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SiliconDust HDHR3-CC HDHomeRun PRIME 3-Tuner US CableTV with CableCARD Stream Premium Channels and Cut the Cord

  • Three Tuners
  • DLNA and UPnP Support
  • Watch TV on your network
  • Premium cable TV channels

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HDHR4-2US
Unleash Your Cable TV with CableCARD™

The simple way to send live streaming, premium cable TV to all your home media devices.

  • No need to rent set-top boxes for every room
  • Watch live HD TV on up to 3 devices together on your Wi-Fi or wired network
  • Works with all popular DVR software so you can watch, pause and record
  • Access premium cable subscription channels using CableCARD™
  • Stream Live SD premium subscription TV directly to your Android device with our HDHomeRun VIEW app
Make the Most of Your Cable TV Service and Reduce Your Costs at the Same Time

When you make "HDHomeRun" part of your home network you're able to send glorious HD 1080i definition content to anywhere in your home via a sired connection, SD over Wi-Fi and to multiple devices. You can now easily record a second channel, watch another program in a different room or enjoy football in the yard, all while the kids are watching their favorite show, too - whether on a tablet or smart phone via our app, or computer or TV via DLNA. No more expensive cable boxes.

You can also record, pause, rewind and schedule your favorite shows using popular compatible DVR software like Windows Media Center and Myth TV.

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What's Included:

  • HDHomeRun Prime Device
  • Cat5e Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide

What You Need:

  • Subscription to digital cable service
  • Cable card rented from cable provider
  • Internet connection (Wi-Fi)
  • Home network router
  • Computer, Smart device such as tablets, DLNA compatible smart TV, media player or game console

Specifications:

  • 3 Tuners
  • Premium cable TV (CableCARD)
  • MPEG2 and MPEG4/H.264, SD and HD channels
  • 100/1000Mbps high-speed network
  • 1-Year warranty

Computer Hardware Requirements:

  • Dual core CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 6-8GB disk space per hour of HDTV recording (when using third party compatible software)
  • Non-PC devices must support TS format and MPEG2 video
  • Copy protected channels require support from WMDRM or DTCP-IP

Compatible with the Following Software:

  • Windows Media Center on Windows 7/8
  • Android 4.0 + devices (SD only)
  • DLNA - compatible devices with DTCP-IP support
  • Game consoles
  • Smart TV's
  • Other devices supporting DTCP-IP
  • HDHomeRun Expand is not compatible with satellite TV

Seamless Operation

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Easy to Set Up - Follow our quick setup guide inside.

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Expand Your System - Multiple HDHomeRun units can be used together to expand the number of devices you can watch simultaneously.

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CableCARD™ Access - We use the CableCARD™ system which enables you to watch your favorite premium shows live!

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Convenient App - Install our app available from the app store or Google Play to watch content on your smart mobile devices.

Get the Most Suitable Box for Your Lifestyle.

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Dominic M.
  • 1/26/2016 12:18:56 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth it!

Pros: - network access
- 3 tuners from 1 card/line in
- save money on cable co equipment, while getting a vastly superior product
- works flawlessly
- works with fios and cable

Cons: - only 3 tuners, would like 4-6
- would prefer option to rack mount

Other Thoughts: - Waiting to see how the new software from SD works, might be a legit alternative to WMC
- if you get a premium channel (ie: hbo) you NEED to use windows media center (which is being discontinued)

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  • Pingree C.
  • 1/13/2016 7:42:00 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGood product that could be great...

Pros: Easy to set up. Only took 10 minutes with Comcast tech support to get it configured and working.

Cons: Glitchy video. Pixilation can be terrible at times, especially when you have multiple tuners in use. I originally thought it could be my network (I am a 20+ years network engineering professional) so I did some testing of my gigabit network and cannot find any issues with the router or switches I have. So, it has to be the unit I purchased. It is to the point where I am going to return it.

Other Thoughts: I made the mistake of rushing into this purchase. Had I known that the DVR portion of this product was not ready I would not have purchased it. Another reason I will most likely switch back to the Centon product I previously used.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/10/2016 6:46:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product

Pros: -This will also pick up cable digital channels with out a cable card.
-Works great with emby to stream TV.

