Nice to hear you’ve had good results! I am surprised to hear that Home Depot is selling them. Do they carry both the 16GB and 1TB internal HDD models, or just the 1TB model?This is a quick review of my experience with the Channel Master DVR+.
I did get a DVR+ through my local Home Depot. When I first opened the box, I was surprised at how thin it is. I connected it last night to AC power, HDMI cable to TV, RG-6 to antenna, and CAT-5 to home DSL internet service.
I scanned in local channels and I found that the ATSC tuner works quite well. Some tuners that I have used have difficulty, since I have an 8-bay antenna in the attic area above my garage. The DVR+ tuners all of my local channels, except a transmitter that is a bit on the fringe. I didn't notice any pixelization or drop outs.
I then tried the streaming channels. I noticed right away that the list had Pandora and Vudu. I think the software version was 111. Anyway, I started the update and went off to do chores around my farm. When I returned quite a few minutes later, it was still updating! Anyway, it finally completed and added a LOT of additional streaming channels. It looks like the premiere streaming channels are Vudu and Sling TV, but there are others, too.
I was slightly surprised that the remote control does not use AA or AAA batteries. Not a big deal to me, but it just seems different.
I did not get the DVR+ USB Wi-Fi adapter. I think that should have been integrated and not sold as an accessory.
I do not have a Tivo, so I am in no position to compare them to one another. Overall, I would say that this is very nice device. I haven't actually tried the recording function yet.
When updating via Ethernet or WiFi, the download usually take about 15 minutes or so, and about another 5 minutes for the miscellaneous stuff it does (installing, rebooting).
Yeah, the “flat” remote control uses CR2032 button batteries. Some folks have had issues with poor connections, me for one, and either carefully stretch the coiled springs, or place cardboard shims between the cover and the batteries. CM offers a peanut shaped “Enhanced” remote you can get if you don’t like the flat model, but do some research on it before ordering, in particular how the single power button operates the DVR+ and the TV at the same time (some like, some dislike).
Most agree, the WiFi should be built in, but since you have Ethernet, that’s better, especially when receiving updates (not faster, but stable, WiFi sometimes fails with updates). There are WiFi dongles available from other sources for less than $10, but you have to be very careful as not all of them work with the DVR+, especially those from China, even those that look identical to those that work.
Currently some of us are having serious issues with the number of days that are being provided in the Rovi Guide. It depends on your location (zip code). CM and Rovi are working on it but it’s taking them a long time. Currently mine ends at 9:00 PM tonight. For the past few days it was ending today at 10:30 AM, so at least it updated a little. Out of curiosity, how far out does your Rovi Guide go? If working correctly it will be about 14 days. Read CM description on this issue HERE.