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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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  • Brandt V.
  • 8/29/2014 2:29:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsWent out 3 months out of warranty.

Pros: Lets me use WMC, which blows all other set top boxes out of the water.

Not too hard to set up

Ran well when it worked

Cons: Only con I can think of is that it failed on me just 3 months out of warranty. Got a hold of customer service and they said they could replace it for half the price of the unit.

Other Thoughts: I'm a cable tech so I bought this because we still have to pay for rentals. WIth this my cable bill was 1$ a month because of the cable card. I wanted to give it 3 stars because of the fact that it went out on me, but the customer service was quick and they have a reasonable solution.

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  • Larry W.
  • 8/23/2014 5:33:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: can record pay channels and save. the cable card you need is only few dollars extra.

Cons: need fast drive speeds

Other Thoughts: I bought 2

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  • christian s.
  • 8/12/2014 6:02:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat and a must have if you have multiple cable boxes

Pros: Super effective, you can stream to your apple devices, vlc, android boxes, ps3, xbox...this replaces your cable box and you can watch 3 simultaneous things at once. I have this synced up to my wmf box in the basement and i got rid of my cable box upstairs (saves $15 a month) and i watch it on my matricom box. Customer service is the best, i switched between RCN and Comcrap, and back to RCN and the channels weren't tuning any more. I contacted silicon dust and they responded within 30 min, gave me some fixes after a back and forth and resolved within an hour, great experience.

Cons: would be nice if this natively played to a mac, or to a vm (NOT the boxes fault).

Other Thoughts: I have had this for over 2 years and never a hiccup until i switched to comcrap. Make sure you work with cable company and make sure coax cables are good. I use airplayer app on iPhone and its like gravy

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  • Mark S.
  • 8/12/2014 9:11:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOK So far.... but why stuttering with HD 4000 GFX?

Pros: Setup was simple, and does basically what it promises. Setup with TWC was simple if you call the right customer service number. They have a team of people just for cable cards. The guy I talked to had the exact setup I was trying to create. I like the simplicity of it all. The tuners were just there.

Cons: Stutter on HD cable channels. I refuse to believe that it is my network as it's all gigabit ethernet wired, although it does travel through two switches. I've tried it on two different machines, one mac mini bootcamped (Core i5 ivy bridge) and my pc (Core i7 ivy bridge). Both were running intel HD 4000 graphics with latest drivers. You would think those would be able to handle something like this. I'm trying a discrete graphics card next, just waiting for it to arrive, which if it works, I will actually be disappointed, because I wanted to use the mac mini as the HTPC. At this point the jury is out if it's the Tuner, my network (probably not) or my computer gfx.

Other Thoughts: I really want this to work perfectly so that I can convince my wife that it's a true DVR replacement and not have to pay the rental and service fees on the one DVR in the house.

If my PC works well once I have a gfx card, I will also need to put it into a smaller case so that it can fit in my entertainment center...... one more cost.

I'll update once it's settled so that people can avoid my issues.

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  • Gerald J.
  • 8/7/2014 7:32:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Tuner

Pros: 3 stream premium cabletuner. Runs cool about room temp even with all 3 streams going at once. Not needing the OUTDATED CABLE DVR come on cable keep up with the times. To = my set up with cable dvr it would cost me about $50 I pay $6.50.

Cons: Dealing with cable company. Charter just went all digital in my area and it has messed up the tuning adapters they will not stay working everything on my end hasn't changed the night before everything worked now it doesn't stay working I will give them a few more weeks to get it corrected if not I WILL FILE A FCC COMPLAINT.

Other Thoughts: I have been using cablecards for almost 4 years I have 3 HDHomeRun Primes and the older single tuner ATI so I have 10 tuners in Windows 7 Media Center so to George W. you can have more than 4 tuners all you need to do is add a line to the Windows registry. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Settings\TVConfig] ADD "MaxTunerCount"=dword:00000020 (=32 Tuners)
If you don't know how to add to the registry there is a paid patch installer called TunerSalad.

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  • Steven C.
  • 8/6/2014 9:13:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME - HDHR3-CC

Pros: Once it was up and running, it works great with Windows Media Center recording up to three channels at once. I also have an app to use it on my Samsung Tab 2, albeit SD channels only because HD doesn't do well over wifi.

Cons: It was little bumpy getting it going, if I had known what information was required and where to find it before hand, it would have gone much smoother. After dealing with my second Comcast tech that English was not his primary language, I had all the non-premium channels working. On the third day, I got a call from a North American based tech that managed to finish install correctly. Now, everything is working as it should be.

Other Thoughts: It is worth the hassle once it is up and running. It is just too bad that there has to be a hassle in the first place.

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  • R H.
  • 7/14/2014 8:22:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Product

Pros: Worked as advertised in providing full digital and HD cable content to my PC.

Cons: Obtaining cablecard from Comcast and activating it via Comcast.

Portions of the setup which had nothing to do with the unit were troublesome. Windows Media Center requires a Microsoft Product called PlayReady. PlayReady would not "update". Fortunately there were instructions on SiliconDust's website and Option 2 solved the problem.

Other Thoughts: Currently running on a 100BaseT network but upgrading to 1000BaseT on weekend. The computer accessing the device is connect via wired ethernet.

