Channel Master is one of the only DVRs on the market that is subscription free. By accessing free, over-the-air stations and integrating HD streaming movies through VUDU, Channel Master uses its resources to your advantage. Believe us, you’ll have plenty of TV to watch and record.

Simultaneous recording is one of the best features of owning a DVR, and the Channel Master’s dual tuner allows you to record two channels at the same time. In fact, you have 320GB of built-in hard drive space that will store up to 35 hours of recorded television. Your saved content can then be accessed via the included remote control and Channel Master’s easy-to-use interface. You can pause, rewind, fast-forward and more. This DVR doesn’t require a monthly service fee. Once you’ve purchased the unit, it’s yours – no strings attached.

Because the Channel Master DVR accesses free channels, it isn’t compatible with most cable providers. We think this can be seen in two different ways. Either you could love the fact that you can get free stations and can cancel your cable subscription., or you may be disappointed that you can’t replace your cable box with the Channel Master DVR and still access digital channels. Whichever way you see it, this DVR is compatible with both HD and SD TVs.

Digital channels are really the only thing the Channel Master can’t access. With the unit’s built-in VUDU interface, you have access to unlimited streaming movies as well as over-the-air TV. VUDU’s interface can be customized to include popular apps like Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

Channel Master offers its customers the standards in help and support: email, FAQs and a one-year warranty. Where it excels is in online support. On their website you can access software updates, technical forums, manuals and warranty information. If you have a problem with the DVR, we’d head to Channel Master’s website first.

Channel Master Summary:

Channel Master has done a great job in creating a product that is affordable to yet still keeps most of the features we like in the best DVRs. This unit has the ability to record live TV simultaneously from two channels, storing up to 35 hours of your favorite television. Best of all, it comes with VUDU, a program that allows you to access hundreds of streaming movies. The only reason it falls behind in our ratings is due to its inability to access digital channels and replace your cable company’s DVR box.

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Channel Master

With Channel Master, there is no monthly service fee.

Channel Master can only access free, over-the-air broadcasts and content available with VUDU.

The Verdict
: 7.38/10

While we wish Channel Master could access digital channels, it offers free, over-the-air channels and streaming movies through VUDU—a winning combination in our book.