Best HDhomeRun Viewer for the Mac?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by gpspad, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. gpspad macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2014
    I realize this is the ATV forum, but figured most people with HDHomeRun Tuners get them for ATV and may also have also have Mac's. I have a HDHomeRun Prime with a cable card. I'd like to view and record shows on my mac.

    What are the best viewer and DVR software for the latest mac OS?

    I am guessing I am out of luck as far as the DRM channels, but HDHomeRun's Mac Viewer isn't great and I can't seem to figure out how too get Plex to use the tuner.
  2. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    Channels App for Apple TV and Channels DVR for the MAC is what I use.
  3. jdag macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2012
    I use Channels for ATV...I can't imagine it being much better than it already is. I don't use the Channels DVR, mainly because I rarely record anything. So instead I use the Plex DVR for the rare recordings since I have Plex Pass and the DVR function is free for Plex Pass subscribers.

    That being said, I tested the Channels DVR mainly out of curiosity, and if you do make use of a DVR, Channels is better than Plex's option for a number of reasons. Most notably that it integrates all of your "live TV" viewing within the ATV's Channels app.
  4. gpspad thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2014
    Thanks for all the replies; while I would like to record a show from time to time, I am trying to get away from monthly fees. I don't think I can justify $8/month for a program just to view my HDHOMERUN on my Mac. I installed the DVR Beta, but it doesn't work as a viewer w/o activating the DVR service.

    I guess I am stuck with the free HDHomeRun Mac App, but I find it very basic. No settings, and can't turn off tuners, or open multiple windows showing different channels. But I guess it does it'd job.

    I have tried to get VLC to see the HDHR prime, but it doesn't seem to see my HDHR Prime.
  5. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    I have been using EyeTV 3 for many years, first with the Elgoto Hybrid (which failed about a year and a half ago). But my HDHomerun Extend has been really challenging to use. There is a lot of stuttering with it and, as you said, the Silicon Dust playback software is a bit spartan. So, I just have to deal with EyeTV for my DVR.
  6. gpspad thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2014

    I have eyety 3 from my elgato hybrid, I couldn't get it to recognize my hdhomerun prime. Which hardware do you select for it in the settings?
  7. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    I have it set for HDHomeRun under the Devices tab. I'm using version 3.6.8 of EyeTV.

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