SiliconDust HDHomeRun - PRIME Tuner with CableCARD for digital cable TV - Black

Access HD cable TV programs on devices throughout your home with this SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME CableCARD. It lets you watch up to three different cable TV shows at once on smartphones, computers or tablets. This SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME CableCARD works with your internet connection, saving you the expense of extra cable boxes.
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Overview

What's Included


  • Cat5e cable
  • Power adapter
  • Quick start guide
  • SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME Tuner with CableCARD for digital cable TV

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
79% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (25 out of 32)

Features


Compatible with most smart media devices

Including Amazon Fire TV, Nvidia Shield, iOS, Apple, iPhone, iPad, Windows 10, Sony TVs, PlayStation, Android, Xbox, NAS, Plex, Western Digital, QNAP, Synology, and Asustor devices.

Get more entertainment with three cable tuners

Browse, record and stream up to three live or multiple recorded HDTV shows simultaneously on multiple devices. HDHomeRun PRIME is not compatible with satellite TV.

Designed for users who watch subscription cable TV*

Save money by cutting the number of boxes you rent from your cable company. Access premium cable subscription channels using CableCARD™.

Live TV can be viewed via free downloadable HDHomeRun app

The app is available for Windows 10 devices, Android devices, such as tablets and phones, and smart media boxes, such as Amazon Fire TV and Nvidia Shield TV and more.

Watch live TV through HDHomeRun DVR software

You can record, pause, rewind and schedule your favorite shows using the HDHomeRun DVR service**.

Gigabit Ethernet

Provides high-speed connection to your existing home network. Simply plug your HDHomeRun PRIME into your router, follow the Quick Start procedure then stream live TV around your home.

*Subscription from a cable provider is required.

**Subscription is required.


Customer rating

4.1
79%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    TV on All Your Devices

    Posted
    Daddio
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    The HDHomeRun Prime is a device that connects to the Coaxial Cable that enters your house from your Cable Company's drop-box outside, and also connects to your home's Ethernet wiring. It comes with a slot for a "Cable Card" that unscrambles the encrypted channels. You rent the Cable Card from your Cable Company for about $5 per month. You can then return your Cable Company's Set-Top Box/DVR and save about $20 per month per TV. You then install the free HDHomeRun Software on any Windows 10 PC or Tablet and Android Phone or Tablet or IOS Phone, computer or Tablet, Xbox One or PlayStation 4. All of those devices can access the three separate tuners on the HDHomeRun and watch any three program simultaneously. For $60 per year you can load the HDHomeRun DVR software on any one of the PCs or a NAS (Network Accessible Storage) device if you have one. That will enable you to record as much Cable TV as the hard drives you choose will hold. Any of the other PCs, Tablets etc. on your network will be able to access the recorded shows and watch them any time. The HDHomeRun Prime works with Cable TV. You can also purchase HDHomeRun Connect which will take the free signal from an antenna and allow you record or watch it live with no Cable Company fees at all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      HDHomeRun Sales & Support

      mix and match Cable and OTA HDHomeRun tuners is the optimum set up giving you the best 1080i HD from the antenna on broadcast channels and allowing you to still see all you favorite Cable TV channels and Save a ton of money on Set Top Box rentals from your cable provider = best of both worlds.
      Thanks for the review

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Almost plug-n-play... almost

    Posted
    Gumper8107
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I did a LOT of research in looking for a device I could buy yo keep cable but ditch all my Spectrum equipment. This device was the easiest one I found to set up and use, and it was. You will need to download the HD Homerun app to a PC on your network even if you're using another media server like Windows or Plex. The Homerun app will access the cable card settings and allow you to scan for channels through the browser. HOWEVER, depending on your cable provider, you may need a tuning adapter. Spectrum says you CANNOT get your channels without it. Your coaxial cable goes into the adpater then out to the Homerun Prime, and you also run a "printer" USB from the adapter tot he Prime so you can access adapter settings through the same browser. AND... you may not be able to get ALL the cable channels as many are DRM protected encryption. Talk to your TV tech support about how to get the tuner to decrypt those channels so the Prime can tune to them. I have yet to do this but I was under the impression that the tuning adapter was supposed to allow the Prime to tune to DRM channels. OVERALL... very easy to uise and the channles I am currently getting I am watching and recording through Plex, although I downloaded the Homerun app to my android box and that works great too, maybe better as the program guide is more conventional. GO TO Lon.TV on YouTube for EXCELLENT reviews and demos.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      HDHomeRun Sales & Support

      Thanks for the great review and call out for our friend Lon. We appreciate the extensive research and glad we offered the right solution for you. Welcome to the family

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent Cablebox alternative

    Posted
    AnotherOne
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Took about 30 min to get up and running with my local FIOS cable service. Most of that time was spent getting my cable card activated through my service provider and then waiting for a full channel scan. Currently evauating whether the HDHR app on XBOX One and integration with Plex Live TV / DVR (on non DRM channels) is a worth while replacement for the costly set top boxes from the cable company. As of writing this, the HDHR app on Xbox One does not support premium DRM channels after some bugs with the latest Xbox update. Hopefully it will be resolved soon. That aside, Plex seems to work great. The native IOS HDHR apps have a weird video sync issue that causes the video to stutter frequently so haven’t really used it much. Live TV integration with Kodi works fine (minus DRM support) and although most all channels are available on Windows 10 / Xbox platforms, channel navigation with just a remote can be frustrating. It seems Xbox does not accept IR number pad inputs so you’re forced to scroll through the entire channel list or use a wireless keyboard / Xbox controller keyboard add on to type in channel numbers. Time will tell if this passes the wife test and hopefully will let me save a significant amount of my cable bill by turning in my cable boxes and canceling DVR service.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      HDHomeRun Sales & Support

