The SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime is currently on sale for $99.99 on Amazon. This is the first time I have ever seen this unit drop below $100. This is the top of the line 3-tuner HDHomeRun model which retails for a little over $200. If you have a cable subscription and don’t plan on cutting the cord in the next few months, this little box could save you a lot of money in cable box rental fees while adding a lot of convenience. The HDHomeRun is essentially a networked cable box that streams your cable television subscription to any number of internet connected devices, like Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks. This model does not support antennas or over-the-air broadcasts, so you will need a cablecard from your cable TV provider for it to work. Once you pop a cablecard into the slot on the back, you can view all of your cable TV channels through the Fire TV HDHomeRun app or any of their supported devices. They even have an official Kodi plugin that lets you watch cable TV directly within Kodi. Using a PC and software like NextPVR you can even have DVR functionality. HDHomeRun themselves will soon be releasing their own DVR software as a result of their successful Kickstarter campaign. With this HDHomeRun Prime and its 3-tuners, you can watch or record 3 different channels simultaneously, which should be enough for most people to get rid of their clunky cable boxes and switch to a pure Fire TV setup.
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