/25/2015

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The unit is small and a breeze to setup. We are located in the north country with mountains but received all the networks and available PBS stations from Vermont and New York. It is great to receive HD over the air, 14 channels in all. The antenna is a CM 4228 with amp and splitters that feeds four TV locations in the house with good to great signals depending on the channels. I am replacing a Dish Network 722 DVR which works very well but we are tired of the expense. We mostly watch network TV but will miss HGTV, DIY, Food and the Cooking channels. The thing I like best about the 722 is when I did not hear something I can quickly back it up to replay. The CM DVR can do that but it is more cumbersome to execute. I am still getting familiar with the unit and hope it has the flexibility of the 722. It certainly passes a good signal to the TV from the antenna and from the internet. The unit is relatively expensive and I hope that Channel Master supports and maintains the interface and adds other internet services when made available.

Pros: Easy to setup. Really small footprint. Intuitive interface.

Cons: Relatively expensive. Remote design a little challenging. Not as flexible as the Dish DVR remote control.

Too early to give a definitive review yet

JoEllenK from Minnesota on 3/22/2015

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So far it is fine. We haven't yet figured out how to find what we have programmed before it has completed saving it, so that part is frustrating. We are just learning what it can do so maybe more time will help us give a more thoughtful review.

Pros: Finally can pause live non-cable over the air tv!

Cons: Can't see what is already programmed. Guide is somewhat limited.

So close to GREAT

Free TV-aholic from Spartanburg SC on 3/20/2015

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It does everything a DVR is supposed to do, and it's very easy to operate. The setup didn't take too long, and was uncomplicated. We were up and recording things in no time. I'd strongly recommend the wireless dongle with this unit. It works flawlessly after you find the screen to tell the DVR its there, and it keeps things simple down the road. My only complaint is the tuner seems kind of weak....not bad...just not as strong as the TV itself. (It's frustrating to be able to watch a show on the TV, but then find it mildly pixelated on the DVR when you're recording it. And YES we're using a channel master amp CM7777 & channel master antenna CM2020.) Maybe the next generation one will be able to improve on the tuner strength...?

Pros: Ease of use Records in 1080 Comes with a user friendly remote Ultra slim design

Cons: Tuner strength could be better

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BB from Oklahoma on 3/14/2015

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This DVR works as advertised & was easy to setup. We switched to over the air system in January & have not looked back, not only does this unit serve as DVR it also provires a channel guide which is icing on the cake. Would be nice if it would access netflix but maybe channel master will include later. Overall very pleased.

Pros: Easy setup, Channel Guide & works great.

Cons: cannot acces Netflix

works well, few flaws

SylviaS from Fayetteville, NC on 3/12/2015

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set up channel master antenna with rotor, amp, preamp & dvr...get 40 channels on chimney mount, 1 story house...old neighborhood with many large trees obstructing signal. Pixelation during bad weather & hard to zero in northern stations due to curvature of the earth, southern stations are more clear. Can zero in stations with the remote that goes with the rotor box. DVR has all the features of a cable/satellite dvr, could have an extra tuner that only watches channels but does not record. If you record 2 shows at the same time you can't watch a third, 1tb storage & can connect external drives only if not recording. Channel guide shows a lot of unavailable, you have to look at the channel listing for that station online.

Pros: channel guide, simple setting up recording, additional external hard drive ports, small & slim about the size of a tablet

Cons: had to hard wire wifi, needs more storage, many stations have no info available in guide & have to look up the schedule online

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CAL from Indiana on 3/8/2015

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The unit has worked excellent right out of the box. Simply hooked up everything and removed the plastic tab on the remote control to enable power to it. Has been going strong ever since. I purchased this unit a secondary to my Satellite DVR, from which i can only record 1 HD Over-The-Air program at a time. My rear projection HD television has also just recently gone out, for which i replaced it with a new LED one. Standard Definition recordings just are not nearly as good on these as they were on the rear projection. So now i can record all of my shows in HD.

Pros: The ease to install and operate. This is a very thin unit, only about as thick as a typical school spiral notebook, from back in my school days.

Cons: Remotes battery compartment cover, i haven't tinkered with this a whole lot because i haven't need to. But the manual isn't very clear as to how to get this open nor i have i been able to get it open. Hopefully online instructions are clear when the time comes that i actually need to replace the batteries.

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BrianM from Lena IL on 3/5/2015

We purchased this unit to replace a standard definition DVR. We gained high definition, a program guide, ability to record 2 channels simultaneously, and extremely compact size. The dongle allowed the guide to go out 2 weeks. Three months have passed with no issues what so ever. This unit is used a lot, as we only receive OTA broadcasts and Netflix. Highly recommended!

Pros: High definition,ability to record 2 programs at once,compact size But most of all, no cable bill!

Cons: None that we've encountered,this unit works great, and appears to be quite rugged.

