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Cisco Tuning Adapter Firmware Updated

Sometime in the last 24 hours my Cisco STA1520 Tuning Adapter was updated to the latest firmware. We knew the firmware existed and was out in the wild thanks to Ben Drawbaugh over at Engadget HD but there was no specific release date. Well I finally got my update. For those that do not know I live near Charlotte, NC and I have Time Warner Cable.

It definitely was not an elegant notification on the update though. I read that Ceton had updated the InfiniTV-4 firmware and drivers so I did the update. Everything seemed to be working fine until I woke up this morning. I had an SDV issue with one of my recordings. I checked the Ceton diagnostic web page for my tuners and saw that my tuning adapters were not working properly. I then checked the firmware of the SDV adapters through the CETON diagnostic screens and sure enough the tuning adapters had been updated.

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HD HomeRun for $99.99 shipped

Radio Shack has the HD HomeRun Dual QAM network tuner for $100.  That is a great price for a great tuner.  I have one and about 80% of my shows are recorded off of it since the majority of what I record is network TV.  The frees up the cable card tuners for everyday TV surfing and tuning in kids shows.  Run, don’t walk!

Thanks to Geek Tonic for the heads up!

Ceton Tuner Finally Shipping

According to EngagetHD the Ceton Quad Cable Card tuner is finally shipping to those that pre-ordered the tuner.  While this is great news the excitement needs to be tempered a little bit since the units ready to ship will not cover all of the pre-orders placed to date.  Hopefully Ceton can get more of the tuners into the marketplace and finally build up a healthy supply.

HDHomeRun Prime – My Future Cable Card Tuner

I was originally on the Ceton cable card tuner bandwagon but I have since jumped off.  I am waiting patiently for the HDHomerun cable card tuner and now it is one step closer with an official name:  HDHomeRun Prime!

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I chose to get the HDHomeRun Prime tuner after they announced that it would support 3 cable card stream off of one card at a price point of $250.  That is $150 less than the ceton tuner for only one less stream but I also get the capability to put the tuner anywhere on my network and not have to put it in my HTPC.  I may end up putting it right next to my HTPC but I at least have options.

I am hoping that this tuner will work better with my SDV tuning adapters because my SDV situation is about to get a lot worse.  More on that later.

HD HomeRun for $100!!!

I love my HD HomeRun Clear QAM dual tuner!  I think when I bought mine it was around $155-$160.  About 80% of the TV I record is from network TV so the HD HomeRun does most of the heavy lifting and does it well.  I rarely have my cable card tuners tied up.

It’s a great second pair of tuners and a great tuner to start your Media Center journey.  Make sure you grab one before the price goes back up.  Thanks for the heads up Geek Tonic!

SiliconDust HDHomeRun Network Dual Digital Tuner $99.99 (124.99 less $25 with code CDYG45) with Free Shipping.  The code is good through 3/28 so don’t wait.

Ceton Tuner Update on Zones.com

Zones.com has fixed the price of the Ceton tuner to the MSRP of $399.99.  If the price was holding you back from ordering then do not let that hold you back.

Here is the link again: Ceton InfiniTV 4

Are you going to get in line now or wait?  Leave a comment.

Ceton Tuners – Good News, Bad News

Good news first:

Ben Drawbaugh from Endgaget HD is reporting that the Ceton tuners are now available for pre-order.  You can go get in line now for you 1 card / 4 streams Cable Card goodness.  It’s at a website called Zones.com that I have not heard of before. 

Here is the pre-order link: Ceton InfiniTV 4 at Zones.com

Now the bad news:

The release date has been pushed back by to months from March 31st to May 31st.  Also Zones.com is selling the card for $478.99 instead of the $399.99 price that was announced a few months ago.  Not sure what’s up with that.

I think I may wait until Amazon.com starts shipping them for $399.99 before I pull the trigger.