About this project
Watch and record live TV. Your way.
It’s our mission to simplify and change the way we watch and record live television. SiliconDust is readying the ultimate live television viewing and recording software tool called HDHomeRun DVR. It enables the viewing and recording of your full over-the-air and cable TV lineup using your home network.
Our concept is that Live and recorded content can be watched from media devices with our brand new and innovative interface. And yes, it even works with protected content. HDHomeRun DVR doesn’t require an always-on PC (or media center software) - it works with network attached storage devices including the popular WD My Cloud products.
The best part? It requires practically zero configuration. With HDHomeRun DVR combined with current HDHomeRun products sold today, you will soon have the freedom to watch and record Live TV. Your way. On your terms.
What is HDHomeRun?
In 2007 Nick Kelsey and Ted Head brought the HDHomeRun Network Attached TV tuner to the consumer marketplace. They enabled freedom of watching and recording your favorite TV shows on multiple PCs throughout your home, expanding as your family needs grow.
The beauty of the HDHomeRun approach is that it enables multiple people to watch simultaneously from different PCs. Watch TV on a computer in one part of the home while using an Xbox360 Media Extender in another room. Catch the game from the backyard or get caught up on the latest dramas, all completely independent of each other. HDHomeRun gave you the 'Run of the Home' to enjoy your TV where you wanted, on your home network.
HDHomeRun products have been ranked highly by consumers through every new generation of HDHomeRun product. Silicondust spends the time to put out quality hardware that just work. This is consistent in current products in the Global Marketplace including the HDHomeRun CONNECT, EXTEND, and PRIME. The CONNECT and EXTEND are over-the-air antenna devices, PRIME is a premium cable TV device with full CableCARD* conditional access support.
Our range of products.
We looked at the current media-PC way to record TV. It requires a fair bit of technical know how, high powered media PCs that need to stay on, and often pages of complicated setup.
Enter HDHomeRun DVR. Simply put, it’s the software that works with your playback and network storage devices adding the ability to watch, schedule and record Live TV.
For your playback devices it’s an app that connects to your home network to give you access to Live TV and recordings. Playback devices include Windows, Mac, and Android systems, with a stretch goal of Kodi and iOS support.
For storage the recording engine runs in the background on your NAS box such as the WD My Cloud. More than one NAS box? Prefer to record to a Windows, Mac, or Linux PC? No problem.
For content the HDHomeRun DVR uses one or more HDHomeRun TV tuners to receive TV from antenna or cable. In the US this includes all your premium channels using HDHomeRun PRIME.
It’s a re-imagined DVR solution. It can be as simple as a laptop or as expansive as a multi-client, multi-NAS, multi-tuner masterpiece.
Zero-setup goal... install the app and you are running. Give it a few recording tasks and it goes to work.
So how does HDHomeRun DVR work?
You need a HDHomeRun TV tuner, something with the disk space for recordings, and something with a screen to watch on.
Classic media PC (or Mac) approach - the HDHomeRun provides the TV stream and your media PC provides the storage and screen. Unlike Windows Media Center, the same media PC is also a server for the other clients on your network.
Or you can do away with the always-on PC - use a NAS box instead. The HDHomeRun tuner plus NAS box handles all your recordings... watch from your laptop, your Android tablet, your Android TV box. If we meet our stretch goals then your iPad and/or your Kodi media player.
Want more recording hours? Upgrade or add another NAS box to your network. Clients see the collective-set of recordings from all devices. When upgrading you can simply copy your recordings to your new box.
The HD HomeRun DVR environment
How will HDHomeRun DVR be supported?
We are making the player app available for:
And if our stretch goals are met:
We are making the storage/record engine available for:
- WD My Cloud NAS products
- QNAP (current/recent generations)
- Synology (current/recent generations)
with plans to support more of Europe over time.
Where we are at today – Recording:
The DVR records. You can search for any show by name or bring up a list of the most popular shows and hit Record Series. The DVR records the latest season, or every episode if you tell it to.
