Channel Master Adds Live Internet Channels to DVR+ Platform
Antenna Channels, Internet Channels, Streaming Services and DVR in a Single Consumer Device with No Monthly Fees
Phoenix, AZ -- (June 8, 2015 ) - - Channel Master, the nation's leading manufacturer of broadcast reception products since 1949, today launched Channel Master TV™, an online video platform that delivers live Internet streams directly into the program guide of the award-winning DVR+, a fee-free DVR that records over-the-air broadcast content and provides access to video and music streaming services.
A software update will roll out to DVR+ customers today that allows them to sign up for the free Channel Master TV platform and add live Internet Channels to their program guide. The platform is a first-of-its-kind in a home video product, bringing web video to the TV screen in a traditional TV viewing experience. Customers can select and change streams instantly, without the need to launch a separate application.
"This platform is a game changer in an alternative TV solution", said Joe Bingochea, executive vice president of product development. "We've taken the app out of the OTT experience for streamed linear video. For people who are looking for a non-traditional TV service, Channel Master TV adds an entirely new dimension, combined with OTA, On Demand and DVR in a single guide with no fees."
Channel Master will continually add Internet Channels to the Channel Master TV platform, without the need for a software update. Customers will receive an email notification when a new channel is added, and also see the new channels in their program guide. The customer can configure their DVR+ to hide and un-hide channels at their leisure for a personalized experience.
Channel Master TV also provides opportunities for independent production companies and online broadcast startups. "In addition to mainstream content such as news channels, we're also interested in unique programming," said Coty Youtsey, president and CEO. "We can turn a live web stream into a branded TV channel and put it in living rooms across North America, without the need to develop an app. It's a great opportunity to grow an audience."
Channel Master TV is the next step in what Channel Master views as the ultimate alternative TV solution. "We're giving the customer what they want in a true zero-fee TV service," said Youtsey. "Everything they can get for free, including Antenna Channels, Internet Channels, Streaming Services, DVR and Program Guide, we're providing with no contract and no subscription. And there's a lot more to come."
To celebrate the Channel Master TV launch, the company will offer the DVR+ at $199 (normally $249) for today only, from 8 AM to 12 AM Pacific Time. The offer includes free shipping within the continental U.S. and a free HDMI cable.