Frequently Asked Questions
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 Connect (HDHR4-2US) (HDHR4-2DT) is designed to receive over the air ATSC in the US, Canada, Mexico, the EU, UK, Australasia 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 Extend (HDTC-2US) has the same features as HDHomeRun CONNECT, 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.
What specifically is the difference between the HDHomeRun CONNECT and the HDHomeRun EXTEND? Back to top
Unlike the CONNECT and PRIME which only stream raw mpeg2 HD streams, the EXTEND features a hardware h264 transcoder which can compress video in real-time for lower bandwidth usage.
Note that the h264 transcoder built into the EXTEND results in a larger and more expensive device (which is otherwise equivalent to the CONNECT).
If you are using a wired network or a latest-generation wireless network over a short distance, we recommend the cheaper CONNECT.
If you are using legacy wifi, or have multiple televisions spread out over a large house, we recommend the EXTEND to reduce the bandwidth required between your media devices eg. Nvidia Shield, iOS/tvOS and your HDHomeRun.
What's the difference between the new dual-tuner model and the older ones? Back to top
HDHR4-2US adds support for streaming TV via DLNA/UPnP and has improved reception components as compared to earlier devices.
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.
Can I use the HDHomeRun with satellite? Back to top
No. Satellite uses a different transmission system than broadcast or cable TV, and there is no requirement for satellite providers to make their systems available to customer-owned hardware, so they don’t. Their set top boxes do not output a signal that is compatible with any HDHomeRun device.
Can I use the HDHomeRun with AT&T U-verse? Back to top
No. AT&T U-verse uses a system called IPTV to deliver TV channels. The channels are delivered as network data to their box, which then decodes it to show on your TV. There is nowhere in this system where a tuner can be connected. Additionally, there is no requirement for IPTV systems to allow for the use of customer-owned equipment, so they don’t.
Can I use the HDHomeRun with a set top box from my cable provider? Back to top
No. Set top boxes do not output a digital signal that the HDHomeRun is capable of receiving. HDHomeRun PRIME can be used with a CableCARD available from all standard cable providers in the US in order to receive subscription digital cable channels. Other HDHomeRun devices can be used to receive over the air broadcasts with an antenna.
What software can I use the HDHomeRun Extend with on Windows? Back to top
- Windows Media Center
Live TV only:
- Kodi (formerly known as XBMC)
- HDHomeRun QuickTV
What software can I use the HDHomeRun PRIME with on Windows? Back to top
Windows Media Center is the only recording solution that can access all channels, including those marked as copy-protected by the cable provider. NextPVR and MediaPortal can be used to watch/record non-protected channels. VLC, Kodi (formerly XBMC), and HDHomeRun QuickTV can be used to watch non-protected channels.
What software can I use on Mac? Back to top
Elgato EyeTV can be used with HDHomeRun Dual and HDHomeRun Extend to watch and record broadcast TV. It does not support HDHomeRun PRIME (this was a design choice made by Elgato and is out of the control of Silicondust).
MythTV can be used with HDHomeRun Dual, HDHomeRun Extend, and HDHomeRun PRIME to watch and record TV. HDHomeRun PRIME support is limited to non-copy-protected channels only.
Can I use HDHomeRun with my Roku box? Back to top
Roku devices do not support audio and video formats used for broadcast TV. The HDHomeRun focuses on a quality streaming experiences. For example, quick channel changes (usually 2 seconds), and high quality video and audio (supporting native broadcast quality and 5.1 surround sound when available).
Third party options:
You can use 3rd party software like HDHRFling running on a PC to convert to a format Roku does support.
PLEX recently added native HDHomeRun tuner support.
Emby also supports HDHomeRun tuners.