[mythtv-users] HDHomerun Prime update

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Fri Jan 7 01:52:43 UTC 2011

On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 8:43 PM, Jay Ashworth <jra at baylink.com> wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Justin Johnson" <justin.johnson3 at gmail.com>
>> From the post:
>> "Now look what we have here, the long awaited HDHomeRun Prime triple
>> CableCARD tuner for Windows 7 Media Center. Originally announced at
>> CES last year, the little black perforated box is already in
>> production and will soon be selling for $250 after it makes it ways
>> through the final stages of CableLabs certification. The sad fact is
>> there is no way to know when that cert will be sealed, but when it is
>> you'll be able to pre-order and then you can expect to receive it 30
>> days later. The other little tidbits we picked up from the booth is
>> that SiliconDust is working on a six tuner rack mountable version that
>> should ship later this year and that the ATSC and QAM version we've
>> loved for years has a new case a new price of $129 and will be
>> shipping in February."
> So, now comes the important question:
> Will the 3- and 6-tuner units be able to simultaneously tune that many channels
> *all of which require the CableCard to do something* *simultaneously*.

I believe the CableCard 2 specs allow for up to four tuners to use one
card, which is why the Ceton InfinitTV4 is a quad tuner device.

> And, isn't the industry about to *replace* CableCard with the Next Big Thing,
> such that you won't actually be able to *get* a CableCard anymore?

I figure we have at least a few years before the successor gets chosen
and devices released. I also don't see the cable companies phasing out
the cablecard system immediately, so figure enough time to make the
purchase price worth it for many people.

As with all things, if the price doesn't make sense your not forced to buy this.

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