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Channel Master CM-7000PAL

Channel Master CM-7000PAL
alaScore 79

11 reviews

Nov, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 reviews of Channel Master CM-7000PAL. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and image quality. The reliability and price also get good opinions.

usability, price, reliability, image quality, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Channel Master CM-7000PAL is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by: David Katzmaier (

Channel Master CM-7000PAL review: Channel Master CM-7000PAL


As someone who recently (and temporarily) ditched pay TV for a combination over-the-air/Internet TV-based system, I can tell you the Channel Master CM-7000PAL DVR ($350) works great as long as you're not expecting the polish of a TiVo--or even of a...

DVR that records, pauses, fast-forwards, and rewinds free over-the-air HDTV programming; no monthly fees; excellent image quality; dual-tuner design means you can record two programs simultaneously from one antenna; 30 hours of HD recording; superb...

Relatively expensive upfront cost; lacks the polish and features of TiVo or other subscription DVRs; more like a VCR in how it records shows; bland, limited user interface; recording capacity not expandable.

For someone who wants to DVR-ify an HD antenna setup without paying monthly fees, the Channel Master CM-7000PAL is the easiest solution available.

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: (

Channel Master CM-7000PAL


The Channel Master CM-7000PAL is one of the more expensive DTV converter boxes available, but it is also one of the most versatile and feature packed. First and foremost, it includes a built-in, two-tuner, over-the-air digital video recorder...

Powerful digital tuners, great picture quality, includes DVR, support for high-def, surround sound

Much more expensive than a basic DTV converter, spotty guide data

May, 2011

Consumer review by: algava67 (

"Keeps breaking down,no support,3 failed units"


Don't buy it, it's a waist of money

Works great when it works

I'm on my third and last(new)unit, I've had it with this device.

Apr, 2012

Consumer review by: raynuk (

"buy again an hope not turn into a dreamcast system"


HATE cable yust have a attenna buy then bt ch an hope they get new management too actually sell this wonder too free people I want it too yust wouk withoyt the skip 15 an reverse 10 ? dud what dummy thoughtof this fire programers an get a team too help...

when it works its great jeff brown says oh its nothing? the company needs a influx of people to make the NEXT THING leaving cables an WE need this please help them

it says signal lost then help there is no help ethernet cable should bee live for help phone call's HA iwil still buy new three chanel unit

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: Willy (

Works ok for me


Received this item in fewer days than expected, instructions were clear, works great for us we usually record 2 at a time shows, it is hooked up to a small hd digital anteana in the atic, the picture is very clear, I wish the tv guide would work like a...

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: TDK (

Great Product


If your getting your digital TV through an antenna, this is the perfect solution to your DVR recording needs. Simple to use and program with no monthly fees. Thanks for getting it to me a day earlier than I anticipated !!

Nov, 2010

Consumer review by: Niceone (

Forget Tivo


This DVR does what it says and I don't have to subscribe to any type of service to get my local stations it automatically updates my area TV guide. It hooked right up to my exterior HDTV antenna and now I watch over the air HDTV for FREE.I have looked...

Oct, 2010

Consumer review by: Henry (

Product needs refining


For the most part the Channel Master works just like the DVR from Dish Network, just not as good. Whenever you skip forward when watching a recorded program or just catching up to live TV there is a few second delay before the sound comes back, which...

Aug, 2010

Consumer review by: James (

Great Product For Free Service


This is a great product for those who watch OTA television. It has every feature of my old cable DVR except one, it doesn't record by show, rather by time (like VCRs did). I don't see why it isn't possible setup a

Aug, 2010

Consumer review by: brycenn (

Highly worthwhile upgrade to a basic digital TV converter. Pause live TV.


This box is the reincarnation of the discontinued "DTVPal DVR". It is an excellent unit for digital television. It sits between your antenna and your TV, and allows you to:

Brings DVR functionality to over the air viewers

Firmware is still quirky. No NetFlix movies. Not EnergyStar efficient

Dec, 2010