Select the Right Model of HDHomeRun Player HDHomeRun Connect vs Extend vs Prime

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SiliconDust makes a line of streaming boxes that will do what all the other streaming boxes do with one addition. The Connect and Extend can stream over the air broadcasts because they both carry antenna tuners. The Prime can also stream premium digital cable.

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Player 1: HDHomeRun Connect

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The lower end model, called the Connect, will stream live TV broadcasts throughout your home network using one of its 2 digital TV (ATSC) antennas. You will be able to stream networks such as ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, and others. If you have DLNA-compatible devices, including smart TVs, game consoles, and media players you can stream the HDHomeRun to watch live broadcasts. It can handle 1080i and the HDHomeRun View app will allow you to stream to any mobile device.

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Player 2: HDHomeRun Extend

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The Extend is basically the Connect with an extra feature that sets the two models apart; it has advanced WiFi network support. So like the Connect, it will stream live TV broadcasts throughout your home network using one of its 2 digital TV (ATSC) antennas. You will be able to stream networks such as ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, and others. If you have DLNA-compatible devices, including smart TVs, game consoles, and media players you can stream the HDHomeRun to watch live broadcasts. It can handle 1080i and the HDHomeRun View app will allow you to stream to any mobile device.

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Player 3: HDHomeRun Prime

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The Prime will do the same as the other models in the group, but it has a few added features. The Prime has 3 TV tuners and will also stream live US CableTV with DRM Support throughout your home.

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I need to choose a model to use with a Mac and Eye TV software. Are Connect and Extend both "Dual" (vs Prime)? It seems that Eye TV only works with Dual and Extend, not Prime. That doesn't seem to make sense, since Prime is Extend plus extra features and Extend is Connect plus extras.. . I am a novice at this.. . IB. I have tried: I haven't tried anything yet because I haven't bought anything yet. I think it was caused by: Incomplete information, Frank.

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What does the hardware transcoder transcode to? How does one determine the compatibility of the media player software to the transcoded material? Is all content transcoded before being transmitted on either Ethernet or WiFi, or is it only transcoded on demand, based on the media players capabilities?

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