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ArtB from Minnesota on 3/4/2015

This DVR has a significant problem. The remote intermittently loses the ability to communicate with the DVR. When this happens, there is no way to record, playback, or otherwise use the DVR. I have had the unit for three months (Christmas gift), and the unit has failed as often as every other day. The only fix is to reboot the DVR. This failure is well known to Channel Master. They have had enough complaints that they have a "fix it" paper on their website. They attribute all complaints to the consumer's failure to install the batteries properly (even though failures started with CM installed batteries). The batteries are simply two button batteries exactly like the ones we all use every day in a wide range of devices. Channel Master's tech support responded immediately to my complaint, but quickly ran out of steam as soon as the playbook was done. Bottom line ---- The failure is my fault because I am unable to correctly install two batteries properly. They also claim, by the way, that they have Never found a remote that is defective. As a retired Electrical Engineer, having worked in electronics and failure analysis, I am insulted at their claim that I am too stupid to put two batteries in the back of a remote. Unless you are techy enough to reboot this DVR every couple of days, better not buy it. I'm sure that something better will come along.

Pros: Excellent tuners and picture. Fast response from customer service.

Cons: Too expensive, apparently bad design of remote. Customer service, while quick, has not settled the failure issue.

Crutchfield is great - Channel Master, not so much

Paul F from Illinois on 2/28/2015

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The tuners are excellent. It records ota as advertised. Set up was very easy. However, the enclosed owners manual is not very good. I went online and printed the extended manual which should come with the unit from the factory. Even that manual leaves a lot of unanswered questions. This unit is way too expensive. But, Channel Master has the only game in town, so you pay for it. The worst part of the whole set up is the remote control unit. It is too small and thin to be held and used comfortably in the hand. Unless you look at it, you can't tell if it's upside down or right side up.and the really important buttons, fast-forward and pause and play are too small and hard to find. Worse yet, some of the control functions are idiotic. Scrolling forward through the TV Guide is just dumb.

Pros: Records very nicely.

Cons: Way too expensive. Remote is ridiculous, some remote functions are more ridiculous. Wifi is extra money. No HDMI cable included. User manual is a joke. Pandora won't connect. Did I mention that the remote control is bad news?

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Vic from Plant City, FL on 2/27/2015

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Was looking to get away from satellite and cable and be able to record shows that I like. My old Samsung DLP large screen TV still has a beautiful picture but it's tuner doesn't seem to get the digital channels here even with a nice indoor antenna. Once I set up the CM, wow! All the channels came in! Love the ability to stop or pause show just like the satellite service did. Also like the on screen menu. Love Pandora and You tube, have even paired it with my iPad, nice feature. Looking forward to maybe getting other streaming services...

Pros: Small, simple set up

Cons: Remote is only one that can be used with this. Most universal remotes do not work with Channel Master DVR+

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+ GREAT Product

TJ from Newington,CT on 2/24/2015

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For cut-the-cable and get-antenna folks, this is the product you want. Pause live, record, guide, etc.. Tons of memory. Great product



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Charles from New Carlisle, Ohio on 2/21/2015

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Great Product!



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Anonymous from California on 2/17/2015

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Good overall.

Pros: Easy setup. Clear picture. Function is easy to use.

Cons: Would like to be able to record sirius and not have to go to each day sirius is played to push record button.

CM-7500TB1 DVR+ - Good overall

Chuck from KC MO on 2/3/2015

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I've been using this new DVR for about two weeks, and so far it's been pretty impressive. The functionality is very good - easy to set up, record and play back. Picture quality is also good, but not quite as crystal clear as the HD OTA picture I receive directly through the TV. DVR tuner is good, picking up all the OTA channels available in my area. The DVR is quiet, but does have a constant little hum -- it never really turns off, but rather just goes on standby when you shut it down. Only had one glitch with the unit so far -- the red LED recording indicator light failed to function during one recording. I unplugged the DVR and let it "reset", and that has seemed to fix the problem. Hopefully that won't be a recurring issue. As other reviewers have pointed out, the remote control design leaves a little to be desired. Button layout isn't great, with the playback controls (fast forward, etc.) at the bottom of the unit. More significant to me is the size of the control. It is very slim, narrow and buttons fairly small. It's difficult to tactilely maneuver your way around the buttons - you really have to be looking at it to select the desired button, and (for those like me with sausage fingers) be careful you don't hit more than one at a time. Virtually no written operators manual is provided - just a quick set-up list. On-line instructions are available, but really aren't very comprehensive. Other than basic functions, you have to figure it out for yourself.

Pros: Good functionality; OTA channel reception; and picture.

Cons: Remote control is too small, and operators manual is deficient.

Love this DVR!!

David & Marilyn from Wetumka, Oklahoma on 2/1/2015

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My wife & I really like this DVR. It has performed even better than we hoped. Had to send the little Wi-Fi dongle back though. Since we are to far from our router for It to work. Would like to have been able to get the 2 week guide with the internet hook-up. Very satisfied with the DVR however.

Pros: Great DVR!!

Cons: Wish we had the 2 week guide.

Good Product

Nick from Indiana on 1/18/2015

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This is a very good product. It is easier to use than Window Media Center, and a LOT less cables running behind the TV. The documentation was sketchy, but on line support was excellent. It seems pretty chintzy to require the buyer to purchase the proprietary Wi-Fi. Once up and running, it is easy to use and has good quality. I would buy again, but I really wish the instructions were more comprehensive.

Pros: Excellent quality, excellent support. Better than computer based system.

Cons: You must purchase proprietary Wi-Fi on top of original cost.. Thin documentation

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Sue K from Palmyra, PA on 1/12/2015

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Great receiver/DVR. No problems at all. My only regret is that I didn't know before I bought it that my USB WiFi devices wouldn't work with it. Had to buy a Channel Master USB device separately and pay shipping on it.



