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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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  • Matthew C.
  • 4/17/2014 2:17:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery Good Product - TWC Customers Beware

Pros: -Pretty easy to setup
-Works with a large variety of DVR software
-Small foot print

Cons: Not with the device
Crippled By Time Warner

Other Thoughts: If you have Time Warner and plan on using this for HD channels with ANYTHING except Windows Media Center don't bother spending the money.

I have come to find out that Time Warner flags almost all content with the copy-once protection flag. Due to this the only way to watch and record the content is via Windows Media Center.

My original plan was to use a MythTV backend to manage all of my recording. I would then use a Roku/Plex front end to consume content on all of my TVs.

However, I didn't do enough research ahead of time. After spending a whole day getting everything setup I realize I wasn't able to record or watch any of the channels I wanted.

These channels include:

CNN
History 1 & 2
Science 1 & 2
Discovery
Bravo
AMC
FX
Some Others

All of these channels are "Blocked" by Time Warner. The protected flag is set so they can only be watched on their DVR boxes or via Windows Media Center. I don't plan on adding a PC to every TV so the HDHomeRun Prime is almost useless to me. (NOT the fault of the product, it's entirely time warner).

After doing some reading I have come to find out that Time Warner is not required to copy protect the vast majority of channels. Instead, they do it of their own choice in what can only be assumed as an attempt to force people into purchasing their DVR boxes.

==== RANT =====

Due to limited space on my current TWC DVR , only being able to record 2 shows at once and having to pay per box for each TV I found myself using "Other" means to get content. I would then use my ROKUs and Plex to watch this content on all TVs in my home.

My intention was to build a system that would allow me to record and consume as much content as possible on all TVs in my home in a legal manner. The goal was to stop paying TWC $25 a month for DVR service and to gain much more flexibility.

Due to the fact TWC is voluntarily crippling great alternatives, such as the HDHomeRun Prime, I am cutting off the cable TV portion of my account. I plan to switch to Netflix and continue with "other" means of content acquisition .

I greatly disliked TWC prior to this experience but this was the last straw for me. This type of technology allows paying customers to consume the content they are paying for in a different way. But since this removes the requirement for their equipment lease they find it necessary to take steps to block it.

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  • Michael T.
  • 4/6/2014 12:58:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGoodbye boxes!

Pros: Watch TV from any room on any computer on the network. Easy to setup with a tech background. DVR 3 channels at once. Multiple viewing options.

Cons: A little hard to setup for the average person, a breeze if you're a techie and have good cable company support.

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  • Philip C.
  • 3/29/2014 7:47:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA bit of a pain to setup, but still awesome!

Pros: GREAT, product. DLNA makes it even better. I don't have any HD cable boxes at my house, and this just gave me access to all of the HD channels I have been paying for but haven''t had the equipment to access. I can use my PS3 to watch TV!

Cons: The worst part of the setup, was the waiting in line at my local Comcast office just to get a CableCARD to allow this device to access all the encrypted channels. CableCARDs are required by law to be offered at no additional charge, and Comcast STILL tried to charge me for one. The other part of the setup that sucked was the activation of the cable card. Not sure if it was the connection to the box or the box itself, but activation took more than an hour and multiple phone calls to the activation department (mainly due to the call center being offshore).

The only issue I have come across is streaming to my PS3. The video streams sometimes stutter a small bit, however that could be caused by any number of things and may not necessarily be the HDhomerun Prime.

Other Thoughts: The iOS app requires an in app purchase of $9.99 for the codecs to watch the decrypted Channels. I might consider buying more than 1 of these per house, if I had more Streaming boxes or gaming consoles to replace the set top boxes makes you rent.

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  • Peter O.
  • 3/28/2014 3:22:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNo help for installation

Pros: Got it paired with cable company and, using WMC, was able to watch programs and did a test recording of a cable exclusive channel (non-local) and was able to play it back

Cons: 1. Provided little help showing exactly how the device should be connected, especially if you have to use a tuning adapter.
2. Provided no help at all to show how to interconnect your home network (TV, laptop, smartphone) with the device.
3. No app for iOS connection other than a very poorly rated third party app.

Other Thoughts: Why a company provides so little information pertaining the the connection of a device remains a mystery. Do I have any motivation to provide more than a 2 out of 5 rating if I have to pull out my hair and surf the web and their website to try and find the most basic of connection instructions? No! Never did find them anywhere. I was lucky I guessed and got it connected. How reliable it will be I don't know yet but this experience sours me on this company.

