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SiliconDust HDHomeRun EXTEND. FREE broadcast HDTV (2-Tuner)
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- Cut the cable and cut the rental costs.
- Watch FREE live HDTV on up to 2 devices simultaneously on your WiFi (802.11n or better router) or wired network.
- Converts video to H.264 AVC for more efficient streaming and better playback support on portable devices.
- Works with our HDHomeRun DVR so you can watch, pause and record.
- Watch and record in full 1080i resolution where available.
- HDHomeRun EXTEND streams to DLNA compatible devices on your network.
- Expand the number of tuners with multiple HDHomeRun devices.
- TV Antenna required.
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Multi-user access enables your family to watch their favourite programs simultaneously.
You'll be viewing in no time with our simple flexible set-up
Watch on the following devices:
- Windows 10/Surface
- Sony Android TVs
- Mac OSX, iOS & TVOS
- Android tablets, phones
- Amazon branded media devices
- PlayStation 3 & 4
- Xbox One/One S
- Nvidia Shield TV
Watch 'Free-to-air' live HD TV across your home network
Have you thought about cutting the cord and forgetting about cable TV? Make HDHomeRun EXTEND part of your home network.
Receive Free to air TV via an antenna allowing you to send glorious high definition content to anywhere in your home over 802.11n WiFi, or a wired Ethernet connection via your existing home router. No more expensive Cable TV subscriptions or cable boxes rental fees. You can now easily watch another program in a different room or enjoy football in the yard – whether on Android TV device, phone, tablet, computer or smart TV.
You can watch LIVE TV through our HDHomeRun DVR app and you can record, pause, rewind and schedule your favorite shows using the HDHomeRun DVR service*.
You can also watch and record Live TV with our Kodi/XBMC Add-On or you can record, pause, rewind and schedule programs using Plex or other popular compatible third party DVR software.
*Requires Guide Subscription.
Cut the cable and cut your costs. No more expensive subscriptions or cable boxes.
Efficient HD streaming over WiFi with built in hardware transcoding for lower bandwidth usage.
Having two tuners means that you can watch Live TV on two devices simultaneously.
One device provides two tuners but simply add more HDHomeRun Connect devices to your router to expand the number of channels you can watch or record at the same time.
|No. of Tuners||2||2||3|
|Receives free OTA TV||✔||✔||-|
|Receives premium cable TV||-||-||✔|
|HDTV over ethernet||✔||✔||✔|
|HDTV over WiFi (via your existing home router)||HD (802.11ac router)||HD (802.11n router)||HD (802.11ac router)|
|Watch on tablets and phones with our app||✔||✔||✔|
Our app runs on a huge number of platforms. Please see website for more details.
Our App. Available from all the major download stores.
With our free App download on Android / Windows 10 / Mac - you get Live TV with 24 hours of program guide, show posters, and brief synopsis of each show.
Upgrade to our Annual DVR Service - now you have 14 full days of program guide and DVR functions including, scheduling, organizing priorities, and playback on multiple devices across your home network simultaneously. It also includes:
- Pause and rewind live TV
- SliceView EPG
- Program image posters and synopsis
- Record entire series
- Pause on one device and resume on another
The HDHomeRun App and DVR Service
We looked at the current media-PC way to record TV. It requires a fair bit of technical know how, high powered media PCs that need to stay on, and often pages of complicated setup.
Enter the HDHomeRun App. Simply put, it’s the software that works with your playback and network storage devices adding the ability to watch, schedule and record Live TV.
At it’s most basic, viewing Live over the air TV around your home on multiple devices has never been easier or as cost effective than with HDHomeRun tuners and DVR. Equally simple to setup is our full DVR service enabling you to schedule whole series recordings. Our DVR solution allows you to search by category, so why not record the whole series of your kids’ favourite shows and keep them entertained for hours and you can use your NAS drive to record to so they can watch on any compatible smart device around your home. Or why not catch up on your favorite shows or those not to miss ‘must win’ sporting events by setting it to record all the games only your team play.