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PaulO from Minnesota on 1/10/2015

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Relatively easy setup. Tuners work excellent, better quality picture than TV tuner. Sound output is VG. Wi-fi should not cost extra and should be integrated with DVR. Also, more on-line access should be provided. The program guide is only two weeks, should be more to provide better repeat recording capability. It is great not to be required to purchase a subscription though, and this was one of my main reasons for purchasing as well as the OTA availability.

Pros: Great tuners. No subscription required.

Cons: Too Expensive. Should at least include wi-fi for the price.

Channel Master's-7500TB1 DVR+

The_Inspector_069 from Illinois on 12/30/2014

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I feel that considering the technological standards of todays DVR, the CM-7500TB1 DVR+ has some catching up to do. My LG Flat Panel has a setting "Set By Program" which means it adjusts the screen ratio based on the signal. I noticed with this DVR, it does not send the ratio signal (4:3) for Standard Digital Channels. All standard digital channels are stretched. So I am constantly changing the ratio to match the current programming.

Pros: Easy to connect and configure. Picture quality is excellent, and so is the audio. Tuner sensitivity is outstanding. The current update has included "YouTube" as an extra viewing source, and now you can configure the recording to record "New" shows only. Overall, I am happy with my purchase.

Cons: Ratio Detection, and Expandability for starters.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR

EdfromDarwin from Darwin, MN on 12/24/2014

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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+

Neal from Missouri on 12/15/2014

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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+

ksmith from Virginia on 12/13/2014

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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

Out-of-town Ted from Minnesota on 12/12/2014

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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+

PK from New Jersey on 12/2/2014

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Easy to use.



Nice DVR

TJS in VA from Virginia on 11/22/2014

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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

RobinM from Texas on 11/20/2014

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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

C.Russell from mi on 11/20/2014

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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

Mick from San Antonio, Texas on 11/1/2014

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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+

NormW from Richmond, VA on 10/25/2014

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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 '' 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!

RobA from Alpharetta, GA on 10/12/2014

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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!

LindaD from Virginia on 10/5/2014

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

GregC from Indiana on 9/28/2014

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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+

Jack from Parker, Colorado on 9/27/2014

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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.


JohnE from Surprise, AZ on 9/24/2014

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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+

D. Smith from Florham Park, NJ on 9/22/2014

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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.

Kristof from Southern Oregon Coast, OR on 9/9/2014

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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

Anonymous from Golden, CO on 9/9/2014

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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+

JerryM from Sadieville, Kentucky on 9/6/2014

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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!

Tony from schaumburg, il on 9/4/2014

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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

jk from McLean, VA on 8/31/2014

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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

Christopher from South Carolina on 8/16/2014

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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+

Anonymous from Fenton, MI on 8/16/2014

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Nice features and very user friendly.



Channel Master DVR+;

Kevin from Waterford Mi on 8/13/2014

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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Product Research


High Definition OTA DVR: 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 (up to 64 timers), 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.

Note: If an external hard drive is connected then you can only view the recordings that are saved on the external hard drive. To view the recordings on the internal hard drive simply unplug the external hard drive and the ones saved to the internal drive will show up.

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

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

I enjoy watching over-the-air programming on MY schedule. I'm replacing a Channelmaster DVR that finally failed after literally thousands of hour of recording. Worked great until the end! [ M  Oct 22, 2016 ]
Quality and brand name. [ Charles  Oct 05, 2016 ]
Wanted to be able to record local station TV shows and wanted a guide interface for local channels. Device is also Ethernet compatible so can be used with streaming apps that are included withing it. [ James  Sep 05, 2016 ]
only ota dvr that has all the features i need. very satisfied with the product [ Stefan  Jun 25, 2016 ]
Best solution for connecting OTA signal to Projector home theater via receiver. And it had DVR for when Football starts up again. [ Peter  May 24, 2016 ]
My wife and I did hours of research on this item and other similar items. According to many sources it is the best choice overall. Very happy that Crutchfield has them in stock! [ David  Apr 21, 2016 ]
This appears to be the best option for watching commercial free ota tv in an rv. [ Terry  Apr 18, 2016 ]
best quality listed [ ernest  Mar 07, 2016 ]
To break away from a very expensive but little used cable TV package. [ Michael  Feb 29, 2016 ]
To unplug from subscriptions [ Fr. Wm  Feb 02, 2016 ]
We want to record programs and skip commercials without a cable contract. [ Linda  Jan 29, 2016 ]
Good reviews, hope it will do the trick. I do not have satellite, and want to record somr programs [ Murielle  Jan 19, 2016 ]
I'm going with this OTA DVR because I'm convinced it's the best option at this time for what I'm wanting to do, which is to record broadcast TV like in the good old VCR days, but with better sound and in higher resolution. This is the only option I know of at this time which does what it does without fees of any kind. [ Henry  Jan 18, 2016 ]
Good Product From Reviews [ EJ  Jan 16, 2016 ]
Good reviews.... [ T  Jan 08, 2016 ]
I needed an OTA DVR recorder [ Don  Jan 05, 2016 ]
Needed a subscription free DVR. [ Kristina  Dec 20, 2015 ]
I have one of these and I love it. I "cut the cord" and quit paying for cable over a year ago. This allows me to DVR all my favorite shows and watch them without commercials (fast forward thru the commercial messages). My brother also cut out his cable so am giving this to him for Christmas. [ SUSAN  Dec 14, 2015 ]
cable free hd recording [ James  Dec 07, 2015 ]
eliminating cable and needed a dvr without the monthly fee. Hoping it works well. Based on the reviews I am hopeful that it will [ BJ  Dec 03, 2015 ]

