Cord cutting is all the rage nowadays, freeing yourself from expensive ongoing monthly subscription fees for TV service you rarely watch. SiliconDust think they have the solution with their HD Homerun Extend unit that allows you to watch transcoded, live, and recorded HDTV on multiple Wi-Fi devices, across your home network.
In essence, the HD Homerun Extend is a network-attached digital TV tuner. It connects to your antenna or cable line (depending on model) and takes the digital TV signals available there and makes them available to your PC, tablet, smartphone, game consoles, and other devices over your network.
The extend unit is one that specifically appeals to those users who want free OTA broadcasts and features a single coaxial input for connecting a traditional TV antenna, a LAN port for connecting to a router, and a power input. The improved 2nd generation all metal construction with its heat dissipating properties and the inclusion of a hardware h264 transcoder means video is compressed in real-time for lower bandwidth usage and better streaming across multiple platforms. The companion HD Homerun app serves as a digital guide to what channels are available and they can be viewed in up to full HD 1080p resolution. No more expensive Cable TV subscriptions or cable box rental fees.
The app itself additionally works with your playback and network storage devices adding the ability to watch, schedule and record Live TV. You can also fork over a little cash to SiliconDust themselves to add DVR functionality to the device and store what you want to watch later.
While we did have some success with the HD Homerun Extend over the review period, we do feel that this is not a device for novices, it does require some knowhow and tinkering and is likely not suitable for your average consumer. Set up is simple enough but does take time and for us even required some searching of forums and watching some YouTube videos to configure it right. Having said that, it does work well and is a great solution for those who would rather not furnish the pockets of their local cable companies if you are patient and well read.
So, free yourself from the shackles of subscription services and check out the HD Homerun Extend unit at http://www.silicondust.com