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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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  • 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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  • Steven H.
  • 5/7/2014 7:26:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth the money

Pros: This thing is great. I pay 1.99 a month extra for a card from Mediacom and activation wasn't an issue when i found the mediacom forum mentioned in another review. i gave them the info and they activated it. Since then everything has been perfect. Software works on windows 7 and 8 no problems at all. The tuners are automatically recognized and streamable though my PS3 and my LG Smart TV or any computer with the software. This has saved us buying multiple more cable boxes. so it is a big cost saver.

Cons: None

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  • Michael J.
  • 4/27/2014 7:03:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggstv

Pros: saves money on cable. no box or dvr fees. setup was easy

Cons: ordered cablecard over the phone and comcast sent me a set top box. had to go to cable company store to get cablecard. The store new more about cablecards the the phone support.

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  • Jack M.
  • 4/23/2014 9:11:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLet me finally part ways with the Verizon DVR

Pros: - Has 3 tuners
- Gigabit network interface provides plenty of bandwidth
- Relatively painless set-up
- Works great with WMC (need it for copy-protected channels)
- Works well with my LG HDTV via DLNA, though a little awkward since you have to browse channels as folders. Still a nice backup in case something happens to my HTPC.
- Running smoothly after 7 months.

Cons: - I wish SiliconDust made a 4+ tuner version.

Other Thoughts: - I'm using this primarily in conjunction with my HTPC as my main TV watching experience. I'm extremely happy with it and glad I got to break up with the old Verizon FiOS DVR that cost me ~$18/month.
- I have it on the same gigabit switch as my HTPC so haven't had any issues with video quality and choppiness.

Overall I'm very satisfied with this product.

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  • Woodbridge B.
  • 4/20/2014 8:12:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsG-R-E-A--T!!!

Pros: Easy and quick to install an start using.
Just had it a couple of days, and it has done everything we wanted, with MS Win 7 Media Center.
Plan to upgrade Win 8.1 tablet to 8.1 pro to get Media Center.

Cons: Mine had no coax cable included, but I had one, so no real problem, other than not quite as advertised.

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  • Christopher D.
  • 4/20/2014 8:58:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBad HD was the culprit

Pros: The capability to watch TV over WiFi means I can take TV wherever I can take a laptop. I do really like it. Also, the ability to record is great.

Cons: Initially this took some effort to setup, then apparently my hard drive failed. This process started with a large decrease in data transfer rates. To their credit, the OEM did figure out what the problem was by taking control of my machine. They seem to have been right because when I was transferring data off of the disk, it did fail.

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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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