Company Announces YouTube, Enhanced Recording Features, New Low-Cost Antenna and Antenna Selection Guide
San Francisco, CA--(October 29, 2014)
- - Channel Master, the nation's leading manufacturer of broadcast reception products since 1949, today announced new features for its subscription-free DVR+ that include YouTube access and an enhanced DVR feature to record only new episodes of a series. In addition, the company has added the new low-cost STEALTHtenna to its metro/suburban-centric Everyday Series antenna line along with a consumer-friendly Antenna Selection Guide.
Coming in November, the YouTube streaming feature will appear in the DVR+ program guide. "We're excited to add YouTube to our streaming lineup for DVR+", said Coty Youtsey, president and CEO of Channel Master. "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."
Along with the YouTube launch, Channel Master will introduce an enhanced Series Record feature for DVR+ that allows customers to record only new episodes of a show. "This is the most-requested feature from customers", said Joe Bingochea, executive vice president of product development. "We want the experience of DVR+ to be as close as possible to a cable or satellite DVR, and this feature is key." The feature will work with an Internet-connected DVR+ utilizing the 14-day program guide, and non-connected DVR+ units will retain the name-based series record feature that works with over-the-air content data.
STEALTHtenna, a small, directional outdoor antenna that receives both UHF and VHF signals from up to 50 miles, is available now at an MSRP of $29. "STEALTHtenna rounds out our low-cost Everyday Series antenna line, which we developed to reduce the overall investment needed to get up and running with DVR+" said Bingochea. "STEALTHtenna is an outdoor option that's going to give you fantastic HD reception from about 90 degrees, which is a very common configuration."
Channel Master's new Antenna Selection Guide provides important information for consumers. "We've been making antennas for decades", said Youtsey. "You can't just provide a zip code search and give someone a recommendation for a television antenna because everyone's reception needs are slightly different. There are things that consumers need to be aware of and this tool will help ensure they select the right antenna and get a great broadcast TV experience."
Just in time for Holiday shopping, Channel Master will showcase the new DVR+ features and the complete Everyday Series antenna line at the PepCom Holiday Spectacular West event in San Francisco on October 29.
Phoenix, AZ--(September 15, 2014)
- - Channel Master
, the nation's leading manufacturer of broadcast reception products since 1949, today announced the integration of Pandora Internet Radio into its DVR+ platform, as well as new shipping and finance options that make it easy for consumers to own the ultimate TV Freedom solution without fees or contracts.
Pandora Internet Radio lets consumers create up to 100 custom music streaming channels comprised of their favorite music and artists. Located within the DVR+ TV program guide, the Pandora app is easy to launch and provides instant high-quality digital sound guaranteed to delight both the casual and discerning music lover. Users will benefit from Pandora's ongoing Music Genome Project, comprising the analysis and cataloging of a vast treasure trove of songs spanning nearly 100 years, from the well-known to the completely obscure.
"Pandora is the perfect companion for DVR+ and a natural fit for us" said Joe Bingochea
, executive vice president of product development. "Since the earliest days of TV, Americans have included both video and music in the living room environment. Channel Master was a leading manufacturer of transistor radios in the 1960s, as well as the leading provider of television antennas. Having Pandora as part of the DVR+ platform brings the history of our brand full circle in a single modern device."
Any shopping cart purchase from Channel Master's online store that includes a DVR+ will now ship for free in the U.S. The company has also integrated leading consumer finance service PayPal Credit, formally Bill Me Later, into its online purchase options.
"We've been working toward free U.S. shipping for DVR+ for a while now and we're extremely happy to be able to make that announcement" said Coty Youtsey
, president and CEO of Channel Master. "In addition, we view the PayPal Credit option as critical for many would-be cord cutters. Being able to buy now and pay later will be a big help for a lot of people who are seeking a cost-saving alternative to traditional TV services."
Channel Master introduced the DVR+ in January, a subscription-free DVR for over-the-air broadcast TV that is very similar to the experience of using a cable or satellite DVR. The company continues ongoing development of the powerful DVR+ platform, including additional streaming services and new video features.
Encourages Consumers to Try Over-the-Air TV
Phoenix, AZ--(August 20, 2014)
- - Channel Master
, the nation's leading manufacturer of broadcast reception products since 1949, today announced FLATenna
, a new antenna that retails for $10 in the U.S. and will ship free of charge through the company's online store. The 13" passive indoor antenna, able to receive broadcast signals from up to 35 miles, was developed as a marketing tool to help educate consumers about the value of free broadcast TV.
