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I was looking to replace my HDHomeRun Prime that failed several months back. While I was looking around and had it in my cart at BB, I noticed the total in my cart dropped. It looks like it went on sale starting today.

https://www.bestbuy.com//site/hdh...Id=8548056

The Prime is the cable Card version. I.E. replaces your cable box.

I get free basic cable with my internet so it gives me the ability to watch it anywhere in the house without having to pay for cable boxes.

Best Buy.com has the SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime CableCARD 3-Tuner on sale for $104.99. Shipping is free or select free store pickup where available.


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.
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So what would be the cheapest way to hook this up to like 8 tvs?

Buy 2 of these and have 3 out 4 tvs be able to run at the same time.

What the cheapest box that can be used with the tv to connect to the prime tuner?
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So what would be the cheapest way to hook this up to like 8 tvs?

Buy 2 of these and have 3 out 4 tvs be able to run at the same time.

What the cheapest box that can be used with the tv to connect to the prime tuner?
You don't hook these directly up to a tv, it's a networked tv tuner. So once this is hooked up, you can view it on your phone/tablet/computer via their app To get it on your TV you could use android TV, amazon fire tv, or apple tv 4 with mirroring to run it directly. Othewrise, you can run a plex server and link it with plex dvr or use one of the other windows media center servers like emby.

Is there a limit to how many streams you can view at once on this box? I assumed you can do at least 3 individual streams, but I thought you could view those active streams on many different clients at once.
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You don't hook these directly up to a tv, it's a networked tv tuner. So once this is hooked up, you can view it on your phone/tablet/computer via their app To get it on your TV you could use android TV, amazon fire tv, or apple tv 4 with mirroring to run it directly. Othewrise, you can run a plex server and link it with plex dvr or use one of the other windows media center servers like emby.

Is there a limit to how many streams you can view at once on this box? I assumed you can do at least 3 individual streams, but I thought you could view those active streams on many different clients at once.

so could buy 8 fire tvs and hook those up to the tvs via hdmi to watch live tv? would I need any other equipment
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so could buy 8 fire tvs and hook those up to the tvs via hdmi to watch live tv? would I need any other equipment
Based on their product page, you could view it on any of the fire TVs but only 3 simultaneously per box.
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so could buy 8 fire tvs and hook those up to the tvs via hdmi to watch live tv? would I need any other equipment
Correct. It has 3 tuners so you could watch or record 3 channels at a time.

I plan to use Plex. Previously I used WMC and Xbox 360. It worked very well.

I'll be canceling DirecTV in January and using HDHomeRun's and TiVo's as replacements.

I already had the Tivo units. But they are limited in that I can't watch live TV on devices. Which drives me crazy... with this I will be able to.
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I have had one of these for a few years. Please note this particular model is ONLY for Cable TV. It is a 3 tuner device over the network. It requires a cable card from your cable provider (like a TiVo does).

Now, due to DRM, premium channels like HBO only work through Windows Media Center or The HDHomerun app on Windows 10. The company that makes these has a free app and also sells a subscription to a DVR service (not cloud, record to local storage).

So this is not for cord cutters.

I use it in Windows Media Center on Windows 7 still and in Kodi on an HTPC. It worked in the Nvidia shield as well with the Live Channels App, but not very well (there is a big with the Live channels app that makes the Shield lose network connection - long story, look up the Silicon Dust forums if you need more info).

This is an OK price - had seen these refurb from the factory direct for $85 fairly regularly. This is a 5 year old device.
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your abandoned cart help us alot
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newegg [newegg.com]has the same price w/o tax for some, which is where i got mine for 5 less during this past black frieday. I have been playing with it for over a month and I want to share my experiences for those who are not familiar with the product.

first of all, the motivation to get this is to lower my monthly cable bill. i have fios and verizon charges $20/month for DVR service, 12/month for cable box. since i have 3 tvs so that's close to $60 a month just for that.

It's important to know that your everyday cable box does 2 things, receiving the signals and displaying the signals.

This hd homerun prime does NOT do both by itself. To receive cable signals, you need to RENT cableCard from your cable company, it's 4/month from fios. It's also a pain to configure/activate it, most of the time you need to work with your cable company's tech support to get it working. I can understand why cable companies want to make this process as painful as possible.

Then there's the displaying part, hd homerun provides a software app for you to use, and for the most part it is pretty good. The bad part is there's no perfect companion hardware to go with your tv. silicondust rely on 3rd party to provide the hardware, but they are either too expensive, or need too much tweaking.

my original plan was to use the new fire tv stick that i got for 25 over thanksgiving. but it doesn't do deinterlacing reference [plex.tv]. The best player is nvidia shield based on internet's opinions, but that's another 150 expense.

why silicondust does not make a simple receiver with a standard remote control with work with this product is beyond. me.

in short, if you want to get this to replace your standard cablebox for your tv, here are your options (IMO)
The cheapest option if you do not want dvr and interlacing doesn't bother you. go with this + fire tv stick. having a remote goes a long way.

A little better, get this + nvidia shield to eliminate interlacing and possible running plex media server

with DVR options, you need to buy silicondust yearly sub (i have not tried so i don't know how good it is), or you can try plex, 5/month, yearly and lifetime options. it work pretty well for me. i know there are other options, but they are not as straightforward.

PMS opens the door to many other things, at this point you would want to get a dedicated server grade server. again, this is just my opinion

this guy [youtube.com] has a lot of helpful videos
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I use this with Verizon FIOS on Windows 7 with Windows Media Center and the EPG123 program listings apps. Works well that way but as was mentioned it takes some work to get things set up. It's not a plug it in and start watching TV item. Google epg123 for more info on the app, it's on the Green Button forum. I sub to the program listing service mentioned there, can't remember the name now, for a few bucks a year, well worth the money.
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can these get my basic cable channels without a cable card?

is the cable card absolutely necessary for this product to work or just to get the premium hd cable channels?
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can these get my basic cable channels without a cable card?

is the cable card absolutely necessary for this product to work or just to get the premium hd cable channels?

I have been using this for over 4 years. It saved me a lot of money in terms of dvr. I rented a cable card for $2.00 from RCN. My setup as follows;

1. Living room media center - a book case pc (Celeron g460) and windows 10 10586 version.-gigabit
hard wired.
2. My work computer with two monitors and N network connection.(core i7 with windows 10 10586
version.
3. My kitchen computer - Toshiba Laptop. (core i3 with windows 10 10586 version)

The WMC will not work with any other versions of windows 10. I have blocked future updates on all pcs.

It's pretty straight forward installation and setup. Occasionally I reboot the prime. Its a great little machine.

Prime will not work without the cable card.
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This thing has saved me a bundle over the years.
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So like sports, HBO, and AMC. Can you watch these live like you would with normal tv? Hard to tell what this is from a newbie like me.
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these are really old. I've had one for years... I have since stopped using it as I've cut the cord but it was a good way to setup my own DVR system with Kodi and windows media center. If you are looking for one you can also find them much cheaper (but used) on ebay. I know it's not a direct comparison but I just thought I'd give some more options for people looking for one of these. The OP seems like a decent deal for a new one though. I'm surprised these are still at this price range. I'm pretty sure I paid $100 for mine and that was a solid 4-5 years ago. Anyways if anyone has any questions about setting these up you can PM me. Enjoy!

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_...5573.m1684
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