30 questions already asked

The Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+ only features a single HDMI output to connect to your television. You could potentially use an HDMI splitter to split the HDMI signal to multiple TV's in your home; however all of the TV's would "mirror" the same content in that case--meaning you can't watch a TV show from the DVR in one room, then a different show in another. If you have further questions, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. I hope that helps! [ Larry  Oct 26, 2016 ]  Staff
Unless you have a way to broadcast to this unit which can only record Digital Channels [ DOUGLAS  Jan 30, 2017 ]
Not sure. Mine is only set up with a TV antenna and it records all TV channels. [ Jeffrey  Sep 10, 2016 ]
This should not happen with the Ethernet connection to your Internet modem, as the time is automatically updated off the internet along with the extended program guide. Check your Ethernet cable connections; maybe the cable is loose or the cable is bad. Try another cable. [ TARU  Jun 24, 2016 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Jun 15, 2016 ]  Staff
The only way that we know to get past commercials is to fast-forward through them. You can increase the fast-forward speed to get rid of the commercial faster. We increase the fast-forward speed so that it is 32 times faster than the normal speed (32X). We hope that this helps. [ HAMPTON  Jun 13, 2016 ]
Super easy. It has a 15 sec forward button [ Michael  Jun 13, 2016 ]
I recommend "jumping" thru them with the "curved arrow" symbol. [ Holly  Jun 13, 2016 ]
One button skips forward 30 seconds. Another skips back 10 seconds. [ Erland  Jun 13, 2016 ]
To skip past commercials first you need to record the program. Then to skip the commercials you need to fast forward to the end of the commercial. It can be fast if you choose the higher speeds from 2x, 8x, 32x or 64x. [ Eugene J.  Jun 13, 2016 ]
Sorry I don't know - I have mine hooked to the antenna [ William  Jun 12, 2016 ]
I do not have cable service so I use this DVR to record over-the-air programs received via TV antena. [ Norman  Jun 10, 2016 ]
No. It receives OTA broadcasts only. [ Albert  Jun 10, 2016 ]
I expect that the coaxial cables will attach to the DVR, but I doubt it would work as the tuners in the DVR work on over-the-air signals. [ Jeffrey  Jun 10, 2016 ]
I doubt that it can be done, but I haven't tried it. [ Darryl  Jun 10, 2016 ]
Al - if mine is running 24/7 I can't hear it. Assuming from your question that you have one or have a friend who has one that does run continuously I would contact Channel Master direct to have them verify their design intent on the fan operation. Good Luck, Norman [ Norman  Mar 21, 2016 ]
Mine does not. [ Christopher  Mar 21, 2016 ]
This unit will neither play nor burn DVDs. [ Edward  Feb 16, 2016 ]
No it will not. [ David  Feb 16, 2016 ]
No, it will not play DVD's nor burn DVD's. There is a process that enables you to make a DVD from a recording which requires down loading special software to a lap top and then plugging the lap top into the Channel Master's USB port. Kind of complicated so I have not done that. [ Theodore  Feb 15, 2016 ]
No, there is no disc drive. [ Michael  Feb 15, 2016 ]
No. This records to an internal hard drive only. You can add an external hard drive for more storage, but you can only use one hard drive at a time. No simple switching. No disk drive in the unit. Haven't tried to hook up to an external disk drive. [ Holly  Feb 15, 2016 ]
Thanks for your question. We do not sell the remote individually. You can contact Channel Master Customer Support M-F 7am to 5pm PST 877-746-7261 to see if they have it available for purchase. Hope that helps. [ Kenny  Feb 12, 2016 ]  Staff
Yes! [ Paul  Feb 21, 2016 ]
Yes. You can also pause live programs for "quite awhile" and resume. I have been very happy with this recorder AND the PBS transmissions are received with greater clarity over the air than the compressed signals from cable and dish providers. Awesome NOVA/ Nature programs. [ Christopher  Feb 17, 2016 ]
Yes, you can. [ Donna  Feb 11, 2016 ]
Yes. We love or CM. It beats paying for channels you don't use. [ Wanda  Feb 11, 2016 ]
Yes! We regularly start watching shows 10 minutes after start time and then skip commercials the whole hour. End up watching the last segment real time. [ Christopher  Feb 11, 2016 ]
Terry, I have not tried to do this, but I don't think you can. If you are recording to the HD and stop to replay from the HD you would not have finished the program. You can watch a different channel while recording on another. Have been very pleased with the signal reception and the TV guide feature for seeing what programs will air at given times. Norman [ Norman  Feb 11, 2016 ]
Yes! [ Daryl  Feb 10, 2016 ]
Yes you can [ Robin  Feb 10, 2016 ]
yes you can [ William  Feb 10, 2016 ]
You can watch it directly (over the cable, satellite, or air) while it is being recorded, or from the DVR recording. It is best to have several minutes of the program recorded before you start watching from the DVR, especially if you plan to zap through commercials. The latest software upgrade works well. The programming information may be worse. [ Erwin  Feb 10, 2016 ]
Yes you can. [ LEONARD  Feb 10, 2016 ]
Yes, you can watch a recording any time after it has started recording. You can also watch a recording that has finished recording while recording two other channels. [ Ralph  Feb 10, 2016 ]
