Addon Spotlight: HDHomeRun Live TV

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Maybe you’ve heard the rumors, or seen the YouTube teaser video that hinted this was coming.

And it’s finally here!

No longer will you be required to muck around with XMLTV files or playlists in order to get your HDHomeRun running.

The best feature is the lack of configuration required. As long as you have a functioning HDHomeRun setup, just download the app inside the repo and run it. You will be presented with a beautiful channel listing and associated guide data.

For people who aren’t familiar, SiliconDust makes several hardware ethernet-based tuners. When we were at CES earlier this year we met with them and instantly felt the mutual respect for how they designed their product and willingness to work with us to better the experience for everyone.

https://www.silicondust.com/hdhomerun/

They are quite popular in North America and our users have been using these devices with Kodi for many years and we’re excited SiliconDust has recognized this and has dedicated resources to support our user community to bring their existing user interface of their standalone app, HDHomeRun View, to Kodi.

Currently outside of North America they have DVB-C and DVB-T devices and are very close to releasing EPG guide data for UK and AU. They are also working on a DVB-T2 device and other countries.

Keep in mind this is currently only for Live TV viewing. You will still need a backend in order to do any recording.

Here’s an instructional YouTube video showcasing the add-on:

You will need to update the firmware of your device to latest to use this add-on. Additionally, the add-on has been included in the add-on repository now, so in the next 24 hours, you should be able to simply click “Get More…” from the Video Add-ons menu within Kodi and download “HDHomeRun Live TV.”

This also is a milestone for the project: the first add-on that was not developed by the community, but contracted out to one of our Team Kodi add-on developers, Rick Philips (ruuk) and will be supported by SiliconDust that is available in the repo. If  you’re interested in getting a Kodi add-on built and available in our official repo, please email interest @ our domain.

You will be not be contracting through us directly, but we can point you to one of our add-on developers who can help you bring your idea to life.

Please do not send SiliconDust requests for hardware to use with Kodi unless you have a special use case and email us first at interest at domain.

Hats off to SiliconDust for making a fantastic product and bringing that experience to Kodi, Ruuk for timely delivery of a beautiful add-on and everyone else involved in helping to make this happen!

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SiliconDust Announcement

Teaser Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF80LjvwDxc


Discussion - 82 Comments

  • sdsnyr94 Mar 19, 2015 

    I have always been a fan of SiliconDust’s products… great job by all, can’t wait to try it!

    Where do we go for support? Will there be a thread in the Kodi forums, or should we go to SD’s forums?

    https://www.silicondust.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=87&t=18949

    • Nathan Betzen Mar 19, 2015 

      If it’s an add-on specific issue, the Kodi forums are the way to go. Everything else would go to SD.

    • mipink8128 Mar 25, 2015 

      how come hd home run can’t see live stream in kodi

  • hazeh Mar 19, 2015 

    I’d get one in a heartbeat if there was a UK HD / DVB-T2 version.
    I’ve been watching and waiting for a long time, this news makes it all the more painful!

    • HDHomeRun Mar 19, 2015 

      HDHR4-2DT(UK) HDHomeRun CONNECT with DVB-T2 Support is in production
      late Q2 planned release to market
      Suggest join our forums and social media sites for more more info as it is available

      • Sam Mar 21, 2015 

        Any chance you could use the standardised Sat>IP protocol on your European devices instead of the non-standard one you currently use?

        From what i understand it’s not *too* different from what you currently use, but would open up support for your products on a growing number of end devices. Since it’s not much different from what you currently use it might not even be too difficult to implement it in a firmware update to your older devices.

  • Eldon.McGuinness Mar 19, 2015 

    Awesome! I have been wanting to get one of these for a while as I use an OUYA and it can not HW decode MPEG2. But it can do x264 like a champ so a HDHomerun that can transcode will be the perfect pairing!

  • c3p Mar 19, 2015 

    Just to make sure: It’s not relevant for European Users?!

    • HDHomeRun Mar 20, 2015 

      HDHR3-4DC HDHomeRun EXPAND 4-Tuner UnEncrypted Cable for the DVB markets is available now in Europe at HDHomeRun.net and soon on Amazon.de
      HDHR4-2DT HDHomeRun CONNECT for DVB-T and T2 Markets is in production now and will be available in late Q2

      European markets will not immediately have EPG and Program image support but roll out will begin soon.

      • Jacco H Mar 24, 2015 

        So will the: HDHR3 – EU (Dual) be supported? I only bought it months ago…

  • Franklin Mar 19, 2015 

    “No longer will you be required to muck around with XMLTV files or playlists in order to get your HDHomeRun running.”

