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SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME - Three Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network HDHR3-CC Ethernet Interface

  • Three Tuners
  • DLNA and UPnP Support
  • Watch TV on your network
  • Premium cable TV channels
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Learn more about the SiliconDust HDHR3-CC

Model

Brand
SiliconDust
Model
HDHR3-CC

General

Type
External TV Tuner Box
TV Tuner
Three Digital Tuners
TV Standards
US Digital Cable
Interface
Ethernet

Features

Features
Three Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network
- 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 7/8 Windows Media Center:
- Record all your favorite TV shows by name.
- Schedule future or season recordings.
- Integrated TV guide.
- Never miss your favorite show.

Specifications

Specifications
US Digital Cable

M-Card CableCARD interface

1000baseT (gigabit Ethernet) network interface (compatible with 100baseTX networks)

USB port for connection to Tuning Adapter (for providers utilizing Switched Digital Video)

MPEG2 and MPEG4/H.264, SD and HD channels

Works With (non-copy protected channels only):
Windows Media Center on Windows 7/8
MythTV 0.25 or later - DVR for Linux/Mac - copy freely channels only
NextPVR - DVR for Windows - copy freely channels only
MediaPortal - DVR for Windows - copy freely channels only
JRiver Media Center - DVR for Windows - copy freely channels only
InstaTV Pro - direct streaming on iOS and Android devices + transcoding on a Windows PC - copy freely channels only
HomeRunTV app - direct streaming on Android - copy freely SD channels only
DLNA-compatible smart TVs and media players

DVR Usage:
Use Windows Media Center, NextPVR, MediaPortal, JRiver Media Center, or MythTV with your HDHomeRun PRIME to have a full PVR solution to replace your cable box.
Record all your favorite TV shows
Schedule future or season recordings
Integrated TV guide
Never miss your favorite shows
Recordings typically use 4-8GB per hour for HD, 1-2GB per hour for SD

HDHomeRun PRIME is designed for use with digital cable. It will not work with analog channels, an antenna, satellite, or IPTV services.
HDHomeRun PRIME is designed for use with US digital cable utilizing CableCARD technology. It is not compatible with cable systems that do not use CableCARD, including most in Canada and all in Europe.

System Requirements

Processor
Dual (or more) core PC
Memory
2GB RAM
Operating Systems Supported
Fully Compatible With
Windows Media Center on Windows 7/8
Android 4.0+ devices (SD only) (coming soon)
DLNA-compatible devices with DTCP-IP support (e.g. Sony PlayStation 3)
Others
4-8GB disk space per hour of HD recording, 1-2GB per hour of SD recording

100 or 1000Mbit Ethernet network

Subscription to digital cable service

CableCARD (M-Card) from your cable provider

Consumer Alert

Consumer Alert
HDHomeRun PRIME is not compatible with satellite TV or IPTV services such as U-Verse

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • R M.
  • 11/24/2014 11:59:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsInstall the Software First !

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME - Three Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network HDHR3-CC Ethernet Interface

Pros: Setup is fairly easy if you follow certain steps.

Insert a cable card into the slot on the rear panel of the HD Homerun Prime device. You obtain the cable card from your cable TV provider.

Download the latest HD Homerun software from the maker's website. Install the software. Then call your cable TV provider to activate the cable card.

Once the cable card is activated or provisioned (whatever your cable TV provider calls it) then you can run the HD Homerun setup program.

After completing the HD Homerun setup routine you can run Windows Media Center setup for TV Signal, which hard drive you want to record on, etc. Windows Media Center should "see" 3 digital tuners (the HD Homerun Prime).

Windows Media Center then needs to download the TV guide / program listings, about 12 days worth, so it takes a few minutes to complete this.

Cons: If your cable TV reception is temporarily interrupted or lost (are you listening Comcast?) then you may need to unplug the power cord from the HD Homerun Prime box, wait 20 seconds, then plug the power cord back in and wait for the tuner to start up again which usually takes less than a minute. This isn't really a con for the HD Homerun Prime box, but it's worth noting.

