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HDHomeRun hits it out of the park

February 7th, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

HDHomeRunI’ve been following the HDHomeRun a bit since CES this year. The idea is very simple – the box takes digital TV signals from an OTA antenna (ATSC) or your cable service (QAM), including High Definition channels, and then uses 100baseT networking to stream those channels onto your local network. You can either watch those streams using VLC or capture them to a computer-based DVR system like SageTV, MythTV, or even Windows Media Center.

The obvious advantage is that in contrast to a PCI, PCIe, or USB tuner, the HDHomeRun isn’t tied to just one box. Multiple clients (up to two) can access the two tuners. Streaming to multiple clients (multicast) isn’t available right now, but this would be technically possible with a software update.

Windows users are raving about the box already, saying it’s the best ATSC/QAM tuner out there. Because I use cable Internet, I’m pretty excited about the possibilities of recording my local HD channels (the HDHomeRun won’t work with encrypted channels like HBO-HD, etc.) without paying for a buggy cable DVR.

Here’s the exciting bit… you can use the HDHomeRun with your Mac by watching the streams on VLC or running MythTV on your Mac. I’ll write about getting MythTV set up on the Mac later this week (once my new MacBook arrives). I’m especially curious to figure out if I can get recordings to work with the new AppleTV box.

  1. procon
    February 21st, 2007 at 06:03 | #1

    Yes, keep us posted on running Myth with the HDHomeRun! I would like to setup something similar, but very few people seem to be running the Myth backends on macs.


  2. February 21st, 2007 at 07:47 | #2

    The MythTV backend hasn’t been ported to OS X yet, but I think I’ll be able to run it in Linux under Parallels or VMware Fusion. I just need to get an HDHomeRun first to check if the network drivers play nice with Parallels.

  3. procon
    February 25th, 2007 at 12:25 | #3

    That’s interesting– let us know how it goes! I’m also waiting to see if Sage or ElGato will step up to the plate with a Mac program that will take advantage of the HDHomeRun.

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