Audio/Video

Cord-Cutters Have New Streaming, OTA Option in Channel Master’s Stream+

Channel Master's new Stream+ media player incorporates streaming services, games, electronic programming guide with DVR capabilities for cord-cutters.


The Stream+ streaming media player from Channel Master integrates into a home network via a choice of 802.11ac wireless or Ethernet, and its connectivity options include HDMI 2.0.
Robert Archer · December 22, 2017

Perfect for cord cutters, Channel Master has introduced the new Stream+ streaming media player, to be shown at CES 2018.

The Stream+ streaming media player is a 4K-compatible device that combines streaming services, games and live broadcasts with an on-screen guide and DVR capabilities to pause, rewind and record live television. 

Channel Master states that consumers can add their favorite streaming services and games from the Google Play Store, and combine them with over-the-air (OTA) broadcasts via rooftop antennas and see all their content from its unified graphical user interface (GUI). 

Incorporating features such as HDMI 2.0, Google Chromecast and Google Home integration options, electronics professionals can install the Stream+ into a range of A/V and home control systems. 

The Gilbert, Ariz.-based video equipment manufacturer explains the Live Channels app installs automatically during the Stream+ setup process to add the OTA channels to the on-screen user programming guide. Channel Master also says that if integrators install a MicroSD storage card, the channel integration process activates the Live Channels DVR setup. 

In addition, the Stream+'s dual internal TV tuners enable homeowners to record one live program and watch another live broadcast. Homeowners also have the option of recording two live programs simultaneously, while watching a recorded broadcast or streaming service when using the Stream+.

Channel Master Stream+ Specifications  

  • Ultra HD 4K compatible
  • Integrate voice search functions
  • Two built-in ATSC 1.0 television tuners
  • Android 7.0
  • Google Play Store access for games and streaming services
  • Built-in Google Chromecast
  • Subscription-free live channel program guide
  • Subscription-free live channel DVR options
  • Built-in quad-core processor to support quality gaming experiences
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Ethernet network connection options
  • Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus audio support
  • Future upgrade options via USB 3.0
  • IR/Bluetooth remote control
  • HDR-10 high dynamic range (HDR) compatibility
  • 128GB MicroSD, Game Controller and indoor/outdoor antenna accessories
  • Optical audio (SPDIF) output
  • Bluetooth 4.1


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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at robert.archer@emeraldexpo.com

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Comments

Posted by Ellivuod on December 28, 2018

In terms of big streaming apps, everyone knows at this point that the Stream+ doesn’t support Netflix or Amazon. It also doesn’t support some network tv apps such as The CW (sorry fans of DC’s Supergirl or Arrow, and Supernatural fans). Finally, lacks support for many of the niche streaming apps you might be enjoying on your other android devices.

The DVR fails to play back recordings if you open or close a streaming app during the recording. Recordings will also fail if you pause live tv while something else is recording, or if you pause the recording you’re watching while recording something else. And let’s not forget the ever popular random recording failures.

Customer service from ChannelMaster isn’t “live”.  You must submit an online ticket and someone from ChennelMaster will respond by e-mail or phone call (your choice) and tell you to perform a factory data reset.  Regardless of your issue, that’s always their first step. This wipes all your recordings, schedules, and downloaded apps.  This is followed by reinstalling your chosen apps, reconnecting them and reentering your user names and passwords.

This device has been available to consumers for nearly a year and the bugs are still plentiful. The Stream+ falls short of both the “Stream”, and the “+”.

Posted by Ellivuod on December 28, 2018

In terms of big streaming apps, everyone knows at this point that the Stream+ doesn’t support Netflix or Amazon. It also doesn’t support some network tv apps such as The CW (sorry fans of DC’s Supergirl or Arrow, and Supernatural fans). Finally, lacks support for many of the niche streaming apps you might be enjoying on your other android devices.

The DVR fails to play back recordings if you open or close a streaming app during the recording. Recordings will also fail if you pause live tv while something else is recording, or if you pause the recording you’re watching while recording something else. And let’s not forget the ever popular random recording failures.

Customer service from ChannelMaster isn’t “live”.  You must submit an online ticket and someone from ChennelMaster will respond by e-mail or phone call (your choice) and tell you to perform a factory data reset.  Regardless of your issue, that’s always their first step. This wipes all your recordings, schedules, and downloaded apps.  This is followed by reinstalling your chosen apps, reconnecting them and reentering your user names and passwords.

This device has been available to consumers for nearly a year and the bugs are still plentiful. The Stream+ falls short of both the “Stream”, and the “+”.