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We are big fans of the SiliconDust HDHomeRun here at CDW, and now you can buy an app for that enables you to stream from the HDHomeRun to your iPhone or iPad.


This is the release:

Unpaq has launched a new app for iOS today, which if you have a HDHomeRun networked TV tuner box, will let you stream your TV channels on your local network to your iPad or iPhone.

TV Streamer will find your list of channels and present it with channel logos.
Tapping a TV channel in the list will control the HDHomeRun box, and have it stream the channel directly to the device.

You can edit the list to leave out channels that you never watch, and also reorder the list.

What is so special about TV Streamer?
* It works with all iPads.
* It works with iPhone 4 and 4S.
* It does not require a PC or Mac to be turned on.

It works with all HDHomeRun devices – Current and Legacy Models Globally.
It Supports Digital TV Streams from ATSC / Clear QAM / DVB-T / DVB-C (Unencrypted).
“TV Streamer continues the advancement of viewing HDHomeRun content on second screens, specifically iOS mobile devices”, said Theodore Head, President / CEO of Silicondust USA Inc. “TV Steamer supports all current and legacy model consumer HDHomeRun products globally allowing viewing of Over the Air and Unencrypted Cable in all DVB and US markets over WiFi within the customers home LAN network. Silicondust has always supported freedom of TV viewing throughout the home, and TV Steamer is a new tool of enabling this concept.”

TV Streamer will control the HDHomeRun device and start the data stream to the iPad. To watch the stream you need to buy GoodPlayer.
TV Streamer requires iOS 4.3.

HDHomeRun® devices are developed and sold by SiliconDust USA Inc.
HDHomeRun® is a registered trademark of SiliconDust USA Inc.

TV Streamer is available for purchase for $6.99 on the iOS App Store at:

via: Missing Remote

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We have told you about the Tranquil PC MMC-12 Media Center, if you order one in the next few days you will get an HDHomeRun tuner for free!


This is what Tranquil said today:

HDHomeRun network tuners, allow you to enjoy TV services for any PC in the home, including your Media Centre, or laptops running Windows Media centre etc.

To learn more, just check out http://www.hdhomerun.com/products/models/hdhr3-dt/

The perfect compliment to the MMC-12

But don’t buy just yet! In the next few days, you’ll be able to get a Dual DVB-T network tuner, with any configured MMC-12 Media Centre from Tranquil, for FREE. These tuners are typically around £100, so the offer is very attractive, and you can even use more network tuners as you need them.

All MMC-12 Media centres are available with the FREE network dual tuner (except the no OS version).

Created for the discerning media centre user, the MMC-12 is the ultimate in HiFi style media centres.

Cut from a single piece of aerospace grade aluminium, and then carefully hand finished to a superb soft textured satin finish – the MMC-12 exudes quality in every way.

  • Watch Live TV, pause or skip back (choose your own type and number of tuners)
  • Record / playback and schedule record TV shows
  • Playback all media files – pictures, music, videos
  • Playback CDs, DVDs, and BluRay discs (subject to disc player selected)
  • IPTV (ie BBC iPlayer included)
  • … and much more.

There are no fans or other active cooling devices to disturb you, the MMC-12 chassis cools the CPU and other chips – resulting in zero noise (even with a 2.5″ spinning HDD fitted, the MMC-12 is silent).

What do you get

  • MMC-12 Media Centre
  • CPU – i3-2100T
  • RAM -4GB DDR3
  • HDD 80GB mSATA
  • CD drive – CD/DVD slot
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • HDMI lead
  • External PSU (19v DC) Universal 120-240VAC (50/60Hz)
  • Internal MCE IR RX and MCE remote controller
  • 36 month RTB (return to base) warranty



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Earlier this week, Hauppauge announced their forthcoming WinTV-DCR-2650 dual tuner digital cable card receiver on their Facebook page.


Here is what they said (and it isn’t much):

It’s like having a cable TV set top box for your PC! Only $129.- for the dual tuner USB model. Here’s the rear view showing where you plug in the cable card.

