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SiliconDustHDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner
 
4.8

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (21)

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    (3)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Crisp picture (19)
  • Easy installation (17)
  • Fast connection (13)

Cons

  • Difficult to hook up (3)

Best Uses

  • Home (18)
  • Movies (11)
  • Sports (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (11), Enthusiast (10), Casual user (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (23)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Product

In short, so far this product is a winner. It fits my intended need – simultaneously feed two HDTV's and record a third channel. My downstairs TV connects directly to a PC...Read complete review

In short, so far this product is a winner. It fits my intended need – simultaneously feed two HDTV's and record a third channel. My downstairs TV connects directly to a PC and the upstairs TV is connected via an Xbox (used as an extender). The PC runs on Win7, Windows Media Center, with the interface for the HD Homerun Prime entirely through my router with a Cat6 link to the Xbox. The bonus – I can also view TV independently on my networked PC's. Set up for the HD HRP with Comcast was easy. I picked up a CableCard (first one is free) at the local Comcast Office and activated the card over the phone using their special number. I have ditched my Comcast boxes – note that On Demand and Pay-Per-View is not accessible

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great product if it works...

I puchased the product to see if it can replace my $20/month Tivo rental. My cable provider is RCN. It did not work as expected. 1. The HDHomeRun Prime will not recevie...Read complete review

I puchased the product to see if it can replace my $20/month Tivo rental. My cable provider is RCN. It did not work as expected. 1. The HDHomeRun Prime will not recevie the preminum channls such as Showtime , HBO, TBS and TNT. It works with regular channels, ABC, CBS, FOX. etc. 2. The windows software is not as stable as it appear. Getting errors when multiple computer is accessing the system. 3. Don't even try to run HD via wireless network, it constently freezes. (I am using 802.11n network).

On the plus side 1. Windows setup is a fast 10 minutes. However, MythTV instruction is a total disaster. You'll be spending hours trying to figure out if it will work.
If you want to try the item. Get the thing work on Windows 7 Media Center first and make sure it recevies all the channels that you pay for before trying any other operating system.

Maybe next year it will be ready for Prime Time. At this time, it is still a BETA product.

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5.0

Love it

By MitchCECG

from New Egypt NJ

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Crisp Picture
  • Easy Installation

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Movies

    Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

    easy to set up and works great with SageTv ver 7

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    • No

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    5.0

    Cablecard Triple Tuner works fabulously

    By Frank G.

    from Sneads Ferry, NC

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Crisp Picture
    • Easy Installation
    • Fast Connection

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Movies
      • Office

      Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

      Using the computers Media Center channel scan, the tuner must be turned on to a selected cable channel while the cable company signals the cable card. Once this happens, the unit functions flawlessy.

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      5.0

      Great Tuner!

      By BC_Dog

      from Mission Viejo, CA

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Crisp Picture
      • Easy Installation
      • Fast Connection

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Movies
        • Sports

        Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

        Decided to get a second HDHomeRun tuner and retire a Ceton. This is way more convenient than the Ceton 4 tuner set up in one pc. It was very easy to set up with one call to COX since I had the tuning adapter and M-card. They paired the card within a few minutes and I was ready to go. Now have 6 tuners using 2 HDHomeRuns (2 cable cards) available to 8 pc's throughout the house. The tuners can be set up to use as next available so I usually have a couple not in use. Great video with no pixilation with gigabit or wi-fi. Great buy, and it will pay for itself within the year.

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        4.0

        Almost Perfect

        By No1noses

        from Indianapolis, IN

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Crisp Picture
        • Easy Installation
        • Windows Media Center

        Cons

        • Dlna

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

        Works perfectly with my Comcast service and windows media center computers. Picture quality is excellent. Three tuners is great. I took one star off because I felt misled by the manufactures claim of streaming live TV to IOS devices and SmartTV. Unless you have a PS3 it isn't happening. I tried 6 different Blue-Ray Players, Smart TV set top boxes and IOS apps. None of them were a workable solution. If you stick with MCE you will be very happy.

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        5.0

        Stop paying monthly equipment rental fee

        By savineers

        from Seattle, WA

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy Installation
        • Fast Connection

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Movies
          • Sports

          Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

          Bought this to access xfinity TV from Comcast and not pay their monthly fee for HD equipment. Works great to access protected content with a cablecard.