Cons: -No mounting holes.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/2/2016 12:14:25 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Alternative to Creeping Fees

Pros: I started using this tuner back in March '14. Since then I've had to restart it 2 or 3 times, but with recent (past 6mo) firmware updates it has been even more stable. I run Openelec Kodi on Raspberry Pi 2 using Yatse app on tablets and phones as remotes. Very easy and well liked by my wife and guests. The picture is Mpeg2 1080p (progressive scan) and is sharp and clear. This tuner saved me $100s if not $1000s from sneaky rental fees and other bundle garbage. I use Comcast in central CT with the Bast! Plus package (basic cable w/HBO, & 100mb/s internet) and my monthly bill is around $75. Fortunately for us, HBO is not DRM flagged and we can use clients other than WMC, but that may not be the case with your provider. Check online sites and forums to be sure. The Kodi app that Silicon Dust put out this year is really a great interface for watching live TV. They're a small development team working hard to support their product and they're the only game in town.

I don't like getting ripped off, but I also don't want to get involved in illicit content.

Cons: This device would be even more awesome if it had built-in DVR functionality. Setting DVR up requires a server installation, but then you get a whole house DVR with all kinds of goodies.

Output is MPEG2. That's OK because that's exactly what the signal is, but the problem is pushing all those bits to your clients. My suggestion is to hard-wire everything that you intend to talk to this tuner. If the tuner had a built-in mpeg2 to mpeg4 transcoder, 2.4GHz wifi would be more than enough (it could sacrifice image quality though). 5ghz could do it, but it has a hard time penetrating walls. If you have a media server with enough horsepower, you could have it transcode on the fly, but this is a tricky build.

In order to activate your CableCARD, you need to contact your provider. With Comcast, this puts you in tier one overseas support. This at best ends up with a truck roll request and at worse could torch your internet connection requiring a truck roll request anyways. In the end, the on-site service tech just calls tier 2 domestic support to get the card activated. Most providers don't have new cards to hand out so you may have to go through one or two activations before you have a solid setup (you can ask that the tech bring more than one card to make sure). CableCard is considered "old tech" to your typical cable guy and they sneer when they first come to service it, but they usually change their mind when they see what is done with it now. You will have to be the expert on this stuff as the service guys have no idea what to do with this tuner. You'll have to be ready to diagnose that the card is working as they will not be able to tell. A simple hardwired windows client setup right next to the tuner is best using Silicon Dust's setup and viewing software.

Your family and friends will want you to set this up for them as well.

Other Thoughts: I've gone through lots of different media center software and hardware combinations. Windows media center was great with an awesome UI but it is a resource pig and MS no longer supports is. Openelec with Kodi on Raspberry PI has been the absolute best bang for buck. You can have the whole setup running for less than $200.

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5 out of 5 eggsHard Dealing with Comcast but Great for Ubuntu Linux and MythTV .25 and Better

Pros: Great User Screen via Web Page
Easy to use With Linux, Mac, Android and Windows.
Works very well with MythTV after Upgrade from Mythubutu 10.04 to 12.04 to bring it to required MythTV .25 minimum.

Cons: Only with Comcast because I ended up calling Corporate before it was connected. I had to remind them that they are required by FCC to have a self install kit done. They try to have a tech for Comcast called in to my house. I am a tech or I wouldn't be using the MythTV/Ubuntu system in the first place.

Other Thoughts: The Unit works so well that I feel it was worth dealing with Comcast. I have had 0 problems with the SillconDust HDHomeRun with Cable Card.

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  • Bryan C.
  • 12/20/2015 3:38:10 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT PRODUCT

Pros: Product works as advertised w/ cable card. I am able to stream HD cable across my network and watch live TV on multiple devices. This is my second one!

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I have and will recommend this product to other people.

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  • Andrew B.
  • 10/23/2015 9:10:58 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Concept

Pros: Its a good little device but takes patience with your cable company to get setup. Works in KODI if needed. Saved me about 275-3$ on cable boxes. I ran it off a tiny arm M8 android box for a couple weeks and it ran fine. Uses about 0 resources.

The RMA process was fast-- if that can be considered a good point.

Cons: My first unit died at 41days, the replacement showed up DOA. Probably because it was shipped in a padded envelope. These things are kinda temperamental. You MUST have DHCP on your network or it defaults to private-non accessible address. It needs better software. Any pixelation (windows) is usually caused by bad codecs, try a fresh install and NO stupid "codec packs" if thats an issue.

NOT LG smart TV compatible however SAMSUNG TV's have an app for it. LG's dont even have a built in or after market media player though. Probably because they cant make any money off kodi & itunes and such.

Other Thoughts: Consider your self lucky if your cable company gets this turned on-Activated and provisioned correctly the fist day. Its a 4 step process done twice. Once in the billing or customer care dept and then again in the plant-head end-NOC or whatever your CCompany calls it. Put it where its going to stay the first time, moving mine and plugging it back in is what killed my first unit. This replaced my 4yr old ceton so i already knew the ins & outs of getting it turned on.

