Channel Master Tunes In YouTube

Expands OTT Lineup For Subscription-Free DVRs
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Channel Master, a supplier of DVRs and digital antennas targeted to the cord-cutting crowd, said it will soon add YouTube alongside other new features to its lineup of subscription-free DVR products.

In addition to YouTube, which will be integrated into Channel Master’s DVR+ program guide next month, the company has also added a DVR feature that enables users to record only the new episodes in a series.

“Our research shows that consumers are increasingly looking for ways to access YouTube content on the TV screen, and the integration as a channel in the DVR+ program guide makes that very easy for our customers, without the need to switch TV inputs or use a mobile device for casting,” Coty Youtsey, president and CEO of Channel Master, said in a statement.

YouTube joins a small but growing lineup of apps that Channel Master offers on its broadband-connected DVR+ product line. It recently added Pandora Internet Radio, complementing its earlier integration of the Walmart-owned Vudu service. The company has previously said that  it is trying to work out a deal to integrate Netflix.

On Wednesday, Channel Master also announced the addition of the STEALTHtenna to its digital over-the-air line of antennas. The STEALTHtenna is a compact, one-pound outdoor  antenna that can receive signals from up to 50 miles within a 90-degree radius and sells for $29, the company said.

Channel Master expanded its DVR product line in July with a $399 model that includes 1 terabyte of storage, complementing an original $249.99 model that holds 16 gigabytes but is expandable using an external USB-connected hard drive. Both models contain two tuners and support a 14-day channel guide. Channel Master sells an optional USB-connected WiFi adapter for $39.

In terms of competing platforms that also target cord-cutters, TiVo recently introduced a “limited edition” OTA model for cord-cutters that costs $49.99 and requires a subscription that runs $14.99 per month (with a one-year commitment). Simple.TV, meanwhile is focusing on that market with a two-tuner DVR/video server that costs $199.99 and an optional subscription service. Simple.TV recently added a feature that lets users share recordings with up to five friends.