"We get a lot of calls and emails from people who want to know more about broadcast TV" said Coty Youtsey
, president and CEO of Channel Master. "They want to know if they can get their local news or The Super Bowl, and the answer to that is 'Yes', which tells us there's still a lot of marketing to be done. Instead of filling mailboxes with literature, we're offering a popular-style antenna at an ultra-low cost to encourage people to try the experience at very little risk to their pocketbooks."
Channel Master describes FLATenna as the equivalent of other 13" passive indoor antennas that retail for $35 or more. "Reception from a TV antenna is limited by physics, so there's not a lot of room for innovation" said Joe Bingochea
, executive vice president of product development. "An outdoor antenna will deliver more range and reliability. If your indoor antenna is getting all of the major broadcast networks and that's all that you need, then FLATenna will be sufficient and it's priced well below competitive products."
Channel Master introduced the DVR+ in January, a subscription-free DVR for broadcast TV that is very similar to the experience of using a cable or satellite DVR. "Obviously, it's not our intention to build a profitable business model around FLATenna." said Youtsey. "We want to help people discover free broadcast TV, and if they like the experience we want to introduce them to our DVR+ platform."
For FLATenna owners who choose to upgrade to an outdoor antenna or purchase the DVR+, Channel Master will credit the FLATenna transaction toward the new purchase and the customer keeps the FLATenna. "The consumer benefits either way and more antennas are entering the market to promote the industry" said Youtsey. "It's a win-win scenario."
Phoenix, AZ--(July 9, 2014)
- - Furthering its TV Freedom initiative for consumers, Channel Master
announced today the launch of a new DVR+ model that includes a 1TB internal hard drive. The company previously launched the 16GB model, which requires the user to provide an external USB hard drive, at the International CES in Las Vegas in January. Both DVR+ models are subscription-free.
The 1TB DVR+ is available now at Channelmaster.com and Bestbuy.com, with an MSRP of $399.99. Like the 16GB model launched earlier this year, the 1TB DVR+ includes two tuners, allowing the user to record two programs at once or record one program while watching another. Users also enjoy advanced DVR features such as pause live TV, skip back and skip forward. The purchase price includes the 14-day channel guide, eliminating the need for a subscription service.
"The form factor of the DVR+ did not change for the 1TB model," said Coty Youtsey
, president of Channel Master, "it's still the world's slimmest DVR. It's hard to believe there's a 1TB hard drive inside this flat little box. It's ENERGY STAR 3.0-compliant for ultra-low power consumption, runs very cool, and is absolutely silent because the design eliminates the need for a fan."
DVR+ is designed to meet the needs of consumers who traditionally rely on antenna-delivered broadcast TV, as well as those who choose to cancel pay-TV services for the lower-cost combination of free over-the-air broadcast programming and various online streaming services, a popular movement known as cord cutting. For the majority of Americans, upwards of 80% of their TV viewing comes from free broadcast networks available through a TV antenna, including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, The CW, Univision and Telemundo.
"We're excited to round out the DVR+ line with this new model" said Joe Bingochea
, executive vice president of product development. "The 16GB model is a great lower-cost option for people who want to supply their own hard drive and choose their recording capacity and it's been extremely popular. Now, with the 1TB model, we have a premium option for people who prefer to have the internal hard drive."
The company says it has big plans for further development of the DVR+ platform. "Right now the product comes with the VUDU app pre-installed, which is a fantastic pay-as-you-go service for thousands of movies and TV shows," said Youtsey. "But we know our customers would also like to have some of their favorite subscription streaming services in the menu and we're working on that, along with some other surprises for later this year."
For customers who want to watch their live TV anywhere on mobile devices and also have remote access to their DVR for watching recorded content and setting timers, both DVR+ models are compatible with the Slingbox 500.
Phoenix, AZ--(June 26, 2014) - - Channel Master extends subscription-free TV Freedom solution to Aereo subscribers with offer that includes a free antenna and discounted DVR. The offer comes in the wake of yesterday's Supreme Court decision that sided with broadcasters over Aereo, stating that the service is not legal.
Through July 6 Aereo subscribers can contact Channel Master, present a copy of their June 2014 bill and receive a bundle that includes the SMARTenna, DVR+, and USB WiFi Adapter for $269.99, a savings of $80 off retail price.
"The Supreme Court outcome was unfortunate for Aereo subscribers. They can still have live broadcast TV and use a DVR in a legal manner, absolutely subscription-free," said Shelley O'Connell, marketing communications director at Channel Master. "Because Aereo subscribers have been paying a monthly fee, we're giving them a great deal to purchase our TV Freedom solution at a deep discount."
Channel Master's SMARTenna is an advanced multi-directional antenna, no pointing required, for use indoors or outdoors, and receives television broadcast signals from up 50 miles. SMARTenna is small, sleek, weatherproof, and does not require amplification.
