Channels DVR Server runs on your computer or NAS device at home. There's no cloud to worry about. Your recordings and shows will always be available.
Simply install Channels DVR Server on a device at your home and Channels will magically see it from any TV or device you own. Poof, instant whole home DVR.
With minimum requirements of
1GHz CPU and
1GB RAM, it doesn't take
a fast computer to run Channels DVR.
Find an old computer and connect a big hard drive to it. You'll be running a DVR at home in minutes.
Fans of Channels DVR have used a wide assortment of computers and devices to get their whole home DVR running.
If you've got a computer at home that's always on, you can install Channels DVR.
Channels DVR uses HDHomeRun network TV tuners.
Cut the cord with the HDHomeRun Connect and an HDTV Antenna to get tons of TV channels over the air.
Keep your cable* with the HDHomeRun Prime and save hundreds per month by returning your cable boxes.* Channels and Channels DVR do not support the decryption of Copy Once cable channels. Check with your cable provider.
Channels DVR will use hardware accelerated transcoding on any platform when using a recent Intel CPU with Quick Sync, Nvidia or AMD GPU on Windows, or straight from an Nvidia Shield.
With hardware transcoding, you don't need a desktop class CPU to watch video away from home.
Channels DVR requires a network TV tuner to recieve TV. An HDHomeRun, by SiliconDust, is a simple device that recieves TV via either an HDTV antenna or paired with a CableCard from your cable provider. Once you input your source (antenna or cable), your network tuner plugs into your home router and makes its TV available as streams over your home network.
Channels DVR can be used as a stand-alone DVR without the Channels app. Its recordings (MPEG2 encoded .mpg files) are easily accessible from your hardrive by any external video player.
Channels DVR of course shines as an add-on to the Channels app. It transforms the app from a simple live TV viewing app, into a full fledged DVR.