Expandability and flexibility are key - it can be as simple as a laptop or as expansive as a multi-client, multi-NAS, multi-tuner masterpiece…install the app and you are up and running. Give it a few recording tasks and it goes to work. TV viewing on your terms with HDHomeRun DVR.
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|Item Dimensions||1 x 4 x 4 in||9.17 x 6.81 x 1 in||1.6 x 6.1 x 8.7 in||14.2 x 7.4 x 2 in||11.4 x 7.3 x 1.8 in|
|Item Weight||1 lb||1.7 lbs||1.3 lbs||3.7 lbs||1.9 lbs|
|Internet Applications||—||Netflix, Pandora, Vudu, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video||Browser||Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, YouTube, Vudu, Pandora||Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, YouTube|
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HDHomeRun PLUS Branded ATSC Dual Tuner with Hardware Transcode To H.264 AVC. HDHomeRun is a network-attached TV tuner allowing you to stream free broadcast TV throughout your home. Watch live TV on your tablet smartphone smart TV PC or media player. Watch live TV on DLNA-compatible devices including: Smart TVs Tablets (iPads & Android) Smart Phones (iPhones & Android) Game Consoles and Blu-ray Players / Media Players. Up to 1080 HDTV HD HomeRun receives the high-quality 720/1080 broadcasts and converts them to H.264 format for more efficient streaming over your network. Use an antenna to pick up the FREE broadcast digital TV (ATSC) available in your area ABC CBS FOX NBC PBS and other networks. The InstaTV Pro app supports direct streaming from HDHomeRun Plus devices and is available for iOS Android and Windows 8.1 (x86/x64/ARM).
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The SiliconDust HomeRun device is a great piece of hardware, but it lacks necessary software to be truly useful by the masses. I've had the device for about a month now and I am impressed with it's capability. The picture on my Galaxy Tab is brighter, crisper, and clearer than the same show from my HD Digital Cable connection on our new SONY 50" HD TV. I was pleasantly surprised with the Galaxy HD Tuner app; you can call up a list of available channels, and the each channel has a title graphic from the program, and it shows the name of the show currently playing, along the name of the next show. My DLNA equipped television easily found the device and was able to play the content. I easily connected the device to my Windows Media Server and was very pleased that WMS recognized the two SiliconDust tuners, along with the existing cable tuner. To my surprise, WMS was able to record three shows simultaneously. The hardware it truly a transformational leap in its space.
The biggest problem is the software, marketing description, and documentation.
The lead description on the device on Amazon is that the device has two-tuners and you can watch two shows simultaneously. And you can watch live TV on Android and iOS devices. All true things, but there are limits to the features. First you need to understand that there is a one-to-one relationship of the tuner to a single viewer. Just because a tuner is locked onto a channel, that doesn't mean that two or more devices can watch the same stream. I was sorely disappointed last night when I watching a basketball game and I had scheduled the same program for recording in WMS for my son so that he could watch the game later.
Which leads to the second problem. I went into WMS to check on the progress of the recording and to ensure that there was enough disk space; WMS reported no TV signal and consequently, no recording was made. The software needs to be able to allow two or more viewers of the same stream. This is technically possible, if the correct protocol is chosen. Also the software needs to be able to set priorities over who can change the channel.
Third problem. Wireless is great for portability but is subject to competition and interference. Everyone shares the same sets of radio spectrum; the more users on wireless, the lower the thru-put; not everyone can do what they want to do in the same timespace. Certainly you can configure for different channels, but everyone else in the neighborhood is doing the same thing. Over-subscription of the wireless capacity results in freezes, dropped frames, and pixilation. This is an easily solvable problem in software. For example, Netflix can recognize dropped frame conditions, and it will drop quality to ensure that the content gets thru; SD should be able to do the same.
Fourth problem. SD needs to own the software. SD provides SW for Windows, MAC, and Android; but a third party provides the iOS software. The marketing literature also doesn't tell you that the Android and iOS apps are not for free. The iOS app was listed for $9.99 on the app store. Nice!!! And I learned that my iPAD gen 2 does not have the necessary hardware to support decoding, although it can be done in software.