Yes. If you catch up to the current time when watching the recording, it will switch you back to live tv (to whatever channel you were watching before you started watching the recording) and keep recording the show. [ Michael  Feb 10, 2016 ]
Yes it will. Just make sure the DVR is set to one of the channels being recorded. [ Mark  Jan 05, 2016 ]
Yes!!!! You can watch a previously recorded show while recording two separate shows simultaneously, all from the internal hard drive. [ David  Jan 04, 2016 ]
Some times it seems like yes, and then other times it is no. Haven't figured it out yet. [ Holly  Jan 04, 2016 ]
Yes. [ Erland  Jan 04, 2016 ]
Yes, that should work and I'm pretty sure I've done that. Also, if you can split your antenna input, sending one to the TV and one to the DVR+, you can actually watch a live show directly on the TV while recording two shows on the DVR+.(of course, you won't be able to use the dvr functions like pause, rewind, etc.when watching directly on the tv). [ Michael  Jan 04, 2016 ]
you have to buy the dongle to use wifi [ Donna  Dec 27, 2015 ]
No. Must buy dongle. For $39.99 [ Christopher  Dec 27, 2015 ]
For an extra $40 or so you can buy a WiFi adapter for the DVR+. I found that reception with the adapter was too poor to connect with the internet, even though the DVR+ and router were separated by less than 25 feet and three sheetrock walls. I had to send the adapter back and install an ethernet cable. Scheduling information used by the DVR+ is barely adequate and programs that come on late because of a long football game, for instance, are often missed or cut off early. Controls are adequate but not as user friendly as the two commercial DVRs we have had. [ Erwin  Dec 27, 2015 ]
Yes . The DVR comes with a 1 inch wi fi adapter that plugs into the DVR USB port. Works good for me. [ KERRY L  Dec 26, 2015 ]
The Channel Master CM 7500TB1 has a LAN cable connection but WIFI is not built in. However, you can add WIFI capability with a USB dongle. Crutchfield (and others) sells one. Just do a search on "CM7500 WIFI adapter". [ Albert  Dec 26, 2015 ]
Brian .... there is option for either wired or wireless connectivity to the DVR to access selected Internet content. Primarily you get ChannelmasterTV that offers ~20 broadcast channels. YouTube and Pandora are also available. Had not connected mine to these features until your question arrived so did it in 15 minutes. Hope this helps you. I continue to enjoy mine for recording selected programs and for just having the Program Guide to view what programs are being aired in the evening. [ Norman  Dec 26, 2015 ]
No it doesn't but my TV has the wifi [ William  Dec 26, 2015 ]
That is a very good question and I don't have an answer. I have never had a need for an external drive but it might be a good idea to have one if it keeps your system up. I had to do a reformat on my drive once and lost everything and the system won't work at all if the hard drive is messed up.. [ Greg  Dec 03, 2015 ]
My hard drive has failed and it works fine with a external one [ Edmund  Dec 01, 2015 ]
No idea! I guess I'll find out if the drive fails. [ Erland  Nov 30, 2015 ]
I have not attached a hard drive, so have no experience. [ Eugene J.  Nov 30, 2015 ]
We haven't had this happen yet. So I haven't any idea. Sorry. [ Holly  Nov 30, 2015 ]
Yes, you can. Make sure you have an internet connection to keep your program Guide updated. Select the program series that you want to record in the Guide / Press OK. The Program Options window will open. Select Record The Program and more options will appear. Select Record New Programs With This Name. If you already have a program series set up, you can change from recording all programs to recording new programs (or vice versa): Press Menu / OK / Edit The Series / Filter. Use the up arrow to select either the All Programs or New Programs option showing and change it with the left / right arrows. Then select Update. [ Albert  Nov 28, 2015 ]
I have successfully set this DVR to record all occurrences of a show. In my experience it has not excluded repeat airings. Also, I have not tested it to see if it will record a show that moves into a different time slot. The reliability depends on the show guide. I do not have an internet connection so my DVR must rely on the over-the-air guide which isn't 100%. I do not know if the guide available with an internet connection would give greater functionality for show selection. [ Chris  Nov 26, 2015 ]
I don't think you can record just new episodes only an episode with the same title. [ Robert  Nov 24, 2015 ]
Yes, you can. It is dependent on the info in the guide, so occasionally it will record a rerun that is labeled as new or miss a new show that is labeled as old. No different than the Verizon DVR that I had. [ earl  Nov 24, 2015 ]
Rod .... What a good idea ... Unfortunately "no" .... The "record" button simply toggles "on/off" for the set time you set-up. [ Norman  Nov 24, 2015 ]
Yes. The options when you select a program from the "guide" for recording are whether you want to record a) just that episode, b) all episodes, or c) only new episodes. I use option "c" all the time. [ Jeffrey  Nov 24, 2015 ]
This DVR has a guide and setup like most cable DVR's, so you can go in and choose what you want to record, and I know my wife does series recordings occasionally. [ LEONARD  Nov 24, 2015 ]
No, I don't think so. [ Daryl  Nov 24, 2015 ]
Yes, it can record all shows by "the same name" or "only new shows with this name." [ Donna  Nov 24, 2015 ]
Yes [ Robert  Nov 24, 2015 ]
I think you can watch a previously recorded program while recording two others, but I don't recall having tried it. I've never had a situation where I could not play back a recording anytime I wanted. [ Eugene J.  Oct 29, 2015 ]
To answer your question, yes you can playback a previously recorded program while recording two other channels. [ Ralph  Oct 28, 2015 ]
Here is an addendum to my earlier answer which says that, yes, you can record two shows while watching a third, already recorded show. This is how my DVR is connected: The signal from the antenna enters a splitter. One cable leaves the splitter and goes to the TV, and the other cable leaves the splitter and goes to the DVR. Finally, an HDMI cable goes from the DVR to the TV. It is emphasized that, while you are recording too shows off-the-air, the show that you watch must already reside on the DVR. That is, while you are recording two shows, you cannot watch a third show off-the-air. [ HAMPTON  Oct 28, 2015 ]
Yes. It can be done. (Not by me, but it can be done.) My wife is now recording the first World Series game plus a second off-the-air, live program while watching a previously recorded program. [ HAMPTON  Oct 28, 2015 ]
Yes, You can watch a pre-recorded program while recording 2 others. [ Greg  Oct 28, 2015 ]
Yes, while the DVR is recording two channels you can play back a previously recorded program. (You need to have the external hard drive to be able to record two programs at once.) [ David  Oct 28, 2015 ]
Yes. It is possible to simultaneously record two programs and watch a previously recorded program. [ Edward  Oct 28, 2015 ]
Yes you can [ Edmund  Oct 27, 2015 ]
Yes [ Erland  Oct 27, 2015 ]
Yes. You can watch a previously recorded program while recording two others, all at the same time. [ Tim  Oct 27, 2015 ]
You don't need internet for the tuner and recorders to function. But you do need internet for the rolling two-week program guide to function and for the updates to be down-loaded for installation. [ Jeffrey  Oct 08, 2015 ]
Ty - the CM DVR+ is designed for both OTA to receive your local broadcast channels, and it does have ability to be connected to the Internet. I have a wifi booster behind my TV so I can connect to the Internet with a wired connection to it. There are currently four internet access points ...CM, Vudu, Pandora, and You Tube. I have not used these so far. Using the TV Guide menu that allows you to see all programs on every channel is very nice to see what is being broadcasted for the day and one button allows you to select it for recording if you want to watch it later. Norman W [ Norman  Oct 07, 2015 ]
The Channel Master requires software updates from the web a few times a year. On the last update they included some web-based channels to the guide. It can be connected through a router or through an optional wireless usb dongle. It does not need the internet to access the channels, guide or record programs OTA... just for the updates to the DVR software. I don't know how it would work without the updates. I hope this helps! [ Kathy  Oct 07, 2015 ]
No you don't - but I believe the channel guide has more detail if you are connected. [ William  Oct 07, 2015 ]
No internet is needed for this device. Power and a digital signal is needed. Great tuner on this picks up more stations with a better picture than the tuner on my TV. [ Gregory  Oct 07, 2015 ]
You do not need internet to use the channel master to receive tv channels, but internet access is needed to use the full benefits of the channel master, including programming recording ahead of time and receiving the built in tv guide. [ Daryl  Oct 07, 2015 ]
Nope, just connect your coaxial cable-in from your preferably HD antenna to the DVR, and the cable-out to your TV. [ LEONARD  Oct 07, 2015 ]
No, Ed, much like a cable or satellite input signal, the OTA antenna connects straight to the DVR via coax. The signal is then passed on to the TV (or receiver, if you prefer) via an HDMI cable. It works that same as any other DVR, and does an excellent job I may add. We've had this DVR for almost a year and LOVE it!!!!!! [ David  Sep 12, 2015 ]
Your antenna should to connect to both the TV and the DVR. If you connect to the DVR and then the TV, you will only be able to watch the TV through the DVR. You will have no independent TV operation. I used a signal splitter on the lead in cable and have satisfactory operation of both units. [ Edward  Sep 08, 2015 ]
Use a 75 ohm spliter from your antenna if you need to in order to run coax to the recorder. The recorder has an HDMI output to go to the TV. I love the thing it has incredible capacity and it is very to use. [ James H.  Sep 08, 2015 ]
Normally, the antenna coax would connect only to the DVR+. The connection from the DVR+ to the TV is via HDMI. If you wish, you could optionally use a splitter to connect the antenna to both DVR+ and TV. This would allow bypassing the DVR+ all together. It would also allow watching a third channel (live broadcast) while the DVR+ is recording two others. The disadvantage is that your antenna signal strength would be halved going into each device, which may or may not be a problem for you. [ Tim  Sep 08, 2015 ]
Hi Ed, Connect the antenna to the DVR only. Connect the TV to the DVR. [ Greg  Sep 08, 2015 ]
I did not know either, so I did both. I connected a "splitter" to the cable from the antenna. The splitter has two outputs. One output was connected to the "CABLE/ANTENNA" on the TV. The other output was connected to the "RF IN" on the ChannelMaster. Finally, an HDMI cable was used to connect to the TV to the ChannelMaster. I do not know what would happen if the cable from the splitter to the TV were disconnected. [ HAMPTON  Sep 08, 2015 ]
from antenna to dvr to tv [ Edmund  Sep 08, 2015 ]
I connected my antenna to both the TV and the DVR so that I can watch just the TV -- without the DVR -- or watch TV through the DVR (and of course watch shows recorded on the DVR). So you can set it up either way. [ David  Sep 08, 2015 ]
The antenna output goes to the DVR. Then the output from the DVR goes to the tv by HDMI cable. So your tv must have at least one HDMI input. [ Eugene J.  Sep 08, 2015 ]
You will need a RF splitter. The DVR does not have an antenna pass through like the old VCR's. The DVR connects to the TV via HDMI cable. [ KERRY L  Sep 08, 2015 ]
The antenna connects to the DVR [ Steve  Sep 08, 2015 ]
Antenna to DVR to TV (using HDMI only) [ Steve  Sep 08, 2015 ]
If you want to watch TV without the recorder on, you will need to connect the TV to an antenna. If you want to record over the air to the recorder, it will need to be connected to an antenna. You can watch TV thru the recorder when the recorder is on. You can use a splitter to connect both to one antenna. [ Holly  Sep 08, 2015 ]
No , the antenna connects to the dvr, then I used an hdmi to connect to the tv [ Michael  Sep 08, 2015 ]
I don't know that it "upconverts", however, the HD signals over the air are much better than dish or cable. What you see is what is broadcast. It usually indicates SD, for old movies, gunsmoke, ets. You can't improve on what is being broadcast, but you can get the full HD, which is something you apparently can't get with cable. [ Christopher  Feb 17, 2016 ]
Cliff, I experimented with two different stations (i.e 12.1 and 12.2). Using the "INFO" button on the remote to display the program information the first channel showed HD and the second channel showed SD. Picture quality is still very good on my 6 year old 1080p set. Norman [ Norman  Aug 13, 2015 ]
I don't have a clue [ William  Aug 12, 2015 ]
Sorry I do not know that answer, but I am very happy with the unit and how it operates. Gary [ GARY  Aug 12, 2015 ]
Not sure what the default settings are, but both skip forward and skip back are adjustable. Go to Menu / DVR / DVR Setup / Playback Setup and choose from several options between 10 seconds and 60 seconds for both. [ Albert  Jul 07, 2015 ]
Mine Is ten seconds forward and ten seconds back. [ earl  Jul 06, 2015 ]
I never actually timed it but the skip feature works really well, forward and back. We like the unit very much! Gary [ GARY  Jul 05, 2015 ]
You can set this under MENU/DVR/DVR Set-Up/Playback Set Up/Options. The options for both forward and back are 10/30/45/60 seconds. [ Jeffrey  Jul 05, 2015 ]
Sorry I have noidea..... [ James H.  Jun 05, 2015 ]
Yes. I use a Logitech Harmony 650 and it works fine. [ Susan  Jun 05, 2015 ]
it should be. [ Robert  Jun 05, 2015 ]
Not sure about those models but it is compatible with our Logitech Ultimate One. I love this remote! [ Pat  Jun 05, 2015 ]
No, an external hard drive is NOT required for full functionality of dual recording on the 1TB hard drive. Works like a champ. The external hard drive just provides additional storage capacity. [ David  Jun 07, 2015 ]
no it doesn't [ Edmund  Jun 04, 2015 ]
I have not added an external drive to my TB1 and I am able to record two shows at one time; however, you can't watch another channel other than one of the two being recorded. I had two shows recording and I tried to switch to a totally different channel and a message flashed indicating I needed to stop one of the recordings in order to change channels from the one I was watching and recording. [ Robin  Jun 03, 2015 ]
It does not require an external drive. It can record 2 programs at the same time. If you split your antenna feed and run one lead into the 1TB and another lead directly into your TV, then you will be able to watch a 3rd program while recording the other 2. We cut the cable cord and are saving about $100/month. Just a word of caution though. There are times when our picture digitizes and/or the audio becomes garbled on some recordings. A couple of times we have watched a show live with no problems. But the recorded version of the same show had the issue mentioned above. Weird! We made it through the current season, and on the whole are very pleased with the purchase. Hope this has been some help and good luck. [ Robert  Jun 03, 2015 ]
The 1TB records two shows at once. Needs nothing extra. [ Holly  Jun 03, 2015 ]
I remember reading that also. I bought the TB1 without the external hard drive and so far it has lived up to my expectations. I can record 2 channels or watch one while I record another. [ Ralph  Jun 02, 2015 ]
The CM-7500TB1 will record two different channels simultaneously without an external hard drive. I do it all the time. [ Edward  Jun 02, 2015 ]
No. The TB1 model does not need an external drive for recording two programs simultaneously. It is fully functional without. [ Tim  Jun 02, 2015 ]
Thanks for bringing this up. After conferring with our Product Research team, and with Channel Master, we've been able to confirm what the other customers are saying. You can indeed record 2 programs without an external hard drive. The issue seems to be that the 16GB and 1TB versions share an owners manual. This info is in the owners manual, but only applies to the 16GB version. We'll be updating our information and presentation to reflect this. [ Jeff  Jun 02, 2015 ]  Staff
It records 2 channels without requiring an external hard drive. [ Erland  Jun 02, 2015 ]