The DVR+ comes with dual tuners, allowing users to record two programs at once or record one program while watching another, and includes popular DVR features such as pausing live TV, skipping back and skipping forward. The 14-day channel guide is included in the price of the product, eliminating the need for a monthly subscription fee.
"We've been serving consumers in the broadcast TV market for decades," O'Connell says. "We know TV. If you're going to cut the cable cord and do it right, we're the people you want to talk to."
Aereo subscribers can contact Channel Master by calling 1-877-746-7261 or emailing
email@example.com. For those who are not Aereo subscribers, the company is offering free shipping on the entire order with purchase of a DVR+ through July 6.
Phoenix, AZ--(February 21, 2014) - - Channel Master announced today that it has resumed shipping of its DVR+ product, an over-the-air subscription-free DVR, which sold out shortly after announcing availability at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas in early January. In addition to receiving and recording local broadcast programming such as ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS and The CW, DVR+ integrates video-on-demand streaming apps directly into the electronic program guide. DVR+ was one of the International CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Award honorees.
"We put a lot of thought into the development of this product, focusing on the needs of mainstream TV consumers in North America and their professed desire for an alternative solution to traditional pay-TV services" said Coty Youtsey, President of Channel Master. "We knew we had a great solution but I don't think any of us were quite prepared for the overwhelming response that we got, selling out of product within a week. We're happy to say that we now have DVR+ units in stock to meet the growing demand."
The Channel Master brand is an iconic mainstay in American entertainment culture, having introduced the first consumer TV antenna in 1949 and progressing through the decades to produce antennas, televisions, transistor radios and even turn-tables. Today, Channel Master is focused on products and solutions for broadcast television entertainment.
"There is just so much going on in TV today that has a direct impact on consumers, more so than any other time in the history of TV" said Joe Bingochea, Executive Vice President of product development. "We're doing what we've always done, which is to deliver superior broadcast entertainment products to consumers. With DVR+ we have an amazing product that not only delivers what consumers need today, it will also serve as a platform to deliver what they want tomorrow. DVR+ has many capabilities. We're just getting started."
Las Vegas, NV--(January 5, 2014) - - Channel Master today announced that its DVR+ over-the-air, subscription-free DVR is one of the International CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Award honorees. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a panel of designers, engineers and trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in consumer electronics.
"We are thrilled to be recognized by the Innovations team for this honor," said Joe Bingochea, Channel Master's executive vice president. "The competition is fierce in the Video Components category and we worked hard throughout 2013 to deliver a timely, mainstream solution for consumers that is both practical and visually appealing."
DVR+ is a thin (1/2 inch high) device that allows consumers to receive and record local broadcast programming without a subscription or contract, utilizing a simple digital antenna. In addition, consumers have access to streaming video services and enhanced guide data with a broadband connection. For the TV Everywhere enthusiast, DVR+ is compatible with the Slingbox 500, providing access to all live and recorded content on any connected mobile device, either around the home or around the world.
"We're different from other cord-cutting solutions," said Shelley O'Connell, Channel Master's marketing communications director. "Other solutions focus on mobile devices, require a broadband connection and port content to a TV with an app. In contrast, we believe that focusing on the living room TV first, the heart of the consumer TV experience, without a subscription is the best way to provide what we call TV Freedom."
DVR+ provides all of the most popular network programming including shows, news and sports in the highest HD quality, from free public broadcast that constitutes the majority of what Americans watch on TV; ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS and The CW.
DVR+, priced at $249.99, is available now from Channel Master at ChannelMaster.com.
Phoenix, AZ--(December 16, 2013) - - Channel Master today unveiled a new subscription-free consumer DVR that promises to revolutionize how people record and view free over-the-air TV programming. DVR+ is an easy-to-use broadcast TV DVR, combining multiple features to ensure anyone can watch and record free HD-quality broadcast TV, as well as stream video services.
DVR+ combines a high definition dual-tuner DVR, the economical flexibility of an external hard drive, streaming video services and a unique integrated TV programming guide all in one ultra-slim device, standing just over one-half inch in height.
Today, most local markets offer many broadcast channels, in addition to the major networks such as ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, Univision, Telemundo and the CW -- all for free.
"Consumers today are demanding freedom and flexibility for their TV experience," said Coty Youtsey, President of Channel Master. "Channel Master is providing a premium option with DVR+ as consumers rediscover free over-the-air broadcast programming in the midst of a fragmented TV-delivery industry."
DVR+ lets users pause or rewind live TV up to two hour, and dual tuners allow them to record one program while watching another, or simultaneously record two programs. The DVR+ comes with 16GB of internal flash memory to get users up-and-running out of the box with the ability to pause live TV and store a limited number of recordings. Full extended DVR functionality is enabled with the connection of a USB external hard drive, providing the ultimate choice in personal storage capacity.
