We’ve talked a lot about cutting the cable and satellite cord. Usually, your options are to stream programs from a streaming box or stick and watch local channels over an antenna. But that leaves users without the DVR convenience that cable and satellite offer.
The folks at Channel Master have a streaming box designed specifically for users who receive their local programs via an antenna. If you can pick programming up over the air, you can usually receive quite a few channels that way, since most stations these days offer multiple digital channels.
The Channel Master Stream + allows you to record and play back over-the-air programming with no subscription required.
The device supports Ultra HD TV, too. It has two built-in tuners so you can watch one program while recording another or record two programs at once. It should work with any TV antenna. You’ll be able to save recorded programs on a MicroSD card.
It also features built-in Chromecast. That means you can use streaming apps like Netflix and YouTube.
There’s also a voice-activated remote control and an on-screen channel guide just like cable or satellite. It features a quad-core processor to support gaming apps, built-in dual-band WiFi, and support for Dolby Digital. It also has a USB 3.0 port. There’s also an Ethernet port.
The Channel Master Stream will cost $99, but there are no additional subscription fees for the stream.
However, if you use premium services like Netflix or Hulu, you will need to pay their subscription fees.
You can click here if you’d like to pre-order or to learn more. It’s expected to ship at the end of January.