The WinTV-DCR-2650 is a collaboration between Hauppauge and Silicon Dust.

Well for $129 it seems like a no-brainer to me, and that is significantly cheaper than both the Ceton InfiniTV 4 card and the Silicon Dust HDHomeRun Prime.

There is nothing yet on Hauppauge’s website, but I expect that to change shortly.

What do you do think – interested?

Via: Tenniswood Blog

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The guys over at the BYOB podcast, including our very own Tim Daleo have just released episode 45.


Here is what is included in this weeks show:

[box style=”rounded” border=”full”]2T backup limits, Video conversion software, backup strategy, and the 6 tuner Prime. Today we cover some of the post from the forums on the the 2T limits and strategies for backup. We review two media conversion software packages and Tim talks to us about the the Silicon Dust HomeRun Prime 6 tuner unit.[/box]

As usual you can listen to the show from here.

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With a release date of 07/18/11, you can now preorder the SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME 6CC for $499.99. This new six tuner CableCARD tuner would compliment any HTPC system that currently uses cable and Windows Media Center.


Six tuners may seem like overkill, but for those of you with multiple PCs in the house, six may be the right number!

Six Tuners? Really?

Say it is Monday night and you are watching football on the desktop (tuner 1) and your wife is watching Castle (tuner 2) on the laptop. You kids are watching Disney (tuner 3) over Xbox as an extender to the HTPC that is recording Muscle Car and Star Gate Universe (tuners 4 and 5). See how the tuners can add up quickly?


SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME 6CC

The tuner is at Newegg:



If you want to know more about the SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME 6CC then you can heck out it out at SiliconDust.

Directly from SiliconDust:

Six Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network
  • Home-theater form factor… add 6 premium cable-TV tuners to your home theater system.
  • Premium cable TV (CableCARD).
  • Watch TV from any computer on your network.
  • Record full 1080i broadcast resolution.
  • Watch, Pause, Record, & Rewind Live TV.
  • Schedule and record all your favorite TV shows.
  • Expand with multiple HDHomeRun devices.
TV sources
  • US digital cable TV
Windows 7 Windows Media Center:
  • Record all your favorite TV shows by name.
  • Schedule future or season recordings.
  • Integrated TV guide.
  • Never miss your favorite show.
Compatible With:
  • Windows Media Center on Windows 7
  • Based on two 3-tuner HDHomeRun PRIME units
  • 17″ home-theater form factor
  • US Digital Cable
  • M-Card CableCARD interface (x2)
  • USB Tuning Resolver interface (x2)
  • 1000baseT (gigabit Ethernet) network interface (x2) (compatible with 100baseTX networks)
  • 1 year warranty
  • Dual Core PC
  • Windows 7
  • 2GB RAM
  • 4-8GB disk space per hour of HD recording, 1-2GB per hour of SD recording
  • 100 or 1000Mbit Ethernet network (1000Mbit/GigE Ethernet switch recommended).
  • Subscription to digital cable service
  • CableCARD (M-Card) from your cable provider (x2)

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As you know, here at UWHS we are big fans of the HDHomeRun (Tim has several) and back at CES Tim talked to Silicon Dust about their forthcoming HDHomeRun Prime. Well now its available for pre-order.


Product Features
  • Three Tuners: Anywhere on Your Network QAM64/256
  • TV sources: Unencrypted digital cable TV, Premium digital cable TV
  • Works with popular DVR software
  • Works with existing HDHomeRun Units, HDHomeRun PRIME can be added to your existing, HDHomeRun device set up to allow for additional tuners on your home network, Allows multiple signal input sources on the same network
  • Compatible With: Windows Media Center (for use with encrypted or copy controlled content), Other Popular DVR Programs (for use with copy freely content)
Technical Details
  • Model: HDHR3-CC

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The retail price appears to be under $220, with Amazon having it now for pre-order at $207.20. So what are you waiting for, pre-order yours today! And let us know!