DVR+ is the perfect broadcast TV DVR solution when combined with a digital antenna. When also combined with a broadband connection, consumers will enjoy an enhanced program guide and access to online streaming services. Future feature upgrades are available either through a direct broadband connection or USB transfer.
The DVR+, priced at $249.99, is available now for pre-order at www.channelmaster.com and will begin shipping in early January. Channel Master will announce product availability and additional retail partners at the 2014 International CES.
Consumers interested in having access to the latest on-demand movies and TV shows will enjoy VUDU, a subscription-free video streaming service that offers thousands of blockbusters, Hollywood classics and indie films, already included in the DVR+ programming guide, with additional streaming services coming soon.
Move Brings TV Everywhere to Channel Master Over-The-Air DVR Customers
Phoenix, AZ--(November 14, 2013) - - Channel Master, a major manufacturer of television antennas and home entertainment equipment, today announced that the company will offer Slingbox products for customers who own a compatible Channel Master DVR product, allowing them to watch their free HD broadcast content on additional screens inside and outside of the home.
Sling Media's Slingbox allows consumers to enjoy their live and recorded TV content on computers, tablets and smartphones from anywhere in the world with a broadband connection. Slingbox is compatible with Channel Master's CM-7000PAL DVR immediately, and the company plans to announce compatibility with additional Channel Master products.
"Slingbox's impressive technology primarily targets cable and satellite customers, yet with Channel Master's deep roots in the antenna market, we know there also is similar opportunity among other TV households seeking advanced features," said Shane Rinke, director of online sales at Channel Master.
Since its inception in 1949, Channel Master has offered the company's name-brand TV antennas and accessories to consumers. This is the first time a brand other than Channel Master will be offered through the company's retail website, signifying the unique value Channel Master attributes to Sling Media's complementary products.
Two Slingbox models are now available for sale through Channel Master's online store. The Slingbox 350 is the entry-level product with a retail price of $179.99 and the Slingbox 500 is the top-of-the-line model, offering HDMI support and Wi-Fi, and will carry a retail price of $299.99.
Cable TV-Broadcaster Dispute Heats Up Interest in Free TV Reception
Phoenix, AZ--(September 4, 2013) - - Channel Master a major manufacturer of television antennas and home entertainment equipment, had a huge surge in sales in August, a lift executives attribute to publicity alerting all consumers about ways to maintain their broadcast reception in the wake of the month-long carriage dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS.
Sales of Channel Master's popular broadcast HD antennas in August were 150% higher than that of July. Its most popular products, the SMARTenna (indoor/outdoor) and CLEARtenna (indoor) and the EXTREMEtenna (outdoor) were its three top sellers for the month.
Channel Master also saw website traffic substantially increase in late August on its websites, channelmaster.com and the popular antennachoice.com when Time Warner Cable announced that it would give out free antennas to its customers in three markets Los Angeles, New York and Dallas.
"The publicity surrounding the Time Warner Cable/CBS dispute was national in scope and attention. It was one of the best reminders to the general consumer population that much of their most popular programming is produced for free broadcast consumption and all anyone needs is a good antenna and digital broadcast converter box. We at Channel Master clearly were among the beneficiaries from the dispute," said Isaac Valenzuela, Channel Master's director of marketing.
Channel Master is a trusted veteran in the broadcast television space, having created the original patent for the first preassembled aerial TV antenna in 1949. Its product mix has evolved with the times and current offerings include the latest technology, including set-top boxes to enable Internet delivered television, and DVRs.
Madison, WI--(July 17, 2013) - - Broadcast Interactive Media (BIM), the leading provider of ad optimization and data services platforms for web and mobile publishers, today announced a strategic partnership with Channel Master, manufacturer of Digital TV antennas and accessories. Throughout the partnership, Channel Master will utilize BIM's patented location-specific technologies to power its own antenna selection tool.
Antenna Choice, a web utility, helps consumers that want to "cut the cord" with their cable or satellite provider. The tool will help them discover which antenna will capture the most available free, over-the-air programming.
Antenna Choice prompts the user to enter an address and select an antenna type: indoor or outdoor. That information is used to calculate which channels may be received at that location and displays the specific Channel Master models that best receive them. Information on each recommended antenna's placement and orientation for optimum reception is also provided.
BIM's Antenna Selector technology (Patent #6,832,070) has been integrated seamlessly into the Antenna Choice selection tool that is accessible across multiple Channel Master websites and supports the entire US nationwide footprint.