    You could already do that by adding the HDHomeRun as a UPnP Device. This does add a nicer interface and guide listings, though.

  • Al Heynneman Mar 19, 2015 

    Unfortunately, the new add-on only supports the three current SiliconDust models, and one yet-to-be-announced model. It won’t work with older tuners. Sigh. And… the MythTV add-on is also broken under the latest Kodi. Sigh again.

    Cheers, Al

    • HDHomeRun Mar 20, 2015 

      Short answer – we’d love to but we can’t.

      We started selling the HDHR-US in 2006 but now, almost 9 years later we’ve reached a point where we simply can’t fit modern features like DLNA, HTTP streaming and EPG data into the firmware. Unfortunately that means that it won’t work with newer applications such as the Kodi addon released earlier today which depend on those features.

      You can still use your HDHR-US with older applications, and we’ll continue to provide tech support for it.

      • Darren Pohlman Apr 07, 2015 

        I have the HDhomerun3 running the latest firmware 20150406, the view application works fine on my windows pc with the guide data and all, but the Kodi addon does not work. Is this hardware supported? It simply says it cannot find any HD homerun devices.

      • Darren Pohlman Apr 07, 2015 

        All right, I get the canned message, but hold the phone. Why does it work with your View application on Windows (8.1) in my case? Even if the addon was Windows Kodi only it should work right? I am trying the addon on Openelec on Raspberry Pi 2 with mpeg2 decoding and no joy.

    • nickr Mar 26, 2015 

      Mythtv addon is not currently broken, works fine here!

  • joelslaw Mar 20, 2015 

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am really excited to check this out. I have an SD HomerunHD and I love it, but it was no small feat to get it setup with a properly working EPG. This should make things much smoother!

  • Aaron Mar 20, 2015 

    Boo!!! The HDHomeRun dual isn’t supported.

    • bryanbrazil Mar 20, 2015 

      Yeah, was looking forward to this, the addon can’t find my device though. :(

      https://www.silicondust.com/products/models/hdhr3-dt/

      • HDHomeRun Mar 20, 2015 

        Short answer – we’d love to but we can’t.

        We started selling the HDHR-US in 2006 but now, almost 9 years later we’ve reached a point where we simply can’t fit modern features like DLNA, HTTP streaming and EPG data into the firmware. Unfortunately that means that it won’t work with newer applications such as the Kodi addon released earlier today which depend on those features.

        You can still use your HDHR-US with older applications, and we’ll continue to provide tech support for it.

    • HDHomeRun Mar 20, 2015 

      Short answer – we’d love to but we can’t.

      We started selling the HDHR-US in 2006 but now, almost 9 years later we’ve reached a point where we simply can’t fit modern features like DLNA, HTTP streaming and EPG data into the firmware. Unfortunately that means that it won’t work with newer applications such as the Kodi addon released earlier today which depend on those features.

      You can still use your HDHR-US with older applications, and we’ll continue to provide tech support for it.

  • Mark Mar 20, 2015 

    The video mentions that this plug-in can coexist with DVRs that might also be accessing your HDHomeRun tuner(s), provided you have enough available tuners. How does that work? I’m running MythTV-Backend as my DVR (using KODI as the front-end for Myth) but would like to try the Silicondust plug-in for live TV watching. Wouldn’t they “fight” over a tuner, or do the tuners announce that they’re busy somehow?

  • fnc Mar 20, 2015 

    Doh.. the HDHR3-US isn’t supported what the heck… i already have 3x duals that i don’t use anymore, because i upgraded 2x HDHR3-US… what a bummer!

    • HDHomeRun Mar 20, 2015 

      Short answer – we’d love to but we can’t.

      We started selling the HDHR-US in 2006 but now, almost 9 years later we’ve reached a point where we simply can’t fit modern features like DLNA, HTTP streaming and EPG data into the firmware. Unfortunately that means that it won’t work with newer applications such as the Kodi addon released earlier today which depend on those features.

      You can still use your HDHR-US with older applications, and we’ll continue to provide tech support for it.

      • Chris Mar 21, 2015 

        The HDHR4 was released in 2014. I would be disappointed that it isn’t supported, but since it never worked very well anyway I’m back to using the HDHR3.

      • fnc Mar 26, 2015 

        HDHomeRun: How about setting up a trade in program for the older HdHomeruns

        • Darren Pohlman Apr 07, 2015 

          I’m game for this…

  • tacoguy Mar 20, 2015 

    Great news to have an official add-on from SiliconDust.

