Originally Posted by MarcSparks
That's probably solid thinking. If the Prime works as advertised with 3 dynamic tuners and there's no major WMC issues (big if), then it may be more useful than 4 static tuners depending on your setup.
I'm one of those struggling with getting consistent results from the Ceton Network Tuner Sharing. Well basically only have the issue of WMC losing the tuner and it not coming back without manual intervention. I've re-installed the drivers for the umpteenth time and double-ran the setup like someone suggested. So far so good for the last 36 hours. Even rebooted primary PC with the Ceton card to test whether or not it would come back. It worked, so I'm very cautiously hopeful I'm past that issue.
Otherwise I'm pretty happy with the Ceton and have no regrets jumping on the lower price and canceling my Prime pre-order. Will be interested in seeing how well the Prime operates when it comes out though.
I have a Ceton that I'm tuner sharing on one HTPC (bedroom) to another (living room). I love the way it works but will switch to HD Homerun Prime for a few reasons:
1 - Network tuning has been very reliable, but I did have one crash on the main box hosting the Ceton. I only knew because when I tried to watch TV on the network tuned box, TV failed. I kind of don't like the concept that if the Ceton host is either powered down, asleep or crashed, then the other TV wont work. The HD Homerun wont have this problem (assuming their device firmware doesn't crash).
2 - Its not a big deal, but I do feel static tuner assignment is limiting. I have three additional laptops I use from time to time, and have company that bring their laptops over, and it would be really cool to just run WMC and tune into a TV channel over wifi and watch TV. Can't do that with the static assignment.
3 - Not having to use a ceton clears out all my PCI slots, which allows me to build a box with smaller form factor some day.
4 - I think overall setup will be easier on HD homerun since its uniform on all PCs I wish to use tuners with. HTPCs are filled with quirks and I like to standardize everything as much as possible, so all my boxes will be clients as opposed to one host / one client with different setups.
Just my .02 on the pro/con list.