"Antenna Choice was developed to address the thousands of inquiries we receive from consumers asking, "Which antenna do I need and what channels will I get?". With the help of BIM, we believe this easy-to-use and intuitive tool will greatly help consumers new to antennas select the best antenna for their location. The selection process is simple for anyone who does not have the technical know-how to select an antenna on their own," stated Joe Bingochea, Director of Product Management at Channel Master.
"We're excited to advance the use of our technology with Channel Master, and we strongly believe that both companies will benefit greatly from this partnership," added
Mick Rinehart, SVP Products and Data Services for BIM.
Antenna Choice tool is immediately available for use at AntennaChoice.com
About Broadcast Interactive Media
Broadcast Interactive Media (BIM) is a leading online ad optimization platform and data services provider of revenue and technical solutions to online publishers and remains a trusted resource for hundreds of local broadcasters and media sites worldwide. Core products are the BIMLocal Ad Optimization Platform, BIMcms, MediaStar Suite, TitanTV Data Services, and the BIMvid video CMS. Customers include ABC, Belo Corp, Capitol Broadcasting, CBS Television, Fisher Communications, Fox Television, Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst-Argyle, NBC Owned Television Stations, Scripps-Howard and the Telemundo Station Group. BIM is based in Madison, WI, with offices in New York City, San Francisco, Portland, OR, Cedar Rapids, IA, and Austin, TX.
Las Vegas, NV--(January 8, 2013) - - Channel Master, a leading consumer brand of digital television products,
today announced the expansion of the company's global product offering with the introduction of several
unique indoor television antennas including the indoor/outdoor flagship SMARTenna.
The NEW Channel Master CM3000HD SMARTenna is a high performance HDTV antenna designed for indoor
or outdoor use up to 35 miles from your local TV stations transmitter. Using the same proven technology as the
original CM3000A, the new
CM3000HD has been technologically enhanced to provide improved performance
while reducing the size and eliminating the need for amplification in most installations.
"More and more consumers are looking to TV antennas for live TV as a supplement to the content they watch
online. The combination of content from the Internet and free local broadcast channels is a pretty compelling
offering", said Joe Bingochea, VP of Product Management at Channel Master. "This is where Channel Master
is focused and the SMARTenna is perfect for those consumers looking for an easy solution to add free live TV
as a compliment to their online content."
In addition to enhanced performance and reliability, the SMARTenna was also designed with the consumer in
mind with an aesthetically pleasing design, not to mention it comes with both a simple table top stand for indoor
applications and a versatile mounting bracket for easy outdoor mounting. Just like it's predecessor the new
boasts an omnidirectional design allowing for reliable signal from multiple directions without the need
Channel Master announced that the new indoor antennas including the SMARTenna should be available the
first quarter of 2013 from various retailers and directly from Channel Master at
Las Vegas, NV--(January 10, 2012)
- - Channel Master TV won in the category of Media Servers. Channel Master TV is the most advanced subscription free HDTV solution to offer integrated web content, over-the-air HDTV broadcasts, full DVR functionality and personal content storage. Winners of the Product of the Year Awards were chosen by several credible industry leaders along with the editors of Electronic House and CE Pro. Winners were announced January 10th at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Read the full article by clicking here.
Mesa, AZ--(August 22, 2011) - - The National Cable Television Cooperative, Inc. (NCTC) has agreed to offer to their member companies PCT International's Channel Master line of Home Networking accessories including MoCA adapters, HomePlugAV adapters and IPTV set-top boxes.
One of PCT's product development focuses is the IPTV and Home Networking sector which has recently gained a great deal of attention and momentum. PCT's retail brand, Channel Master, has already been offering several IPTV and home networking products via the retail space. Due to the rapid awareness and expansion of the IPTV and Home Networking sector, PCT and Channel Master are now directing additional focus to satisfy the operators' needs.
During CES, Channel Master introduced a new product family named Internet-to-tv adapters. The Internet-to-tv line was established to simplify the connection of Internet connected TVs and other devices to the Internet and home networks with a full product solution. "Channel Master will be the one stop shop for the most reliable solutions used to stream content in the home over all mediums including coax, powerline and wireless," said Joe Bingochea VP of Product Management and Marketing for Channel Master. "Our Internet-to-tv product line is proving to be very successful in the home and we are now extending that line to professional service providers and operators. They clearly see the benefit of utilizing our Internet-to-tv devices without having to run new cable and still provide solid, reliable home networking for their customers."
Channel Master's Internet-to-tv line includes coaxial solutions using MoCA technology and powerline solutions that are compliant with HomePlugAV standards. Both solutions are versatile, offered in smart choices and currently available at very competitive prices.
Channel Master's MoCA solution includes a kit with two Ethernet coax bridges (CM-6000) and a 4-port Switch (CM-6004). Using any combination of these versatile products allows users to send Ethernet over existing home coaxial cable creating an extended distribution network in the home. Up to 16 Channel Master Internet-to-tv coax adapters can be used in one location making for added flexibility.