Multiple HDHomeRun tuners are supported including mixing multiple sources (for example ATSC and CableCARD). The recording engine will try all tuners capable of receiving the show, trying favorite channels first, then HD channels, then SD channels.
Padding of start and end times work. For back-to-back recordings on the same channel the recording engine shares the same tuner for both recordings.
Auto recovery from an interrupted recording works. The recording engine will find another tuner and keep recording.
The recording engine has been verified on Windows, Mac, Linux-x86, Linux-ARM, and Linux-PowerPC. We have the range of WD My Cloud models recording 24/7 as well as QNAP and Synology models under test.
There are some key things to do. In particular recording protected content and preventing duplicates from recording.
Where we are at today – Playback:
HDHomeRun VIEW for Windows, Mac, and Android play live TV. Internal builds of HDHomeRun VIEW support the DVR user-interface and playing recordings.
This is our area of focus. We have a plan to improve Windows and Android playback performance, support playing protected content, improve seek control, and other planned UI improvements.
We would love to add Kodi and iOS support – these will be the stretch goals if we get enough feedback and Kickstarter support.
Read what others have to say about our hardware before you invest in our software...
We have been featured and reviewed on many notable websites and publications such as:
Don't just take our word for it, our products are well received by customers and reviewers alike. Go take a look for yourself on sites such as Amazon where we have nearly 900 reviews with an average rating of 4.3 / 5 stars. We set high standards for everything we produce which is why we want to raise the bar by re-imagining the DVR to further enhance your viewing experience.
* CableCARD conditional access is a trade mark of Cable Television Laboratories Inc.
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Update - stretch goals:
$150,000 stretch goal - HDHomeRun DVR add-on for Kodi (XBMC):
The HDHomeRun Live TV add-on for Kodi proved what a great platform Kodi is to work with. Our promise in return for your support - if we hit $150,000 we will make the HDHomeRun DVR work with Kodi as the client for copy-freely recordings.
$250,000 stretch goal - Plex support:
Silicondust will work with the Plex team to integrate HDHomeRun DVR recordings into Plex. You will be able to schedule recordings through the HDHomeRun Channel on Plex and playback recordings on your favorite Plex clients.
If you are new to Plex, Plex is a powerful and easy to use media server application for music, photos and videos. Plex works with just about every platform, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Android TV, Roku, Chromecast, Windows Phone, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, XBox 360, XBox One, as well as many Smart TVs, such as LG, Sony, Vizio, Samsung, Toshiba, and more. Chances are, you already have several devices that work with Plex.
Update - extended subscriptions (NEW):
Kickstarter-only offer (by popular request)... support us now with a longer subscription and get each additional year for $25. With the HDHomeRun DVR you can use multiple units - your extended subscription follows your account, not your hardware.
For example, add $100 to your pledge amount over your chosen reward level and get 5 years of everything DVR (applies to reward levels $30 and higher).
Update - WD My Cloud:
Silicondust has teamed up with WD® to offer 4TB to 24TB of NAS based DVR storage when paired with HDHomeRun tuners.
The WD® My Cloud functions both as an advanced media NAS and the DVR storage for your home. Your favorite TV shows record to the NAS automatically. No PC required.
Upgrade to the ultimate DVR with the My Cloud EX4100 or DL4100 - four 6TB hard drives for 18TB of RAID5 storage or 24TB of direct storage.
NEW - we have upgraded the 24TB pledge level to the top DL4100 model with integrated Intel® Atom® dual-core processor!
Risks and challenges
Silicondust is required to comply with industry-required protection rules when recording and playing back protected content. It may not be possible to support protected content on all platforms. In the extreme case playing back of protected content may be have to be disabled or discontinued on a specific platform if found not to be secure.
The progress releases made available to $60 and higher levels are not the finished product - there will be bugs and issues along the way. To mitigate this problem we are planning a rapid release process so bug fixes can be released quickly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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