Tivo Roamio OTA vs Channel Master DVR+ – antenna DVR comparison

Tivo Roamio OTAChannel Master CM-7500TB1 Dual-tuner DVR with program guideTivo Roamio OTA and Channel Master DVR+ are competing head to head on both features and price. They will appeal to the end users who want the product that just works out of the box with no necessity for technical know how.

Let’s see how they compare at the beginning of 2017.

Tivo user interface and ease of use cannot be matched by any of the OTA DVR solutions. It also has all of the streaming apps (Amazon Video, Netflix, Hulu, etc.) already on the box so it becomes a single solution for all of your cord cutting needs. OneSearch which allows you to search across live TV, your recordings and online streaming services is a tremendous time saver. SkipMode which skips the commercial block with a single press of the button is another great feature. I wish other OTA solutions would replicate it as trying to fast forward through commercials is a bit of a pain. All of this comes in a box that is extremely easy to setup and run and requires no technical knowledge whatsoever.

  1. Requires purchase of Tivo Mini (MSRP $149.99).


Tivo Roamio OTA is a clear winner here no matter what scenario you are in. Currently Amazon.com is running a sale on the 1TB model and it can be had for $369.99 shipped. Occasionaly Tivo is on sale for as little as $200 including All-In (Lifetime Guide Subscription). Most recent sale happened during the Black Friday of 2016 when refurbished Tivo Roamio OTA 500GB model could be had for $200. I honestly cannot see the reason to buy the Channel Master DVR+ at this point unless their pricing structure changes or they extend their feature set.

Tivo is by far the best OTA DVR solution on the market and if you can afford it you should look no further.

6 thoughts on “Tivo Roamio OTA vs Channel Master DVR+ – antenna DVR comparison”

  1. Channel Master DVR+ runs streaming applications such as Sling TV, Vudu, Pandora, etc. It also includes more than 30 Internet TV Channels. Your review seems to me ignoring all that misleading new users. So far the only real advantage in the Tivo is the number of tuners.

  2. Frank,

    I was basing my review on the original release of Channel Master device when they had no apps. Glad to hear they’ve added all major ones. Sorry but did not realize that since I don’t have it anymore.

    Thank you for keeping me honest. I’ll adjust the table.


  3. Garcia is stretching the truth. It does include apps for the three he mentioned plus only one more, Youtube, which freezes the dvr any time I try to use it.
    It does NOT include Netflix, Amazon, or any other apps besides the four mentioned.
    He says it includes more than 30 internet channels. Mine shows 21, and the majority are shopping, spanish, or religious.
    They did have recent sale (July 4-29, 2017) with the DVR plus marked down to $144, the lowest I’ve seen it. Maybe at that price it’s worth it over the 399 Tivo, but I still opted to wait for a Tivo sale before I buy another DVR for my bedroom.

  4. There are two versions of Roamio OTA. One with All-In Lifetime subscription bundled in and one that requires monthly payment.

    Pick the one with All-In Lifetime and you’ll be all set.

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