    They make very solid, well supported products. My old dual tuner HDHomerun still runs great after all these years and I recently picked up the Plus to be able to play hd mpeg2 on a Firetv and mobile devices in the house.

    This will make things so much eaiser for those who want live tv with kodi. We get a real interface with no backend or playing around with xml.

    I’d be awesome if Silcondust or another partner were to make their own Kodi box with a built in tuner. Would love to gift something like that to my folks.

    • PANiCnz Mar 20, 2015 

      Wetek Play + OpenELEC?

  • Katsup Mar 20, 2015 

    I was excited only to find out that HDHR-US Dual is not supported. Oh well back to mythtv.

    • HDHomeRun Mar 20, 2015 

      Short answer – we’d love to but we can’t.

      We started selling the HDHR-US in 2006 but now, almost 9 years later we’ve reached a point where we simply can’t fit modern features like DLNA, HTTP streaming and EPG data into the firmware. Unfortunately that means that it won’t work with newer applications such as the Kodi addon released earlier today which depend on those features.

      You can still use your HDHR-US with older applications, and we’ll continue to provide tech support for it.

      • Eric Poitras Mar 31, 2015 

        Maybe you started selling the HDHR3 in 2006 but I did not bought mine in 2006 but rater 2 years ago. To find out it’s not supported is a shame. I don’t care if you cannot plug DLNA in your old ROM, what I know is that you have room to support communication with HDHR3 hardware in your software.

      • Katsup Apr 04, 2015 

        I decided to upgrade to the HDHR4-2US because of your work with Kodi. Thanks for a great product.

  • Micware Mar 20, 2015 

    I live in the Netherlands and use the HD homerun 4DC
    My cable provider is UPC and normally I can only watch 30 unencrypted channels witch only include 3 HD channels on the HD HomeRun
    With this plug-in I have 26 HD channels I can watch
    Maybe it a temporary thing, I don’t know but I’m happy with it.

  • Peter Mar 20, 2015 

    Is it possible to edit the channel list?

    • CaptJackSparrow31 Mar 20, 2015 

      I was able to edit my channel list by opening the HDHomerun program on my windows computer, and after scanning the channels, they have a check box next to them that says “enable”, just uncheck the ones you do not want, and click apply.

      • Peter Mar 24, 2015 

        I am running Kodi from my Mac to connect to the HDHomeRun. I also have a Win8 PC which does have a HDHomeRun Setup program to enable/disable channels. The Mac version of the HDHomeRun software does not have this setup program. So I cannot disable channels. Kodi just appears to get the entire list of channels without being able to edit.

  • Ryan Mar 20, 2015 

    I have HDhomerun Prime (3 tuners) with Time Warner Cablecard. About half of my channels are DRM-protected so only way to watch those channels is through Windows Media Center. Does anybody know if this new addon above will allow us to view DRM-protected channels through Kodi without having to use Windows Media Center?

    • Mike Mar 20, 2015 

      Wondering the same.

      Also, does this solve the problem of WMC not being able to use DisplayPort (rendering my laptop useless for watching TV, unfortunately)?

    • mason Mar 21, 2015 

      I hope enabling DRM channels is in the development roadmap. This is promising but with US cable companies locking down 95% of channels, most people would still need to run WMC to view the majority of their cable package.

    • G-rant Mar 28, 2015 

      As far as I know, WMC is the ONLY application that can decode the stations flagged as copy once or copy never. It’s not a software problem, it’s a licensing problem. A company would have to be certified by CableLabs and pay them a large fee (100k?) before they would give them the license to decrypt the marked channels. Small change for Microsoft but notice how they are discontinuing WMC. I’m clinging on to my cable card and WMC for as long as I can.

    • Jeff Mar 29, 2015 

      Same issue here with Cox in Phoenix using the HDHomerun Prime with a CableCard and Cisco STA1520 Tuning Adapter. Basically anything that’s not a local channel is tagged DRM (unless I use WMC)! I can get the local channels with an antenna. Turning out to be a total waste of money and time.

  • John Mar 20, 2015 

    Great News! Now if the same could be done for the Ceton Infinitv tuners life would truly be grand!

  • setti Mar 20, 2015 

    why only unencrypted channels are supported? Using tvheadend and oscam +newcamd protocoll we already got the encrypted ones.
    German users with dvb-c dont get alot of free hd channels. And what about sky and……
    Is is hard to make some oscam client into the addon?

  • Tom Mar 20, 2015 

    Very nice! I happen to have a HD HomeRun Prime, a Myth TV PVR, Amazon Fire TVs, and a ChromeBox running OpenELEC. Comparing the HomeRun Live TV plugin to Myth, here is my feedback.

