|Item Weight||1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||4 x 1 x 4 inches|
|Item model number||HDTC-2US|
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.
|HDHomeRun CONNECT||HDHomeRun EXTEND||HDHomeRun PRIME|
|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||7 x 4 x 1 in||1.6 x 6.1 x 8.7 in||14.2 x 7.4 x 2 in||9.17 x 6.81 x 1 in|
|Item Weight||1 lb||1.5 lbs||1.3 lbs||3.7 lbs||1.7 lbs|
|Internet Applications||Watch and record in full 1080i resolution where available. HDHomeRun EXTEND streams to DLNA compatible devices on your network||.||Browser||Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, YouTube, Vudu, Pandora||Netflix, Pandora, Vudu, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video|
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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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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!
Great product , with not so good instructions:
I think this product is great, but it’s for the advanced user. If you don’t tinker, and want Grandma mode get a Tablo and Roku 3 and you are set. Tablo will let you watch remotely and DVR and watch on mobile devices. I have one for my 72 year old mother. She loves it.
If you do tinker , this is your product. HD Homerun is also a TV killer , you really only need one TV, your other TV’s now can be mobile devices. Money saved.
The quality degrades on my laptop, and tablet compared to the signal going straight to my TV via the OTA antenna. It’s not a true HD. Tweaking the settings only helps so much. That said it’s a niche cool tuner. The picture is more than good enough. And MUCH better than a USB TV tuner. Plug and Play almost kinda sort of.
I’m using Kodi 14.2 on an old Windows 7 laptop and wanted a TV Tuner to record with that didn’t make it a PITA to have /add to my personal video collection, (Tablo makes it tough to download/hack /own your videos) so I got the HD Homerun tuner . Since there is a HD Homerun video add-on on Kodi , this was for me.
Out of the box, it’s a little quirky, I purchased the HD Homerun Tablet app for Android to manage it. Read on because this isn’t enough.
It worked, but not all my channels came thru. What the deuce.
Lesson learned make sure that if you are using a splitter that it is a very high gain splitter and not a cheap Radio Shack model. If you paid less than $10 for your splitter upgrade it .
With that fixed I now get all my OTA stations. Watching TV on a tablet is geeky cool. And note, I’m using an Android KitKat OS Samsung tablet. Results may vary.
So HD Homerun is now working, and I can watch TV on the tablet.
Now onto Kodi.
I’m using NextPVR for my PVR. I’m on Windows, so no MythTV for me. NextPVR will also let me OTA and IPTV at the same time.
So once I got going on my PVR setup. I got nothing …nothing at all to show up. No channels , what the deuce. Click and poke around in the NextPVR software and you will get nothing.
So I decided to download HD Homerun onto my laptop. I didn’t think I would have to , since I have the video add-on for HD Homerun in my Kodi setup and the tablet app. This is wrong thinking. Also the box came with no download instructions nor an old school installation CD. When in doubt download.
Once downloaded the HD Homerun performed a firmware update, then my channels showed up in NextPVR.
So lessons learned .
Get the tablet app.
Download the software from the HD Homerun website. And let install a firmware update.
Even if you just want it for watching TV on a mobile device, do the firmware update.
This product is good enough , with Kodi and HD Homerun, I will be giving my Roku 3 to a family member to use.
- Turn TV on
- Launch the HDHomeRun Kodi App (or the native Android TV App)
- No channels detected
- Log into the HDHomeRun Extend web console and select Rescan Channels
- Wait a minute or two then 45 or so channels are detected
- We can then watch OTA TV in excellent HD quality for a bit
- Periodically the fan suddenly peeks to 100% and it sounds like a rackmount layer 3 managed switch
- Usually after fan peeks the issue resurfaces and we rinse and repeat (i.e. login to webconsole, rescan channels, wait)
Conclusion: Not usable, certainly not if you plan to use this with a PVR (i.e. to record your shows while you are away).
Note: I have tried numerous troubleshooting steps, reboot, reset, etc... Conclusion is the same, it's a cheap flakey device.