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HDHomerun is a tuner, just a tuner.

You need a tuner to get OTA stations to be able to record.

You then need to decide what you are going to connect the tuner to in order to record. It could be a PC, a Sever or an Nvidia Shield. You then need to have hard drive capacity. In the instance of the Shield you need to plug in an external Hard Drive or it could be a Flash Drive but it's far more cost effective to buy at least a 1Tb external for $50.

Back to the original post the Quatro has 4 tuners, $100 is the best deal you will find on this. When the regular HDHomerun which is 2 tuner is on sale it's $70. I bought the Quatro because if you are watching one channel and recording another that's 2 channels used, if you have 4 channels you'd have 2 more channels to watch something different in other rooms and or record.

The best cost effective setup is a Quatro $100. A shield without Game Controller $130. An external HD $50 1Tb or bigger depending on how much storage you want.

You could use an old PC to record also but you'll be interacting with the PC vs on your TV screen with the Shield. PC uses more power needs to run 24/7 to be able to record at will. If the PC is 500 watts x 24 = 12,000 watts a day. Power depending where you live is about $.09 per 1Kw = 1000 watts. So 12 x .09 = $1.08 per day = $394.20 per year. The Shield uses about 4 watts so it pays for itself in 3.03 months and is far more user friendly. Plus the Shield is Android so you can sideload any android app you want. Therever are apps to get movies but I'd recommend a VPN to hide your "questionable" downloads from your ISP.

Happy New Year that should get you started. There are many YouTube videos to help.
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Is the PC in this example GPU mining 24/7? That or you're running a flux capacitor. My computer idles at 40 watts, BOINCs at 130, transcodes at 160, and games top at 240.
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All my HTPC equipment (wireless router, htpc, tuner, xbox 360, tv) uses 19 watts in standby and 45 watts when recording a show. If it records an hour a day I'm using 482 watt-hrs/day, or 176kwh/yr. $.09/kwh*176kwh/yr = $15.83/yr.

My HTPC can watch any service, play any format, and run most older games and emulators (even an android emulator) with ease. I consider it well worth the extra cost over a Shield.
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Is this the cheapest I can get a box to record OTA? And I need a NAS too?
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Is this the cheapest I can get a box to record OTA? And I need a NAS too?
the 2-tuner is cheaper and a NAS is not necessary, you can use WMC or NextPVR or a variety of solutions
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Is this like plex? I am looking to replace plex been lagging it lately and want something better if any. TIA
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Is this the cheapest I can get a box to record OTA? And I need a NAS too?
HDHomerun is a tuner, just a tuner.

You need a tuner to get OTA stations to be able to record.

You then need to decide what you are going to connect the tuner to in order to record. It could be a PC, a Sever or an Nvidia Shield. You then need to have hard drive capacity. In the instance of the Shield you need to plug in an external Hard Drive or it could be a Flash Drive but it's far more cost effective to buy at least a 1Tb external for $50.

Back to the original post the Quatro has 4 tuners, $100 is the best deal you will find on this. When the regular HDHomerun which is 2 tuner is on sale it's $70. I bought the Quatro because if you are watching one channel and recording another that's 2 channels used, if you have 4 channels you'd have 2 more channels to watch something different in other rooms and or record.

The best cost effective setup is a Quatro $100. A shield without Game Controller $130. An external HD $50 1Tb or bigger depending on how much storage you want.

You could use an old PC to record also but you'll be interacting with the PC vs on your TV screen with the Shield. PC uses more power needs to run 24/7 to be able to record at will. If the PC is 500 watts x 24 = 12,000 watts a day. Power depending where you live is about $.09 per 1Kw = 1000 watts. So 12 x .09 = $1.08 per day = $394.20 per year. The Shield uses about 4 watts so it pays for itself in 3.03 months and is far more user friendly. Plus the Shield is Android so you can sideload any android app you want. Therever are apps to get movies but I'd recommend a VPN to hide your "questionable" downloads from your ISP.

Happy New Year that should get you started. There are many YouTube videos to help.
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Missed the last sale, so bought this time. Best price on the 4 tuner model ever. If other retailers start selling it next year, might be cheaper, but don't see it happening too soon. Have shield and 8tb hd hooked up already, so just need to choose recording software. Looking to cord cut and drop Dish, but do love their Hopper DVR and picture quality for non-antenna shows. Need stable alt setup to pull plug.
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HDHomerun is a tuner, just a tuner.

You need a tuner to get OTA stations to be able to record.

You then need to decide what you are going to connect the tuner to in order to record. It could be a PC, a Sever or an Nvidia Shield. You then need to have hard drive capacity. In the instance of the Shield you need to plug in an external Hard Drive or it could be a Flash Drive but it's far more cost effective to buy at least a 1Tb external for $50.

Back to the original post the Quatro has 4 tuners, $100 is the best deal you will find on this. When the regular HDHomerun which is 2 tuner is on sale it's $70. I bought the Quatro because if you are watching one channel and recording another that's 2 channels used, if you have 4 channels you'd have 2 more channels to watch something different in other rooms and or record.

The best cost effective setup is a Quatro $100. A shield without Game Controller $130. An external HD $50 1Tb or bigger depending on how much storage you want.