    The Silicondust guide is really pretty, I like it, it would be nice if there was a “grid” mode to scroll through a bit quicker, but everyone has a different use case. The Kodi EPG using MythTV is a lot like a standard cablebox, but on lower end hardware it is a little slow.

    The SiliconDust video quality is really good on a solid network, but if you miss a few packets (wireless..etc) it is pretty garbled and it take a little while for the artifacts to be cleaned up. The MythTV PVR video recovers very very well these days (thanks janbar!).

    Silicondust did an awesome job..it is simple and cheap! We need the PVR, so of course we’re keeping mythtv…but the Silicondust plugin will be used in our house and I will recommend it to the folks who just want to get something up and running quickly and easily.

    Silicondust is a game changer. Thank you for all of your efforts. I am one happy customer. Kodi is an awesome project and I hope to see it continue to grow and mature. Thank you team Kodi, team myth, janbar, and team Silicondust!

    • Neogeo71 Mar 21, 2015 

      Are you using FireTV box or the stick, how is the performance? Is it usable on the stick or wireless?

    • Dan Mar 22, 2015 

      Hi Tom i know this is the wrong place to post thiis question but could you let me know how you have your fire setup i have been trying with my hdhr3 for a couple weeks since i picked it up but cant get anything to work

      Thanks

      • Rich Mar 24, 2015 

        Fire tv (wireless) using the nextpvr addon….. when configuring nextpvr addon inside kodi be sure to put in the local ip address of the machine running nextpvr backend.

  • John Mar 21, 2015 

    Will the model # HDTC-2US work with OPENELEC?

  • TonyT Mar 21, 2015 

    Do we need to upgrade to the beta firmware to use this? Also Kodi says it failed to get program guide information, how can I fix that?

    • Martijn Mar 21, 2015 

      Yes you need to follow the link and update the firmware

      • Neogeo71 Mar 21, 2015 

        I updated ifrmware, the addon never gets guide data on first open, I have to exit it and then open again and it then shows the data. any ideas?

    • Ed Mar 21, 2015 

      Upgrading to the Beta firmware fixed the EPG issue for me but it took a while to load (~15 minutes) and a couple of restarts of KODI

  • Michael Mar 22, 2015 

    Seems to work pretty well on both my RPi2 and my FireTV.

    One issue — it doesn’t have any support for doing de-interlacing of 1080i video from channels like CBS (i.e. the NCAA tourney). 480p and 720p content looks fine (SD channels, ESPN HD, etc) but 1080i looks pretty bad on high motion scenes.

    Using direct DLNA playback via the uPNP interface on Kodi works with de-interlacing and so does using ServerWMC as a back end to get to it — but for the sheer speed and ease of use for live TV, I really like the HdHomeRun add-on.

    So, any hope of adding an option to enable de-interlacing (even simple bob or weave would beat the way it looks now)?

    My other request would be ATSC closed captioning — which Kodi is only now finally beginning to get right with the 15.x builds.

    • Neogeo71 Mar 23, 2015 

      Have you tried any of the 15.x nightlies? My understanding is there is some deinterlacing options now for firetv? How many channels are in 1080i?

      • Michael Mar 28, 2015 

        I’ve played with Isengard a bit on my ECS Liva w/Win8 but haven’t tried the HDHomeRun app on it yet (and haven’t tried 15.x yet on any of my ARM platforms).

        As far as how many channels are in 1080i? That would be the vast majority of them. All the major networks in the US (both cable and OTA) broadcast in either 720p or 1080i. Way over 2/3 of the networks are in 1080i.

        1080i – CBS, CMT, CNN, CW, HBO, Hallmark, TMC, NBC, SyFy, Showtime, TWC, etc.

        720p – ABC, ESPN, Fox, Disney

  • JayK Mar 23, 2015 

    I hate to say it as an avid HDHomeRun user – but ***SNORE***.

    No Recording feature(s) so you still need a backend – because how many people just watch Live TV and DON’T record shows? This sounds nice but if you have a PVR back-end already as I do (WMC with ServerWMC) the active remux costs virtually nothing.

    SD would really start shining if they invested in some recording functions in their software.

    I know……not holding my breath.

    • jweaks Mar 23, 2015 

      ^^^yep

    • rc Mar 25, 2015 

      Totally agree, I NEVER watch Live. I record, mcebuddy removes commercials, store on my nas then watch when I FEEL like it. Truly the way to go. So currently this is of no real world use to me.

