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This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME CableCard TV 3-Tuner HDHR3-CC (Black) (Personal Computers)HDHomeRunPrime provides cable card decryption for my Comcast TV. Converting the encrypted channels that you pay for (anything above ch 30 and above) into IPTV format.
I have tested it with Microsoft Media Center and have found that it works well streaming the content real time over the Ethernet. For those who do not have Microsoft you should be glad to know that they support a variety of TV watching applications (on Linux to boot). However their is one big thing to note. If a broadcast has been flagged on TV you cannot watch or record it on any program except Microsoft Media Center. Be sure to check to see if your TV provider flags all broadcasts or leaves it off by default. Comcast (which I have) leaves about 99% of their TV programing un-flagged by default. ALSO for flagged broadcasts be sure your have a complete hdcp complaint setup as the flag requires that type of DRM.
Now as for streaming stability, I have noticed that if you go to wireless and attempt to access HDTV their will be some glitches as wireless does not provide the consistent quality of service and will drop packets causing your show to stutter. Wireless N might be a possible solution to solve this issue. However all I have is wireless A and G so I cannot test N.
Recording TV shows on any PC is now possible no matter its location in the house. We have three pc's and this device can send HD TV to all three without even breaking a sweat. Keep in mind if you have Ethernet over power in your home it will have the same issues as wireless. (How do you think I know that >_>
Silicon Dust provides a TV preview window so that you can quickly see if the device is working when you activate it. Oh speaking of activation, if you have Comcast expect to set some time down to get this device activated as most reps at Comcast are not to familiar with cable card activations. Ah, one other thing if you pay for TV you have the right to get one Cable card from your TV provider free of charge. MAKE SURE for this product that you request a CABLE CARD M and NOT CABLE CARD S. (FYI You can get the cable card from your Comcast store.) I have a you tube video overview of the physical device (update you will need to look for it on youtube amazon removes links.)
(Update 1-15-2012) Having had the HDHomeRunPrime for a while I have a few observations to bring to light. First and foremost if you have multiple windows pc's and have purchased this device you will need to get each one activated with your cable provider. Second for your machines to receive HD on certain channels you will need to know if your machine is HDCP compliant. Lucky for you Microsoft has put a testing application in media center under settings to test to see if you are HDCP compliant. <- this can save you a lot of time. On that same note if your machine has not been tested by that app it will say its not compliant anyways so use the app.
*Updated 2-17-12* Finally I would like to point out that you cannot get pay-per-view television or video-on-demand on the HDHomeRunPrime through the device itself. However, their is a possible exception, if you order pay-per-view from your cable provider then you may get pay-per-view on the device. I, personally, have not tried to order any pay-per-view so I wont know if the exception works.
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Initial post: Oct 17, 2011 11:27:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 17, 2011 11:27:28 PM PDT
Thanks amazon for reducing value to your customers by removing my link to my video review. >=(
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011 10:00:46 AM PST
Thanks, James, for the review. As someone who is a fan of Ethernet over powerline, I am curious as to why it was unsuccessful for you. What rate were the devices that your were using - 85/200/500 Mbps? Something else?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2012 6:19:57 PM PST
I had a 200Mbps Ethernet over power line connection from buffalo. However due to poor power regulation in the city that I live in and old wiring in the house (nail and knob). The power entering my home fluxuates during prime time 5:00 - 10:30ish at night. This greatly effects ping both in the home and to the internet. Which does effect the HDHomerunprime as packets sent later can be received faster then packets sent earlier creating some gnarly picture quality and lag.
Posted on Jan 26, 2012 9:50:18 PM PST
R. matawaran says:
hi, james, I just want to ask if I can watch TV channels indipendently from the computer. It's like I can watch from the TV and watch from the computer with different channels watching at the same time. thank you very much.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2012 7:50:46 PM PST
The TV (I'm assuming without a operating system in it) will not know how to translate the IP (internet protocol tcp udp) signal from the HDHomeRunPrime into video. So no without a small pc hooked up to the tv to translate the signal you would not be able to use your TV directly. You can use an Ipad to get tv but only non hd channels. I hope that answers your question.
Posted on Feb 14, 2012 9:55:46 AM PST
John E Chapman says:
I just want to point out that stating that "you cannot get pay-per-view television on the HDHomeRunPrime" is false. I have ordered pay per view and watched it with my HD Home Run Prime. If the original reviewer is referring to the fact that you will not be able to record the pay per view content, then that is most likely true due to a flag that the cable company provides. As long as pay per view is shown on a pay per view channel, it will work.
Obviously on-demand pay per view, will not work with the HDHomeRunPrime.
Posted on Feb 18, 2012 12:57:22 AM PST
Thanks James for your review. As a fellow Comcast customer, I am unclear if this device will allow me to get all of my HD channels. I almost purchased this product last night, but after looking at the company website of what channels would be available in my area, I decided against it. Can you tell me if you are able to get all of your channels that you receive from Comcast through an HD box through the HD Homerun Prime? Are you able to get channels such as USA Network HD, TNT HD, ESPN HD, etc through WMC? I am not interested in purchasing this product if I only get 30 channels or less for my network computers. I have read that Comcast encrypts many channels and it seems as though this device may not get all of them. I do understand that it will not provide access to On Demand, PPV and Channel Guide, but what else does it exclude? Thank you in advance.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 13, 2012 6:34:00 AM PDT
J. Sayer says:
Yes, you can get all the normal HD channels like USA and TNT
Posted on Jul 13, 2012 6:36:09 AM PDT
J. Sayer says:
You should not have to have each computer activated with the cable provider. The tuner is paired with the cablecard, that is all. After that, any computer can access it. I've got two computers accessing mine and only did the call to the cable company during setup on one computer.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2012 11:51:44 AM PDT
Do you have to register at least one computer?
I also have a few more questions that maybe someone can answer. Can I have multiple computers (say three) each recording a show at the same time? Or do would I need three separate cable cards to do so? Finally does anyone know if Windows Media Center allows for multiple shows to be recorded on the same computer (say one computer recording three separate shows?)
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance!