The three new Magnavox models -- the MDR877H/F7 ($400), TB560HP/F7 ($450), and TB560HS/F7 ($500) -- are all due out in the fourth quarter of 2016. Each one has at least two tuners (six on the 560HS) and at least 1TB of storage for hundreds of hours of recording time. More importantly, they all have a no-fee on-screen EPG that looked good and offered fairly zippy navigation when I tried it out.
But Channel Master may have a new rival in the form of Magnavox. Yes, you read that correctly: The brand you may best remember from your grandparents' house is alive and kicking (now under the umbrella of Japan's Funai corporation), and it's got some new antenna-friendly DVRs here at 2016 that caught my attention.
The 52MF438B is a 52" LCD HDTV from Magnavox's line of LCD TVs and is an upgrade in size to the . The TV features a widescreen display with Clear Pix Engine Plus technology, a native resolution of 1080p, and a dynamic contrast ratio of 33,000:1. It includes integrated 10-watt stereo speakers that utilize Dolby Digital technology for accompanying sound. The 52MF438B also has a built-in digital ATSC and NTSC tuners and offers a variety of connectivity options including S-Video, component, and HDMI ports. The TV is Energy Star qualified and has a suggested retail price of $1500.
TiVo does offer Lifetime, but probably for more than most are willing to pay. Using the Channel Master DVR+ or Magnavox or anything else won’t erase the Netflix app from your Samsung TV – in fact, you don’t even have to change inputs to access it. Although you obviously won’t get any sort of universal search.