My HD HomeRun Dual tuners arrived today. I'm a mear 4 miles from the cluster of broadcast towers in Houston, so I picked up an indoor antenna and currently have it set up on my dining room table while I figure out how everything's going to work together:
The tuners are a lot smaller than I expected them to be, they're the 2 small black boxes on the left. The box on the right is a network switch (can of soda is for size reference):
My Mac mini hasn't arrived yet, so I initially used the free iOS app InstaTV Lite to test them out with my iPad. It can access the tuners without requiring a computer to act as an intermediary. Upon launch, it detected one of the tuners:
I proceeded with the scan and it identified 83 channels!
A single over the air channel can be subdivided, the main channel is referred to as .1 and is typically sent in HD while .2 and later are SD. Cable and Satellite services tend to only carry the .1 channel, so I'm not familiar with what's on the .2+ channels yet. I did find this list from last year that details 77 of them - quite the variety.
I tried out a few channels with the app, and they came through nice and clear. There's an online database that the app can reference to display the channel names and logos, but not all channels are listed in the database. I wonder if end-users can supply that info
The picture isn't that big though as the Lite version of the software is limited to 256x144:
So I went ahead and purchased the InstaTV Pro version for $9.99 so I could select a higher resolution:
The picture looks quite good:
The app also runs on the iPhone. When the interface is shown the screen is locked to portrait mode:
hitting the double-arrow symbol switches the video Full Screen, which hides the interface and allows you to rotate the phone to landscape mode:
The app has a listing of the tuners that also displays their status - in this case both are in use, one streaming to the iPad and the other to the iPhone:
The app does support a TV Guide, but it requires you to have a Windows 7/8 PC running Media Center - and that ain't happening.
Addendum: Turns out there's an app for that - TV Guide Mobile