When coax is not an option, Channel Master's powerline solution includes two kits that extend a network over existing home powerlines. One kit (CM-6100) includes two HomeplugAV adapters to connect an Internet ready device (such as a TV, DVR, or gaming device) to a home's router. The second kit (CM-6104) includes one powerline adapter and one 4-port switch to connect up to four devices to a home?'s network. Flexibility is also a key feature allowing up to 16 Channel Master powerline adapters to be used in one location.
NCTC is also offering members Channel Master's new CM-7100 IPTV set-top box. CM-7100 is a superior, compact HDTV IP set-top box that is ideal for service provider IPTV subscribers. The CM-7100 enables IPTV subscribers to view advanced IP SD & HDTV content on their television or display. The latest advanced IPTV capabilities and features are supported including electronic program guides (EPGs), multicast TV, VOD and digital video scaling. With the support of VOD, Linear, and OTT content, consumers can enjoy rich home entertainment experiences with crystal-clear HD pictures and surround sound. The CM-7100 allows operators to expand their subscriber base and increase customer satisfaction while reducing their average per subscriber equipment cost. The CM-7100 supports Minerva Middleware including xTVFusion and is compatible with Harmonic VOD and Verimatrix conditional access off the shelf, but can be customized to support other configurations.
About Channel Master
Established in 1949, Channel Master has evolved from a trusted terrestrial antenna manufacturer to a leader in the production of set-top boxes, home networking accessories and digital media devices that connect consumers, businesses and service providers with a multitude of content. Access to streaming media, stored digital content, music and movies on-demand, off-air HDTV channels, and more is possible from Channel Master's expanding lineup and is available from a network of over 200 distributors and thousands of retail locations worldwide. Channel Master is a trademark of PCT International, Inc. and is headquartered in Mesa, Arizona, USA. For more information, please visit www.channelmaster.com.
About PCT International, Inc.
Established in 1997, PCT International, Inc. provides superior last-mile and premise products and solutions for broadband communications networks to customers in 60 or more countries. The company leverages innovative engineering, four state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and a highly-efficient distribution network to ensure quality, service and pricing benefits for broadband, CATV, satellite and structured wiring customers. PCT International's "Hardened Drop" approach is a total solution from the tap to the customer premise equipment that is designed to reduce costs for operators and enhance satisfaction for subscribers. PCT International and its holding company, Andes Industries, Inc., are headquartered in Mesa, Arizona, USA. For more information, please visit www.pctinternational.com.
The National Cable Television Cooperative, Inc. (NCTC) is a Kansas not-for-profit corporation that operates as a programming and hardware purchasing organization for nearly 1,000 member companies who own and operate cable systems throughout the U.S. and its territories. NCTC seeks to maximize current and future opportunities to ensure the profitability, competitive stature and long term sustainability of its member companies. NCTC is located in Lenexa, Kansas. For more information, please visit www.nctconline.org.
Single and 4-Port Internet-to-TV Adapter Kits for Robust, Reliable Wired
Home Networking Now Available at Leading Retailers
San Diego, CA--(July 6, 2011) - - Entropic Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTR), a leading provider of silicon and software solutions to enable connected home entertainment, and Channel Master, one of the nation's most trusted names in consumer electronics, today announced the availability of two new Internet-to-TV adapters. Powered by Entropic's home entertainment networking silicon, the Channel Master Internet-to-TV Adapter Kits (CM6000) allow consumers and home electronics installers to network Connected TVs and Internet devices from any room to their broadband router through the existing coax wiring in the home.
Leveraging Entropic's leading silicon and software technology based on the MoCA standard, Channel Master's new solutions represent the next wave of retail home networking products, enabling consumers to transform coax cable into a highly-reliable, high speed, whole home entertainment network. With Channel Master's single (
CM6001) and 4-Port (CM6004) Internet-to-TV Adapters, consumers can enjoy home entertainment with a "best quality" connection at wired Ethernet speeds from any room of their home. Channel Master's adapters are designed to utilize the coax-based home network to support high definition (HD) quality streaming for multi-room DVR, over-the-top (OTT) services, online gaming, and more.
"Channel Master has a long history of producing products for cable and off-air TV customers, and Entropic's home entertainment networking solutions are allowing us to bring new products and services to our current customers and retail partners," said Joe Bingochea, VP of marketing and product management, Channel Master. "We are excited to be working with Entropic, giving consumers the power to connect the Internet to their TV, and networking devices such as Blu-ray players and game consoles with OTT services over a fast reliable wired network connection."
