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HDHomeRun is a networked digital TV tuner box, produced by SiliconDust.

General Details[edit]

There are currently 4 HDHomeRun models on the market: a single-tuner ATSC/clear QAM model, a dual-tuner ATSC/clear QAM model, a dual-tuner commercial (TECH) ATSC/clear QAM model, and a dual-tuner DVB-T/unencrypted DVB-C model. All models are designed to receive unencrypted digital broadcast or cable television and stream it over a network for use by any PC on the network. HDHomeRun normally receives an IP address via DHCP but will also work via an auto IP address if no DHCP server is available.

The HDHomeRun Windows driver presents the tuners as standard BDA tuners, enabling BDA-compliant applications to work with the HDHomeRun. The HDHomeRun can also be controlled via a command-line application which is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, and other POSIX-compliant operating systems. The control library is open source and is available under the LGPL for use in custom applications.

Retail packaged HDHomeRun units are distributed with Arcsoft TotalMedia Theatre.

Technical specifications[edit]

ATSC models[edit]

DVB model[edit]

  • DVB-T over-the-air unencrypted digital TV
  • QAM 64/128/256 (annex A/C) unencrypted digital cable TV (DVB-C)
  • 6/7/8 MHz channel bandwidth (Australia, Europe, New Zealand, Taiwan)
  • 100Mbit Ethernet RJ45 connection


The HDHomeRun can be controlled and viewed from a wide variety of DVR/PVR software. Official software exists for Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

HDHomerun Prime[edit]

On January 7, 2010, Silicondust announced that they were developing a tri-tuner HDHomeRun model with support for CableCARD.

Known as the HDHomerun Prime, this model would be the first box to support CableCARD allowing users to record encrypted channels for the first time.

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