          With an 802.11ac network, there's sufficient bandwidth to watch three programs from three different computers. I use Windows 7 with Windows Media Center. Works flawlessly.

          Kudos to Silicondust and Microsoft!

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          5.0

          TV tuner for clear QAM or use cablecard

          By rick

          from hedgesville, west virginia

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • 3 Tuners
          • Crisp Picture
          • Easy Installation
          • Fast Connection

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home

            Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

            Use this on Comcast cable network. So far, Comcast has many clear QAM channels. I bought this to hedge bets that Comcast does not go the way of Time Warner (no clear QAM channels). Ethernet signals are sent via wireless link to my house (~1/4 mile away). SD channels are very clear, but some HD channels break up. I need more bandwidth for HD channels.

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            5.0

            Great Product

            By Silver Fox

            from Bensalem PA

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Crisp Picture
            • Easy Installation
            • Fast Connection

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Movies
              • Sports

              Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

              I've hooked the tuner up and installed it on multiple computers and xbox, it was a snap, pretty much plug & play with a few CAT 6 cables & HDMI splitters to the appropriate TV's. I love paying for one cable card instead of 5 set top boxes. The no DVR fee is a plus too. This product pays for itself in 3 months of Cable Bill savings. Installing the cable card was as easy as inserting it into the HDHomeRun Prime and placing a phone call to an automated service. The call took 4 minutes. I also have to mention it's a must to delete the unused channels from the guide...no sense in browsing through channels I don't pay for or watch.

              I have nothing bad to say about this product.

              Ordering was a breeze, cheapest price around and came in 2 days with standard shipping. I would absolutely do business here again.

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              5.0

              Wow. Really works good.

              By tommygear

              from Fairfax, VA

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Crisp Picture

              Cons

              • Difficult to Hook Up

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Movies
              • Sports

              Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

              I use this product to display FIOS TV on my HTPC and iPad using HDHOMERUN App. Took a little while to setup with Verizon. Had to spend some time on phone with Verizon tech support to activate MEDIA CARD (which your must rent). But now that it is working, it is rock solid.

              Fun way to watch TV. iPad, PCs, TVs with no settop box (just htpc).

              By the way WMC guide is sooo much better than FIOS settop box guide.

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              5.0

              Great with CableCard

              By foo

              from Maryland

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Crisp Picture
              • Easy Installation

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home

                Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

                Works like a champ with my Verizon FiOS CableCard. Don't rent when you can save money buying it instead. Works well with Windows Media Center and XBMC on my Raspberry Pi.

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                5.0

                Powerful little box

                By Jerr

                from W. Melbourne, FL

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                Pros

                • Crisp Picture
                • Fast Connection

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

                    This is really great for replacing the DVR from the cable company. Unfortunately, if you have a service like Bright House that uses switched digital cable, you will need a tuning adapter as well (available from your cable company, as is the CableCard).

                    The device itself has lots of status messages than be displayed, and the web interface gives a surprising amount of information.

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                    5.0

                    Quick set up...delivers

                    By DanCram

                    from Media Pa

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Crisp Picture
                    • Easy Installation
                    • Easy Set Up
                    • Fast Connection
                    • Hd Quality
                    • Works As Stated

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Home

                    Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

                    got rid of 3 cable boxes...and still have high def and all my premium channels! This thing is awesome. One look and all my neighbors are getting them. Works with Verizon and comcast cable cards(havent used any other) and takes 20 minutes to set up.

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                    5.0

                    Great little device so far

                    By Mike

                    from Seattle, WA

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Crisp Picture
                    • Easy Installation
                    • Fast Connection

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • DVR
                      • Home
                      • Windows Media Center

                      Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

                      I just set this up on a Windows 7 machine, and so far it looks great. The physical device is small and light and seems well assembled. Installation and configuration were pretty easy - it takes a little time to go through all the steps, but the documentation is clear enough, and everything worked on the first try, which is a refreshing surprise for this kind of thing. Even the Comcast activation went smoothly. The video signal looks great in live TV mode - it looks indistinguishable from the Comcast STB output.

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                      5.0

                      Almost Free of paying extra for DVR

                      By Raj

                      from Somerset, NJ

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Crisp Picture
                      • Easy Installation
                      • Fast Connection

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home

                        Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

                        Extremely easy to setup. Non HD channels work great over Wifi, but need a lan connection to get HD that isn't choppy. I haven't used all three of the built in tuners at once, but using 2/3 causes no issues.

