HDHomeRun adds Roku support for live TV
An HDHomeRun app on Roku? Really?
Yes — after years of requests by customers — SiliconDust is debuting a Beta version of app that delivers HDHomeRun on Roku streaming devices. It marks a big development for people who already own a HDHomeRun tuner, and the burgeoning OTA DVR market.
An announcement on the company’s blog asked customers to couch their expectations — for now:
“We need to start out by saying this is very much a Beta product. It does not do many of the things you expect from a traditional HDHomeRun app. And because of that we’ve decided to give it a new name ‘HDHomeRun OTA Live.’”
The rollout of the new app comes just days after SiliconDust announced that its new line of OTA DVRs and DVR storage devices are on pre-sale. (More on that below.)
SiliconDust says that, for now, the new Roku app is dedicated to watching live over-the-air channels. As for recording, “we’re holding back DVR until we have it working beautifully,” according to the blog post.
How To Install
The HDHomeRun app for Roku isn’t publicly listed because of its beta status. If you want to try it out, here’s what you need to do:
- Visit my.roku.com, log in to your Roku account
- Select Add Channel with a code.
- Then enter the HDHomeRun channel access code: N6MN9QC
New HDHomeRun devices
The 2-tuner HDHomeRun SCRIBE DUO is available for pre-order from Best Buy. It has 1TB of storage, or an estimated 150+ hours of recording space.
Much like current HDHomeRun tuners, the new Scribe DUO and sibling Scribe Quatro are connected to a TV antenna and a WiFi router.
HDHomeRun tuners then makes live over-the-air channels such as NBC, CBS and PBS available to watch on streaming devices, tablets and smart phones.
The HDHomeRun SERVIO, a plug and play DVR storage device, and the HDHomeRun Scribe Quatro is also available for pre-sale from Best Buy directly from SiliconDust.
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