The HDHomeRun Connect is a great product for folks wanting some freedom from cable subscriptions while keeping their entire household entertained with TV. At CES 2018 the latest product in the lineup has been announced, the Connect DUO+. And the big story here is that it comes with a built-in DVR.
At the heart, the Connect DUO+ is the same as the regular Connect DUO, with two tuners allowing two streams on your network at once. That means you can watch two different channels on two different devices or you can watch one channel while recording another. The DUO+ adds 256GB of storage to the mix which is good for up to 60 hours of HD recordings.
To use HDHomeRun DVR you'll still require a subscription (everyone needs a subscription to use the service), but the DUO+ is pre-loaded with the HDHomeRun engine already so all you need to do is hook up your account and you're good to go. And because it's a HDHomeRun, you can use the DUO+ in conjunction with any other HDHomeRun product to get access to more tuners, and more channels at the same time.
One of the things we like the most about the HDHomeRun is its versatility, with support for just about every platform you could want. Android, iOS, Windows 10, Xbox, Kodi, Plex are all great ways to use this hardware, and other services like Plex DVR can be used with the DUO+ storage, too. It's also going to be a pretty simple way to add a DVR to your Xbox One.
The Connect DUO+ is scheduled to go on sale in mid-2018, pricing has yet to be confirmed.
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I have two Prime devices I have been using for years and have been using their DVR service for over a year. Their software is sort of bare bones, but it has been steadily improving and meets my needs. I have been very happy with it. That being said, I really wish MS would support their recording engine and incorporate it directly into the Xbox guide. All it takes is coding. No additional hardware change on the xbox and suddenly they have a full DVR solution.
Yup. They killed WMC with the teased it would be added to xbox and ........ that was 3 years ago. Still nothing on the market that functions as well.
If you're a prime user then you'll be interested in the new prime 6 later this year. Six tuners rather than three, so only one cablecard needed!
Not touching anything with an Intel CPU. I'll hold out for Raven Ridge stuff to be more prevalent in the market, as I have for a few months now.
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