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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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  • Arthur S.
  • 3/20/2016 4:49:42 PM

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as Advertised But Cable Companies Make It Hard

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR3-CC HDHomeRun PRIME 3-Tuner US CableTV with CableCARD Stream Premium Channels and Cut the Cord

Pros: Easy to install, small footprint, minimal software requirements, three tuners, Ethernet interface.

I bought this HD Home Run 3 digital tuner because I was fed up with TiVo. Oddly enough, I bought the TiVo because I was fed up with the DVR provided by the cable company. The tuner is fantastic, worth the money, and I have nothing but praise for it. The tuner is easy to use and extremely difficult to activate through the cable company, but this is the fault of the cable company, not the manufacturer. In "Other thoughts" are things that you HAVE to do in order to have a successful setup assuming a Windows Media Center setup (either Windows 7 or Windows Vista). These instructions will work with Charter, and I assume other major outlets like Comcast and Time Warner.

Cons: Activating through your cable company is a significant challenge. The internet (and this review forum) contains a litany of horror stories all because the major cable companies do not know how to support equipment they are required to make available under FCC rules (and FCC rules are actually federal laws). The ONLY cons for this tuner is getting it set up and as far as I am concerned, this is strictly the fault of the ineptitude of the cable companies and their service people.

Other Thoughts: Step 1: Open Windows Media Center. Navigate to the “Extras Gallery.” Install the “Digital Cable Advisor.” Run the Digital Cable Advisor after it is installed.

Step 2: In Windows Media Center, navigate to “Tasks” and select “Settings.” Go to “TV” then “TV Signal” and select “Activate Digital Cable.” Follow the prompts and write down the CableCARD ID and Host ID. Call the number provided on the screen for your cable company.

Step 3: Provide the cable company with the CableCARD’s serial number (will not match the CableCARD ID from previous step), CableCARD ID, and Host ID. ENSURE they acknowledge the Host ID and enter it into the system.

Step 4: Ensure you have SDTV and HDTV signals, and especially any premium programming you pay for. If you get messages indicating that a subscription is required for channels that you know you’re paying extra for, then the cable company did not enter your Host ID. Two separate Charter techs told me the Host ID wasn't required, but they were wrong.

Note that your cable company will likely require you to have a Switched Digital TV Tuner (SDTV) box in order to get all of your channels. This is a box you can only get from your cable company and allows your HDHomeRun tuner to tell the cable system "I want channel XXX now." This is necessary when the cable company offers so many channels that they can't send them all through the cable line simultaneously. This is true for the majority of markets these days. There may be a fee to rent the SDTV tuner box, but it should be nominal and may be included in your rental fee for the CableCard.

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  • Dominic M.
  • 1/26/2016 12:18:56 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsWorth it!

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR3-CC HDHomeRun PRIME 3-Tuner US CableTV with CableCARD Stream Premium Channels and Cut the Cord

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

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR3-CC HDHomeRun PRIME 3-Tuner US CableTV with CableCARD Stream Premium Channels and Cut the Cord

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

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR3-CC HDHomeRun PRIME 3-Tuner US CableTV with CableCARD Stream Premium Channels and Cut the Cord

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

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR3-CC HDHomeRun PRIME 3-Tuner US CableTV with CableCARD Stream Premium Channels and Cut the Cord

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

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR3-CC HDHomeRun PRIME 3-Tuner US CableTV with CableCARD Stream Premium Channels and Cut the Cord

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

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR3-CC HDHomeRun PRIME 3-Tuner US CableTV with CableCARD Stream Premium Channels and Cut the Cord

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

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR3-CC HDHomeRun PRIME 3-Tuner US CableTV with CableCARD Stream Premium Channels and Cut the Cord

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

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR3-CC HDHomeRun PRIME 3-Tuner US CableTV with CableCARD Stream Premium Channels and Cut the Cord

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

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR3-CC HDHomeRun PRIME 3-Tuner US CableTV with CableCARD Stream Premium Channels and Cut the Cord

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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