Configuring MythTV for the HDHomeRun Prime

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In both .24-fixes and the current development version of MythTV (master), it is possible to use the SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime to view material which is not recordable using traditional tuners. The HDHomeRun Prime uses a CableCard to decrypt and stream three or six simultaneous programs, depending on the model used. This guide is an illustrated, step-by-step method of configuring the HDHomeRun Prime with MythTV.

The following steps should be applicable when setting up the Hauppauge DCR-2650.

Important.png Note: This guide assumes that you have correctly set up and configured MythTV itself, including setting up a working database and all the other setup steps common to a working MythTV setup

Setting up the Lineups and Tuners

Although soon it will be possible to configure the HDHomeRun Prime without any special considerations, it is currently necessary to use some "tricks" to get a working lineup, and in the case of MythTV .24-fixes, to use all three tuners on each HDHomeRun Device. A summary of the steps needed:

  • In .24-fixes, the HDHomeRun must be either created by IP, and the tuner number manually edited, or by using the autodiscovery feature and creating a duplicate of one tuner to represent the third, and then that tuner's device string must be manually changed in the database. This step does not apply to master/.25.
  • A brand new video source must be created. That source must be attached to an analog or demo tuner device, and the channels must be filled by pressing the "Fetch Channels from Listings Source" button.
  • The new video source must be removed from the analog device and attached to the HDHomeRun Prime tuners.

Illustrated Guide

In mythtv-setup, navigate to Capture Cards. HDHR Prime Setup 1.png
Select New Capture Card. HDHR Prime Setup 2.png
Create a card of the Demo test recorder type. You do not need to point this card at a real file. We'll be deleting it in a moment. HDHR Prime Setup 3.png
Press Finish, then escape back to the main menu and select the Video Sources menu item. HDHR Prime Setup 4.png
Select New video source. HDHR Prime Setup 5.png
Give your Video Source a name. Here we named it "My New Source." Select Schedules Direct as your listings grabber. Input your User ID and Password from Schedules Direct, then press "Retrieve Lineups." In a few moments, you should see the Data Direct lineup box filled with values representing the lineups you have configured at the Schedules Direct website. Select the one which contains the channels found on your HDHomeRun Prime. This Lineup should be the one with channel numbers which are the same as the ones found on a cable box. HDHR Prime Setup 6.png
Press Finish to return to the main menu. Select the Input Connections menu item. HDHR Prime Setup 7.png
Select the input connection for the DEMO tuner we just created. HDHR Prime Setup 8.png
There are only two steps needed on this screen. Select the Video Source you just created, and press the Fetch channels from listings source button. This will cause MythTV to fill the source with the channels found in your lineup at Schedules Direct. HDHR Prime Setup 9.png
Press Next, then Finish to return to the main menu. Select the Capture Cards menu item again. HDHR Prime Setup 1.png
Select the DEMO tuner and press the D key. When asked, select Yes, delete capture card. HDHR Prime Setup 10.png
Now select New capture card again. It's time to create our HDHomeRun Prime devices. Select the HDHomeRun DTV tuner box card type. From the Available devices list, select the first autodetected tuner device, with a string like: "0123456789-0".

Important.png Note: If using .24-fixes: You must either create two copies of one of the autodetected tuners, or define the HDHomeRun by IP address and manually edit the Tuner number for each HDHomeRun tuner numbered 0, 1, and 2. If you create two copies of one of the tuners, you will need to edit the capturecard table to change the device strings to end in -0, -1, and -2

HDHR Prime Setup 11.png
Select Recording Options. HDHR Prime Setup 12.png
Change Max Recordings to 1. When in CableCard mode, the HDHomeRun is only able to record one program per tuner. HDHR Prime Setup 13.png
Press Next, then Finish to return to the tuner list. Repeat the last three steps until you have a capture card representing each tuner in your HDHomeRun Prime device. Press Escape to return to the main menu. Select the Input Connections menu item again. HDHR Prime Setup 7.png
You should have a list of HDHomeRun tuners which looks something like this. Highlight the first tuner and press Enter. HDHR Prime Setup 14.png
Give your tuner a descriptive name. Change the Video Source to the one we just created. Do not press Scan for channels OR Fetch channels from listings source! You will see Starting channel read Please add channels to this source. You can press Next, then Finish. Press enter on the same tuner, and you will find that you can now successfully set a starting channel for this tuner. HDHR Prime Setup 15.png
Repeat the last step until the video source you created is attached to all of your HDHomeRun Prime tuners, and each is set to a valid starting channel, as in this screenshot. HDHR Prime Setup 16.png

You only have one more step to go! Bring up a terminal and issue the command:

mythfilldatabase --dd-grab-all

This will pull in the listings for all of your channels. You can now start mythbackend again and your HDHomeRun Prime tuners should be ready to go!


  • I'm not able to tune any of my channels! The OSD simply says "Partial Lock" and "LAMc". What gives?
    • A Lock message of LAMc indicates the channel is encrypted and untuneable. There are multiple possibilities. Either the channel might not be copy-freely, and thus is uncapturable in MythTV, or your CableCard may not have been properly activated. Check your HDHomeRun Prime's web page (by bringing up its IP address in a web browser). Click Status Menu. Card Authentication, Card OOB Lock, and Card Activation must all read success in order for MythTV to be able to capture encrypted content. If they all read success, it is probably that this channel is marked Copy-Once or Copy-Never, and thus the HDHomeRun Prime is unable to stream the content in the clear to MythTV.