Here is a little video on the Prime:

I spent a few minutes with Jason Ludka over at the SiliconDust booth watching cable TV on the HDHomeRun PRIME CableCARD tuner yesterday. In addition to the PRIME CableCARD tuner, SiliconDust has three new digital tuners for 2011. Check out some of the pictures and specs from the booth of these very compact tuners!

SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME

I could NOT get Jason to give me a release date but I am going back again today to get all up in his business to get a ship date!

Jason opened up the HDHomeRun PRIME case and showed me the internals. You can see the multi-stream CableCARD on the right side.

SiliconDust Tuners

The PRIME is about the size of an existing SD tuner.

SiliconDust Tuners

The PRIME is silent and has plenty of ventilation.

SiliconDust Tuners


The new line of tuners from SiliconDust are compact but powerful units. With two digital tuners in each you can:

  • Watch TV from any computer on your network
  • Easily setup Windows Media Center
  • Record full 1080i broadcast resolution programs
  • Add additional units as needed

These DUALs are small and will easy to hide! As you can see with the picture from the booth the three new units are almost identical.

SiliconDust Tuners

On the back you have connections for power, Ethernet and signal.

SiliconDust Tuners

This is the standard DUAL unit.

SiliconDust Tuners

This is the MAC version which is just a white version on the regular DUAL.

SiliconDust Tuners

They also have a DVB-T version for my brother Andrew Edney.

SiliconDust Tuners

I am heading back over there this morning to get more information, and possible some video, so look for more information later today. Here is a picture of the back of the brochure. Sorry, not going to retype all that!

SiliconDust Tuners

Thank you to Jason at SiliconDust for taking the time to talk with me.


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When we consider buying a TV Tuner for our PC we see terms like NTSC, ATSC and PAL. What do these terms mean? What type of tuner do I want? What is a dual tuner? What countries have what signal? Do I get HD? Why did my picture not go to HD after the digital transition. What is Switched Digital Video? If you have had these questions check out this article!


This article is based on the outline I created for BYOB Podcast Episode 13. I have added some pictures and additional information as it applies to this post.


Analog Signal – NTSC

Most countries still run analog signal. When we talk about analog, you talk about SD signal. Worldwide, you are talking about NTSC, PAL or SECAM signals in countries broadcasting up to 576 lines. For standard definition in a standard 4:3 aspect ratio, NTSC countries are 640 x 480 while PAL countries are in 720 x 576.


This analog signal is the variable amplitude continuous signal with which most of us grew up. I am not going to get into the details, but NTSC, PAL and SECAM are analog. Analog is only SD and since HD signal cannot be transmitted over analog, many countries are converting. While the majority countries still offer analog signal, most developed countries are in the process of converting to digital. Canada should be digital by 2011 and the UK completed in stages by 2012. As for us here in the United States, there are some low power stations out there still in analog but all of the high power OTA broadcasting was converted to digital in 2009.


Digital Signal – ATSC

Digital signal is separated into HD and SD signal also know as High Definition (HD) and Standard Definition (SD). The resolution is what determines this format. Resolution is measured by the vertical lines, so 1080 is actually 1920 x 1080 and 720 is 1280 x 720. Standard definition also exists in digital form in 704 x 480, 720 x 576 or 640 x 480. Just because the signal is digital does NOT mean it is HD.

HD Antenna

Although most of the rest of the world is slowly converting from analog, they do have other digital formats. Whilst the United States has ATSC, my brother Andrew Edney in the UK gets channels that are in DVB-T. South America has ISDB-T and China has DMB-T/H.


So what is digital signal? It is a transmission of information. For example, in North America, this transmission of data is up to 19 megabits (2.375 megabytes) from a broadcaster. Now, the broadcasters do not need all of this bandwidth for one HD channel so sometimes they put SD channels out within the same bit rate. For example, in Los Angeles, our NBS channel is 4.1 and they have enough bandwidth for a SD 4.2 and a 4.3 channel. We call this multiplexing. This special type of service is available since digital signal takes up less bandwidth.

