HDHomeRun has become a great way to watch cable channels through Android TV’s Live Channels app, and they’ve received good reviews by us in the past. Yet it’s only supported streaming and not full recording. The ability to have a DVR in Android TV would greatly add value to the platform, and it’s something that is coming in Android N.
HDHomeRun also wants to make this a reality. They launched a Kickstarter campaign a year ago to add a DVR feature to their products. While progress has been incremental, they just shared some good news for Android TV users. The HDHomeRun DVR app is available to download!
They recommend using the NVIDIA Shield Pro, which has 500GB and should be able to store a lot of video. (In Android Marshmallow, it’s easy to insert an SD card or USB 3.0 hard drive to store media.) Supports of the campaign can try it out now.
Currently they don’t seem to support protected channels, although that feature is in the pipeline. They also have added a top-level page showing all of their recordings in groupings to selection easy.
If you’re interested in getting this, you’ll have to wait until they publicly release it. It seems like they’re planning to introduce the DVR option as a subscription option for $30/year, although this may change by the time the product is ready for market.
Hopefully the team remains committed to Android TV and will pursue the native Live Channel APIs for recording once those are published.