Reviews and Problems with Elgato Systems HDHomeRun TV Tuner
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Unreliable, Frustrating Device and Software
T. Anderson, Amazon
3 April 2013
Summary: I have set up a home theater including a new Mac Mini (2012) and hoped this product would work well with the Mac as a DVR and TV tuner. To briefly summarize my system, I have cable feeding the HDHomeRun Tuner. The tuner then connects to our home network via router allowing TV to feed multiple devices using Ethernet. This feeds the Mac Mini whose video signal is sent via HDMI through an amp to an HDTV. The TV also has a direct cable feed.
Summary: I used my HDHR to "cut the cable." When you consider you'll normally pay cable and satellite providers $1,500 to $2,000 a year for free, over-the-air television programming, this product seems like quite a steal. It pulls in very single local channel and allows me to duplicate the abilities of my former cable and satellite DVRs, complete with dual tuner convenience. I can easily justify the price for the antenna I bought to feed the HDHR a solid RF signal.
Summary: Tuner performance is great. I record over the air signals, and it seams to perform just as we'll as my tv tuner. I have had some issues with the software not recording the right program or not recording at all. I think the issues were related to waking my Mac up, and I needed to restart the tuner from time to time. The conversion to iTunes is slow, but it does it automatically so by the time I wake up in the morning it's done. The best Mac tv recording open I know of.
Summary: I am still deciding if I like this purchase. I have Mac and PC's so I payed more for the Mac software. I wanted to watch it on my phone but I have android and not Apple based phone. So I can only use my phone to change the channels. If you plan on using for off air antenna like I did, plan on getting a great antenna and not connecting to your computers wirelessly.
John E. Vidale "conventional Earth scientist", Amazon
23 November 2012
Summary: I had only web tv channels, and was suffering through low definition youtube versions of tv, and pirated low-def versions of sports event, and a friend told me about this wonder. I bought this and a Leaf antenna to hook up with my home Mac computer, and suddenly I have 30 HD channels. They're highly redundant, and some have silly shows, but still, now I have the big three channels plus smattering of other stuff. The software is easy to use.
Summary: Almost all the time, this unit pulls in a crystal clear image. But a handful of times the image freezes and skips. It seems to be an issue with the antenna reception, and I am currently experimenting with different antenna and signal booster options. The software has a small learning curve, and is very easy to use once you figure out what information to ignore.
Summary: This works great with a Mac mini. Records seamlessly. There may be limitations compared to a DVR in terms of programming, I don't know as I've never had a DVR; but this seems a more cost-efficient option. It also provides you HD viewing of TV on an HD ready LCD.
Summary: Was easy to install. I have a fairly new Acer Win 7 desktop and standard digital roof antenna. After installation, the picture came in great on the PC, but there was no sound. Re-installed software, no difference. My PC setup is very generic, and yes, I get sound from all other apps. So this was a waste of money for me. Others may have better luck.