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  • Mark B.
  • 10/11/2015 12:54:18 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot worth the trouble

Pros: Compact device, supporting cablecard. Provides standard-definition video over local-area networks to mobile devices, and HD video to Windows computers.

Cons: Microsoft has ended their implementation of the Windows Media Center ecosystem upon which this product largely depends. Other software does not properly support digital rights protected content, which is most of what is broadcast on cable. Software for smartphones and tablets was never stable enough to play HD content. On the same networks, Tivo gear is flawless.

Other Thoughts: The cost to invest in the most modest media center computers, after considerable trouble to put them together and make them work, just cannot be justified as anything but a make-work project. It's much like the silly bad old days of people building their own Heathkit TV from a puzzlebox of hundreds of parts. There are too many aspects of the Media Center PC ecosystem that break frequently, requiring extensive work to restore. Power consumption of all the media center PC pieces is also considerably higher than polished consumer electronics like Tivo.

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  • Jeffrey P.
  • 9/21/2015 4:50:35 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Tuner for Computer Literate

Pros: I have been using two of these devices (6 available tuners) for the last 3 years with fewer issues than we had with the Charter cable boxes. My wife was skeptical at first, but has become an expert at running Windows Media Center (WMC) with a wireless mouse. We have recorded thousands of programs with fewer problems than we experienced with a Charter DVR. Don't believe those who complain about WMC it works perfectly with these devices. We no longer stress about recording space since both of our primary HTPC's have their own 2T WD AVGP hard drives dedicated to WMC storage.

The processing power of my I3 HTPC's and WMC provides a more responsive interface than the Scientific Atlantic DVR provided by Charter. The WMC interface is also very responsive with my other computers running Old tech Socket 775 Pentium Dual Core E6600 processors. The great thing about an HTPC and the HDHomeRun Prime (HDHRP) is that you can seamlessly change from watching cable TV to surfing the internet with a couple of mouse clicks and a wireless keyboard. The currently available Smart TV's, Blue Ray Players, and HD devices that allow internet access are not capable of providing the same web experience as a Pentium Dual Core or I3 powered HTPC utilizing a wireless mouse and keyboard.

I have multiple computers that utilize my HDHRP's via wired Gigabit LAN. I like the wired Gigabit LAN since 3 HD streams can take up a large chunk of the available bandwidth on a 10/100 setup. I also have the HDHRP boxes and the HTPC's plugged in to a gigabit switch that is plugged into the router rather than having them plug directly into the router.

Don't immediately blame the HDHRP if you have a problem installing the device. My first cablecard was defective. My firewall software initially interfered with the installation of the software on one of my computers. Those were my problems, not problems with the HDHRP.

If you have problems tuning channels check the signal strength utilizing the provided software before blaming the problem on the HDHRP. I was able to improve the quality of the signal by eliminating unneeded splitters. I currently have one 3-way splitter from the main line. That splitter sends two lines to the Cisco Tuning Adapters which connect to the HDHRP's. Another line goes to a two way splitter that feeds my cable and telephone modem boxes. This setup provides excellent signal strength and quality to both of my HDHRP's. The phone and cable modems seem to be unaffected by the additional splitter.

Each computer that is attached to a television is left on 24/7. None of them have any problems sleeping or waking up when it is time to record something with WMC. I have chosen to reserve one of my HDHRP's for my main TV. The other HDHRP's tuners are shared by the other computers in the house. This includes an old computer in the garage hooked up to an older TV upon which we can watch a football game in HD while playing darts.

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Cons: We are longer able to access video on demand services from the Cable Company. Not really a con for us since there are so many online options for viewing movies or TV shows you may have missed. In addition, you shouldn't miss much since you can record three shows at the same time with the HDHRP.

Other Thoughts: The initial cablecard I obtained from Charter was defective. If the second indicator light from the left does not come on when you plug the cablecard into the HDHRP you need to take the card back to your cable provider and get a replacement.

If you plan on retaining one of your cable boxes and want to access on demand services with those boxes, make sure they don't change your account to “cablecard only.”

Have had to reboot the boxes and the tuning adapters a couple of times to correct cable provider issues. This is actually an improvement over the Charter DVR which required frequent reboots.