Currently deployed in more than seven million U.S. households, and growing, Entropic's field-proven home entertainment networking silicon based on the MoCA standard transforms the home's coaxial infrastructure into a highly-efficient, cost effective, robust and reliable whole home entertainment network. Enhancing the overall home network, the new
4-port adapter will allow multiple devices to connect to the network through a single product.
"In North America, leading service providers have adopted Entropic's silicon as the best home networking solution for its high reliability and speed, and because no new wires are required for installation," said Vinay Gokhale, senior vice president marketing and business development, Entropic Communications. "We're proud to have leading OEMs like Channel Master recognize the power of our home entertainment networking solutions, as they deliver new connected home entertainment devices to consumers across the country."
Channel Master's Internet-to-TV Adapters are now available at leading retailers including Fry's Electronics, Ace Hardware, True Value, Crutchfield, Walmart.com, CircuitCity.com, CompUSA.com, and ChannelMasterStore.com.
About Entropic Communications
Entropic Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENTR) is a leading fabless semiconductor company that is engineering the future of connected home networking and entertainment by providing next-generation silicon and software technologies to the world's leading cable, telco and satellite service providers, OEMs and consumer electronics manufacturers. As a co-founder of MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance), Entropic pioneered and continues to evolve the way high-definition television-quality video and other multimedia and digital content such as movies, music, games and photos are brought into and delivered throughout the home. For more information, visit Entropic at www.entropic.com.
Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature constitute "forward-looking statements." Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Entropic's MoCA technology, it related prospects and its role in the future of home networking. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause Entropic's actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the effects of competition, risks associated with Entropic's dependence on a limited number of customers and suppliers, technology risks, the risk that the market for HD video and multimedia content delivery solutions may not develop as Entropic anticipates, and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of Entropic's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2011. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Entropic is providing this information as of the date of this release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
San Ramon, CA--(June 14, 2011) - - Channel Master, a subsidiary of PCT International, has joined MoCA at the Associate level. The company will be demonstrating product incorporating MoCA technology at next weeks CEA Line Show in New York, booth #T6.
MoCA is the technology leader among all pay TV operators in the US with deployments in cable, satellite and IPTV environments. MoCA is a member of CEDIA where the technology is also finding great success in the installer community.
Channel Master's membership is further demonstration of MoCA's commitment to the consumer and retail channel as part of its market segmentation strategy. Products available in this channel are intended for those looking for an out-of-the-box solution to extend or accessorize their current network enabling the transmission of video from TV to TV and TV-to-PC, for instance,.
"Joining the MoCA alliance is an exciting opportunity for us, which will allow us to further our commitment to develop reliable connected home products that serve both consumers and service providers. IPTV and web delivered video is quickly becoming the content delivery mechanism of the future and as consumers start to adopt these new technologies, home networks will need to be modified or upgraded. MoCA will be a key technology positioning Channel Master to be a one stop shop for reliable home network solutions," said Joe Bingochea, VP of product management and marketing at Channel Master.
"When it comes to video, reliability is king. Channel Master's membership is another example of the increased demand by consumers for high performance and highly reliable networked entertainment," said Charles Cerino, MoCA president.
The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) is the worldwide standard for home entertainment networking. It is the only such standard that appeals to all three pay TV segments; cable, satellite and IPTV. MoCA technology is also used to extend WiFi connectivity in the home.
MoCA has approximately 90 certified products and 60 members representing the home entertainment network value chain including service providers, OEMs, consumer electronics companies and chip vendors. Visit http://www.mocalliance.org for more information.
MoCA is an internationally registered trademark.
Phoenix, AZ--(January 6, 2011) - - Channel Master, one of the nation's leading consumer electronics manufacturers, announced today a new line of MoCA (Multimedia over Coax) products to be marketed and sold through their extensive customer base of CE distributors, retailers, and major service providers. MoCA can turn the coaxial cable already installed in your house into a robust, high speed whole home entertainment network. With MoCA enabled devices and Channel Masters MoCA Adapters, you can experience multi-room DVR, superior on-line gaming, seamless delivery of video content from the Internet, easy PC to TV content sharing, multi-room gaming, Wi-Fi extension, place shifting and more.
Channel Master will also put a new consumer spin on the MoCA products, marketing them as
Internet-to-TV Adapters. Their initial offering will be a kit that includes two Internet-to-TV Adapters (MoCA Adapters). This kit will allow the consumer to easily install one adapter that will interface with the Ethernet network and the home coax network. The other Adapter can be installed at any point in the coax network and will interface with an Ethernet equipped device. Channel Master will follow up this product with a MoCA 4-Port Bridge that will allow the consumer to connect multiple Ethernet devices in a single location without the need for switches or additional components.
