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HDHomeRun CONNECT 4K - dual ATSC 3.0 tuners - $199.99 (Preorder)

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If you live in a market where ATSC 3.0 has launched but don't have a TV with the right tuner (which at this point would still be most people), this could be an interesting way to get started while we wait for new televisions to actually include the tuner.

Details / specs, including additional info on which markets have or will soon have 4K OTA broadcasts: https://shop.silicondust.com/shop...-hdhr5-4k/

This was on kick back in April, but those units have all shipped now - so the product is real and not vaporware as some people were concerned with in the spring.
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i think this is just retail price, right? not a special preorder price...
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I got one from kickstarter. Can confirm this is real. Using it right now with Plex and its own HDHomerun app. Look forward to receiving 4K OTA broadcast.
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If I wasn't vested in Amazon's ecosystem would probably jump on this. If their next DVR doesn't have ATSC 3, I'll grab one.
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I got one from kickstarter. Can confirm this is real. Using it right now with Plex and its own HDHomerun app. Look forward to receiving 4K OTA broadcast.
I did as well, work fantastic with Plex
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Does it still save in Mpeg-2 format?
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Sounds like a bit much considering the 65" X900h has the ATSC 3.0 tuner built in for $970 at Costco. $200 is money that can be put into a new TV
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If you live in a market where ATSC 3.0 has launched but don't have a TV with the right tuner (which at this point would still be most people), this could be an interesting way to get started while we wait for new televisions to actually include the tuner.

Details / specs, including additional info on which markets have or will soon have 4K OTA broadcasts: https://shop.silicondust.com/shop...-hdhr5-4k/

This was on kick back in April, but those units have all shipped now - so the product is real and not vaporware as some people were concerned with in the spring.

Once ATSC 3.0 goes live "everywhere" all the broadcasters are still going to have to be backwards compatible for 5 years so there is no rush needed to get these. Prices will be much more reasonable farther down the line. Unless the specs have changed cordcutters should be aware that atsc 3.0 REQUIRES internet and it's used for targeted ad's among other things. As impatient as I am I'm gonna stick with my older multiple hdhomerun tuners and Plex as well as streaming media.

HDHomerun also has a history of being downright crappy about supporting their "old" hardware so by the time ATSC 3.0 goes live they will probably have new models and these will get no support. They don't even give their supporters a discounted upgrade path. The only special offer I was ever given was on a refurb tuner selling at the SAME price it was listed on slickdeals and their website at the time. In other words NADA. I'd wait and make sure I got full support.
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If I wasn't vested in Amazon's ecosystem would probably jump on this. If their next DVR doesn't have ATSC 3, I'll grab one.
This works with firetv..I use a quatro on my network with multiple firetv devices
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Once ATSC 3.0 goes live "everywhere" all the broadcasters are still going to have to be backwards compatible for 5 years so there is no rush needed to get these. Prices will be much more reasonable farther down the line. Unless the specs have changed cordcutters should be aware that atsc 3.0 REQUIRES internet and it's used for targeted ad's among other things. As impatient as I am I'm gonna stick with my older multiple hdhomerun tuners and Plex as well as streaming media.

HDHomerun also has a history of being downright crappy about supporting their "old" hardware so by the time ATSC 3.0 goes live they will probably have new models and these will get no support. They don't even give their supporters a discounted upgrade path. The only special offer I was ever given was on a refurb tuner selling at the SAME price it was listed on slickdeals and their website at the time. In other words NADA. I'd wait and make sure I got full support.
Every single network tuner sold by Silicondust is still supported to this day, and will even get firmware updated when needed. The only exceptions are the Roku and LG versions of the official HDHomeRun app, due to platform limitations, and those will need a tuner from the last 5 years or so, rather than a gen 1, 2, or 3.

ATSC 3.0 does not require internet. Silicondust plans on blocking anything that might compromise consumer privacy.

It sounds like you are complaining about their standard out-of-warranty policy, which is to offer a flat discount off the normal price of a new unit. For a while an unauthorized reseller was dumping units below cost on Amazon, and was thus cheaper. Don't expect everyone to go broke just to make you happy.

Source: I am a support tech with Silicondust.
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Does it still save in Mpeg-2 format?
ATSC 1.0 is still MPEG-2. ATSC 3.0 is HEVC/H.265.
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couple years time to throw out the big screen TVs we have again. at least the 100" budget jobs will be $200 by then.
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HDHomerun also has a history of being downright crappy about supporting their "old" hardware so by the time ATSC 3.0 goes live they will probably have new models and these will get no support.
Don't know why you'd say that, I have an original 2 tuner connect that still gets regular firmware updates.
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Sounds like a bit much considering the 65" X900h has the ATSC 3.0 tuner built in for $970 at Costco. $200 is money that can be put into a new TV
So you're saying instead of going with this product for $200 to go with my LG CX i should ditch my LG CX and pay $970 for the x900h that already has it built in?
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