SiliconDust, makers of the HDHomeRun line of network tuners, have announced a pair of new DVR devices at CES 2019 that give the Amazon Fire TV Recast and Tablo DVRs a serious run for their money. The all-new HDHomeRun SCRIBE DUO is an all-in-one solution that combines a pair of over-the-air tuners with a 1 TB DVR hard drive for recordings. It merges all of SiliconDust’s existing OTA services and features into a single sleek device that will surely become the best first device to buy for anyone entering the HDHomeRun ecosystem of cord-cutting solutions, all while maintaining the flexibility that differentiates HDHomeRun from competing DVRs. For new or existing HDHomeRun users, SiliconDust has also announced the HDHomeRun SERVIO, which adds 2 TBs of DVR storage to any HDHomeRun setup, while simultaneously eliminating the need to have a PC or NAS as your DVR server. Read more ›
A few months ago, SiliconDust, makers of the very popular HDHomeRun networked tuners, got into the streaming TV business with a soft launch of their new HDHomeRun Premium TV service that provides access to 45 streaming network channels for $34.99 per month. Combined with their existing over-the-air tuners for local channels and their option DVR service, it amounts to one of the most compelling all-in-one cord cutting options. The company has learned a lot from their pool of 5,000 initial beta testers and is ready to go mainstream with improvements to both the service and app that go live today. Read more ›
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Best Buy is currently selling the HDHomeRun Connect Duo bundled with a Fire TV Stick for $79.99. This deal is a combination of two separate promotions that combine to save you $60 off the retail price of these two devices. Until September 22, Best Buy is including a free Fire TV Stick with the purchase of any HDHomeRun Connect Duo or HDHomeRun Connect Quatro. That’s a great deal on its own, but the HDHomeRun Connect Duo is currently on sale for $20 off its regular price of $99.99, making the deal even sweeter. Simply add either HDHomeRun Connect model to your cart, and the Fire TV Stick will automatically be added for free. Read more ›
SiliconDust, makers of the various HDHomeRun networked tuner devices, have just announced a surprising new TV subscription service called HDHomeRun Premium TV. For $34.99 per month, the service gives you access to 45 cable TV networks including ESPN, USA, TNT, FX, TBS, and more. The service works through their existing HDHomeRun devices. While that does mean that at least one tuner box is required to access the service, it comes with the unique flexibility of being able to watch the channels through several apps and DVR solutions, such as Plex, Channels app, Emby, and even Kodi. Read more ›
The SiliconDust HDHomeRun CONNECT DUO is on sale for $69.99 and the HDHomeRun CONNECT QUATRO is on sale for $99.99 at Best Buy. The former is $30 off its regular price, while the latter is $50 off. These are both the lowest prices that I’ve seen, but I don’t follow this product too closely, so it may have been cheaper in the past. HDHomeRun is a device that allows you to watch over-the-air channels through your Fire TV and other streaming devices. It’s essentially like a network connection for your HD antenna. You can use the official HDHomeRun app for Fire TV to view the content, or use a number of other supported apps, like the Channels app, MrMC, or Plex. The difference between the DUO and QUATRO is that the DUO has 2 tuners, while the QUATRO has, as you may have guessed, 4 tuners. The number of tuners determines how many channels you can watch or record simultaneously.
The Channels app, which gives owners of HDHomerun networked TV tuners an alternative way to watch live TV debuted in the Amazon Fire TV appstore last month. At the time, it was only available for the Fire TV 3 because that was the only Fire TV model that supported native hardware deinterlacing. Channels has just released an update that adds support for the Fire TV 1, Fire TV 2, Fire TV Stick 2, and all Fire TV Edition televisions. The only device not supported by the app is now the 1st Gen Fire TV Stick. The app’s developers tell me they were able to support older models by writing their own custom deinterlacer that uses the GPU to perform the necessary deinterlacing process.
Google’s Android TV has supported live channel viewing for a couple years now. The feature was mainly added for televisions that ship with Android TV as their main operating system, but it also works with set-top boxes, like the NVIDIA Shield TV, when teamed up with networked antenna tuners, like the HDHomeRun devices. SilconDust, the makers of HDHomeRun, have announced that they’ve worked with Google to support native DVR capabilities with Android TV’s live channels interface. Read more ›
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The SiliconDust HDHomeRun Extend is currently on sale for $119.99 on Amazon. In the last year, I’ve only seen this priced lower once, which was when it was $110 around Black Friday. The SiliconDust HDHomeRun Extend is a simple device that lets you watch over-the-air (OTA) local broadcasts through your Fire TV. Simply connect it to your network, via WiFi or ethernet, and plug in a digital antenna. Then load up the HDHomeRun App on your Fire TV and watch live TV. Alternatively, you can use the official Kodi plugin that lets you watch live 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. The HDHomeRun Extend has two tuners, so you can watch or record two different channels simultaneously.
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.