Just like always, an antenna then receives this digital signal and then your digital TV tuner decodes the signals and shows you Dancing with the Stars.

Not all antennas are created equal. You can find all shapes and sizes that will fit your application.

Go to this site for really great information on antennas and signal strength in your area.


Artec Antenna

Now, you may also get your TV signal from a cable provider or a satellite dish. Digital cable is a different beast. Up until 1989, the cable companies were supplying analog signal. Motorola changed all of that by creating the digital signal for cable. This was a great advancement for cable. As I mentioned before analog takes up much more bandwidth than digital signal. In fact, the cable companies are now getting about 10 SD digital channels in the same space of one old analog channel.

Therefore, once Motorola showed they could convert analog to digital, the cable companies created a completely new set of digital services. Services such as telephone, internet, PPV and interactive menus were all now possible with digital cable. As I said before, you can only get HD with digital, so the old analog cable was SD. Think of this concept kind of like a plate on your kitchen counter. If you were to place a bunch of marbles, or analog signals, on top on the plate, you would maybe fit a couple hundred marbles right? Now, get rid of most of the marbles and use BB’s, which represent the digital signal, and you can fit thousands. In fact, some of those BB’s are not digital TV at all. Some are phone, PPV, internet, menus and On Demand type services. But why give all of the BB’s to every house? Switched Digital Video is the cable companies software that controls what BB’s you get in your cable.

Let us take a few minutes and talk about Switched Digital Video and why you should be aware of it.

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SiliconDust posted a very interesting press release on their website yesterday. Not only did SiliconDust finalize the name for their new tuner, HDHomeRun Prime,  but SiliconDust also announced a partnership with Hauppauge for a new USB CableCARD tuner. Check out the link and start to dream of what this thing will look like. Thank you to usacomp2k3 from the HomeServerShow forums for the heads up.


Not gonna say much on this one. The new name makes it easy to change my prior build to “HDHomeRun Prime”. Good showing SD! Now, when can I get one?

Check out the links or text below:




SiliconDust USA, Inc. and Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc. announce alliance for PC based CableCARD™ conditional access digital TV tuners

Hauppauge to introduce an affordable USB attached, premium cable TV tuner for PCs and notebooks through its U.S. retail sales channel

Livermore, CA & Hauppauge, NY – Sept. 10, 2010 – SiliconDust USA, Inc., based in Livermore, CA, today announced an alliance with Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc. to introduce a USB-connected Digital TV Tuner product for use with CableCARD™ conditional access. This product leverages SiliconDust’s design and technology to offer a new addition to Hauppauge’s line of TV tuner products.

This introduction adds native support for premium cable TV to the Hauppauge line of WinTV® tuners. The new TV tuner is USB connected and will work with notebook and netbook computers, in addition to standard desktop PCs.

Concurrently SiliconDust will be introducing HDHomeRun® PRIME™ an Ethernet attached TV tuner product with CableCARD conditional access. HDHomeRun PRIME enables premium cable TV to be accessed across the network from any computer in the home.

The Hauppauge USB and SiliconDust Ethernet attached products introduce affordable solutions in the cable TV tuner market for PCs. Both devices support M-Card™ conditional access and conform to the OpenCable™, OCUR and DRI specifications. Both devices support Switched Digital Video (SDV) in conjunction with a cable-provider-supplied tuning adapter / resolver. The products are designed for use with PCs running Microsoft® Windows® 7 and Windows Media Center.

The Hauppauge USB and SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME products will support high-definition and other digital cable TV, including premium cable channels, direct to the computer.

SiliconDust’s HDHomeRun PRIME product builds on the success of their original HDHomeRun® Network Attached ATSC / QAM Dual Tuner which enables customers to stream digital broadcast video across the home network, without being tethered to one computer in one location in the home.

