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SiliconDust HDHomeRun HDHR-US Dual Networked High Definition Digital Tuner Device (White)
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- 8-VSB (ATSC over-the-air digital TV)
- QAM64/256 (unencrypted digital cable TV)
- IR Receiver (signal PC with a standard remote control)
- 100baseTX high speed network
- 1 Year warranty
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One Box - Two Digital Tuners - Anywhere on Your Network/Dual Digital Network Attached Tuner Device/Watch - Pause - Record Digital and HD Content from Over-the-Air and Cable from any computer on your home network system. Cross OS Compatible with Windows/MAC/Linux. Total Media DVR software included.
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I've had my HDHR a little over a month now...took most of that time learning how to get it happy in a Linux environment but once past the learning curve, it and Mythtv are working well. The Linux support from SiliconDust is weak and Mythtv's elaborate menus can be intimidating. That said, it is really great to be able to record two HD programs in one time slot.
One major flaw is the quality of the atsc tuners: plenty of sensitivity but really weak multipath rejection. I have a small hill behind my house that is about 60 degrees off the axis of my line of sight to the transmitters and on ch 11, the local PBS affiliate, I have to turn the antenna so that its backside is to the hill to kill a reflected signal. This position is useable with some signal loss for most of the other stations but I really need a rotator. The tuners in my cheap Tivax DTV converters and in my Sony Bravia HDTV have no problem with the multipath. It's nearly impossible to predict the multipath situation for a given location in advance and none of the systems or TVs specify this characteristic. I would have preferred to spend a bit more to get better tuners in the HDHR.
I would recommend that HDHR owners who are using their desktop computer to run the HDHR get a separate hard drive for the output of the HDHR, as it really works the drive with virtually constant access while recording or during playback. If not, a really scrupulous program of backup is essential to protect your other data. I predict a high rate of drive failure with such heavy drive thrashing. Also, careful selection of your video card is required to be able to feed both sound and video to a separate TV...full HDMI support can't be assumed in the video cards just because they have an HDMI connector so some will require a separate audio feed. Both of the above caveats apply to any "home theatre" computer system, not just the HDHR.
Here in Seattle, OTA transmissions arrive from all points of the compass. Rather than installing an antenna rotator that will almost always have the antenna aimed wrong in someones opinion, I have chosen to install two HDHRs, giving me four antenna inputs. I have one antenna outside, the others are attic mounted. This gives me reliable signals from all of the local broadcasters and a few close to the Canadian border. The signal strength and quality indicators included in the HDHomerun Config utility are superior to any other signal indicator I have seen on a set-top converter or DTV capable set.
I am happy I fired the cable company. Just a few months of cable bills paid for it all... YEAH!
I think, in the end, I'm going to be happy with this product, but it has become more of a project than I would like. I wonder if alternative products are this hard to get up and running?
I chose this product because my cable company is discontinuing analog service and my current tuner does not have Clear QAM capabilities.
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Still working OK, have not complaints
Digital TV Support only
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