You could use an old PC to record also but you'll be interacting with the PC vs on your TV screen with the Shield. PC uses more power needs to run 24/7 to be able to record at will. If the PC is 500 watts x 24 = 12,000 watts a day. Power depending where you live is about $.09 per 1Kw = 1000 watts. So 12 x .09 = $1.08 per day = $394.20 per year. The Shield uses about 4 watts so it pays for itself in 3.03 months and is far more user friendly. Plus the Shield is Android so you can sideload any android app you want. Therever are apps to get movies but I'd recommend a VPN to hide your "questionable" downloads from your ISP.

Happy New Year that should get you started. There are many YouTube videos to help.
Is the PC in this example GPU mining 24/7? That or you're running a flux capacitor. My computer idles at 40 watts, BOINCs at 130, transcodes at 160, and games top at 240.
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I just hooked up Plex to my computer and AFTV (got the amazon $30/year deal) yesterday in anticipation of this deal. Now I just need a nice external hard drive to record my OTA signal to. Thanks!
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the 2-tuner is cheaper and a NAS is not necessary, you can use WMC or NextPVR or a variety of solutions

Really silly to pay $69 for the 2-tuner when the 4-tuner is $100 though.

I have 4 of the older dual tuner hdhomerun's and use them with an older pc that has win 7 and WMC on it. Still works fine and doesn't cost a dime for tv listings. I do the majority of my viewing on a Roku however. A free program called MCEBuddy can be used to convert the shows to mp4 and optionally remove the commercials so you can watch a 1 hour show in about 40 minutes.
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HDHomerun is a tuner, just a tuner.

You need a tuner to get OTA stations to be able to record.

You then need to decide what you are going to connect the tuner to in order to record. It could be a PC, a Sever or an Nvidia Shield. You then need to have hard drive capacity. In the instance of the Shield you need to plug in an external Hard Drive or it could be a Flash Drive but it's far more cost effective to buy at least a 1Tb external for $50.

Back to the original post the Quatro has 4 tuners, $100 is the best deal you will find on this. When the regular HDHomerun which is 2 tuner is on sale it's $70. I bought the Quatro because if you are watching one channel and recording another that's 2 channels used, if you have 4 channels you'd have 2 more channels to watch something different in other rooms and or record.

The best cost effective setup is a Quatro $100. A shield without Game Controller $130. An external HD $50 1Tb or bigger depending on how much storage you want.

You could use an old PC to record also but you'll be interacting with the PC vs on your TV screen with the Shield. PC uses more power needs to run 24/7 to be able to record at will. If the PC is 500 watts x 24 = 12,000 watts a day. Power depending where you live is about $.09 per 1Kw = 1000 watts. So 12 x .09 = $1.08 per day = $394.20 per year. The Shield uses about 4 watts so it pays for itself in 3.03 months and is far more user friendly. Plus the Shield is Android so you can sideload any android app you want. Therever are apps to get movies but I'd recommend a VPN to hide your "questionable" downloads from your ISP.

Happy New Year that should get you started. There are many YouTube videos to help.
All my HTPC equipment (wireless router, htpc, tuner, xbox 360, tv) uses 19 watts in standby and 45 watts when recording a show. If it records an hour a day I'm using 482 watt-hrs/day, or 176kwh/yr. $.09/kwh*176kwh/yr = $15.83/yr.

My HTPC can watch any service, play any format, and run most older games and emulators (even an android emulator) with ease. I consider it well worth the extra cost over a Shield.
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Really silly to pay $69 for the 2-tuner when the 4-tuner is $100 though.

I have 4 of the older dual tuner hdhomerun's and use them with an older pc that has win 7 and WMC on it. Still works fine and doesn't cost a dime for tv listings. I do the majority of my viewing on a Roku however. A free program called MCEBuddy can be used to convert the shows to mp4 and optionally remove the commercials so you can watch a 1 hour show in about 40 minutes.
WMC tv listings stopped working for me. I'm using zap2xml and nextpvr now. It's not as clean and easy a setup, but if it ever dies on you...

https://www.nextpvr.com/
http://zap2xml.awardspace.info/
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HDHomerun is a tuner, just a tuner.

You need a tuner to get OTA stations to be able to record.

You then need to decide what you are going to connect the tuner to in order to record. It could be a PC, a Sever or an Nvidia Shield. You then need to have hard drive capacity. In the instance of the Shield you need to plug in an external Hard Drive or it could be a Flash Drive but it's far more cost effective to buy at least a 1Tb external for $50.
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Happy New Year that should get you started. There are many YouTube videos to help.
Thanks, very helpful post! Do I need to pay $35/year to get the HDHomeRun DVR service for recording or are there any free options?
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Nice deal! I'm in for another unit. Got one of the Quattro and a couple of the Connect model as well already. These just work, and they work great. Combined with Plex for Live TV/DVR (including remotely) you have a kick-ass setup for peanuts (relatively).

The power consumption of the server is a legitimate thing especially with the non-Extend as the transcoding has to be done on the CPU/GPU of the server computer. In my case, it's a pretty robust machine (Core i7-4770 box) which doesn't really break a sweat transcoding several streams but it does use some juice and I'd love to have a lower-power option that had the transcoding in hardware...but it needs to have the performance too. If only one could get both eh? Smilie
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Thanks, very helpful post! Do I need to pay $35/year to get the HDHomeRun DVR service for recording or are there any free options?
Doesn't run on Shield, but SageTV is free and open-source and runs on Linux or Windows. Requires a $25 / yearly sub to SchedulesDirect for TV schedule data.

I have been running this with multiple HDHR units for around 8 years and it works great.
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