The cable guy was over last week, troubleshooting a signal strength trouble with our service. As he looked my CableCard-equipped media center PC, he told, “I have been wanting to do that with my PC, because Windows’ channel guide is better than ours.”
Windows Media Center provides a mighty sweet 10-foot interface and as soon as you pair your PC with a CableCard tuner, you have obtained everything you require for DVR awesomeness.
There are three such tuners in the market and today’s conversation is for the most versatile of them. While supplies last, B&H Photo has the SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime HDHR3-CC CableCard tuner and shipped cost of $128.99.
The HDHR3-CC provides three digital tuners that may pull down HD and premium channels alike. (Sorry, no on-demand or pay per view, though) All you require is a CableCard from your cable company. The one I am renting from Comcast costs me all for $1.50 per month, I think I was paying $13 to $14 for a DVR box.
What’s elegant about this specific tuner is that it plugs into your home network router, means you can share its tuners with different Windows 7-powered PCs, one in the den, one in the bedroom and so on. (Ideally, while, you will wish a wired Ethernet connection between those PCs and router.)
There is even a companion iPad app, though it is costly at $17.99 and not very good.
My actual complaint is that you can not plug the HDHR3-CC into a single PC if you choose that type of configuration. (For that, it seems to the Ceton InfiniTV 4 USB) But for multi-PC, the HDHR3-CC is a steal for the price of 128.99 dollar.
Today only and while provides last, Newegg consists of Kingston SSDNow V+200 KR-S3020-3H 120GB SSD on $69.99 shipped. That is after redeeming a $20 mail-in rebate. That is a killer dialogue on a spacious solid-state drive.
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