If you are looking for a simple way to set up DVR for cord cutting that has no monthly fee then the Channel Master DVR+ is the DVR for you.
Unlike most DVRs on the market that work for cord cutting the Channel Master DVR+ gives you a 14-day channel guide with no monthly fee. It is also basic and straightforward, making it easy for anyone to use.
The model I reviewed has a dual tuner, allowing you to record two shows at once or record one show while watching a different show.
If you have ever used a DVR from a cable company, you will be right at home with the Channel Master DVR+. You have the ability to record just one show, all new shows, or every show of a series you have selected. You can also create a manual recording, which is great for recording sports.
The Channel Master DVR+ also has built-in streaming apps, like VUDU and YouTube, reducing the need for other boxes; however, the lack of big names like Netflix and Amazon on the device does mean most cord cutters will need a second box.
The Channel Master also requires an external USB dongle for Wi-Fi and an external hard drive to record shows. The external hard drive is nice because you can buy any hard drive you want.
- Simple to set up
- Easy to use
- Very responsive controls
- Free 14-day channel guide
- Does not have a whole-home DVR option
This is an excellent DVR for anyone who wants something simple with no long-term cost.