“SiliconDust is enthusiastic about this alliance with Hauppauge, a leading name in the computer tuner market for many years.” said Theodore Head, President and Chief Executive Officer of SiliconDust USA, Inc. “This allows retail options for both consumers and retailers alike, creating greater awareness of the market and expanding the number of choices available to fit differing needs.”

“SiliconDust’s experience with digital cable access systems combined with Hauppauge’s strong computer TV tuner sales will produce a successful launch of this innovative product.” said Ken Plotkin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc. said, “Moving forward, we believe affordable CableCARD conditional access TV products will increase the use of Windows Media Center as a full functional digital video recorder for the home.”

This rocks. Seriously.

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AVerMedia have launched a network TV tuner called the HD HomeFree Duet.


You would be forgiven for thinking that sounds a lot like the SiliconDust HDHomeRun, because not only does it sound like that, it performs pretty much the same function.

You can take a look at some of our posts on the HDHomeRun to familiarise yourself with it again.

Anyway, here is how AVerMedia describe the HD HomeFree Duet:

AVerMedia HD HomeFreeTM Duet provides an easy and complete solution for users to enjoy watching Digital TV on any computer within your home network.

AVerMedia HD HomeFreeTM Duet is a TV signal streaming device that allows users to watch high quality digital TV programs on PCs in any room within your home network. The powerful hardware design and dual-tuners provide up to two PCs to watch different HDTV channels at the same time without any video quality loss.

To set up your home TV network is easy, just simply connect a digital TV antenna and (wireless) IP router to the HD HomeFreeTM Duet. Your network-connected PC/ laptop with AVerTV 6 software pre-installed will automatically access the TV signal streaming from the HD HomeFreeTM Duet. Then, you will never miss any of your favorite shows and you may enjoy live HDTV programs or DVR functionality anywhere in your home without having a TV tuner or antenna attached to your PC.

You can learn more from the AVerMedia website.

You can also watch a short video on the AVerMedia HD HomeFree Duet:

The AVerMedia HD HomeFree Duet

Here is the full press release:

AVerMedia Launches the Brand New Network TV Tuner ’HD HomeFreeTM Duet’

HD HomeFreeTM Duet makes users to enjoy Digital TV on any computers anywhere within a home network

Taipei, 10th August 2010

AVerMedia Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of digital multimedia technology, officially announced today the HDTV support, Network-Attached, Cable-less TV Tuner, HD HomeFreeTM Duet. The AVerMedia HD HomeFreeTM Duet, a digital TV box equipped with duel TV tuners, is capable to support two users simultaneously watching high quality digital TV programs on PCs within a home network. Users of HD HomeFreeTM are allowed to watch, record and time shift digital TV on computers while enjoying their personal TV entertainment. Positioned as a full function support, home-free product, the HD HomeFreeTM Duet enables to transmit non-distorted HDTV signal with quality up to 1080i cablelessly thru WLAN and meet every need of home entertainment.

Ease of setting up your very own HDTV

Watching HDTV with its superb brilliant technology of TV signal streaming and sharing, the HD HomeFreeTM Duet can share one digital TV signal to two PCs/ laptops for watching different HDTV channels at the same time without any video quality loss. Its powerful hardware design of dual-tuner and single antenna required only, allow users to easily set up a “private home TV network.” Just simply connect a digital TV antenna and (wireless) IP router to the HD HomeFreeTM Duet, any two home-network-connected PCs/ laptops with AVerTV 6 HomeFree software pre-installed will automatically access the real time TV signal streamed from HD HomeFreeTM Duet. On the same home network, two users are able to enjoy their very own HDTV on their computers individually. There will be no more missed shows and programs with AVerMedia HD HomeFreeTM Duet!

