Channel Master has been producing quality products for a long time. They make great over the air antennas, splitters, amplifiers and DVR’s. They are introducing a new media player called the Channel Master Stream+ that integrates two OTA tuners to record and watch antenna broadcast signals. The Stream+ has a subscription-free live program and DVR guide, that makes viewing and recording your favorite TV show seamless. The Stream+ is capable of 4K and HD viewing. It is all powered by an Android operating system that also allows you to install just about any app, game or streaming service from the Google Play Store. The Channel Master Stream+ is a fully integrated media player for anyone looking to watch and record OTA broadcast TV and have the capability to stream many popular streaming apps. There are not many all in one streaming boxes on the market with built-in tuners. It is nice to see Channel Master is filing this void.
Channel Master Stream+ Features
The Channel Master Stream+ comes equipped with two ATSC 1.0 tuners which work with all over the air antennas. It allows for recording of two shows simultaneously while watching a streaming service. The other capability is to record one live show while watching another. All content is recorded to a removable microSD card (64GB minimum, and speed class U3 for DVR capability) which is not included. It also has support to record to an external USB hard drive, which allows for even more recording time. The amount of available channels depends on your antenna and location. To find out what type of antenna you may need, see our antenna locator page.
Free Subscription Service TV Guide
The Stream+ comes with a free TV guide provided by Google Live Channels Guide. This allows you to schedule a recording, watch live TV and see what shows are available up to 14 days in advance. The Stream+ is powered by Googles Android TV, making it a stable and supported platform for the foreseeable future. You can find out more about Android TV by checking out this in-depth article. It also allows for possible side-loading popular apps like Kodi or Plex, which could make this streaming box very popular with cord cutters.
Channel Master Stream+ Intro Video
The Channel Master Stream+ technical specifications and features:
What is in the box:
- Quick Start Guide
- IR/Bluetooth/Voice Remote
- 2 – AAA Batteries
- Power Supply
- 1 Year Limited Hardware Warranty
Hardware and Software:
- Quad-Core ARM Processor
- Android Nougat 7.0
- 4KP60 UHD 10-bit HEVC
- SD or HD, Up to 1920 X 1080
- 4kp50-60, UHD Up to 3840×2160
- Integrated Voice Search
- Two internal ATSC 1.0 tuners
- Built-in Google Cast (Chromecast) functionality
- Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital+ audio support
- RF Port (ATSC 1.0 Dual Tuner)
- HDMI Port (2.0 with HDCP 2.2)
- Optical Audio Port (SPDIF)
- USB Port (USB3.0)
- Ethernet Port (10/100BaseT)
- MicroSD Port (U3 Required for DVR Capability up to 512GB)
- Wireless 2.4 GHz /5 GHz WiFi
- Dual Band 802.11ac
- Bluetooth 4.1
The Stream+ does have some additional features like an optional silicon remote case and a gaming controller (coming soon).
Where to Buy:
The Channel Master Stream+ is available from these retailers:
The Stream+ is a long-needed addition to the OTA DVR market. It offers up to date streaming functionality and great over the air broadcast recording attributes. The Stream+ will replace it’s older Channel Master OTR DVR which worked great to record but was missing many of the online viewing capabilities. There are also other options to consider when recording OTA broadcast TV, like using a DVR converter box, Tivo or Tablo TV. It is nice to see companies still innovating in this space. If you are looking to cut the cord by using a combination of an OTA antenna and online streaming you should consider the Channel Master Stream+.