[mythtv-users] Alternative to Silicondust HDHR3-6CC-2X3?

Joseph Fry joe at thefrys.com
Thu Sep 6 06:43:34 UTC 2012

>>>  I've been trying to order one of these, but no one seems to have them
>>>> in stock, and one retailer told me that they're discontinued. I could
>>>> get two of the three-tuner model, but I'd prefer one piece of
>>>> equipment.  Any good alternatives?  Anyone know if Silicondust working
>>>> on a replacement for this unit?
>>> http://www.amazon.com/**KG48348MR-Instant-Advanced-**
>>> Precision-0-18-Ounce/dp/**B000BKO6DG/<http://www.amazon.com/KG48348MR-Instant-Advanced-Precision-0-18-Ounce/dp/B000BKO6DG/>
>>> AIUI, it would be little different from the 6CC unit, save the
>>> additional power supply.  :)
>> The 6CC literally was two 3CC boards in a shared case. There were two
>> network jacks, two cablecard slots, two coaxial inputs, two USB ports for
>> tuning adatpers, two....
>> The only thing stopping someone from making their own is the warranty.
> Well, if I'm going to get two units, is there any reason to get the 3CC
> over an InfiniTV USB?  I kind of like the idea of an ethernet interface but
> I'd be getting four tuners per unit rather than three with the
> Silicondust...
I can think of a few reasons:

1. Cost... can typically find a HDHR Prime for about $129 if your patient
(woot, groupon, etc)
2. Ethernet interface... arguably more reliable than usb, infinitely more
flexible as far as install options go.
3. Ethernet interface... yeah, again... works great for a virtualized
backend if you choose to do that.
4. Ethernet interface.... yep, one more... future proof (nearly)... no
underlying driver or hardware support (other than ethernet), very unlikely
to find a computer that can't use the HDHR in the next 20 years.  More
likely to replace it for some sort of IPTV adapter before then.
5. Very Mythtv friendly manufacturer... the folks at Silicondust actually
contribute to the development of Mythtv to ensure support and are very
active in the support of the HDHR with Mythtv, even dedicating entire
sections in their forums to it.

Item #5 is reason enough for me, Ceton doesn't even advertise that it is
compatible with Linux.
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