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

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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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  • 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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  • Jason M.
  • 9/14/2014 6:29:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent but with hiccups

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

Pros: Great video quality, small footprint, cheap, 3 tuners, decent software. Once set up and with a great set of routers, is excellent!

Cons: Takes some time to set up (cable company issues, Cox)

Other Thoughts: After setup and pairing 2 of these, I still am missing about 20-25 digital channels. Took about 6 m-cards and 4 TAs to set it up and get it to pair. Talked to Cox about the missing channels and they said that it has to be the HD homerun primes. Hopefully a firmware update will fix the issue.

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  • Adam O.
  • 9/7/2014 9:12:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

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

Pros: Pretty neat device. Was looking into buying a cablecard-ready tv tuner card for my HTPC, but then my dad showed me this, and I bought this instead. Video and audio quality over wired is great, no hiccups or anything, have not yet tried on wireless

Cons: My unit did not come with any instructions on configuring devices to work with it, or any sort of driver/software cd, you had to find all of it yourself on their website.

Other Thoughts: Obtaining cablecard from comcast was easy, I just went to a retail location, asked for one, and got it. But I was given the wrong number to activate it; I was given the number for automated set-top box line, which no indication in the menus that this is what it was. I found online, and called, a cablecard activation line, and got it working right away

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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.

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

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

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

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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