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  • James H.
  • 3/28/2014 9:37:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDoes its job

Pros: Works largely as advertised.
Windows Media Center is fully supported.
Picture quality is very high.
Seems well built.

Cons: Software not included, but required from their website. When I got the box, the download service was down. Please include the software in the box for this reason alone.

Software is slow to search for stations, and seems to stall at times.

Codecs necessary for video playback on Windows 8 not included in the software install.

Other Thoughts: Windows Media Center is a pain in the rear. I ended up re-installing Windows because Play Ready wouldn't work. After reinstalling Windows, everything was much simpler. I blame MS for this, not Silicone Dust.

I am taking an egg off because of the software issues, lack of necessary codecs, and the fact that the Android software requires an additional purchase.

Once working, it streams flawlessly across the wifi to an Xbox 360 and PC at the same time - both streams in HD. I leave one tuner open for recording.

I would certainly buy this again, and I am sure future installations will be much simpler now that I know how to fix everything.

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  • Jason K.
  • 3/28/2014 8:55:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat!

Pros: It works, if there is a problem there is lots of forum support, pretty easy to setup.

Cons: Now I am wishing I had more tuners..though I rarely need it .Need better app support. I would like to see the app be able to do things similar to the guide function in WMC. When using the HD app for Samsung it is just a list of channels and call signs no other information.

Other Thoughts: When I first looked into one of these I was pretty excited about the concept and had to do some investigating between this and the Infineon tuner. I ended up picking this one up for this for just under $100 as a refurb. Upon initial installation this thing skipped and stuttered all the time and after doing some test recommended in a forum I found out that my switch was the problem and replaced the switch. I have not had any problems since. I have this residing in the basement with my router and switch. My Samsung tv connects to it directly through the HD app and I use a Windows PC with WMC on my other TV connection. I really like not having to rent a cable box from Comcast and scrolling through WMC guide is tons faster than one on a set top box. Soon I plan a MythTV build to see how that works.

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  • Bruce S.
  • 3/22/2014 12:00:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsnot worth it

Pros: 3 tuners

Cons: The setup, which I had to perform as the cable TV techs had no idea how to get it working was quite complicated. I could only get it to work with WMC. My cable Time Warner has every channel copy protected except over the air. So you can't edit out commercials or save anything to disc. Haven't used it hardly at all, just an expensive doorstop since almost every channel is copy protected.

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  • Wyman S.
  • 3/21/2014 3:19:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNo support

Pros: No monthly DVR/Tuner cost. An extra tuner compared to my cable box.

There were no missing items in the box.

Cons: I don't get any cable channels, so it makes paying for cable even more expensive. I much worse off until I can get some help. If I can get some help.

Tech support is virtually non existent, I can even an activation email for their forums. As I'm writing this their webpage isn't even working. Time Warner's cable support is infinitely better. As cable companies being some of the most hated that's pretty bad for SiliconDust.

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  • Francis W.
  • 3/9/2014 6:18:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing, super easy to setup.

Pros: HD looks great perfect match for Windows media center. I had a ceton infinitv 4. Had nothing but head aches RMA to ceton. Bought the homerun to experience an external box. Well worth it no need to call time warner when my pc reboots or sleeps. Took fifteen minutes to setup too. BUY it and stay away for Centon.

Cons: There are none it's the best. Replacing ceton infinitv 4.

Other Thoughts: Buy this thing rocks. Best cable box out there.

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  • Justin W.
  • 3/6/2014 1:19:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat, but be prepared for headaches

Pros: 3 tuners
broadcasts your channels over the network
Able to record or watch 3 programs on 3 different devices at once
Streams and records with excellent results over wireless N

Cons: See other thoughts

Other Thoughts: There are a few things you need to factor into your decision to purchase this product.

First, you have to be prepared to deal with a lot of headaches with the cable company in order to get this working. Very few tech support/techs have experience with cable cards, much less this specific device, so expect trouble getting it up and running with your cable service

Second, most of the PVR options available to you, especially on windows can be difficult to work with. For users on Linux, there's MythTV, which is simply outstanding, but for windows it's pretty much WMC (unless you want to use virtualization), which if you wish to record and store shows on your server, is a bit of a hassle

However, if you can get the device to play nice with your cable service and if you can get a PVR backend/frontend solution running the way you want it, the device is simply amazing. It streams HD tv over my wireless network without a hiccup and records flawlessly to my Ubuntu server via MythTV. I definitely recommend the device, just know that it's unlikely that you will get it working straight away and is not for the faint of heart.

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