WMC will not be available with Windows 10. Windows 7 extended support continues until Jan 14, 2020. Windows 8 extended support continues until Jan 10, 2023. If your current operating system is Windows 7 or Windows 8 Pro (WMC only available with Windows 8 Pro) your best bet is to utilize WMC until you need a new computer that comes with Windows 10. Silicon Dust is working on DVR software that will replace WMC and be the only option if you want to view and record DRM protected content on a Windows 10 computer. The DVR software is currently being Beta tested and is not quite ready for prime time. Your best bet right now is to stick with Windows 7 or 8 utilizing WMC until the bugs have been worked out of the Silicon Dust DVR software.

With WMC recorded DRM protected content can only be played back on the computer on which it was recorded. Content that is not DRM protected can be streamed to and viewed on any Windows device that is connected to your network. The new Silicon Dust DVR software is supposed to fix this and allow the steaming of protected content to other Windows devices on your network. The HDHRP is also capable of streaming content to non Windows devices on your network. I am not familiar with this aspect of the product but a little research will get you up to speed on the topic.

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  • David M.
  • 9/19/2015 3:04:09 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsEndless Troubleshooting, Minimal Support

Pros: When it works, paired with Mediaportal or WMC, it's amazing.

Cons: The cons are for anyone hoping to pair this with any software other than the companies software. This includes KODI/XBMC, Windows Media Center, MediaPortal, etc. If your content with just playing a channel on your computer, read "other thoughts" below.

This device is not ready for prime time yet. Maybe sometime in the future, with a updated device -- software to pair with it. There's endless hours of configuring and troubleshooting. Your best bet is to pair it with WMC -- and if that doesn't work, do yourself a favor and return it.

First things first, you can't configure the device itself; you must configure your entire network around it. It uses an APIPA address (169.254.x.x), and in order for your computer to even pick up the device, you have to configure your router within the same IP range -- i.e., 169.254.x.x/255.255.0.0.

MediaPortal. I love the idea, but unless you have a good amount of tech knowledge, you'll never see a live TV stream. Hopefully, the XMLTV plugin works for you -- then you'll still have to map almost every single channel with the channel guide in order to have a channel lineup with a guide within MediaPortal (or else you'll just have a list of channels with absolutely no info). If you're buying this device, it means your pairing it with at least basic cable -- and that means pairing at least 100 individual channels! Worst case scenario (if that didn't sound like an already daunting task), if the XMLTV plugin doesn't work in your case (as is the case from time to time, according to MP support), you'll have to use the WebEPG plugin to download the programming guide -- and that means writing an entry for EVERY SINGLE channel you want to include in the guide list within an XML file, like so: <Channel id="NBC 4 HD" siteId="KNBCDT 504" />. Fun. Once your done pulling your hair having setup the channel guide, you'll still have to devote endless hours troubleshooting everything else. It will fail to play channels from time to time. You'll have to manually end the tvservice from time to time just to get it to work.

Paired with Windows Media Center, it's a lot easier. Still, plenty room for error. You'll have to install DRM software on your computer in order to watch cable channels. Everything you record has copyright protection attached to it. You'll need a monitor with HDCP protection, otherwise you can't watch TV. One of my computers with WMC simply refuses to work with this device, even after having uninstalled EVERYTHING, and having done a clean install multiple times.

Support is minimal. I'm talking about, "Is the light red? Hmm. Yes, there seems to be a connection issue. Let's try a different cable or router." Sure, let me go ahead and toss my $80 dollar router; and that cable that works in any other situation -- let's replace it anyways, just to make it feel like we're going somewhere.

Other Thoughts: If all you want to do is watch cable TV on your computer, configure your router, install the included software, and play a channel. It's cable TV without the cable box, but a far fetch from the advertised HTPC capabilities the company claims it to be able to do (with the right software).

Haven't tried the Android app. Plenty of bad reviews, but for only .99 cents, I might give it a try. Doesn't work outside of your network, so it seems kinda lame. "Hmm, yes. Let me watch TV on my 5" phone, since it's so much cooler than watching TV on my 50" flat screen." Reading comments, it might be possible to stream over the internet to your device, but only after configuring your router (opening up ports) and/or setting up a VPN for the device. Again, far from user friendly, and no promises. Should I be able to set it up for live streaming to my phone for on-the-go HDTV, I'll write a 5-star review. That feature alone is worth it the cost of the device.

I still have the device. Still trying to work with it. It has paid for itself in cable box fees (partly my original intention for buying this). Still, I'll probably end up selling it.

I'm not sure where all these positive reviews are coming from. I'm guessing they're coming from people simply installing the included software. I guess I'm just not that easily impressed.

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