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SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime 3-Line Digital CableCard HDTV Tuner w/ Gigabit Ethernet (HDHR3-CC) EXPIRED

ht_dave 57 February 14, 2012 at 08:02 AM in Computers (6) More Rakuten Deals
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Promoted 02-14-2012 at 10:09 AM View Original Post
Update: Also available from JR.com for the same price

JR via Buy.com or JR via Amazon have SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime 3-Line Digital CableCard HDTV Tuner w/ Gigabit Ethernet (HDHR3-CC) for $169 with Free Shipping. Thanks ht dave
Note: This tuner requires a valid cable provider subscription and Cable Card from your provider, please check for compatibility with your carrier

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Edited February 14, 2012 at 10:10 AM by brisar
http://www.amazon.com/SiliconDust-HDHR3-CC-HDHomeRun-CableCARD-Television/dp/B004HKIB6E/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1329231526&sr=8-2

JR via Amazon has the HDHomeRun-CC for $169 with free shipping if you choose J&R Music World as the seller.

Also, JR via Buy.com for same price

http://www.buy.com/prod/219715161.html

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#376
odd, Im getting "no tuners available" error message sometimes, even when im not using any other tuners. (and verified this in the hdhr config tool)

anyone else have this problem?
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#377
I have run into that once and I finally had to fire up the extra PC on the network and after that it saw the prime, then my PC had it's network connection suddenly working and the tuners were found again. Right after that it said there was a software update then a firmware update so I THINK it tried to auto update itself and crashed halfway through which disabled the network connection it had and the one my PC was using.
Before the network on the main PC was down and it said no IP was assigned, and of course I couldn't access the net and it also said no tuners found. I did try rebooting everything and removing and letting windows find the built in network on the board and all that but finally firing up the other working PC on my network seemed to jog the prime back to life which also made the network in here work again. I am now trying locking the IP addresses of the prime and main PC so they can't get lost or changed as I read that it may help. When it was doing this the first green light on the left was flashing then going red which means the network is down and it's trying to find the network and IP, once it was up again both lights on the left were green meaning everything is working.
They have a active forum you can go to to ask questions and I used it but it started working so I never asked a question. here's the forum http://www.silicondust.com/forum/index.php?c=10
there is a owners forum on AVS too if you want to search it out.
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Quote from Evan55 View Post :
odd, Im getting "no tuners available" error message sometimes, even when im not using any other tuners. (and verified this in the hdhr config tool)

anyone else have this problem?
I get this problem every once in a while. The HDHR QuickTV program can still tune the HDHRP, but Windows Media Center just gives up. I usually just reboot the PC and it solves the problem... for a while.
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Quote from cnewsgrp View Post :
I am not a repost police and I don't like them. Just pointing out to the fact that a thread two days ago has the item available from the same link posted 2 days ago. I did not TC your thread yelling repost.

http://slickdeals.net/f/3947320-SiliconDust-HDHomeRun-Prime-3-Line-Digital-CableCard-HDTV-Tuner-w-Gigabit-Ethernet-HDHR3-CC-169-Free-Shipping?v=1
I still can't figure out what you are talking about?Confused You quoted my post were I was pointing out that since the price for the SD 3-Tuner Prime has now returned to what it was when many of us bought it during Blk Fri sales, it is a far better buy than the 6-tuner for a number of reasons the greatest of which was a lower price per tuner cost.

IDK what you were talking about repost police for. It's simple organizing if you see a reposted thread you mod alert it. So as I said the first time maybe you were talking about something else when you quoted my posts about the 3 tuner @ this price vs the 6 tuner @ $400. But if you think was yelling, you are reading WAY TOO much into it. EEK!
Quote from psyctto View Post :
...Reread the FCC rule that was put in place...
Just like everything else the FCC does. It states they must allow people to self install, but if they don't have phone service for the install then the company can still mandate a tech has to install it.
Not quite. Unless they have changed it since it was handed down. It says that if they allow self installation of the STBoxes, they must allow self installation of the CableCard process. Nothing about phone etc. Although you must use that as part of the process (unless or until the cable company allows online entry). If I remember correctly someone in the Blk Fri thread was talking about being able to register it online like they do their modem.
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Quote from Bdubslawman View Post :
Not quite. Unless they have changed it since it was handed down. It says that if they allow self installation of the STBoxes, they must allow self installation of the CableCard process. Nothing about phone etc. Although you must use that as part of the process (unless or until the cable company allows online entry). If I remember correctly someone in the Blk Fri thread was talking about being able to register it online like they do their modem.
Quite...

Important part that still leaves companies an out, if they don't want to pay to have a service for customers to self-install. Don't know what you read, but this is what the rule has been since the effective date...
It's a stupid "rule", that doesn't enforce anything. Retarded.
"
Self-install your CableCARD. Effective August 8, 2011, cable operators must allow self-installation of CableCARDs if they allow self-installation of other equipment, such as digital boxes or cable modems. By November 1, 2011, all cable operators must allow self-installation of CableCARDs. Your operator may decline your request for self-installation if your equipment manufacturer or vendor does not provide you with instructions on how to install a CableCARD and offer a toll-free telephone number for product support. FCC Rule 76.1205(b)(1).
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Source
http://www.fcc.gov/guides/cableca...our-rights


And the thing you're thinking of with doing it online is through Verizon Fios, the system is supposed to be amazingly well built.
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#382
Mine came in today. Just went down to the local Cox store and picked up a cable card and switch box.

