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    Echostar & Channel Master To Produce New OTA DVR

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    Boxee may have abandoned the market to secure their survival, but Echostar & Channel Master are teaming up once again to tap the over-the-air television crowd with a new line of retail DVR. According to a FCC filing (embedded below), the two Channel Master K77 models “combine access to broadcast programming with over-the-top and DVR functionalities.” Both units are slated to include 16GB of Flash storage, presumably to house the OS and any potential OTT apps, with DVR storage handled via an integrated 320GB hard drive (in the higher end SKU) or added via USB storage by end users. Previously, the two companies collaborated on the DTVPal DVR - which seemed to enjoy a decent amount of buzz and interest. More recently, Channel Master has been pushing an Entone-powered OTA DVR… but may not be pleased with the results given their rekindled relationship with Echostar. We firmly believe there’s an audience for this sort of product and are looking forward to what Echostar brings to the table. Related, Simple.TV, with a new line of funding, is likely also preparing an updated OTT/OTA DVR. Combined with TiVo’s incoming 4-tuner Series 5 and Aereo’s contested cloud-based approach, options are certainly heating up for cord cutters.
    Lets hope they get it right this time. There's not many devices in the OTA PVR market, and even fewer good ones (Like, NO good choices!).


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    OH YEAH...this is what I wanna here right here....Pogi do we know if this is a FULL PURCHASE for USE or a PAYABLE SERVICE?

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    Yes, it's good to see Channel Master going back to Echostar. I hope that it can be used stand alone, or that it has an ad supported guide service (I don't do monthly or yearly fees). I have an Echostar (Dish) DTVpal DVR which has worked great for me, even after the TVGOS shut off. The Entone Channel Master box never really went anywhere due mostly to overheating problems. Bill and I both have iView 3500STBs, which aren't ready for primetime, but do show the potential if someone were to pursue doing it right (it has both serious hardware and firmware problems). I do plan on using the iView for the majority of my HD recording this next season (mostly due to the 1TB drive I have for it), but I will have to work around its flaws to do so.

    What's the deal with selling a DVR with only a 320GB drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkreichen1968 View Post
    Yes, it's good to see Channel Master going back to Echostar. I hope that it can be used stand alone, or that it has an ad supported guide service (I don't do monthly or yearly fees). I have an Echostar (Dish) DTVpal DVR which has worked great for me, even after the TVGOS shut off. The Entone Channel Master box never really went anywhere due mostly to overheating problems. Bill and I both have iView 3500STBs, which aren't ready for primetime, but do show the potential if someone were to pursue doing it right (it has both serious hardware and firmware problems). I do plan on using the iView for the majority of my HD recording this next season (mostly due to the 1TB drive I have for it), but I will have to work around its flaws to do so.

    What's the deal with selling a DVR with only a 320GB drive?
    True, the iview has problems, but I believe they are firmware related for the most part. I hear the Homeworx version of this unit has new firmware that fixes some of the problems, but I'm still awaiting confirmation that the schedule timers are fixed before I get too excited.

    320 GB used to be big, but I could upgrade that easily. Unfortunately, mfr's are switching to the smaller laptop-size drives for PVRs, which are more expensive and harder to find in larger sizes.

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    now what's tis iView?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Wilson View Post
    now what's tis iView?
    iView 3500STB DTV Converter Box

    It's a "converter box" with HD output and clunky firmware that has a USB port and wants to be a PVR when it grows up.

    Seriously, if they could get the firmware right, it would be a great little box. But for $40 I can record OTA shows (sometimes!) in HD, pause live TV, and play movies, music, and pics from a usb device. It does a lot, but it doesn't do it all very well.

    Read the reviews on Amazon, but throw out all the 5 star reviews. They're from people who haven't had it long, haven't tried to use it for anything but a converter box, or are paid shills.

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    for 40 bucks though I'd be willing to try it ......is it a pay service or ad supported? cause seriously I currently don't have anyway to record ANYTHING....

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    I would suggest the very similar HomeWorx HW-150PVR if you are considering it, it has a bit better firmware. Neither of these PVRs is perfect, but they work much better with the latest firmware updates.

 

 

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