      *** UPDATE - Xbox team assisted our engineering team to correct what Xbox update broke
      DRM content viewing on Xbox is BACK and working as of November 2nd, 2017 firmware release
      please update your HDHomeRun PRIME FW to this latest release and continue enjoying DRM content viewing on your XBoxOne


      great way to save money on those set top box rentals
      Xbox - err.. yes engineering is working with them on a fix - stay tuned and follow our forums for updates
      Thank you for the review and welcome to the family

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Replaced 2 cable boxes, saved $20/month

    Posted
    Winkasdad29
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The Silicon Dust HD Homerun Prime does what it says. The only trouble I had was not the company's fault - it was Comcast's fault. You go to your cable TV company and get a CableCard. Put the card into the HD Homerun Prime. Download the software from Silicon Dust and call the CATV company to activate the card. It took me 5 calls to get the card activated correctly. Here's a tip: When you call your CATV company to activate the card make sure you tell the rep that you are NOT USING TIVO. This way the rep enters the correct numbers so the card will load your channels from the cable company. The only other issue I have is that the picture sometimes freezes or pixelates, but wait a minute and it will clear up. Silicon Dust is working on this. Make sure you use CAT6 Ethernet cable, and if you're streaming wirelessly to other computers, make sure you use an AC router and AC wireless adapters. This way you can send HD to those computers. By the way, Best Buy's price was the best one I found via eBay.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not for faint of heart,

    Posted
    richie
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    No manual provided which made for a lot of searching the web. I installed this with a CableCard. You have to use the web embedded page to give to your cable provider so the can pair the box so you need to know the tuner ip address. Windows Media Center finds the 3 tuner but because of protected content wouldn't load. You need to download a program from Microsoft called resetdmr.exe for windows 7 & 8 users you must run this in compatability mode first save the settings then run again as an administrator. Then it will work for all channels in Media enter. Next it does not work with my LG Bluray Players or Panasonic model as well. All though it works fine with Nero DLNA server. So someone is not DLNA compliant. Great tuner once you figure it out. I have checked the SiliconDust forums for answers and it seems that others are having the same issues

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    No drm channels on windows 7 but otherwise good

    Posted
    Notme

    I purchased mine elsewhere nearly 2 years ago. The box has performed without issues on comcast. If I had one complaint it would be in the inability to watch drm channels on windows 7 or linux (ubuntu 16.04). Luckily most of comcast channels lack drm (mgm, showtime have drm as well as other premium channels). They did recently add drm support to xbox so I can watch drm channel on tv but i do most of my tv watching while working on the linux box. Anyway I give it 4* due to drm issue but I much prefer it to alternative solutions. Previously I used a tv card in the linux box and comcast cable output to the tv card but pci is out and i have no intention of buying another tv card (also the newer cards are not supported by linux). - My understanding is that some of the cable providers drm protect all channels so check prior to purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      HDHomeRun Sales & Support

      for Windows 7 or 8.1 there is still the legacy of Windows Media Center that supports DRM content
      DRM viewing is supported on all Windows 10 platforms including XboxOne
      keep watch for updates on recording DRM content on Win10 and updates for DRM on Android in the coming months

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Get HD from your cable without paying extra for i!

    Posted
    Unclebingo
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Positives: Setup is reasonable. If you have tried cutting the cable you know you can get almost all your local channels free over the air in HD. So why pay the cable company extra for something that is all ready free!?! The box pays for its self in less than a year. It was costing me $10 for the HD service and 5.99 for the additional box so 15.99. I'm now saving a month! Think I break even in 7 or 8 months. Cons: Not compatible with Roku. No channel guide on PS3 Can be slow to start showing the channel. It's connection is not WIFI. (minor) once setup it will send the signal over your Wi-Fi network Verdict: Wish there was a Roku channel. Embrace the change to save some change. Get it. It's a good buy

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      HDHomeRun Sales & Support

      welcome to the family

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works but needs improvement

    Posted
    Daffys14
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I used Optimum Cable Card for the service and after couple of phone calls, I got the unit up and working. Pros _________________ 1. Quick and easy setup (depends on the Cable company) 2. Works with 3 devices. 3. Has guide data. 4. Save money. Cons _____________ 1. Do not buy if you are using anything other than an Xbox One or Windows 10 PC. You cannot watch DRM channels on any device other than Windows 10 devices. So if you have a firestick or Apple TV you are out of luck. 2. Since the picture is through a network you will experience lower picture quality and sound quality and not a 100% smooth playback. 3. The guide doesn't give you much information compared to the Cable boxes.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      HDHomeRun Sales & Support

      Thank you for your review and welcome to the family. We appreciate your detailed comments
      We would like to address the Cons here

      1. Correct - as of this review DRM content is available to view in Windows 10 (incl Xbox One)
      We continue to work with Android team to get this working in that platform next. There has been a lot of changes in how Android allows protected content and CableLabs certification requires we "protect " the content well so this is not taken lightly - stay tuned as we continue to work toward this

      2. We always recommend a Wired Ethernet connection on something like streaming live tv. But knowing this is not always the case, we then recommend a solid WiFi signal in the users home. Many use a strong AC network or MESH network and have a great experience. We cannot control the strength of your home network but we can offer suggestions that help

      3. Hopefully you are using our patented Slice View guide which shows program artwork image as well as Synopsis of our the program on now or any one of the upcoming shows in the Slice View guide. Our goal is to Guide Surf without blocking your view of show that is currently playing.




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