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Plex Pass Perks - 30% Off SiliconDust HDHomeRun Connect, Extend, or Prime, from $69.99

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For Plex Pass subscribers, there is a 30% discount on HDHomeRun Connect, Extend, or Prime Digital TV Tuners. Shipping is free in continental US. These are compatible with Plex Live TV announced today. Deal good through July 7.

First, go here:
https://www.plex.tv/plex-pass-perks/

A coupon code will be generated for you to use at checkout.

Then go here:
https://shop.silicondust.com/shop/

At checkout, you can enter your code (code is single-use).

PRICING:
Connect - $69.99 (Reg. $99.99)
Extend - $125.99 (Reg. $179.99)
Prime - $94.49 (Reg. $134.99)

For those unaware of what these are, you connect an antenna and ethernet connection to them which allows you to stream live OTA TV to devices in your house (or possibly remotely) through Plex or native apps.

Compare models here: https://www.silicondust.com/hdhomerun/

From the FAQ section:
What is the difference between the different models?

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.

What specifically is the difference between the HDHomeRun CONNECT and the HDHomeRun EXTEND?

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.
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Good deal! I have the EXTEND. It's works great because Plex on my QNAP can't transcode well.
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Awesome deal on prime, I just placed an order from jet for $115, going to return and buy this!
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I'm thinking about letting wmc go and go with plex live tv. Will it work with the prime? Most channels are not encrypted (yet) by comcast
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quick question on this product. Can I plug this to a friends house and connect it to the plex server through the internet/vpn?
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quick question on this product. Can I plug this to a friends house and connect it to the plex server through the internet/vpn?
I believe it has to be local to the server. But I could be wrong...
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quick question on this product. Can I plug this to a friends house and connect it to the plex server through the internet/vpn?
I don't see why not. All Plex needs is an IP to point at. Depending on the model, you would need to have a decent connection speed. Using the Connect or Prime may not feasible, since they stream MPEG video (higher bandwidth). The Extend transcodes the streams to H264, which would give you lower bandwidth over the VPN.
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I believe it has to be local to the server. But I could be wrong...
No, these are all networked tuners. You can connect them via Ethernet or WiFi.

EDIT: I took "local" as meaning "residing on the same server as Plex". Maybe you meant "local" network, as in "residing on the same subnet". That is probably correct, although this could be extended to a non-"local" location via VPN (Plex wouldn't know the difference).
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I'm thinking about letting wmc go and go with plex live tv. Will it work with the prime? Most channels are not encrypted (yet) by comcast
Yes, it should work with them.

Here is their list [plex.tv] of supported devices and antennas.
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I currently don't have cable. Would it be possible for me to buy the PRIME and use with OTA now and then possibly down the line if I get cable? Or does the PRIME box not work with OTA?
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I currently don't have cable. Would it be possible for me to buy the PRIME and use with OTA now and then possibly down the line if I get cable? Or does the PRIME box not work with OTA?
prime doesn't do ota
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I currently don't have cable. Would it be possible for me to buy the PRIME and use with OTA now and then possibly down the line if I get cable? Or does the PRIME box not work with OTA?
You could buy a connect and a prime... I have both... maybe I need an EXTEND too.
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Looks like the only thing you can DVR and watch remotely are OTA recordings. Therefore, I don't know why they would be pushing Prime, which is a cable card only device. I use a Prime now, and can stream Prime recordings with Plex, provided they are not HBO or other protected content. To DVR schedule those recordings, I use WMC. My question is whether Plex now, or in the future, can DVR both cable and OTA recordings, allowing streaming of any non-encrypted content.
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It's too bad Ceton support seemed to die off.

It still works great with WMC 7, but I'd like something that pairs up with something as well supported as Plex.

I'll probably be looking into Emby otherwise.
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Debating whether to get the Connect or the Extend.
Anyone know if size of the files differ between the 2 when saving content? I have a dedicated PC running Plex server picking up files from a Qnap so I have no issues with transcoding. I would like to go the route with it saving smaller video files if possible.
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