Other Thoughts: We've been using one of these at home for over a year and it works great. The unit itself is very reliable. TV reception, picture and sound quality are as good as our Comcast DVR was so no problem there.

*Note: If you use Powerline adapters to send TV reception to a computer in another room for recording TV shows, be sure to unplug any cellphone charger cords or other chargers from the power outlets in the same rooms as the Powerline adapters. We discovered that even when charging cords are not in use they can generate some interference which may reduce the Powerline adapters' throughput.

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  • RICHARD F.
  • 11/20/2014 3:10:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as advertised, wish everything else did

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME - Three Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network HDHR3-CC Ethernet Interface

Pros: Does everything it claims, streams up to 3 concurrent HD (1080i) streams over gigabit ethernet to my Windows Media Center PC. And once I got the right person at Cox, it works perfectly with every channel.

Also Silicon Dust's support is spot on. Every issue I ran into was explicitly covered in their troubleshooting guide. Had I needed further support from them, I'm sure it would have been top-notch.

Cons: None of these apply to the HDHR Prime directly, so I'm not marking it down for them.

To get full functionality with Cox, you have to get very lucky with who works on your account. A dozen or so phone calls and a card exchange failed to get everything activated and setup correctly for all channels. Eventually ended up with a tech sitting on my couch for about an hour while he waited on hold for his tech/dispatcher to be available so they could provision the card and TA correctly for my account.

Also for any DRM protected channels (on Cox, that is everything that isn't a local broadcast), only Windows Media Center is capable of playing them, a $10 upgrade for Windows 8/8.1. But WMC has it's own severe issues:

- Activating WMC de-activated Windows 8.1. Neither my original 8.0 key, nor the activation key given for WMC, would activate normally. I had to do a telephone reactivation.

- WMC installer did not create firewall rules to allow the services to receive streams from the HDHR Prime. I had to craft them "by hand".

- And most importantly, WMC still does not recognize DisplayPort as HDCP compliant, even though it is. You MUST use HDMI or DVI to view copy-protected channels / recordings (which again on Cox, is everything that isn't a local broadcast channel).

The lack of HDCP recognition on WMC is going to become a major problem for me soon, as I'm getting a 4K monitor. I'm either going to have to run it with HDMI at 30hz, or only play protected content on secondary displays, or possibly via DLNA.

Other Thoughts: For over 2 years I went without any subscription TV service outside of Hulu Plus. I purchased any content that wasn't available through Hulu, and overall found this to be a great way to get content. But it doesn't work for things like CNN, CNBC, sports, basically anything that you really want to see live.

So I decided to give cable TV a try again, but found those boxes to be archaic, expensive, and terrible (slow, noisy, hot, etc). The HDHR Prime solves that problem, but Cox and WMC issues are even more frustrating.

There must be a better way to get live content people who would rather view everything online. The first company to do it will get my money.

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  • Randal F.
  • 11/18/2014 11:57:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCable TV on my WIFI

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME - Three Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network HDHR3-CC Ethernet Interface

Pros: Does everything I wanted it to do. Cable comes in, Ethernet goes out. I have that connected to a dual band N WIFI router. Streams high def cable very well. Setup was not too difficult. Good instructions on the SiliconDust web site.

Cons: Occasional pixelation or image breakup. This could be from the cable provider though.

Other Thoughts: I recently switched cable provider and wanted a solution that would use my multimedia PC for a cable tuner. After exploring many options decided on the HDHomeRun Prime. I am happy with that choice.

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  • John T.
  • 11/13/2014 7:19:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsYes it works!

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME - Three Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network HDHR3-CC Ethernet Interface

Pros: Yes this device will bring up HD channels for Windows Media Center. I haven't seen any frame issues for pay channels like HBO and Cinemax.

You don't have to manually scan for channels. Media Center will do that for you. You do need to run the Digital Cable Advisor in the Media Center Extras folder.

