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What is the HDHomeRun? Back to top
The HDHomeRun is a network-attached digital TV tuner. It connects to your antenna or cable line (depending on model) and takes the digital TV signals available there and makes them available to your PC, tablet, smartphone, game consoles, and other devices over your home network.
What is the difference between the different models? Back to top
HDHomeRun PRIME (HDHR3-CC) is designed to receive subscription digital cable from US-based cable providers such as Comcast, TWC, Cox, Charter, Brighthouse, Cablevision, Mediacom, Verizon FiOS, and others. It uses a CableCARD that you rent from the cable provider to get access to all the channels that are part of your cable subscription. It has 3 tuners, allowing you to access 3 channels at once.
HDHomeRun Dual (generation 4) (HDHR4-2US) is designed to receive over the air ATSC broadcasts in the US, Canada, Mexico, and other locations that utilize the ATSC broadcast standard. It can also receive clear QAM unencrypted digital cable TV from providers who offer this to their customers. It has 2 tuners, allowing you to access 2 channels at once.
HDHomeRun Plus (HDTC-2US) has the same features as HDHomeRun Dual, plus adds the ability to convert the incoming video into H.264 format, making it more suitable for streaming over wireless connections and to portable devices like phones and tablets.
HDHomeRun 4DC (HDHR3-4DC) is designed to receive unencrypted digital cable (DVB-C) signals in Europe. It has 4 tuners, allowing you to access 4 channels at once.
Does this have an HDMI port for connecting to my TV? Back to top
No. HDHomeRun devices connect to your home network, and are accessed by PCs and other devices on the network. To get the picture to a TV, you would connect your PC to your TV, use a media center extender like the Xbox360 in conjunction with your PC, use a Playstation 3, or use the DLNA functionality present in some TVs to stream directly from the HDHomeRun. We’re working on apps for several platforms to expand the availability of TV signals to work with more devices.