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Plex Just Added a New DVR Feature


Today Plex announced that they have teamed up with HDHomeRun to bring a DVR option to Plex.

“We’ve put a lot of time into this release, and the result is a really elegant DVR, which takes advantage of all the power and intelligence of Plex,” said Scott Olechowski, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Plex. “Plex rounds out the cord cutting experience with a beautifully organized, easy-to-navigate interface that makes all your content available wherever you go. Now you can view TV in a living room or on your phone, using a streaming stick in a hotel, or even on a plane when you’re offline. The addition of DVR allows our customers to make Plex the heart of their media experience. No other solution comes close.”

This new update will allow you to turn any streaming media player that supports Plex like the Nvidia ShieldRokuFire TV, and more into a DVR. To make it work you will need a new HDHomeRun and a Plex server running.

So what can you expect?

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Ever since its release, the HDHomeRun DVR app has been known as a great way to get the ultimate DVR experience, and to record and watch TV on your media devices from around your home.  Earlier this month, a Windows 10 Mobile version of the app was released, but now it appears that the app will soon head to the to the Xbox One.

The news on Xbox Support was first spread on a Kickstarter page for the app. The developers left the following message for users and fans of the app and noted how hard they have been working with Xbox and Microsoft:

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HDHomeRun rekindles the Xbox One’s DVR dream


Still want some kind of DVR functionality on the Xbox One? Silicon Dust’s DIY solution can help.

Silicon Dust, the maker of HDHomeRun digital TV tuners, now offers a solution for Xbox One fans still hoping for some kind of DVR functionality on their console.

The company announced on Tuesday, via its Kickstarter page, that the HDHomeRun DVR playback app is coming to the Xbox One with support for the console’s controller and the Xbox One Media Remote. In fact, by the time you read this it should already be available.

Microsoft announced in June that it had put on hold its plans to add an over-the-air DVR feature for the Xbox One. That left it up to third parties to come up with an equivalent—or better—DIY solution.

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HDHomeRun’s DVR app is ready for the Xbox One


Microsoft gave up on its Xbox DVR feature but this may be an alternative.

Earlier this year Microsoft confirmed that development of a DVR feature for the Xbox One is “on hold,” so what’s next for fans of its OneBox dream? SiliconDust’s answer is an app that lets you watch TV streamed directly to the game system from a DVR (which could be a PC, Android TV box or NAS — but not the Xbox itself) running its software and connected to a TV tuner device. Doing that means you can completely control it via the gamepad or Xbox remote — and ditch the system’s HDMI passthrough/IR blaster combo that can’t do simple things like set up a new recording without switching remote.

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HDHomeRun is ready to make your Android TV a DVR


With the latest update, the NVIDIA Shield can directly record and play back live TV from an attached tuner.

When SiliconDust announced its DIY DVR project a year ago, recording your shows meant building a PC dedicated to the task, or hooking up network storage. Now it’s testing out HDHomeRun Record for Android TV, which lets you create an entire DVR with just one of its TV tuner devices and an Android box. Unfortunately, suggested requirements of Android 6.0, Ethernet, and a USB 3.0 connection for external storage mean Amazon’s Fire TV and Google’s Nexus Player won’t work, but NVIDIA Shield Pro owners should be able to try it out immediately, thanks to their 500GB of built-in storage. You can watch the recorded shows directly on the device, or on any platform that runs its HDHomeRun View app.

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Nvidia Shield TV as a HDHomeRun DVR! Raspberry Pi as a Kodi Playback device!



SiliconDust to Update products and expand Apps


Today we met with SiliconDust, maker of the much-loved HDHomeRun TV tuners. They weren’t actually showing off new products, but they did discuss their product roadmap with us. While they were hesitant to give dates on anything, there was a lot of good news.

SiliconDust has spent the last year expanding its reach into Europe markets. They’ll continue that into 2015 as they will be launching a 2-tuner DVB-T2 device for over-the-air customers. For free satellite customers you’ll soon be able to purchase an 8-tuner DVB-S tuner. And on the cable front, users of DVB-C can expect an 8-tuner device later in the year.

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“Goodbye” to Windows Media Center

“Goodbye” to Windows Media Center

On July 29, 2015, Microsoft said hello to Windows 10, but ‘goodbye’ to Windows Media Center. They are sending their loyal WMC customers on a search for a replacement DVR solution for their Windows PCs. Silicondust, and our HDHomeRun brand is here to help.

We are sad to hear Microsoft’s choice to end the era of Windows Media Center;

Gabe Aul, of Microsoft’s Windows Insiders program, has confirmed on Twitter that Windows 10 will drop support for Windows Media Center due to a decline in usage.

Microsoft stopped actively developing WMC in 2009 but the company still shipped an unmodified version in an upgrade pack for Windows 8. The software giant is planning to kill off Media Center in Windows 10, meaning any PCs upgraded from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will lose the feature.

Silicondust has a solution, the DVR Re-imagined;

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Ted Head talks to Brad Morton from Corsair about the HDHomeRun CONNECT

Ted from SiliconDust talks to Brad Morton, Sales Director from Corsair Solutions Australia, about the HDHomeRun CONNECT product and the upcoming HDHomeRun DVR solution.