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  • Mark T.
  • 7/11/2014 8:05:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than great

Pros: This turns any connected device into a TV. I bought this for watching sports around my house. I got tired of having to be stuck in front of a TV. Now I can take a tablet or laptop and watch anything that is on the TV. I use Windows Media Center and can record shows and then watch them later.

Cons: I took some time to get it working properly with WMC but once it does, it is a great DVR.

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  • George W.
  • 5/26/2014 5:42:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic

Pros: No cable box rental
Every computer on the network can watch TV
Easy Installation
Ability to have a central DVR

Cons: Cable company a little ignorant of it so getting a card is can be a runaround.
Cable company ran out of cards

Other Thoughts: $130 is an inexpensive solution for such great upgrade of your integrated home media.

This is a perfect solution for not having to pay for set-top boxes.
No need to buy extra small TVs for bedrooms b/c the kids have laptops

Windows Media Center (WMC) is quite nice although it was a paid upgrade for WIndows 8.

With 5 people and recording happening, the 3 tuners may not be enough so I may get another HDHR. Unfortunately, WMC only can see a max of 4 tuners.

The two Macs in the house can connect but the freeware software doesn't have a channel guide. I'm a mac hater so I haven't tried very hard on that.

I also don't like iTunes so I was happy to start using WMC for music playback so now all of my media is one-sourced.

Without a doubt, this is the best upgrade to my network in the last year and it's actually paid for itself already by elimination set-top rental. No-brainer.

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  • Mark S.
  • 5/10/2014 4:08:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHow many techs does it take?

Pros: The device does everything it says it does. The downloadable software suite (GUI, config, QuickTV) is straightforward and the Silicondust website has adequate instructions provided you don't go too far off the reservation. I downloaded the suite to Vista and 7 machines. It works everywhere. See other thoughts for WMC compatibility. I can't fault Silicondust for not strongly supporting Vista: Vista does not natively support QAM like 7 does. If you stick to a 7 machine, things go smoothly...after the cable company steps up and does their job. By the way, my HDHomerun must have shipped from Bolingbrook IL, because I ordered it on the weekend and it was here Monday...wow!

I did send Silicondust a tech support e-mail. They responded the following day - with a good answer about S- versus M-Cards. And it was funny and snarky to boot. I think Silicondust wants to do a good job, but the cable companies are making their product look bad. In all cases, the HDHomerun was not the problem.

Cons: This device is not quite ready for Joe average It's not really the fault of the HDHomeRun. I was talking with the tech. This is the first one he's seen. He said how cool the concept is, though. Not a fault of HDHomerun, but Vista support is not great. I've been chasing all the downloads and patches, etc. for days, and still don't have it working in WMC in Vista. The Silicondust website doesn't have great documentation for all the crazy Vista messages I've received.

Other Thoughts: My story: First, my local Charter cable office is Beloit WI. When you go to yours to get a CableCard, make sure you get an M-Card, not an S-Card. It's got to say M-Card on it (and be red in color if it's a Motorola M-Card). Make sure that if you need a tech, he bring along several M-Cards. The quality control on those cards must be non-existent.

I tried for several nights to activate the card via phone support. Monday night, we got to the end of the road because I could not find the "DATA ID" in the card information posted in WMC. That was because the S-Card does not display it - see above. Tuesday and Wednesday, I started to see non-encrypted stations as now I had an M-card. All encrypted digital stations were not present. Friday, Charter rolled a tech. He did 3 things: First, get rid of any additional splitters you may have - my signal was weak, partially because both the Charter line and my house had too many (apparently digital is more touchy than analog). A weak signal seems to fake out the pairing process - the M-card will appear ready to go back at home base when it's not. Second, make sure there are extra M-cards. I figured out the HDHomerun was probably good when I first got an M-card, and was able to see the 3 (Cablecard ID, Host ID, Data ID) numbers phone support said I should see. Third, the tech had a signal strength-o-meter (don't know the exact name). He used it to measure the signal after he spliced several cables and removed splitters. With adequate signal strength, pairing the card went like it was supposed to. I now have digital TV and Windows 7/WMC works like a champ.

Using a wired and/or wireless network for TV signals is really cool. I don't have to have 2 sets of wires running through the house anymore. I've actually started removing some of the coax that's run behind furniture, etc. I was using a wireless USB N600 adapter and streaming TV earlier today. There were no lags or pauses. My router is a Dlink 655, and both in the wired and wireless stuff, it has handled the bandwidth just fine.

I dislike the idea of having to move to 7 just to have WMC support. But I guess there were reasons to upgrade from all the previous releases, too. My Vista/WMC/Analog cards/analog cable infrastructure worked great for 6+ years, but it's time to upgrade.

The whole HDMI thing is a little sketchy to me. I have a PC where I'm using a VGA cable and on-the-mobo sound jack (it says digital audio in the control panel). It shows picture and sound great (thought I'd need an HDMI cable and some sort of crazy arrangement for analog powered speakers - not so!). For the big TV, the HDMI cable from the HTPC is the way to go.

My HTPC solutions include a AMD A3300, some old Wolfdale Core-2-Duo stuff, with either onboard HDMI or HDMI through a 5450 card. Don't know if true 1080 being pumped through my network would send it crying to mama or not.

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