Originally Posted by JHBrandt
Never heard of Channels DVR, so I Googled it.... I see it's a DVR service, a bit like the ones you can get with Sling TV, PS Vue, and the like.
DVRs in general have a Maxwell Smart-like ability to "miss it by that much" when it comes to this. Channel Master's DVR+ promised just this sort of integration when it came out: your local channels would be numbered 2-199 (100 and up for duplicate virtual channels), with 200 and up reserved for apps. The idea was great: you could have loaded a CBSN app and its channels would get the next available channel numbers, so CBSN Dallas would have had its own channel number on your DVR+ complete with an EPG (albeit presumably with no recording of streaming channels). But the DVR+ never exposed an API for developers to write their own apps, so that great idea never went anywhere. I think they only wrote four apps for it in four years of marketing.
Channel Master followed that with the Stream+, which came closer with Google's Live Channels app. But AIUI, you still can't add any arbitrary streaming app to Live Channels; it has to be specially written to integrate. And I doubt CBSN's Android app integrates with it, although I'd love to be wrong about that!
Closer still would be something like the AirTV or Amazon Recast. The only limitation would be that CBSN would need to be available on the appropriate partner service (Sling or PS Vue respectively).
The Channels DVR TVE stuff will record the streams that are available from the websites of every channel that has live streaming available using a provider login. So like you can go to Fox Sports Go or Food Network or TNT or whatever in your browser and watch the channel live after logging in using your cable/satellite/streaming login, and Channels can do that same thing, but also DVR it. It doesn't work for streams that are DRMed like HBO, but aside from that it has pretty much every notable channel available. There are also a couple dozen channels that just have streams available online for free, including many of the subchannel networks, all the CBSNs, ABC News, and so on, and it can also DVR those. It doesn't matter what the app supports as long as the channel in question has a live stream available online. And since the original point of Channels was to support live TV from the HDHomeRun on iOS and Apple TV, it still has full support for that for live and DVR. It's really an all in one DVR and does stuff that no one else is doing, and without the annoying limitations on the streaming services (limited retention, no FF, etc.). You have to run the DVR backend on something halfway decent like a computer or midrange or better NAS, but the client runs on most of the major platforms (Android touchscreen, Android TV, Fire TV, iOS, Apple TV, web browsers).