Cons: Setting up the CableCard. Work with SiliconDust's tech support. Many will find through setup that their cable wiring needs to be rerun because the source signal is too low. You can report this via your cable company's online support and get the wiring replaced at no charge.

Many street techs are not familiar with activating CableCards. The cards do not send feedback. They can be programmed only. Many street techs get lost in this.

SiliconDust support sent me to dslreports.com to get the CableCard activated. That request was filled in one shot! And with no fees or subscriptions! I was charged shipping for the CableCard, which I could have driven 40 miles for...

Other Thoughts: I record many TV series as well as cable movies. I have a 3TB 7200 rpm Seagate for that and it fills fast. If I did this again I'd likely get a 4TB drive. If you have a USB 3 machine and want to set up more TBs of raid for a movie collection, go for it! Media Center will automatically delete oldest recordings automatically.

Every couple of weeks I've found that the Media Center services crash. I now just delete viewed recordings and restart the system each Sunday.

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  • Kevin D.
  • 10/24/2014 8:15:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUpdate - forget about wireless

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME - Three Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network HDHR3-CC Ethernet Interface

Pros: Ditch your overpriced cable box and use a PC in it's place. Your storage for recording is limited only by the size of your hard drive. Integrates well with Windows Media Center which comes with a very nice channel guide.

Cons: I've completely given up on using a wireless connection to watch TV streamed by this device. At this point the only devices that work without glitching out are gigabit wired devices. I have a $300 top of the line AC router and wireless still doesn't work without stutters and the picture breaking up all the time.

Other Thoughts: If you have a solid wired gigabit network, then this thing is great. Power line adapters work OK, which takes the sting out of not being able to use wireless connections.

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  • Stephen S.
  • 10/21/2014 10:15:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs1 year update using the HD HomeRun Prime with Comcast

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME - Three Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network HDHR3-CC Ethernet Interface

Pros: - Reliable; has yet to crash or show any performance issues whatsoever
- Gigabit network support
- Cable Card support
- DLNA for mobile devices/blu-ray players/smart TVs/etc
- Setup software from Silicon Dust works perfectly. Every time.

Cons: None that are worth mentioning, any problem I've ever had was the result of my error(s).

Other Thoughts: Being a computer nerd since age 9, I've always had a few extra computers lying around. I took three of those computers (w/ Windows 7 and Windows Media Center) and this unit and ditched the HD DVR and 2 HD set top boxes I was renting from Comcast. My bill went from $110/mo to $65/mo enabling me to save enough money to pay for this unit very quickly.

Long story short, I have a fully functional DVR and two "set top" machines that I can use to watch live TV and watch the recorded TV stored on the DVR.

I highly recommend having a gigabit network if you try something similar to me as this unit can throw around enough data to max out out a 100mbps network easily.

If you have Comcast or another CableCard television service and a little tech knowledge, I highly recommend purchasing this unit. It will pay for itself and save you money in the long run. I personally have loved having complete control over my television equipment. I no longer need to have a Comcast van visit me or run to a Comcast service center to swap out equipment. If there's a problem, I get to fix it and it almost always takes less time to fix than it would if I had Comcast do it.

Owning your own television equipment and modem/eMTA and receiving Comcast service through them is a great, and somewhat comforting feeling. Plus it saves lots of $$ over the years--what's better than having a lean monthly bill without sacrificing service?

If Silicon Dust products aren't your cup of tea, I would imagine you could achieve this same result with the Hauppage or Ceton network connected tuner counterparts.

Best of luck, everyone!

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  • George B.
  • 10/11/2014 11:07:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME - Three Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network HDHR3-CC Ethernet Interface

Pros: Works great. Saves money by eliminating the need for a set top box or DVR.

Cons: Not a con for me but I'm sure it won't be simple for a novice to hook up but if you're already wired up with Ethernet or with a MoCa setup this will be easy for you.

