Silicondust’s HDHomeRun with CableCARD Support for Windows 7 Media Center Looks Promising


Silicondust HDHomeRun CableCARD at CES 2010

Get ready folks. Starting this April Silicondust will be accepting applications to beta test their currently under development HDHomeRun CableCARD product. The new device (expected to retail for $249) will accept a multi-stream CableCARD and will offer dual HD capable tuners that can be accessed by multiple Windows 7 Media Center PCs over your LAN via Ethernet. Not to be greedy… but I’m thinking there’s going to be a lot potential customers who are going to be begging for a 4-tuner model down the line (if not out of the gate) — which by the way is the max number of tuners supported by (non-speciality) Windows 7 Media Center. One potential negative of this setup, however, is that PCs have to share available tuner streams. In other words with a dual tuner HDHomeRun, for example, if one PC is tuned into a program and recording another, the other PCs can’t watch or record anything as far as I’m aware. Attached below is a video recorded by Pete Brown talking with Silicondust’s Jason Ludka about the new product at CES.

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HDHomeRun CableCARD at CES 2010

Silicondust USA, Inc. announces First Network Attached Dual Digital Tuner with CableCARD™ Support

LAS VEGAS, NV – Jan. 7, 2010 – Silicondust USA, INC., based in Livermore, CA, today announced the development of their latest addition to the HDHomeRun® product line, by adding the First Network Attached TV tuner with CableCARD™ Support, for PCs with Windows7 Windows Media Center. Computer network environments incorporating the HDHomeRun® CableCARD™ will be able to support high-definition and other digital TV including premium cable channels, eliminating the need for a cable set-top box.

Silicondust’s HDHomeRun® CableCARD™ builds on the success of their original Network Attached ATSC / QAM Dual Tuner which allows HDHomeRun® customers to stream digital broadcast video across the home network, without being tethered to one computer, in one location in the home.

The HDHomeRun® CableCARD™ has dual digital cable tuners, a single RF input and ethernet connectivity allowing PCs with Windows7 Windows Media Center access to watch or record digital TV, including premium channels. The HDHomeRun® CableCARD™ will be introduced to the consumer market beginning at $249. The HDHomeRun® CableCARD™ supports Switch Digital Video (SDV) in conjunction with a cable providers tuning adapter.

The HDHomeRun® CableCARD™ conforms to the OpenCable™ OCUR and DRI specifications.

“Silicondust is excited to introduce a Network Attached solution to the CableCARD™ consumer market,” said Theodore Head, President and Chief Executive Officer of Silicondust USA, Inc. “this allows our customers the freedom to access TV from any Windows7 Windows Media Center PC in their home.”

About Silicondust USA, INC.

Silicondust USA, Inc. is a San Francisco Bay Area based technology company that develops computer network attached digital TV devices for consumer and commercial solutions. With detailed knowledge of network platforms and extensive hardware and software engineering, Silicondust continues to introduce revolutionary tuner designs that enable freedom of TV viewing from all computers on a home or office network.

For more information about Silicondust USA, Inc and HDHomeRun® products and solutions visit www.hdhomerun.com.




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4 Reactions to “Silicondust’s HDHomeRun with CableCARD Support for Windows 7 Media Center Looks Promising”


  1. lavaK says:

    This is really exciting news. Finally there will be more options available to those who run home DVRs. In the past, computer attached cable card units could only be sold by OEMs as a unit with an approved computer and not individually. I hope this hurdle will be gone by the time this HD Homerun unit is ready!

  2. TriDave says:

    Hey if we're talking about sharing tuners, why stop at 2? Why not max out the Multi-Stream Cablecard and go with 6, sure Windows Media Center for Windows 7 only handles 4 but if you're sharing across a network the option should be as many as possible, right? The other thing is I hope it use on input for the COAX, makes for a cleaner installation. I'm looking forward to this but not holding my breath, promises of this stuff have been around for years with very few products making it past vaporware.

  3. mythtvuser says:

    If it does not support MythTV and other open platforms it's just not worth it. You are better off using multiple cableboxes and HD-PVRs to get HDTV subscription content into an unecrypted no-DRM clear recording. By the time you pay the monthly rental fees for the Cablecards it'll be a push on costs and HD-PVRs are half the base cost of this version of the HDHomerun.

  4. mythtvuser says:

    If it does not support MythTV and other open platforms it's just not worth it. You are better off using multiple cableboxes and HD-PVRs to get HDTV subscription content into an unecrypted no-DRM clear recording. By the time you pay the monthly rental fees for the Cablecards it'll be a push on costs and HD-PVRs are half the base cost of this version of the HDHomerun.