                        Difficult to install into window's media center if you have already set it up (but that is more a Window's issue)

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                        5.0

                        Great! -- But provide good signal

                        By Happy Camper

                        from Prince Frederick MD

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Standalone device

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

                            To avoid hassles during activation, connect it without tees and amplifiers (one 2-way splitter max). After you get it sucessfully activated and all your expected channels are working, then you can usually move it down a split. Check signal using the Silicondust ConfigGUI utility.Used sucessfully with Comcast in Baltimore - southern region. Only the premium movie channels are flagged/encrypted "copy-once" (Cable co dependant).

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                            5.0

                            Works great

                            By JeffS

                            from Florida

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Crisp Picture
                            • Makes great HD recordings

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Movies

                              Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

                              I have this running on my SageTV with a FIOS Cable Card. A little bit of trial and error to get everything up and running but now it is working like a champ. It did work out of the box for Windows MC, the configuration I had to work thru was regarding a 3rd party program. It records 3 channels in HD and leaves plenty of bandwidth on the gigabit LAN.

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                              5.0

                              Excellent!

                              By Pernick

                              from Central New Jersey

                              About Me Casual User

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                              Pros

                              • Seemless integration

                              Cons

                              • Installation is a chore

                              Best Uses

                              • All-purpose DVR solution

                              Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

                              To be fair, most of the setup issues are with configuring the cable card with the cable company. I also needed to install a tuning adapter from the cable company alongside the HDHomeRun unit to permit tuning of SDV channels. Also, setting up Windows Media Center on multiple PCs took a lot of time.
                              However, everything has been working like a charm for over a week now. My networked Windows 7 PCs grab any available tuner, up to all three. You need, of course, a solid Gigabit network which I'm so happy I put in years ago. Windows Media Center works seemlessly with the tuner, you have no idea it is running across your ethernet network. I almost bought a one PC tuner before I discovered this. Just wonderful!

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                              4.0

                              Replaced my overly expensive Verizon DVR

                              By Xenomatic

                              from Keller, Texas

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Crisp Picture
                              • Easy Installation
                              • Fast Connection

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Movies

                                Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

                                and with the savings it will pay for itself in about about 15 months. That includes still paying $3.99/mo for the cable card. After that, saving $13+/mo point forward.

                                Plus I now have 3 tuners instead of 2. Using Remote Potato, I can schedule and see recorded TV from every Windows 7 PC in the house, which would have required 3 extra STB's from Verizon to accomplish before.

                                One caveat is that I already had the gigabit network (for best transmission and bandwidth)and a Windows 7 PC at every TV, so this was a no brainer for me. You're mileage may vary.

                                Still excellent product and works great for me.

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                                5.0

                                Quick & Easy HD TV for your Desktop

                                By Man Cave Monster

                                from Seattle, WA

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                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy Installation
                                • Fast Connection

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Windows Media Center

                                  Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

                                  The HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner is very easy to install and configure with Windows Media Center.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great idea, but it's not PnP.

                                  By Sergiy

                                  from Nutley, NJ

                                  About Me Enthusiast

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Crisp Picture

                                  Cons

                                  • Difficult to Hook Up

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home

                                  Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

                                  I got this box to replace 3 cable boxes with DVR service (~$30/month from Cablevision). Before I bought the unit I read SiliconDust support forum and I expected that the setup will not be easy. So, I prepared my network (1Gbps, no firewalls on LAN side, broadcast permitted) and my PC (Win7, powerful Nvidia video card, etc.) and expected everything to be easy. Unfortunately, after initial setup I started getting ALL kinds of issues that I read on the support forum – no sound, no picture, wrong codecs, no or weak TV signal. In the end of the day the box works, saves me money, but if you do not like to play with "technology" do not buy this product. It has great idea, but it's not ready for home market where you expect to plug a device and get a service.

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                                  5.0

                                  works well with mythtv comcast+Portland

                                  By mathewss

                                  from portland, or

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                                  Pros

                                  • Crisp Picture

                                  Cons

                                  • Difficult to Hook Up

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Movies
                                  • Office
                                  • Sports

                                  Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

                                  I setup with mythtv .24 + patches

                                  Needed a few calls to comcast to fully program the mcard. The second person asked if it was a hdhome run prime and programmed it correctly.

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