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SiliconDustHDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner
 
4.7

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Crisp picture (23)
  • Easy installation (20)
  • Fast connection (16)

Cons

  • Difficult to hook up (4)

Best Uses

  • Home (23)
  • Movies (14)
  • Sports (7)
  • Office (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (15), Power user (13), Casual user (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (29)

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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4.0

Issues with TimeWarner

By jgara

from Cincinnati, Ohio

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Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

Important call out - due to challenges with my cable provider (TimeWarner), nearly all channels are marked with copy-once copy protection and are not supported by any turner product (not specific to SiliconDust). Without certain viewing agents (e.g. Windows Media Center - no longer supported), channels cannot be decrypted/viewed. Not all cable providers have this is issue. Rating as a four as this challenge should called out more clearly. I spent about 6 hours finding no solution around CCI.

The setup process was very easy. If you have a provider that doesn't protect with copy-once CCI, this is the only product I would look at for a powerful, simple tuner.

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5.0

Great Tuner

By Joe

from Irvine, CA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy Installation
  • Kodi
  • Streaming

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Movies

    Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

    WMC not needed unless you need to record but Silicon Dust has available DVR software. I may try it soon since MS don't sell WMC feature on Win 8 and I don't want to buy Win 7. For now, watching tv on Kodi works great especially streaming to android minix box. Compared to Ceton easier to setup. I use Ceton in WMC on one TV for recording. I tried expanding to Win 8 computer but found out a little too late that I could not add features so gave this a try. So I now stream to Win 8 and Anroid minix with Kodi is great

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    5.0

    Great Buy

    By ChubSta

    from Brooklyn, NY

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Crisp Picture
    • Easy Installation
    • Fast Connection

    Cons

    • Cannot Play Drm Channels

    Best Uses

    • Home

    Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

    Talk about a way to stick it to the cable company. Instead of paying monthly to rent their equipment, I have access to all my channels all over my house without having to pay those monthly fees. The quality is good, and the product is quick.

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    5.0

    Clear winner in it's category

    By Mediaman

    from Olympia WA

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Office

        Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

        This my second Prime and has replaced the service providers stb with this unit. I run it with W7 WMC for now and soon Silicondust may have a replacement for it that will make android TV boxes great controllers for access along with other platforms. For now Silicondusts beta DVR can work on computers, some servers and some NAS devices.

        Set up for me was easy just as it was for the first one. But if you have issues you can open a trouble ticket with silicondust or go on the forum and ask for help and there are many who can work with you to figure out the issue that is stalling installation.

        On top of that as usual B & H delivery was fast, well protected and ahead of schedule.

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        4.0

        HD HOMERUN PRIME and KODI

        By i2nice

        from New York

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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:

          This is the second unit I have purchased I use this device to decrypt My local cable companies signals and stram them to my Kodi AndroidTV boxes. Have not needed to pay for cable boxes that I don't need. Now able to stream to all my mobile devices.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          HDHOMERUN PRIME

          By oespo

          from CT USA

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comcasts Lack Of Know How
          • Crisp Picture
          • Fast Connection

          Cons

          • Comcasts Lack Of Know How

          Best Uses

            Comments about SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner:

            Works without issue once cable card is setup by Comcast, be prerpared to spend alot of time trying to get Comcast to properly configure M-Card, but when its done the Unit works flawlessly.

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            4.0

            Nice way to reduce charges for cable box

            By Friendly

            from Tampa

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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:

            If you are a bit of a techie and happen to have a XBOX 360 to use as a WINDOWS Media Extender, this will allow you to stream live TV from your cable provider to a most every type of tablet, smart phone, PC, or TV via DLNA or the Xbox 360. You will need a good wired network,(BEST), a MoCA setup,(Better), or very fast Wifi, 5GHz AC (Maybe) for this to be useful. Add a cablecard and a PC running WMC for best results. Recommend a Xbox 360 E, or S version, as they run much quieter

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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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              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

                              About Me Power User

                              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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