CES 2015 interview with SiliconDust CEO Theodore Head on the future of HDHomeRun

HDHomeRun, the DVR Kickstarter and more…

This week Ted, CEO from Silicon Dust pay Nate and Ned from KordKutters a visit, and we talk about the HD Homerun, the DVR Kickstarter and more. We also briefly mention Kodi 15, though we’ll get more in depth on that next week.

With the launch of our UK free-to-air HDHomeRun Connect Dual DVB-T/T2 HD Network Tuner read what missing remote has to say about it:



We’ve been waiting for the SiliconDust HDHR4-2DT network attached DVB-T2 tuner for a couple years now. In the meantime, anyone leveraging the UK’s digital terrestrial television networks have had to make an unwelcome choice between pretending HD content doesn’t exist, or living without the inherent flexibility of an Ethernet enabled TV tuner. With the £100 device finally hitting shelves, it is time to see if the HDHR4-2DT can deliver the same stability and capability SiliconDust’s US customers have enjoyed for several years…..

To read the full review click here.

FYI Television and Silicondust USA Sign Exclusive Long-Term TV Metadata and Image Content Agreement

GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS (June 27, 2014) FYI Television, Inc. (FYI), the premier television listings metadata and rich media content provider, and Silicondust USA, a San Francisco Bay Area-based technology company and innovator of the HDHomeRun network attached TV tuners which streams live TV throughout homes on connected devices, have entered into an exclusive long-term agreement.

The long-term agreement between the companies will fuel Silicondust’s many connected devices and applications across existing and future tuner devices in the U.S. and North America, with opportunity for expansion worldwide.

“We are thrilled to provide Silicondust with first class television content. Together, we will connect consumers with the most relevant, well-rounded television information and rich media, allowing them to make more informed viewing choices,” said Chris Stark, Sr., President and CEO of FYI.

Consumers can now expect to experience more in-depth show information and will be able to make image-based viewing decisions from a comprehensive library of showcards, network logos and celebrity photos.

Among the Silicondust applications and connected devices to receive the new entertainment data and image content is HDHomeRun VIEW for Android; additionally, FYI data will appear on future tablet and phone apps working in conjunction with the latest HDHomeRun brand devices, including currently available products HDHR3-CC (Prime), HDHR4-2US (Dual) and HDTC2-2US (PLUS).

“We anticipate highly positive reviews in terms of user experience as we introduce the new data throughout our many applications and connected devices. Now we have the enriched metadata and rich media consumers have been asking for from a provider with a proven track record of accuracy.” said Ted Head, President and CEO of Silicondust USA.

In particular, consumers can expect to interact with the new content soon, first through HDHomeRun VIEW, an Android application developed by Silicondust that allows consumers to stream live TV from their smartphones and tablets. An update of HDHomeRun VIEW complete with the integration of FYI content is expected to be released in the Google Play store on or before July 1st.

QuickTV, Silicondust’s live TV viewing application for PCs, will also be receiving improvements such as showcards and guide data. QuickTV will be available for Windows, Linux and Mac later this summer.

For more information about this newly formed, long-term agreement please contact Silicondust USA or FYI Television.

About FYI Television:

FYI Television, Inc. (FYI), the TV metadata and entertainment image content expert, accumulates and distributes TV entertainment content and linear scheduling data from more than 12,000 TV networks daily, aggregating the information into customized formats for various television, mobile, Internet and print clients. Through the vast array of applications our data is filtered into, hundreds of millions of consumers engage with FYI’s content.

Clients in both domestic and international markets including AT&T, Microsoft, Ericsson, NBC Universal, Disney, SONY, Discovery, Gannett Newspapers, McClatchy, Triveni Digital, Star Media, Ygnition, BIM, Frontier Communications, Boxfish, GMR, Syncbak, Cannella, comScore, Rentrak, Digital First, Ole, National Geographic and ARRIS turn to FYI for its top-notch tailored TV metadata, data management, image content, media measurement and analytics.

Zenverge Powers SiliconDust Next Gen Gateways

Advanced HDHomeRun® Plus Boxes Incorporate ZN200 SoC, Allowing HDTV Viewing on All Connected Screens

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 20, 2014 — /PRNewswire/ — Zenverge, a leading developer of advanced content networking ICs, announced today that SiliconDust, innovators of next generation TV tuners, has incorporated Zenverge’s ZN200 system-on-a-chip (SoC) into their latest HDHomeRun TV tuner products, the HDTC and STV2 series. Available in ATSC/DVB-T DVB-T2, ISDB-T, QAM/DVB-C and CableCard versions, these advanced HDHomeRun products enable viewers worldwide to watch and record digital and HD television from any IP device within the home network, including computers, smart phones, tablets, game consoles, smart TVs and more. Features will also include remote stream access from mobile devices outside the home network.

The ZN200 is the world’s most advanced quad stream content networking SoC that enables features such as streaming live HD video to four smart devices over WiFi and downloading DVR content to these devices at up to four times faster than real-time.

