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Elgato HDHomeRun Network Dual Tuner for HDTV for Mac or PC (10023030)

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  • Watch and record live television on a Mac or PC anywhere in the house; two users can tune into different channels at the same time
  • Streams live TV to computers wirelessly (if there is a Wi-Fi network) or via Ethernet
  • Can be installed in a discreet location away from your computers
  • Receives digital TV that is available over-the-air for free with an antenna (not included) and unencrypted digital cable TV (Clear QAM)
  • Comes with EyeTV 3 software for Mac and a one-year subscription to TV Guide worth $19.95 USD; works great with Windows 7 Media Center


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 6.1 x 20.3 cm ; 454 g
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: 10023030
  • ASIN: B00518QSRU
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Sept. 5 2011
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,405 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Amazon.ca Product Description

HD home Network dual tuner for HDTV MAC and PC.

From the Manufacturer

Watch TV wirelessly on any Mac or PC in the house

HDHomeRun delivers live TV in full HD to any Mac or PC in your home network. It streams live TV wirelessly (if there is a Wi-Fi network) or delivers it via Ethernet. It connects to your existing TV antenna or cable TV outlet (basic digital cable, Clear QAM) and to your router.

Highlights
HDHomeRun
  • Watch and record live television on a Mac or PC anywhere in the house; two users can tune into different channels at the same time
  • Stream live TV to computers wirelessly (if there is a Wi-Fi network) or via Ethernet
  • Receive digital TV that is available over-the-air for free with an antenna (not included)
  • Receive the unencrypted digital cable TV channels (Clear QAM) that may be offered by your cable provider
  • Can be installed in a discreet location away from your computers
  • Comes with EyeTV 3 software for Mac and a one-year subscription to TV Guide worth $19.95 USD; works great with Windows 7 Media Center.

HDHomeRun iMac
Seamless operation on multiple computers
A dual tuner, HDHomeRun works seamlessly on multiple computers. One person can watch and record TV on a Mac, and at the same time a second person can watch and record a different channel on another computer, for instance a PC running Windows 7 Media Center. Or, one person can record a show and watch another show on a different channel.

Flexible placement options
Because HDHomeRun is a network device, one antenna or cable TV connection will serve every computer. Simply position HDHomeRun tuner out-of-sight near your TV antenna or cable outlet, and connect it to your Ethernet network.

Discreetly out-of-sight

If you do not have a home Wi-Fi network for wireless television and prefer not to run Ethernet cables to computers throughout the home, we suggest powerline adapters (not included) as an alternative. Powerline adapters can be used to route your network around your house over electrical power lines, so that your computers can access the network via a nearby electrical outlet on the wall.

Antenna or Cable, or Both

Connect HDHomeRun to your TV antenna to bring in the digital channels (referred to as ATSC) that are broadcast over-the-air for free. HDHomeRun can also be connected directly to your incoming cable line to receive the unencrypted digital (Clear QAM) channels that may be offered by your cable provider.

HDHomeRun PC
Superb quality digital TV recordings in full HD
EyeTV records digital TV in one quality setting, Lossless. The digital stream is recorded unaltered, so you get full quality digital content as encoded by the broadcaster.


Double your HDTV capacity
You can easily expand capacity★ by connecting additional HDHomeRuns to the network. EyeTV software and Windows Media Center share the pool of HDHomeRun tuners and automatically allocate them between computers as needed.


TV software for Mac
for Mac and PC

The included EyeTV 3 software from Elgato turns your Mac into the coolest TV and DVR in the house. This award-winning software enables you to:

  • Watch, pause, and rewind live TV on your Mac
  • Search two weeks of Program Guide listings; includes one year of free TV Guide data, with optional renewal for only $19.95 per year
  • Set up schedules to record your favorite TV shows
  • Edit out unwanted content
  • Share recordings with other Macs on the same network

EyeTV 3 software offers special features for Mac users, including Smart Series Guides, Smart Playlists, automatic exports to iTunes, and support for the EyeTV for iPhone app.

Windows 7 Media Center

HDHomeRun is compatible with Windows 7 and works great with Windows Media Center. Microsoft’s Windows Media Center is included free with Windows Vista Home Premium and all versions of Windows 7.


System Requirements

  • Macintosh: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later
  • PC: Windows 7, 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo/AMD CPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Home network with 100Base-T Ethernet (802.11n 5GHz for wireless)

What's in the box

What's in the box?
  • HDHomeRun Network Dual Tuner for HDTV
  • EyeTV 3 software for Mac (CD-ROM)
  • Driver for Microsoft Windows 7 Media Center (CD-ROM)
  • Ethernet cable
  • Power Supply
  • PDF Product Manual (CD-ROM)
  • Quick Start Guide

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Amazon.com: 33 reviews
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Solid HDHomerun + Solid EyeTV software June 21 2011
By E. Byers - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
This is an excellent product for having two accessed from multiple devices on your network at the same time.

In the box you receive.
- HDHomeRun device w/ power adapter.
- Coax cable
- Ethernet Cable
- Elgato eyeTv 3 CD-ROM
- License card (with 2 license keys)
- Quick Start Manual

Setup is very easy. You unpack the device, hook the power up, hook the source up (coax/antenna/etc), and hook it up to your network. Then install the software on your mac. eyeTv then guides you through locating your device, setting up the software, tuning the channels, etc.