The TB1 does not require an external hard drive to record 2 programs simultaneously (nor to watch one program live and record a second simultaneously). I would chalk up the quote you cite to sloppy editing. I'm pretty sure the GB16 was available first, and the description was probably not updated properly when the TB1 was released. [ Michael  Jun 02, 2015 ]
It has two tuners, so you can watch a program while taping a different one, and if you get the extra external hard drive you can tape two at once. [ David  Jun 02, 2015 ]
I think the HDMI port is only an output port for connecting the DVR to the TV. [ Norman  Jun 03, 2015 ]
Sorry - I have no idea if that will work [ William  Jun 01, 2015 ]
Yes, you can. Put a splitter on your antenna co-ax cable and run one output to the TV and one to the DVR. Program your shows on the DVR, then switch the TV input to "antenna" to see your live show. Albert. [ Albert  Jun 01, 2015 ]
Yes. I have done this. Actually, I use only one antenna and a cable splitter (one input / two output) to connect the antenna to the TV and to the DVR. The TV tuner and the DVR tuner are separate. You can watch live TV through the TV while recording two programs on the DVR. [ Jeffrey  Jun 01, 2015 ]
I have not tried to hook it up in this manner. [ Neal  Apr 30, 2015 ]
Unfortunately there's no way to do that. The DVR+ has a single HDMI connection, which is only an output. It's only possible to record OTA broadcast programming via the coaxial antenna connector and its two internal tuners. It does that flawlessly, however. Channel Master will soon be releasing a new firmware that will allow streaming of much more internet content, such as what the Roku can provide. Keep an eye on Channel Master's Facebook page for more info on that. [ Tim  Apr 28, 2015 ]
I think not. I have both the CM 1TB and Roku 3, and use them in separate rooms. IF they were both connected to one TV the CM 1TB output would be connected to HDMI1 on the TV, and the Roku 3 to HDMI2. The Roku 3 has no antenna output to connect to the CM 1TB input. [ Eugene J.  Apr 28, 2015 ]
The DVR has one input, a 75 ohm antenna input which goes to an HD tuner. It will only accept a HD TV signal. I do not think the channel master will work for your application. [ KERRY L  Apr 28, 2015 ]
I do not know. Our CM and R3 are in different rooms and we haven't tried this connection. [ Holly  Apr 28, 2015 ]
Difficult to tell. There is a seal on the bottom that voids warranty if broken. There are screws visible which may hold case together... I personally wouldn't mess with the unit unless it quit working. Sorry I can't give a better answer [ Christopher  Apr 14, 2015 ]
I believe it is accessible. The underside of the unit has a defined panel the dimensions of a laptop hard drive. There are no screws; it appears to be a pry-open design. Needless to say, I haven't tried to open it, but it looks doable. Paul [ PAUL L  Apr 14, 2015 ]
Steve, I personally would not know how to service this device, but would call Channel Master to get their advise if something stopped working. It does have auxiliary outputs for additional external hard drive storage so if the internal drive malfunctioned you might still be able to use the external one. I have enjoyed having the ability to record shows and really like having the program guide to see what is being broadcasted each evening. Norman [ Norman  Apr 13, 2015 ]
I had trouble with the first unit purchased. The hard drive failed but Crutchfield replace it with no problem. As to your specific question, I don't know how accessible/serviceable the unit is. I've had mine for 6 months now and I'm very happy with it. [ William  Apr 12, 2015 ]
I don't know about accessing the internal drive. I have not attempted to open the device. It appears that one could add storage by hooking-up an external drive, but I have not tried that either. The 1 TB internal drive has been sufficient for my needs, so far. [ Jeffrey  Apr 12, 2015 ]
The current software does not allow that. You can only watch live TV, recorded TV, or the streaming media selections (via the internet) that Channel Master makes available. [ Tim  Sep 08, 2015 ]
I have not tried this so I don't have an answer. Sorry! [ Daryl  Jan 29, 2015 ]
I have not tried to play any media via the USB ports in the back of the unit. It would seem, however, that if one can use an external hard drive (connected via USB) that it might/might also play a USB stick. [ Jeffrey  Jan 29, 2015 ]
Kevin - My setup connections are basically the antenna input and the HDMI output to the TV. However, there is an Ethernet port that can be connected to your home network and an optional 'Digital Audio' port described as an Optical connection to a high quality digital sound decoding system. Also, there are two USB 2.0 ports on the back for an external hard drive and an optional wi-fi adapter. I can say the on-screen program guide does show Pandora and You Tube as selections so the Internet connection will at least gain you access to these websites. I am very pleased with the product and enjoy using the on-screen guide for the evening so I can find programs of interest to watch and what to record. I hope this helps with your decision. [ Norman  Jan 29, 2015 ]
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
As of late 2015, with recent software updates there are dozens of website streaming stations. Not top name channels yet, but the capability exists. [ Christopher  Feb 11, 2016 ]
No it will not record streaming channels, only broadcast channels. [ Ralph  Feb 10, 2016 ]
no [ James H.  Sep 08, 2015 ]
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