Enjoy HDTV in any corner at home

AVerMedia is dedicated to deliver a better user experience of home entertainment with its digital multimedia technology. The HomeFreeTM Duet is designed under the philosophy to provide effortless and boundless HDTV fun with location freedom at home. HD HomeFreeTM Duet can stream digital TV with full broadcast resolution up to 1080i through LAN/ Wireless LAN/HomePlug. With it at home, there is no hassle to receive HDTV signal in any corner of a house. HDTV signal is just everywhere, no matter in dining room, bedroom, or even bathroom. The HomeFreeTM Duet is perfect fit for young couples and small family that enjoy family time together and also their personal time and private space at home. Without bothering cable on your PCs, HomeFreeTM Duet gives you extremely fun of HDTV home entertainment.

About AVerMedia Technologies:

AVerMedia is the technology leader in Digital Multimedia Video Convergence Technology. Aside from its full line of TV Tuners and Personal Video Recorder products, AVerMedia provides Hardware and Software DVR Board Security Systems, Document Cameras, Digital Video Makers, TV Photo Viewers, and PC-to-TV Converters for consumer and corporate/ educational markets. AVerMedia also partners with ODMs for the development of AVerMedia’s technologies for integration applications.

It looks like an interesting device, it’s just a shame they couldn’t have come up with a name that didn’t make it sound like their competition!

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Today Silicon Dust released software and firmware updates for its HDHomeRun devices.


This release is Release 20100213 and contains:

Software changelog:

Firmware changelog:

  • HDHR-T1-US: Fix potential crash/reboot loop in HDHR-T1-US firmware (blue units).
  • HDHR-EU: Add a7qam256-6100 a7qam128-6100 a7qam64-6100 modulation support.
  • Report hardware model on the device website.
  • To download the updates and learn more, click here.

    And if you don’t know what the HDHomeRun is, check out our review here.

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    I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Jason Ludka of SiliconDust while at CES 2010. SiliconDust is the company that brought you the HDHomeRun tuner series. As if those products were not enough, SiliconDust is now about to introduce their CableCARD dual tuner. Check out this 5 minute interview to find out more about this amazing product!


    The HDHomeRun CableCARD dual tuner

    The tuner at the show was a working demo and Jason tells us the actual unit (part number HDHR-CC) should be similar in size to the current models. Being a current CableCARD Windows Media Center user I am really excited to see a product like this!


    Video of the HD HomeRun CableCARD tuner with Jason Ludka at CES 2010

    The video quality was not the best since it was on my phone but the audio is the important part of the interview anyway!

    As a review, some quick specs are as follows:

    • Dual tuners from one CableCARD
    • Single Coax connection (no splitters!)
    • Windows 7 Media Center
    • Low Power
    • $249 anticipated MSRP
    • Multiple units can be used
    • 100BASE-TX Ethernet


    More information about SiliconDust and their products can be found at:


    I will be posting more on this unit (and hopefully a review) as soon as I get detailed specs from SiliconDust. We also expect to hear more from the company in April when their beta testing program starts.


    TV Tuner cards are not exactly new – you can buy cards for you desktop computer and you can even buy USB devices as well. What is new though is an Ethernet based tuner, and one that comes with not just one, but two built in tuners and supports streaming up to 1080i. This little marvel is called the HDHomeRun from SiliconDust.

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    What you do is connect the HDHomeRun to your home network via the supplied Ethernet cable and then connect an aerial source into one or both of the tuners (if you want use more than one tuner, and why wouldn’t you, you may need to buy an aerial splitter). Once it is all configured you can use any computer on your home network to view, and even record live TV.

    HDHomeRun Networked Digital TV Tuner Specifications

    One Box, Two Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network

    Watch TV from any computer on your network.
    Record full 1080i broadcast resolution.
    Pause, rewind, fast-forward live TV.
    Schedule and record all your favourite TV shows.
    Expand with multiple HDHomeRun devices.

    TV sources

    For use in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand:

    DVB-T over-the-air digital TV.
    Unencrypted digital cable.

    For United States and Canada click here

    Works with popular DVR software:

    Pause, rewind, fast-forward live TV.
    Record all your favorite TV shows by name.
    Integrated TV guide (provided by the DVR software).

