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Transcoding HDHomeRun Available for Pre-order

Transcoding HDHomeRun Available for Pre-orderLast Winter at CES, we spoke with the people at SiliconDust about Project:Connect, an endeavor that’s the guiding force behind SiliconDust’s goals to deliver TV content to all devices around the home. They talked about new devices that would, when available, provide onboard transcoding, thus making wireless streaming possible to nearly any tablet or mobile device. We expected the new tuning device earlier this year, but it looks like the wait is nearly over.

An observant reader pointed out to us that the anticipated transcoding network tuner device is now available for pre-order on Newegg.com.This two-tuner device takes over-the-air ATSC and clear QAM (unencrypted) digital cable signals, transcodes them in real-time, and delivers them over your network to devices in your home.  The new, onboard H.264 AVC transcoding makes wireless streaming to many different devices possible, including iOS, Android, game consoles, and more.

At CES 2013, we also saw a beta Android application from HDHomeRun, so presumably apps that make accessing the streams easier than fumbling with your favorite DLNA Mobile Digital Media Player will also be forthcoming in the near future.

Newegg lists the new device at $199.99, available now for pre-order at $149.99. They list the release date at December 12, and we expect to hear more information from SiliconDust in the next week or so.


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Richard Gunther

Richard is a product experience consultant with a life-long interest in consumer electronics. He has been immersed in smart home tech for decades now and hosts The DMZ's home automation podcast, Home: On and co-hosts Entertainment 2.0 with Josh Pollard. Richard looks at products through an experience lens, always seeking the right mix of utility and delight.