Saturday, December 13, 2008

HDHomeRun Dual DVB-T Tuners Shipping Soon!

SiliconDust, the makers of the awesome HDHomeRun Dual-QAM/OTA HD tuner have been working on a  DVB version of the very popular HDHomeRun tuner for quite a long time now, but are reporting that the DVB-T units should be ready to ship before December 24th.

The company had previously projected that the DVB version of the HDHR would be ready for mass delivery by September 2008, but announced a delay for that release in mid-September.  Fast forward to December 2008 and we see that as of December 9th the DVB-T HDHomeRun tuners were in production, the firmware with DVB-T support has been made available and the estimated factory ship date is December 23rd.  SiliconDust hopes to begin pre-orders sometime in advance of that date.

Compatible HTPC Programs:
The product page for the DVB-T HDHomeRun is up on SilconDust's website now.  They are projecting that this device will work with Windows Media Center (VMC and MCE), MythTV,SnapStream BeyondTV, SageTV, MediaPortal, GB-PVR, VLC and TSReader.

  • QPSK/QAM16/QAM64 (DVB-T over-the-air digital TV)
  • ITU-A QAM64/QAM256 (unencrypted digital cable TV)
  • 8/7/6 MHz channel bandwidth (multi-country operation).
  • IR Receiver (signal PC with a standard remote control)
  • 100baseTX high speed network
  • 1 year warranty
This is especially important to the non-US TV viewers as Europe and many other non-US countries use DVB as their digital television standard.  Included in the SiliconDust tuner will be support for DVB-C (digital cable) and DVB-T (Terrestrial broadcast).  Without a DVB tuner, many in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa cannot tune to the majority of television channels.
via SilconDust Forums