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SiliconDust HDHomeRun PLUS HDTC-2US Transcoding-Two Digital Tuner

  • Two Tuners
  • DLNA and UPnP Support
  • Stream Live TV to any screen
  • Hardware conversion to H.264 AVC
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Learn more about the SiliconDust HDTC-2US

Model

Brand
SiliconDust
Model
HDTC-2US

General

TV Tuner
Dual Tuners HD
TV Standards
ATSC (digital broadcast TV)
Clear QAM (unencrypted digital cable TV)

Features

Features
Converts video to H.264 AVC for more efficient streaming and better playback support on portable devices

Receive up to full 1080 video (where available)

Expand the number of tuners with multiple HDHomeRun devices

Watch, pause, and record TV on your PC using PVR software

Specifications

Specifications
Compatibility With:
UPnP compatible hardware/software:
-Smart TVs
-Blu-ray Players / Media Players
-VLC, XBMC, Plex
-Game Consoles
Windows Media Center (7/8)
MythTV
NextPVR
Android devices
iOS devices

MPEG2 and MPEG4/H.264 AVC, SD and HD channels
2 tuners - receive 2 channels at once
Hardware conversion to H.264 AVC
100baseTX high speed network

System Requirements

System Requirements
Antenna suitable for reception of digital TV or cable TV with unencrypted digital channels

Home network

PC-based playback requires compatible PC

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Anonymous
  • 10/21/2014 1:33:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggscrashes on occasion

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PLUS HDTC-2US Transcoding-Two Digital Tuner

Pros: this will be awesome once it stabilizes. h264 streams are great, decent options for the transcoding settings.

Cons: it crashes. i have owned the hdhr prime for years and never had issues with it (aside from comcast getting the mcard authorized). however this device has crashed on me a few times. this may partially be due to going OTA and not having perfect reception. it has given up on a number of shows that i watched ota on another tv with minimal artifacts. seems a bit better using the heavy profile. will try next firmware when avail.

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  • Stefan H.
  • 10/19/2014 4:10:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PLUS HDTC-2US Transcoding-Two Digital Tuner

Pros: Nice when it works.

Cons: Even with the latest firmware it drops off the network daily and requires a restart to get working again. Opened a support ticket over a month ago but have yet to hear back. Case 28329. Very poor support communication by SiliconDust.

Other Thoughts: Would pass on this until the issues are worked out.

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  • Michael B.
  • 10/5/2014 8:42:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDead

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PLUS HDTC-2US Transcoding-Two Digital Tuner

Pros: NONE

Cons: Dead on arrival. Unit has power but never actually tries to connect to network. So far no response from my trouble ticket I started with the manufacture.

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  • Jordan P.
  • 8/2/2014 9:39:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMeh.

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PLUS HDTC-2US Transcoding-Two Digital Tuner

Pros: Tuner availability anywhere on the LAN

Cons: Transcoding is worthless. The video freezes after 5-20 minutes of recording. Audio continues, but image does not change. This happens in over 75% of recordings.

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  • Mark F.
  • 5/9/2014 8:08:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSchool District Use

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PLUS HDTC-2US Transcoding-Two Digital Tuner

Pros: So many ways to configure this thing gives a knowledgeable use what they need to get a job done. Successfully streaming these tuners to just under 1000 systems in our district, with each tuner set to a specific station. If using the encoder just set a scheduled reboot each night since the firmware is in beta using the lastest and let er rip.

Cons: If you don't know what your doing don't post bad comments people. Besides that nothing bad to say.

Other Thoughts: Thanks silicon dust and thank you for taking the time to talk to me by phone about future and current products

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  • Kermit B.
  • 3/18/2014 12:57:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot right

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PLUS HDTC-2US Transcoding-Two Digital Tuner

Pros: Great Idea
Small
Looks good
Good brand - great products

Cons: Lag
Networking issues
Freezing
Poor Quality h.264 encoder/firmware
Digital blocking

Other Thoughts: This seems like it should have been worked on in R&D for about another year. Just not ready for prime time (TV).
I worked with unit using a local gigabit network and noted a lot of lag and blocking. I was able to connect to it using a few programs and browsers. I updated the firmware so I never noted a loud fan noise, however the other issues continued. Silicon Dust - Let me know when you product has been ironed out I would be happy to try it again.

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  • Suvendra D.
  • 3/9/2014 9:33:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBeta level Hardware and Software

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PLUS HDTC-2US Transcoding-Two Digital Tuner

Pros: Good idea

Cons: Very poor execution. Hardware and Software are very beta level. Even with Gigabit ethernet the video stutters. Integration with Windows Media Center is spotty at best. Periodically WMC will lose video. Software feels like something I would whip up, not like a product. It certainly doesn't just function unattended for extended periods of time.

Other Thoughts: This is a science project, cool experiment, not a real product. $170 for a science project is a little steep.

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  • Wayne T.
  • 2/20/2014 9:21:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDefective

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PLUS HDTC-2US Transcoding-Two Digital Tuner

Pros: None DOA

Cons: DOA

Manufacturer Response:

We're sorry to hear that your device had a problem. If you have not already initiated a return, please open a ticket with our support group and we will arrange for a replacement to be sent as soon as possible.

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  • Anthony R.
  • 2/12/2014 1:54:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSiliconDust HDHomeRun PLUS HDTC-2US - Update after firmware update

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PLUS HDTC-2US Transcoding-Two Digital Tuner

Pros: I'm loving it even more since I updated firmware to 20140205beta3......... The fan is much quieter now, it runs most of the time if not always but at a much lower speed, the result is much less noise. Putting my hand on the unit, it feels much cooler to the touch now, it used to get quite hot to the touch. This should increase the reliability of the hardware.

Cons: None......

Other Thoughts: There is no real instructions to update the firmware that I could find, I downloaded 2 files, the Windows installer 5beta3.exe and the firmware file 5beta3.bin for HDTC-2US to a flashdrive then ran the executable. The firmware upgraded, all is good........

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  • Anthony R.
  • 2/11/2014 11:16:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSiliconDust HDHomeRun PLUS HDTC-2US

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PLUS HDTC-2US Transcoding-Two Digital Tuner

Pros: Great tuner, works perfectly, it's everything it is advertized to be. I'm loving it........

Cons: The cooling fan is noisy but that does not concern me as the tuner lives in the basement next to a modem and high speed wireless router. That, and the price is a bit high.

Other Thoughts: I use this with Windows Media Center (Windows 7) on my HTPC build mostly but it works with a tablet and my other Windows computers. This setup allows me to record 2 programs to the HTPC while I watch TV on my flat screen. I can play recorded TV from the HTPC to the flat screen via HDMI, or if I'm watching TV on the HTPC using WMC I'm able to pause live TV.

Others commented on the difficulty setting it up, the lack of instructions from the manufacturer, and some peculiar behavior associated with third party software that is not the manufacturer's fault. I can agree it's not perfect, nothing is, but it fits my needs perfectly.

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