Other Thoughts: I've been using it for 2 years with Windows Media Center on a Windows 7 PC hooked to a 55" LCD TV. With a single cable card it can record up to 3 shows at a time. The unit can be put anywhere with access to your network and cable TV coax. I also use an XBox360 as a media extender which I use to access live or recorded shows from the Media Center PC located in another room. If the encryption bit isn't set on the recorded shows (non premium channels), I can copy or convert the files to use on my phone when traveling.

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  • CHRISTOPHER K.
  • 10/7/2014 6:38:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAwesome if you have patients

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME - Three Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network HDHR3-CC Ethernet Interface

Pros: I bought this because I have more connected devices around my house than I care to count. All of them support some form of DNLA so I thought I'd give it a try. Now, for the pros: It does what it says, pumps out TV from COX using the Cable Card and SDV box. Sure, it's a ton to hook up, but it's worth it. My PC plays the Video Stream just fine.

Cons: Now, my issues with this device is as follows:
Transcoding from MPEG2 to something less bandwidth heavy takes a beast of a machine. Even then, the stream isn't without errors or dropped frames. Using Media Center is not as clear cut either as those streams also develop the same stutter or lag as the transcodes. Transcoding and MCE duties were handled by an i7 2600 PC with 8GB of RAM and an SSD Cache. So speed shouldn't be an issue. I also tried it with nothing on the network to alleviate congestion and still, even my own PC, would stutter on those streams. I want to say the box is dropping frames on the way out, as starting the MPEG2 stream tends to do the same thing, but it recovers. I don't know how to fix this and I refuse to toss 13mbps over my network if it's going to stutter like that on any box, including my PS3 and XBOX and these issue are likely due to caching on the client side, which is no fault of SiliconDust but they should have better represented it's DNLA capabilities and accounted for devices that don't cache as much data as would be needed for something like MPEG2.

Other Thoughts: If this box had native transcoding, this wouldn't be an issue, but unfortunately I don't see a box from SiliconDust that does that and uses an MCARD for cable. Overall, it's a great idea and even better if you have nothing but PCs under all the TVs, but for what I wanted to use it with (Any DNLA device) it didn't work as it should. MPEG2 is too big for to stream, not just a bandwidth issue, but a hardware issue. As most TVs can do DNLA, most don't have the processing or cache to handle an MPEG2 stream.

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  • R M.
  • 10/5/2014 8:31:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNearby Phone Chargers May Cause Interference

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME - Three Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network HDHR3-CC Ethernet Interface

Pros: Connected to our router this little tuner box feeds TV reception to as many as 3 computers/TVs at a time on our home network.

Still works great with rarely a glitch.

It gets warm but not hot when all 3 tuner circuits are in use.

No maintenance required - it just sits there. We have powered it off then on again a couple of times after a Comcast cable TV service outage, but that's not the fault of the tuner box.

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: Our home network includes a couple of Powerline adapters for connecting our home theater PC in the living room. Recently we have experienced a TV reception glitch 2 or 3 times per hour, with a corrupted picture and loss of sound lasting a few seconds. Tried power cycling the HD Homerun Prime, substituting a different router, etc. to no avail. We have USB/cellphone charging adapters plugged into power outlets in the room where the router, HD Homerun and Powerline adapter are located. After unplugging those phone charger/adapters from the wall outlets our reception problems stopped. Also unplugged a battery charger in another room just to be on the safe side. It seems those charging cables for iPhone, iPad, etc. emit some interference when plugged into a power outlet which reduces data throughput of our router and the Powerline AV adapters.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/4/2014 7:23:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs  comcast activation

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME - Three Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network HDHR3-CC Ethernet Interface

Pros: I have purchased 2 of these devices. They work great on a gigabit wired network. Activation is a little more than meets the eye. When dealing with Comcast, not only do you have to activate the cable card, you also have to activate the device. Best bet is to use the HDhomerun program. If you want to use Windows Media Center, go to apps, download cable advisor, then use the tv setup.

Cons: The tuner is a little glitchy on wireless. I used instaTV on my iPad. Best result is to use wireless n or better. Wireless G is pretty glitchy.

Other Thoughts: With the advent of smart TV's. It beats paying rent on extra set top boxes.

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