Product Recommendation for the frugal

January 11th, 2018 at 3:13:13 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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I have no personal experience with the product because it is not on sale for another month, but at $99 it is probably worth taking a risk.



Channel Master has introduced a two channel "over the air" recording device combined with the ability to stream services like Netflix (plus support Google Chrome).
Channel Master's previous product which was far less capable cost $250. This one is being offered for $99 "Special introductory price" if you buy before the actual sale introduction in February.

You probably won't get it delivered until April.

The storage drive is not included, but you can buy a microSD card for $13 to $300. I would start small at first because Channel Master states that USB
functionality will be coming soon which should be cheaper than high storage micro SD cards. The original micro SD card can probably be re-used for a phone or camera after you upgrade.
https://www.channelmaster.com/Stream_Plus_p/cm-7600.htm

what makes the Channel Master so competitive on price is you can buy your own storage media and spend a lot less if you just want a few hours of storage.

A similar product from TiVo witha 1 terabyte drive costs $400 (4 tuners)
https://www.techhive.com/article/3062107/streaming-hardware/tivo-revamps-its-roamio-ota-set-top-box-and-drops-the-subscription-charge.html
January 11th, 2018 at 5:55:41 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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https://www.cnet.com/news/roku-tvs-can-now-pause-live-over-the-air-tv/

For the even more frugal the best buy is $169.99 for a TCL - 32" Class - LED - 720p - Smart - HDTV Roku TV Model: 32S305SKU.

While it only has one tuner and does not have a full fledged DVR, you can buy a USB stick for $10 and have the ability to pause live TV. In addition you can record some portion of the show being tuned in (I believe up to 90 minutes) and then watch it later with the ability to fast forward through commercials. BEWARE: If you change channels you will lose the buffer immediately.

On the other end of the manufacturer's range, the TCL P series Roku TV (2017) is said to have a very robust picture, ridiculously good 55-inch TV with excellent overall image quality, with deep black levels, rich contrast and accurate color. for MSRP: $649.99

As most people are paying well in excess of $100 a month for cable TV, spending $650 so you can really enjoy your streaming and antenna shows may seem like a fair trade.