SiliconDust, a startup known for its live TV streaming devices, is now making a DVR that will not tie viewers down to their living room televisions. The HDHomeRun DVR is designed for cord cutters. It plugs into SiliconDust’s streaming devices so that users can watch recorded shows on smart TVs, game consoles, tablets, smartphones and computers. The HDHomeRun DVR can also record from premium channels such as HBO. As of press time, the Kickstarter campaign had raised more than $169,000.
To store the content, the HDHomeRun DVR can either record to a Windows, Mac, or Linux PC, or a network attached storage (NAS) unit. To get more recording space, the user would simply have to plug in another hard drive. To record more channels at once, the user just needs another tuner. SiliconDust’s DVR gives the user control over how they want to watch and record their television.
Typically, that’s harder than it sounds for cord cutters. CEO Ted Head says DVR is one of the first things to go when people become cord cutters, reports Engadget. Many of the options currently available like Tablo or TiVo’s Roamio OTA have some limitations. Kodi and Sling TV don’t have DVR features on every channel, particularly protected cable channels. The PlayStation Vue is only available in certain markets.
The HDHomeRun box however, is very affordable. For a $30 one-year subscription, Kickstarter backers will get the software in August, a month before the general public. Currently, the list of playback devices only includes Windows, Mac, and Android devices. However, if the company can raise at least $250,000 on Kickstarter, it plans to add support for others, possibly Roku, iOS, Xbox One, and Samsung’s smart TVs.