Channels DVR: Ad-skipping helps justify the price for Apple TV owners

In some ways, Channels DVR is tough to recommend. The subscription cost is greater than other over-the-air DVR options, the hardware requirements are more stringent, and even some basic features–like conflict resolution–are absent.

Yet one feature manages to compensate for those weaknesses: With the press of a button, you can skip through entire commercial breaks in any recorded program. Only TiVo’s Roamio OTA offers similar ad-skipping powers, and Channels is a much slicker solution that runs on Apple TV and iOS devices rather than a clunky set-top box.

Channels also excels at the little things, like loading live channels quickly, and preserving the full video and audio quality of broadcast TV.

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