This new product line is right up our alley; Channel Master and our parent company PCT International have many years of experience manufacturing and marketing RF products that interface with coaxial cable. There are more and more retail consumer electronic devices that now have Internet or network capabilities, but it remains a burden for the consumer to get the connection to the television. Most homes are not prewired with Ethernet cable and wireless is just not a viable option because of the reliability and potential for interference. MoCA is the most reliable and proven solution and has already been deployed by many of the major service providers in the US. While MoCA technology is well known throughout the service provider industry, most consumers are still unaware that this technology is available. We plan to get creative with our marketing and educate the consumer about the technology and how it can be used in the home, said Joe Bingochea, Channel Master's VP of Marketing and Product Management.
Although there are MoCA solutions available on the market today, Channel Master plans to take a strategic marketing approach on their new MoCA adapters that will help them reach thousands of consumers trying to solve a problem connecting new devices to the Internet. Channel Master announced that products should be on the retail shelf by the end of March. Current retail partners include Fry's Electronics, Ace Hardware, True Value, Crutchfield, Walmart.com, CircuitCity.com, CompUSA.com and more.
Low Cost Solution Enables Operators to Offer Blended Pay TV and OTT
Subscribers Over Wide Range of Managed and Unmanaged Broadband Networks
Las Vegas, NV--(November 10, 2010) - - Channel Master, one of the nation's
leading consumer electronics manufacturers, today announced a low-cost,
high-performance Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) set-top box
for IPTV and Broadband Television services.
The new Channel Master
set-top box, fully certified with Minerva iTVManager and with the newly
announced Minerva xTVFusion platform, is aimed at carriers deploying a mix of
IPTV and broadband video services.
set-top box is based on the Sigma Designs 865X family of processors. Core features include multicast support (IGMP) for IPTV
services, HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) support, video-on-demand support over both
RTSP and HTTP, three USB 2.0 compliant ports, multi-format audio and video
decoder support, optional stereo audio output via S/PDIF, Composite and HDMI
video outputs, remote management and upgrade, fan-less cooling for low noise and high reliability.
The set-top box will have a target
carrier price below $100.nMinerva's IPTV
platform has been adopted by more than 200 carriers worldwide with more than 20
million homes passed.
The Company has recently announced xTVFusion, a new
platform which supports the delivery of blended Pay TV and OTT services over
both managed and unmanaged broadband networks.
deploying the Minerva xTVFusion platform in conjunction with the Channel Master
set-top box will be able to offer compelling IPTV services over their core
managed network and new live and on-demand Broadband TV services to subscribers
with connections as low as 2 Mbps.
has built a profitable business by offering cost effective, high performance IPTV
solutions, said Doug Wills, vice president of marketing and business
development, Minerva Networks. The new low-cost Channel Master set-top box
will appeal to our large IPTV installed base. It will also attract new
operators looking for pre-integrated solutions for the delivery of Broadband TV
services over best-effort unmanaged networks.
Minerva's vision of next generation Television services delivered over
managed and unmanaged broadband networks, said Joe Bingochea, vice president
of marketing and business development at Channel Master. We are looking
forward to delivering superior value to legacy IPTV operators and new service
providers planning to launch Broadband TV services over low bandwidth networks.
About Minerva Networks
is the leading provider of carrier class solutions for the delivery of
Television services over broadband networks. Over 200 carrier customers
worldwide with more than 20M homes passed are using Minerva's platform to offer
next-generation entertainment and communications services.
Minerva Networks is headquartered
in Alviso, CA.
Channel Master, one of the nation's leading consumer electronics manufacturer, announced the availability of the CM-7000PAL DVR at authorized Channel Master retailers nationwide.
The CM-7000PAL DVR, the
first DVR offered by Channel Master, is the only digital-to-analog
converter box sold in the U.S. that works with over-the-air TV antennas
to offer high definition digital video recording functionality with no
monthly fees or subscriptions. It also eliminates messy video tapes and
complex connections between converter boxes and VCRs.
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A DVR for the Rest of Us
Next to the flat screen TV, the DVR (digital video recorder) is the
biggest game changer to hit TV viewing since Doritos and bottled beer.
The ability to pause a live TV broadcast, pick up later exactly where
you left off and seamlessly transition between recorded and live
programming has completely transformed the way we watch TV, not to
mention given us an excuse to finally trash all those decaying VHS
Hold on a minute. We? Us? Those of us, that is, who command the
cash flow necessary to afford cable or satellite service, and either
shell out $300+ for a TiVo (plus monthly TiVo fees), or cough up the
monthly DVR fees from our TV provider. Sure, you can use a TiVo with
over the air broadcasts, but you still have to pay the monthly TiVo fee
(currently $12.95/month). Let's face it -- until now, DVR technology
has been a privilege reserved for the relatively well-heeled -- and
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