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Is there a device out there to where I can stream local channels only for free and one that's legal so that i won't have to fumble through mutable apps
 
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thanks i'll have t o investigate it. kinda looks like dishes air t.v. i think its called

Completely different animal entirely. The HD Homerun is a tuner that connects to your internet router. Then you download the app on your Roku, Fire Stick, iPad etc and watch the OTA channels that way
 
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Is there a device out there to where I can stream local channels only for free and one that's legal so that i won't have to fumble through mutable apps
You should make it clear whether or not you have OTA reception. If not, something like the AirTV or HDHomerun will be of little to no use. Without a media server (and probably even with a media server on iOS devices), some sort of app will likely be required.

Are you looking to make your own streams or play someone else's (or both)?
 
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You should make it clear whether or not you have OTA reception. If not, something like the AirTV or HDHomerun will be of little to no use. Without a media server (and probably even with a media server on iOS devices), some sort of app will likely be required.

Are you looking to make your own streams or play someone else's (or both)?
You only need a media server for recording on a Hdhomerun. Most TV's support dlna, so you don't need a separate streaming box.
 
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Ive been using the HD Homerun app on my Fire Stick and Fire TV a lot since I put my old HD Homerun Duals back in service. I was using them to try out Plex dvr but I find myself using the HD Homerun app to watch live, rather than switching the tv and surround back to the inputs for the Tivo's
 
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You only need a media server for recording on a Hdhomerun. Most TV's support dlna, so you don't need a separate streaming box.
You may need a media server to transcode the MPEG2 that comes from the Connect products. DLNA support does not imply MPEG2 support. DLNA allows the streaming device (such as a Roku) to tell a server that it can't do MPEG2 and the Connect products have to punt.
 
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You may need a media server to transcode the MPEG2 that comes from the Connect products. DLNA support does not imply MPEG2 support. DLNA allows the streaming device (such as a Roku) to tell a server that it can't do MPEG2 and the Connect products have to punt.
Now you are reaching, bringing up Roku. The conversation is about TV's. FYI some Rokus can handle the Mpeg 2 stream with the Roku media player.
 
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The conversation is about TV's.
The thread is literally about streaming of local channels. It wasn't established what the source of the stream was nor the streaming device to be used. The conversation turned to the HDHomerun as a possible source. Assuming that the goal was to stream to a SMART TV is not sound as they are neither required nor necessarily desirable as streaming devices (as evidenced by the massive success of Roku and Fire TV devices and the fact that Best Buy is giving away a streaming device with HDHomerun purchases).

When it is established what the streaming device is, then we can restrict the playing field but that doesn't appear to be the case at this point.

Then again, it hasn't been established that the TS has reliable access to OTA signals so the HDHomerun suggestion may be academic.

It is important not to outrun the TS.
 
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The thread is literally about streaming of local channels. It wasn't established what the source of the stream was nor the streaming device to be used. The conversation turned to the HDHomerun as a possible source. Assuming that the goal was to stream to a SMART TV is not sound as they are neither required nor necessarily desirable as streaming devices (as evidenced by the massive success of Roku and Fire TV devices and the fact that Best Buy is giving away a streaming device with HDHomerun purchases).

When it is established what the streaming device is, then we can restrict the playing field but that doesn't appear to be the case at this point.

Then again, it hasn't been established that the TS has reliable access to OTA signals so the HDHomerun suggestion may be academic.

It is important not to outrun the TS.

So now you are assuming? The op asked about streaming locals and was correctly given information by comfortably_numb about HDHOMERUN. Than you in your non infinite wisdom say you need a server and some sort of app, proven wrong again. Now it's more false information provided because only less than 20% of people stream from a device like a Roku or Fire tv. I know it kills you that your beloved Dish is dying, but don't come here and CONSTANTLY provide false information.
 
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So now you are assuming?
I'm not assuming anything. An initial assumption (absent important details that still haven't been shared by the TS) was made by comfortably_numb that OTA might be available (the premise on which a HDHomerun recommendation could be made).

You've assumed that OTA is indeed available, that the TS is using a DLNA streaming TV and more.

I guess you could say that I assumed that because Best Buy was delivering HDHomeruns with Fire Sticks, it is clear evidence that your streaming SMART TV argument was full of holes. If everyone already had a suitable solution there would be no need to bundle yet another one. I don't have direct insight into why Best Buy is doing this bundle but it seems pretty obvious that they're not assuming what you're assuming.
 
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I'm not assuming anything. An initial assumption (absent important details that still haven't been shared by the TS) was made by comfortably_numb that OTA might be available (the premise on which a HDHomerun recommendation could be made).

You've assumed that OTA is indeed available, that the TS is using a DLNA streaming TV and more.

I guess you could say that I assumed that because Best Buy was delivering HDHomeruns with Fire Sticks, it is clear evidence that your streaming SMART TV argument was full of holes. If everyone already had a suitable solution there would be no need to bundle yet another one. I don't have direct insight into why Best Buy is doing this bundle but it seems pretty obvious that they're not assuming what you're assuming.

I'd work on your reading comprehension. Did I ever say "Smart tv". You even said that you were assuming. Bottom line is you got called out again, not knowing how a product works and then trying to correct people. Seems like you do that on every thread.
 
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In post #9 you declared that most TVs support DLNA.

I think you would agree that "TVs that support DLNA" = "SMART TVs" and logically your statement could also be read as "most TVS are SMART TVs".
Wrong again, I have a non Smart Samsung TV that supports Dlna.
 

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