The HDHomeRun on it's own is a great product, and can be bought for cheaper on it's own. However, you won't get the two copies of eyeTv that you need to use on a mac. If you have a Windows Media Center Edition (I think?), XBMC, or a few other pieces of software, you can use this without using eyeTv software, and you would then purchase the cheaper stand alone product.

However if you have a Mac, this package is the way to go. The eyeTv software is excellent. Allows easy recording, encoding (for playing on iPhone/iPad/Apple TV/etc), and works incredibly well. It's a stark contrast to most third party windows clients that don't seem well thought up, and a lot of times are just a pain to deal with.

You can also play live tv (requires Core 2 Duo mac, or the elgato Turbo .264 HD) on your iPad/iPhone, and recorded tv as well. The catch is that you have to have a computer with the eyeTv software running on it to do this. There is XBMC for iPad, which can connect directly to it, however since it is uncompressed, over wifi it means a lot of stuttering.

Using this on my ~2006 iMac worked very well, and worked even better on my wife's ~2010 MacBook Pro. It's nice to be able to open up and use it on either computer without having to move a hardware tv tuner. It's also especially nice on a laptop because you don't have a dongle and antenna hanging off the laptop.

I'd recommend this product over any of the other elgato tuners, unless you need a product that can take in video (composite, etc) which the HDHomeRun cannot do. It records/views super easy, and since there are two tuners you can record one and watch another.

Edit: I failed to mention that this little box has TWO tv tuners in it. On my iMac eyeTV will even record two shows at once. Don't have recording setup on the other computer, so not sure if it can do one in each place, but it should be able to. This is also the updated version of the HDHomeRun hardware, the only differences I could find online were that this box is smaller and better looking, and instead of two antenna/cable connectors, there is just one for both tuners.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Awesomeness!! June 26 2011
By Michael Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Elgato HDHomeRun Network Dual Tuner for HDTV for Mac or PC
Cut off my Comcast cable TV that we only used to record our weekly shows that are available over the ATSC airwaves for free. Put the HDHomeRun on the network, installed EyeTV on our iMac and started recording all of our shows, I have it set to automatically export an h.264 AppleTV formatted copy to my iTunes library when recording is complete, so all we have to do is flip to my library on the AppleTV and bam save $150 a month!
I also installed the EyeTV app on my iPhone and my daughters iPod from the App store and we can watch live tv or the recorded shows from anywhere we have an internet connection (even 3g) utilizing the free "My EyeTV service"!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Decent but not Great tuner - Not a reliable solution Dec 27 2011
By John W. Fultz - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
This is another component in my quest to eliminate or at least significantly reduce my cable bill. I'm using it with the last generation Mac mini (not the latest upgrade but last year's model). Here are some quick strengths and opportunities.

You only need to connect this to your home network so you can pretty much place it wherever you can get your best antenna reception. I'm using mine with an internet over electrical wire system which allows me to place it on the top floor of my house and connect it to an antenna there to maximize reception.

I find the tuner to be pretty good but not as good as that in my ~5 year old Sony HDTV. Some other reviewers indicated they also struggled some with the tuner performance. With the same Leaf antenna, the Sony picks up all my local channels in the basement where I watch most of my TV. For this tuner, I needed to use the set-up I described above.

The eye TV software works and is functional but not nearly as intuitive as a cable DVR. The schedules you create are very specific, limited to a specific season of a program for example, so you have to update them for each new year or to capture all currently airing seasons if you want to catch any reruns (like I would like to do with Austin city Limits which is now on season 36). It's also a processor hog for your Mac. Video on the mini has that vaguely soft or computer like look that does not exist with a good dedicated TV.

All in all, it serves the need as advertised, has turned my Mac into a DVR and does play well with iTunes so I find it to be worth checking out but don't expect to be wowed by the quality and ease of use.

Update 1/17/2012
After living with this for some time, I decided that it just flat isn't reliable and decided to return it. As i said previously, the tuner was only acceptable in quality. The product seems to rely on a pristine home network, something that in my opinion doesn't exist. On some occasions, it worked perfectly. On others, it didn't even produce watchable video or recordings. I don't have those issues with the tuners built into my TV's. It definitely wasn't worth the money.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Best free tv ever! Sept. 7 2011
By Danniel - Published on Amazon.com
Using comcast internet, so getting the weird free cable channels. All the basic channels are there, plus some extras, including local radio stations! Very cool
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good product no major flaws Oct. 30 2011
By Jvans - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I have a hard time finding any fault with the homerun tuner or the eyetv software. The tuner is as sensitive as any modern tv, but is does tend to run a little warm when the tuners are in use. The eyetv software is elegant and stable. The only drawback so far, you can not record on both tuners in the manual record mode, it is possible if you use the program guide to schedule simultaneous shows.

Relying on over the air guide data can be a little wonky at times. The option to convert recordings to ipad,iphone etc is handy and makes very good looking files, but on my july 2011 model mac mini it takes forever and causes the mac's built in fan to spin up to a level I didn't know it was capable of, I'm a little concerned that continued use would lead to my macs early demise?

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