- Download and install the latest HDHomeRun software from downloads.
- Open HDHomeRun Setup
- On the Location tab, set the Country and Zip/Postal Code
- On the Applications tab, set the Preview Application to HDHomeRun QuickTV
- On the Tuners tab, set the Signal Source to Digital Antenna or Digital Cable for each tuner as appropriate for the source. Set any unused tuners to Disabled.
- On the Cable Channels or Antenna Channels tab, click Scan to run a channel scan
- If you are using an Antenna, skip the following and proceed to QuickTV
- Digital cable providers may not include the channel names in the broadcast. HDHomeRun Setup will attempt to use Silicondust’s lineup server to identify channel names. These names are submitted by HDHomeRun users in your area, so while they are generally a good starting point, some adjustments may be needed. Click the Zap2it Website button to launch a web browser and go to the zap2it website, then select your cable provider.
- Click the View button to view the channel. Identify the channel based on the programming currently being show, logos on screen, etc..
- In HDHomeRun Setup, change the Guide Number and Guide Name fields to exactly match the channel number and callsign of the channel from the Zap2it website. Zap2it may have two versions for some channels – one analog/standard definition (e.g. “2 KTVU”) and one digital/high definition (“702 KTVUDT”); make sure you use the correct one.
- Check the Enabled box to enable the channel
- Repeat steps 9-11 for each channels detected
- Click Apply to store your changes
- Click a channel to watch it
- To go into fullscreen mode, press alt+enter or double-click the video
- To exit fullscreen mode, press alt+enter or double-click the video
- Right-click a channel and select Mark Favorite to set it as a favorite. This will place the channel at the top of the list.
- To remove a channel from the favorites list, right-click it and select Unmark Favorite
If you are using the commercial HDHomeRun TECH model, it is possible to install just the QuickTV program and use it to receive multicast streams.
- Download the HDHomeRun QuickTV client-only viewer from the HDHomeRun Beta Forum
- Configure your HDHomeRun TECH to stream to multicast addresses following the instructions on page 13 of the HDHomeRun TECH Guide
- Create a .qtv file to reference the streams following the instructions on page 14 of the HDHomeRun TECH Guide
No Audio in Windows 7
The audio decoder included with Windows 7 has limited functionality when used outside of Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player. There are 3 workarounds for this:
- Use an audio device that supports Dolby Digital output, such as HDMI, S/PDIF, or coaxial digital to a receiver that can handle the decoding
- Use Windows Media Player for viewing. Change the Preview application on the Application tab in HDHomeRun Setup to Windows Media Player, and use the View button to watch channels, or open Windows Media Player, go to Playlists, and use the HDHomeRun playlist(s) to watch TV and change channels. Note: playlist functionality requires HDHomeRun software version 20100828 or later.
- Install a licensed AC3 decoder that works with Windows Media Player. The decoders included with most common DVD playback programs such as PowerDVD and WinDVD meet this criteria.
Required MPEG2/AC3 Decoder Not Installed
QuickTV utilizes audio and video decoders installed on the PC. These decoders are normally included as part of commercial PVR applications, including Windows Media Center, and DVD playback software such as PowerDVD. Simply install one of these programs and the decoders should then be available to QuickTV.