Had some troubles initially.

1st Problem) For some reason DCA (microsoft Digital Cable Advisor) was not installed on my computer and therefore during the TV signal setup in Windows Media Center it would always say my computer is not digital cable ready (even though I had HDCP compliant video card, monitor, etc). You can check if its installed or not by going to "Extras" in the Windows Media Center main menu. There should be an icon that looks like a coax cable and says DCA. If this is missing and it keeps says that your computer is not digital cable ready, try installing DCA:
http://experts.windows.com/frms/w...21991.aspx

2nd Problem) I was getting audio but no video. This was because the latest nVidia driver for my Nvidia 480 caused problems (version 285.62). If you have this problem with this version of the driver you can either downgrade to the previous version of the driver or install the beta driver 295.51.

Good luck!
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#383
For ANYONE & EVERYONE who is going to be installing one of these... you MUST run DCA or Digital Cable Advisor which is part of Windows Media Center. If you haven't ever used it it will need to be installed from within WMC. Open WMC and then scroll to Extras>Extras Gallery>Then click the DCA tile (white with what looks like an RG6/COAX cable in the thumbnail) and then follow the instructions. It will tell you when you've passed and what updates you need and once you complete that you can proceed with the rest of the steps of installing. This is STEP 1 though so do NOT skip this step or you will be making this much harder than it needs to be. If you've just ordered this and are still waiting on shipping you can do this step right now and be done with it.
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#384
My homerun prime arrived yesterday. I picked up my cable card yesterday as well. I plan on setting this up on a dedicated server of it's own but I have not built it yet so ran the Digital Cable Adviser on my laptop and it said everything tested okay. When I try to go to tasks and run the tv I get an error that no card was detected. The Silicon Dust gui config utility looks like it is working on some channels and the Video app seems to bring up a few channels. I do have the Cisco Tuning Adapter connected (I can't tell if it is on or not, I do not see a light on it) I have updated my laptop's integrated Intel HD graphics drivers. I'm suspecting maybe that video graphics adapter may not be compliant?
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#385
Crap, somehow missed this. Well, time to make an alert.
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#386
Quote from Akbar42 View Post :
The red B Button on the official remote takes you to live TV.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/imag...AY4QZL.jpg
Are you sure it takes you to live TV in Media center? I don't have this remote yet so I cannot confirm, but when I map LiveTV button from XBox in my Logitech Harmony remote it does not work.
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#387
It works from the remote I linked to. I have not ever tried it from the controller.

Quote from cnewsgrp View Post :
Are you sure it takes you to live TV in Media center? I don't have this remote yet so I cannot confirm, but when I map LiveTV button from XBox in my Logitech Harmony remote it does not work.
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Quote from Akbar42 View Post :
It works from the remote I linked to. I have not ever tried it from the controller.
Thanks. I have ordered the remote last week, so I expect to get it this week. Just so that we are on same page, here is how its supposed to work

Start TV
Start XBox
Click "Live TV" button

Media center should start and I should be watching a TV channel. Here is the process to watch live TV for me using Logitech Harmony
Start TV
Start XBox
Click "Media center" button
Click "Live TV" button
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#389
Sorry, that is the process I use as well. You have to start media center before the Live tv command can be used. But you can start the xbox directly into Media center skipping the dashboard by using the media center button.

Quote from cnewsgrp View Post :
Thanks. I have ordered the remote last week, so I expect to get it this week. Just so that we are on same page, here is how its supposed to work

Start TV
Start XBox
Click "Live TV" button

Media center should start and I should be watching a TV channel. Here is the process to watch live TV for me using Logitech Harmony
Start TV
Start XBox
Click "Media center" button
Click "Live TV" button
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#390
Guys, I have a bit of a problem. I recently ordered the SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime 3 Tuner model for $169.99 at Amazon. Now, I see that the Ceton InfiniTV 4 USB model is $198.99 at Newegg. I have a 10% Customer Loyalty coupon that would bring it down to $179.20.

Which should I go with?

I have Charter Digital Cable. Does anyone know if their Cable Cards are limited to a certain number of tuners per card? Would I definitely have access to all 4 tuners?

Also, can someone explain to me how the HDHomeRun Prime and Ceton InfiniTV 4 USB work through USB? I assume you have to connect it to one host PC and then the other PCs on the network are assigned tuners from there. Does tuner pooling really matter? It looks like only the HDHomeRun Prime has that from what I can see.

Finally, the HDHomeRun Prime has an ethernet port whereas the Ceton InfiniTV 4 USB does not. Is the preferred choice of connection with the HD HomeRun Prime ethernet? Does that still require you to have a PC on at all times that you want to view cable?

Oh, side note - which unit would be best to view cable on a Android tablet? What software would I need?
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