Elgato’s new HDHomeRun streams live and recorded TV to iPhone, iPad, iPod touch via 3G

Elgato today released a dual network tuner that allows users to watch HDTV wirelessly on either a Mac or PC. HDHomeRun connects to a TV antenna or digital cable and wirelessly streams live television in full HD to any Mac or PC in the house. HDHomeRun (2011, Dual) is for use in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Powered by technology from SiliconDust, Elgato’s HDHomeRun is a network dual tuner for HDTV. The tuner 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 a PC. HDHomeRun connects to your existing TV antenna or cable TV outlet, and to your router via Ethernet. This allows the device to remain concealed in a discreet location away from your computers. Once connected to your Wi-Fi network, users can watch live TV wirelessly on a MacBook or iPad, anywhere inside the house.

“This new platform satisfies two requests that many of our customers have made: viewing of HDTV content on multiple household computers and inconspicuous placement of the device itself,” said Adam Steinberg, Elgato’s VP of Marketing, in the press release. “HDHomeRun is designed to give our customers maximum flexibility. Whether it’s Mac or PC, capturing a TV signal from either an antennae or cable or being able to view and record different content on multiple computers, HDHomeRun can accomplish it all.”

HDHomeRun comes with EyeTV 3, the award-winning TV software for Mac. Watch, pause, and rewind live TV on your Mac. Search the Program Guide, record TV shows, and export recordings to iTunes automatically for playback on an iPhone or iPad. HDHomeRun is compatible for use on a PC; it works great with Windows 7 Media Center.

Elgato’s HDHomeRun solution paired with the EyeTV app enables streaming of live and recorded TV to an iPhone, iPod, and iPad via 3G. However, this is only available when using a Mac and is not available for PC.

HDHomeRun (2011, Dual) only receives a few cable channels, those that are Clear QAM (unencrypted). It cannot use a cable box, and it can’t receive most of your channels. The channels it can receive vary city by city, and some channels may be there one day, and gone in a few months. Essentially, your cable company reserves the right to encrypt and decrypt channels at will, but usually you’ll see the networks, and some other content.

Find out what Clear QAM channels may be available in your area here.

That said, Clear QAM tuners can receive HDTV content, if available. If your goal is to receive all of the channels that your Cable Box can get, including HDTV, then elgato advises users to consider EyeTV HD hardware. Since your subscribed channels are decrypted by your Set Top Box, you can enjoy any of your available channels with EyeTV HD just as you would on a standard TV.

HDHomeRun is currently available for US$179.95.

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

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)

Source: Elgato

More info here.

MacDailyNews Take: Sounds like something Apple should be doing (but more completely), doesn’t it? Hmm, maybe they will someday…

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” and “Lava_Head_UK” for the heads up.]

9 Comments

  1. ConCast Menphis had all but paid (HBO/Cshowtime/etc) unencrypted until they shut off the analog service recently. Now everything is encrypted except over the air DTV.
    Nice going you greedy mofos. Have to tune through a stupid cable box to get an overly compressed signal on a shitty Cisco box.

  2. I have an EyeTV Hybrid. It gets HD ClearQAM just like the HDHomeRun. I get about 35 of those channels, but most are duplicates. I get 8 HD channels that aren’t dupes.

    The HDHomeRun sounds a bit like a Slingbox, but with multiple streaming and DVR capability. If I didn’t already have a Slingbox and an EyeTV, I’d consider it.

  3. As much as I have enjoyed my EyeTV (Elgato tuner) over the years, I recognize its days are numbered. It is only good for an ever decreasing number of standard def analogue channels, no thanks to governments allowing stations to encrypt their signals and tie customers to proprietary cable boxes under the false assertion that shifting to digital or HD broadcast somehow makes it easier to pirate.

  4. I wish Elgato would combine the Homerun with the ‘real’ HD (see above) and add Thunderbolt for more functionality.

    One box to use several different ways. Cool.

    1. Yeah, that’s the way to go. I was all excited when I read the headline but when I got deeper into the story, turns out the only thing this new device adds over the EyeTV Hybrid I already have is the ability to watch on all my computers. But since it won’t hook up to the decoder box, there’s no reason for me to get it. I was planning to get the EyeTV HD while it is on sale, looks like that’s the one I still need to get and forget about streaming to my other computers for now. I wish Elgato would have been able to combine the functionality and features of both devices into one.

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