A couple of suggestions for SiliconDust. Invest in software. Create features that make it easy to use for the masses. I'm a computer nerd and have spent countless hours trying to make HomeRun device live up to its promise. You can do it yourself, but it's a lot of work. Also, there is a window of opportunity for SD. Microsoft announced this summer that it was dropping WMS; SD should buy the rights and sell it independently and with the HD tuners.
Think of the HD HomeRun Extend device as a single in baseball, not the home-run that the name would imply. I have hope that the SD Product Managers and Marketeers make the right choices to improve the software side and if done right, then it may deserve the name HomeRun.
I'll be back later with some more analysis and suggestions as I gain more experience. Good luck to those that buy.
For the most part, the Silicon Dust products work extremely well with only occasional glitches caused by software updates from both Apple and Elgato. This product is the first I have used that has H-264 hardware transcoding built in. Previously it was always a lengthy time consuming software encode that was fairly processor intensive for older less powerful computers. Now my iMac is a 4.0 GHz quad-core i7 with 32 GB RAM and it still took :30-:35 minutes to software encode a 1:00 hour TV show into H.264.
But don't expect to plug this unit in and immediately begin recording in H.264. It has to be switched on first and if you are a new-bee, it would behoove you to research the various software needed to run this device depending on which OS system or computer you use. It doesn't come with software. Windows Media Player for PC's and Elgato's EyeTV for Apple/Mac's are the two most widely known but not the only ones out there.
First go to the Silicon Dust website and download the latest HDHomeRun firmware update and install it as they have recently corrected a few bugs. The current release is 20141210. Next, you need to find the IP address your HDHomeRun is using in order to turn on H.264 transcoding (it is NOT on by default). For Mac users, you can find the IP address simply by opening the Terminal application and enter the command "hdhomerun_config discover" (without the " " quotation marks). Close down Terminal but note the IP address that Terminal returns and enter it in your browser window. This will bring you into the HDHomeRun Configuration web page. Click on "Transcode Configuration" and select "mobile" in the pulldown menu. This sets the HDHomeRun Extend to hardware transcode from mpeg2 to H.264 @ 720P. (The "heavy" transcode is the other option but I have no familiarity with this setting). You may have to run EyeTV Setup Assistant once more (with channel selection) and close and re-open the EyeTV program. That's it! Now your recordings will automatically record in H.264 using much less space on your hard drive. You can manually select or auto "export" your TV shows into iTunes and the process will take only a minute or two for a 1 hour show due to the software audio processing only of AC3 to AAC, the video processing has already been completed on the fly by the HDHomeRun hardware. What use to take 5--7 GB of space now barely takes 1--1.5 GB! I'm not sure why the H.264 transcode feature isn't turned on by default but it may have something to do with the bugs that existed before the latest firmware update. Less problems for Tech Support to field, I suppose.
Previous reviewers have stated that the fan in the HDHomeRun (Extend?) is extremely noisy but I found mine to be just the opposite. I have to turn off everything to hear it and I sit with it 4 feet from my ear. It is nearly silent. The fridge motor is much louder and the adjacent kitchen is 20 feet from where I sit. However, I will say that the fan is "on" all the time while the EyeTV app is open regardless if recording or not. When doing the firmware update the fan kicks up to full speed for about 10 seconds and then returns to idle. Even when recording 2 HD shows simultaneously the fan remains quiet at idle speed.
NOTE: This product has problems running under Yosemite. It repeatedly drops frames and locks up for several seconds at a time on my iMac using Yosemite. When using the same hardware and software on my MBP using Mountain Lion, it works flawlessly. Perhaps, a glitch in EyeTV's software that has not yet been addressed. I don't believe it is related to Silicon Dust's hardware so I cannot deduct a star for this fault.
As a long time user of this and previous SD's HDHomeRun hardware releases I can readily recommend this device for home use. An OTA (over-the-air) or aerial antenna with this Silicon Dust HDHomeRun Extend and EyeTV software is the best way to go if you own a Mac. Stop throwing money away to those greedy overpriced cable providers!