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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




TV Standards
ATSC (digital broadcast TV)
Clear QAM (unencrypted digital cable TV)


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


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


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

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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

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

Pros: Great Idea
Looks good
Good brand - great products

Cons: Lag
Networking issues
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

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

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

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

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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  • Ronnie B.
  • 2/11/2014 10:54:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat tuner

Pros: Real time video transcoding, very good tuner for picking up local channels and plays on my android devices. Free over the air TV.

Cons: Hard to find good instructions for settings and requires a fan.

Other Thoughts: I had pre-ordered this device, hoping to get flawless streaming to my quad core android set-top TV box. I had an older Hdhomerun dual tuner but could not use it for streaming to my android TV box, to much pixelation and stuttering. When the box arrived, I hooked it up and started streaming to my android box via ethernet, I was terribly disappointed, same problems of stuttering video. I tried different video players on my android TV box, but nothing helped. I thought this tuner would automatically decode the signal and send that H.264, NOT, you have to go into the web based settings. So after a week of total disappointment and frustration, I found the forum from silicondust. I found out that I have to set the decoding manually, and there are several different profiles to select from. After a lot of trial and error, I found the sweet spot for the best settings for my devices. Now, I can stream to my android TV box flawlessly. The picture quality and audio are just awesome. I even get true Dolby digital 5.1 surround. Silicondust have been listening to users problems and updating the firmware with improvements. So, I would say that this is a fantastic device for my purposes

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  • Douglas B.
  • 2/5/2014 8:47:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOverall a good device

Pros: Encodes to h264 realtime. Nice quality. Once setup it just works like the older hdhr I have been using for many years.

Cons: It does have a fan as I assume the real time trancoding chip generates a bit of heat. In my case no problem as they are in the basement away from anyone watching TV. It doesn't transcode the audio - you get what it got which for over-the-air is generally AC3. The problem for me is we consume this video on iDevices and the Apple TV which needs AAC. So when recording the computer needs to transcode the audio. It doesn't take much CPU so it has not impacted my setup. I use ffmpeg to record and it can handle the audio t AAC.

The documentation is poor. You really have to visit silicon dust forums to find things out. Being a non-cable user I have not used their cable-based products. Perhaps someone who has might have already known how to set it up. Plus they never really say it will do AAC but it's implied as their advertisements say usable on iOS. I suppose

Other Thoughts: Easy to setup once you check their forums and know that you configure the device via a web page. To do this you need to know the IP address the device was assigned on your network. Throw the IP address in you browser and you get a web page where you can scan for channels.

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  • Keith Y.
  • 1/31/2014 11:21:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUpdate...

Pros: * hardware h.264 transcoding.
* Tested / works with Windows Media Center (Win7), NextPVR, XBMC (via .strm files and using NextPVR as backend), web interface (, VLC browser plugin.
* software/firmware actively updated.

Cons: * software/firmware actively updated.
* no instructions (need to search through some forum threads).

Other Thoughts: I have listed software/firmware updates as both a Pro and Con. It's a Con in the sense that this is brand new hardware and they are till ironing out various issues (as they arise). It's a Pro in the sense that they ARE actively addressing those issues, as noted by the update posted yesterday...

--- S N I P ----
Release 20140129beta1

HDHomeRun PLUS Firmware:
* Support transcoded recording in Windows Media Center (WIndows 7/8).
* Support transcoded recording in EyeTV (Mac).
* Support transcoded recording in MythTV (Linux).
* Transcode improvements.
* Fan management improvements.
* DLNA - signal content changes when favorites list or configuration changes.

To enable transcoded recordings in WMC/EyeTV/MythTV go to the device webpage, Transcode Configuration page, and set the Default Transcode Profile to the desired profile.
--- S N I P ---- mentioned in my earlier review, you will need to spend a little time in the SiliconDust forums to keep up with the latest info (go to the "HDHomeRun PLUS (HDTC-2US ATSC Transcode)" sub-forum).

Also as mentioned previously, the tuner *might be* a simple plug-n-play experience for you (at least once you grab the software), or it might be a nightmare - largely depending on your level of experience and your particular setup.

For example, I have personally tested it with Windows Media Center, Windows Media Player, VLC, VLC browser plugin, Zoom Player, NextPVR, NextPVR web interface, XBMC (via .strm files), XBMC (via NextPVR as a back-end) and have all working great in Windows7, but I can't speak for people running EyeTV or MythTV or streaming to iPhone or XBOX, etc .

A review here can not (and should not) take the place of a forum discussion - if you're having some trouble, you might want to get help from the SiliconDust (or NextPVR or XBMC or other appropriate) support forums.

Having said that, one tip that may help getting NextPVR set up as a back-end for XBMC is to edit your C:\Users\Public\NPVR\config.xml file... search for "AllowRemoteStreaming" and set that to "true".


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  • Travis B.
  • 1/31/2014 6:00:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks fairly well

Pros: * Easy to set up
* Small package
* Works with XBMC without 3rd party plugins
* On most channels, it worked flawlessly

Cons: * The video quality is terrible with SD feeds. Significant artifacting and jaggies
* Audio synchronization problems on some feeds
* If you want 'true' PVR support in XBMC and this device, XBMC will need an update

Other Thoughts: This worked pretty much out of the box. I plugged in an Ethernet cable, an antenna and power. I found out it's IP address from my router and opened up a web browser to see what would happen. Viola! It has a web interface. I clicked on 'scan channels', and about 3 minutes later, it had all my local stations listed. I clicked on the star icon next to the ones I really wants (i.e., not the shopping channels) and fired up XBMC.

In XBMC, I went to add a new video source and click on uPNP device. The HDTC-2US was listed right there, and all my channels showed up. I was also able to use the HDHR app on my mac to connect to the device, and VLC to view the video. Overall, this has been the easiest HDHR I have ever set up.

The firmware is not what I would consider mature, but it looks like they are coming out with new firmware updates every week. Hopefully they will address the issues in short order.

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