SiliconDust’s innovative HDHomeRun network design connects TV tuners to the home router allowing access anywhere in the home.

“We are pleased to add the latest SiliconDust products to our ever-growing list of media gateways around the world, enabling our vision of advanced content networking and convergence in the home,” said Zenverge’s EVP of Worldwide Sales and Business Development, Raghu Rao.

SiliconDust CEO Theodore Head commented, “Our New Transcode line of HDHomeRun tuner products implements the DLNA DMS Tuner Profile with industry-leading content networking technology from Zenverge, so that now anyone worldwide can have live TV access on any screen in the home.”

The HDTC-2US devices are shipping now in the US and include two new models for North America, including the HDHomeRun brands. New devices including DVB-T, DVB-T2, and DVB-C Unencrypted Support are planned for Europe, UK, South East Asia, Taiwan, New Zealand and Australia under the HDHomeRun brand name. Additionally we will see ISDB-T devices introduced in the South American markets in the future.

About Zenverge ( Zenverge is a fabless semiconductor company devoted to accelerating consumer access to next generation digital content and services. The company is a leading developer of Content Networking ICs built around the patented TransAll™ technology, a core requirement for next generation video services gateways. The company is based in Santa Clara, California.

HDHomeRun PRIME is the first CableCARD tuner to deliver live TV to DLNA Devices

Read more on Engadget’s web-site and the main PR here.

Our favorite shows, anywhere, that’s all we really want. Of course that is asking too much but we’ll be closer to the dream now that Silicondust has announced its three tuner HDHomeRun Prime CableCARD is a certified DLNA Digital Media Server (DMS). While the options this opens are seemingly limitless, one specific use case is watching premium cable on a PS3. CableCARD tuners aren’t exactly known for their ease of setup, but once you do get this working with your cable company and on your network, it’ll show up like any other DLNA source to your PS3. From there you can browse the list of channels and watch any you happen to subscribe to.

The PS3 isn’t the only DLNA Digital Media Player (DMP) or Digital Media Renderer (DMR) that works with a DLNA DMS, and plays MPEG2 video. However, at this point it’s the only one we know of that also supports DTCP-IP, which is the DRM required to play premium content. A representative of Silicondust told us he’s confident more compatible devices are on the way, while even more devices will support the unprotected content. Keep an eye out for an official list of compatible hardware on its site some time after this update starts rolling out later this month. Finally, yes, you will be able to use your DLNA Digital Media Controller (DMC) to record content to your other Digital Media Servers — is that enough acronyms for you? If this interests you, then stay tuned for CES where Silicondust plans to announce phase 2, which is where we think things could really get interesting.

Elgato releases HDHomeRun for the MAC

Read more on Elgato’s web-site here.

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A low-cost DVR for news

SilconDust’s HDHomeRun combined with Elgato’s EyeTV results in an HD news recorder and logger.

With HD here, finding a way to record programming from broadcast (both cable and antenna) has posed a problem.

Some cable companies and satellite providers either charge a significant amount or refuse to rent their HD PVR systems. Even when these PVRs are rented to broadcasters, often they are proprietary or just simply not the easiest to make compatible with our editing systems and servers.

The following is a solution I have found that worked incredibly well and provided extremely high-quality video. It uses consumer gear to stream HD across an IT network and records to commonly found Mac machines in the broadcast environment. With Final Cut Pro becoming so common place in the news environment and easily exported to servers, I found recording to a Mac G5 the easiest way to go.

The system consists of a SiliconDust HDHomeRun placed in a terminal room rack and fed an antenna input and a cable input. Elgato’s EyeTV software is loaded on a Mac. The Elgato software reaches across the network to the HDHomeRun and scans channels (both ATSC from antenna and Clear QAM from cable). Using TVGuide’s On-Line programming schedule, it recognized all possible recordable channels and loads their guide on the Elgato guide for recording. This allows a simple “click the box” to record onetime or on every showing. A manual record function is also possible.

When the recording activates, the Mac actually receives the streaming video over the network and records it.

Confidence monitoring is displayed if desired, and the software is intuitive enough that all programs to be recorded or already recorded are easy to see in the software GUI. Once recorded, the Elgato EyeTV software allows for semi-accurate (to the second, not frame) editing. This allows the file to remain native to the Elgato software and fast to render for Final Cut. The video can then be quickly “flipped” to your native editing format, cleaned up to the frame, and posted into your server quickly.

The typical one-hour Elgato-native file is about 5Mb per hour of HD video, and the quality of the video is nothing short of incredible. I found both the HDHomeRun hardware and EyeTV software to be rock-solid with no missed recordings during testing or actual use. The software allows for auto-purging (based on a pre-determinded number of days or shows recorded), and auto-compress to a tight archive format (like MP4, Quciktime or DivX) is possible from within the Elgato EyeTV software.

On a Mac G5 (setup as Final Cut Editor), there were ample resources to allow perfect recording of two channels simultaneously. Because the HDHomeRun has two tuners, you can record one off-air and one off-cable channel at the same time without killing machine resources. The result is great video with no lip-sync errors.

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Daniel Slentz is VP of technology & broadcast operations for KERA-TV/FM.