Silicondust announces beta support for HD Homerun live OTA on Roku devices


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Nov 30, 2011
Introducing HDHomeRun OTA Live for Roku (BETA) - SiliconDust

"Today, we are excited to announce, after years of requests, the first step in HDHomeRun support for Roku. We need to start out by saying this is very much a Beta product. It does not do many of the things you expect from a traditional HDHomeRun app. And because of that we’ve decided to give it a new name “HDHomeRun OTA Live.”

As you can probably guess from the title, this first app is solely dedicated to Over the Air Live TV viewing. Watch TV, check out the guide, change channels, do all the simple things you expect from a great Live TV app. But for now, we’re holding back DVR until we have it working beautifully. And we are still working on support for HDHomeRun Prime."

How To Install
This is a beta app, which means you have to go through a small process to set things up. Visit, log in to your Roku account, and select Add Channel with a code.

Then enter the HDHomeRun channel access code: N6MN9QC


Click yes/accept through a few beta warning pages. Now, on your Roku device, the HDHomeRun Live app may already just be there. If not, follow the instructions to refresh the channels list found on the last page.

And that’s it! You should have a fully working HDHomeRun Live app!

A Few Notifications
As previously stated, this is a beta app that only plays Live TV. Here are a few other things you should know about.

First, only Over the Air TV is supported at present. The HDHomeRun Prime is not currently supported in this release, but we are working to add support.

Second, to hear audio, you need a TV, AV receiver, or soundbar that can decode Dolby Digital or AC3 audio over HDMI. Most modern TVs can do this, though we’ve noticed a few Samsung TVs cannot. All Roku televisions should be able to play audio without any trouble.

Third, support is limited to those Roku devices that have been updated to support MPEG-2 with Firmware version 9.0 or above.

And that’s it. If you’ve got an HDHomeRun and a Roku, feel free to get testing!


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Jan 4, 2007
Fairfax, VA
Does this mean that some Roku devices will play mpeg2 after all?


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Jun 21, 2008
Alexandria, VA, US
Did not work for me, though I only did a very short test. I'll try again over the weekend.

- Trip

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