Thursday, October 24, 2013

Accessing HDHomeRun Prime DLNA Stream via HTTP

If you have an HDHomeRun Prime network TV tuner with updated firmware (and don't forget your CableCard), you can access your (non-encrypted) digital cable channels using DLNA. Many DLNA browsers, including some TVs and tablet/phone apps, can automatically find the channel listing so you can skip using a cable box--or watch something live while your DVR records a few other shows.

If you want to use something like VLC Player or another network streaming app that has trouble accessing the channel list, you can do use the following URL format:

http://IPOFHDHOMERUN:5004/auto/vXX

Insert the IP of your HDHomeRun and replace XX with the channel number.

E.g.

http://192.168.1.100:5004/auto/v50 

would load channel 50.

11 comments:

rockyinnc said...

Thanks for the tip (found it via Google). I was curious if you know how to get a list from the HRP on what channels are not encrypted and which are. Any idea on that?

Thanks,

Rocky

Joelsef said...

Glad it helped! I posted this because I couldn't find the answer anywhere else. :-)

As for finding which channels are encrypted or not, I wish I knew. Not sure if that is exposed or even known by the web service. Did you check the Silicon Dust forums?

Anonymous said...

TRY:

GET http:///lineup.json?show=unprotected

Joelsef said...

Thanks, Anonymous!

Anonymous said...

How about accessing remotely? Like via Android on the road?

Joelsef said...

I don't believe that's as easy to do, if at all. The DLNA service has to run on the local network to do what's described here and I'm not sure you can route that traffic to the internet without some networking magic.

That said, anything is possible with some elbow grease!

Frank C said...

You can use a vpn connection from the phone and dvblink server at home. Tv can be viewed from hdhomerun. www.apluswny.com

Joelsef said...

Nice! I'll have to try that out, Frank C!

Anonymous said...

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

you can use Plex. Add it as add-on. And you can watch tv remotely

Anonymous said...

awesome tip. works on vlc android as well