  • Fabd Mar 23, 2015 

    So… is it compatible for EUROPEAN with HDHR3-EU ?

  • Bubba Pickles Mar 24, 2015 

    I have an HDHR-3US which is about 2 years old and it appears that this doesn’t work because the device is ‘too old’ to be supported?? Am I missing something? Two years is ‘too old’ to be supported? What are you, Apple? As I read through the responses I see the same response (excuse) copied & pasted (parroted) over and over. Nice.

  • Harley Mar 24, 2015 

    Why is there not a full PVR client binary addon instead for HDHomeRun?

    There is a PVR client addon for the competing Njoy Digital N7 product.

    http://kodi.wiki/view/Njoy

    No offense meant, just think PVR clients for Kodi are nicely integrated.

  • justinb Mar 25, 2015 

    did they release anything yet that can do analog cable?

  • Robert Mar 25, 2015 

    I installed this last night and it’s really great. Thank you for the hard work. Now if you can just merge this with the Live TV function of Kodi, it would be even better!

  • Steve Mar 26, 2015 

    Bought an Extend (one of the supported models), updated to the latest beta firmware, disabled my firewall, and the kodi plugin still cannot see my device. I have no problem accessing the extend from the same PC using the PC app or from my mobile devices. Looks like a problem with the plugin.

    • kib Mar 26, 2015 

      This really should go on the forum, or on their support !

      • Steve Mar 26, 2015 

        I put it here to make people aware of the issue. I saw the announcement and purchased the extend, after it did not work, I searched and found several posts from people encountering the same problem… and still no response from the manufacturer.

  • Brandon Mar 27, 2015 

    I may actually buy an HD HomeRun now since I have FIOS but never watch it (tried to get rid of it but it was cheaper to keep it and get a reduced channel set), it would be nice to integrate Live TV along with PseudoTV in Kodi.

  • Soggy_Pronoun Mar 28, 2015 

    Thank you so much…I’m so sick and tired of using WMC. If we can get Amazon Prime and Netflix back in Kodi I’ll have everything back under one roof. Thanks so much SD. I think my Homerun Prime is one of the best return on investment creature comfort purchases I have ever made and you guys just made it even more worth it.

  • Bob Mar 28, 2015 

    Can you record with a backend without having to use an external xml data source? If HDHR has an easy wayto RECORD TV w/o a lot of manual configuration (easy like WMC) I’ll gladly buy one. Just don’t want to buy now, then the recording feature is only supported on future models.

    • rob Apr 03, 2015 

      NOPE… SIGH.

    • rob Jul 03, 2015 

      No recording still. What is the point? PVR, R = Record…

  • Dracarys Apr 04, 2015 

    That a great news ! A big thank you !

  • Bjarke Apr 06, 2015 

    Works fine with HDHR3-4DC (Denmark, YouSee)

  • dcrdev Apr 09, 2015 

    Not really related, but what skin is that?

  • Michael Sandstrom Apr 14, 2015 

    In the US the new addon works wonderfully with HD Homerun Prime and Kodi on a RP2. Before I bought the HDHR Prime I owned the Dual model but my cable company started encrypting every channel so QAM no longer worked.

  • William Apr 22, 2015 

    I’m confused and can’t find the answer anywhere so here goes my question – Does the “HDHomerun Live TV” add-on require a “Cable TV” subscription to work or will a simple “Internet only subscription” be enough? Like many, I’m looking to cut the cord.

    • jweaks Apr 23, 2015 

      William, this is for Live TV over the air via an antenna and distributed to your TV and devices over your network via the SiliconDust box..

  • surfnturfca Jun 06, 2015 

    I am completely perplexed. I’ve seen posts where folks are able to edit/delete their channel lists and configurations. I have no checkboxes in the HDHR config / setup software that I just downloaded. Was that feature disabled ? Run Win 7 PC

  • Ben Jun 30, 2015 

    I was wondering if IceTV EPG integration could be developed for the HDHomerun addon?

    http://www.icetv.com.au

    Thanks
    Ben

  • Dan Fisher Jul 10, 2015 

    I was having an issue with a screen scramble on launch and changing channels. Tried everyhting. SD blamed Kodi. I thought that was wrong since it would only produce the issue on my FireTV box. No problme with windows or FireStick (other issue with FireStick).

    I finally found a solution. Enable touch control. Once this was done, no problem.

    My remaining issues are, while get 1080p and perfect picture, the refresh rate is too slow. Can the refresh rate be improved?

    Also, it works fine on eithernet cable. WiFi is not good. I am getting a new router.

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