    Seamless operation with multiple computers:

    Run Vista or Windows 7 Media Center on multiple computers sharing the pool of HDHomeRun tuners.
    Tuners are automatically allocated between computers as needed.
    Multiple HDHomeRun units can be used together to expand the number of tuners.
    Tuner pooling works with Windows Media Center, GBPVR, MediaPortal, and TotalMedia.

    Compatible With:

    Windows Media Center:

    MCE 2005 (32/64-bit)
    Vista WMC (32/64-bit)
    WMC TV Pack (32/64-bit)
    Windows 7 (32/64-bit)

    MediaPortal – DVR for Windows
    GB-PVR – DVR for Windows
    VLC – Multi-platform media viewer

    DVB-T (QAM64/16/QPSK)
    DVB-C (QAM256/128/64 Annex A/C)
    8/7/6 MHz channel bandwidth (multi-country operation).
    IR Receiver (signal PC with a standard remote control)
    100baseTX high speed network
    1 year warranty


    2.8 GHz Pentium 4 (or similar) for HD playback
    512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
    1-2 GB per 1/2 hour of DTV recording

    What’s inside the box?

    The box comes very neatly packaged and includes the HDHomeRun unit itself, a power supply, a software CD, an Ethernet cable and two aerial cables.

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    The HDHomeRun itself is tiny – in fact it is smaller than a video tape (for those of you who are not old enough to remember video tapes, they were big things that were around before DVDs).

    There are only four connections on the back of the unit – a power connector, an Ethernet port and the two tuner connectors.

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    There is no on or off switch, if the device has power then there a green light showing at the front.

    Plugging the device in took less than a minute – so nice and easy there.

    Installing the HDHomeRun Software

    There is an installation CD that comes in the box but I would suggest you skip it and just go download the latest version of the software from the HDHomeRun website. This will not only give you the latest version of the software, but also the latest version of the firmware for the unit.

    Installation was very simple and only took a few minutes.

    Setup Screen 1 Setup Screen 2 Setup Screen 3 Setup Screen 4

    The first time the software launched it found the device and because I was using an updated version of the software, it automatically upgraded the firmware on the device. This was a nice touch and means that you won’t forget to do it or have additional steps and downloads.

    Upgrading firmware Upgrading firmware - rebooting

    Once the unit had rebooted I was asked to choose my Country and enter my Zip/Postal Code, which I did.

    Configuration 1

    The next step is to select the source for each tuner and which application you want to use. In my case I only connected one aerial point and chose Digital Antenna and Windows Media Center for my playback.

    Configuration 2

    The next thing I had to do was run a scan to find all the available channels.

    Configuration 3

    This doesn’t actually take that long and you can watch the progress.


    When this is complete you can see the list of available channels – from here you can also disable any channels you don’t want.

    Scan completed

    If you want to check the channel, you can click the view button which opens Windows Media Player and allows you watch it. You can even just use this to watch TV if you don’t have Media Center installed.

    Viewing a channel

    There is another program installed with the HDHomeRun software which enables you to configure the device, check the signal strength and update the firmware if required.

    HDHomeRun Config screen Upgrade

    Using Windows Media Center

    So I decided that I wanted to use Windows Media Center to watch and record live TV using the HDHomeRun.

    Set up was again very simple, I just followed the wizard in Media Center to add and configure a TV tuner.

    Tuner detected Configuring WMC WMC Scanning for channels WMC Scan Completed WMC Tuner Setup Complete


    I have to say that I really like the HDHomeRun, its very small, easy to set up and the quality is fantastic. Because the device needs to be connected to your network you can pretty much connect it anywhere, as long as there is an aerial point.

    And now with Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 adding the ability to automatically move your recorded content onto your Home Server for you, having an easy to use tuner, or tuners is a winning combination.

    The HDHomeRun costs around £160 in the UK and can be ordered from various sources online.

    And a big thank you to Nectar for supplying a review unit of the HDHomeRun.

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