Greetings, I just canceled my Tivo subscription and thought I would share my insight into making the switch to Channels DVR.
I started by puchasing the HDHomeRun 4k tuner. Got it connected and working and decided I wanted Channels DVR as opposed to the other one.
Got Channels server installed on my Windows 10 PC without any trouble at all. Next I used Channels Settings, Local Content, to point to my Tivo recordings and again no problems, Channels recognized them almost immediately.
So I used this setup for about 2 weeks, getting used to the settings and where all the files are located and just basically understanding how everything works.
So after 2 weeks I thought I need a NAS because I have limited storage on my PC and I was hoping to increase the buffer when watching live TV. I choose the Synology DS218play as my NAS.
I will say that my setup only includes OTA broadcast TV, no others like Sling, Hulu or anything like that.
Next up was migrating from my PC to the NAS. I read everything I could find and then started. It was less than smooth and that was probably my fault as I thought I needed to move the whole files structure from PC to NAS. Hindsight tells me that the Channels Server is much smarter and just needs to be shown the latest DVR database and it will figure it all out.
Eventually I got it all setup and it worked beautifully and I didn't lose any recordings.
So now I noticed my buffer on live TV didn't increase at all. This is because I learned on this website that the buffer resides in the client ie Firestick or Tivo Stream or anything else you might use.
So knowing this I knew my Tivo Stream 4k needed more memory. The 4gb or so available was not enough. So I oreded the USB-C to USB-A adapter. Plugged a 32gb memory stick into the adapter and plugged the adapter into the side of the Tivo Stream. Still no improvement in the buffer.
Then I realized in order to take advantage of the new 32gb I needed to move channels DVR app onto the memory stick. It was easy and suddenly I had a gigantic buffer, about 90 minutes.
Now I may be wrong but I swear the quality of the picture on the TV is even better than before.
I also have a Firestick 4k in the bedroom and it works beautifully. I think in some ways it works better than the Tivo Stream.
All in all, my hat is off to Channels DVR for creating a very good product and my transition from Tivo DVR to Channels DVR is Perfect. I took great pleasure in cancelling my Tivo subscription yesterday!
I look forward to future updates.
PS I wanted to add that I tried Channels DVR on my BuzzTv box that runs on android 9.0 and it didn't work well at all. I suspect it's the BuzzTv box because I've had problems with other apps.