I have not heard of what the price would be on the HDHR4-CC but that also is probably what I would choose if available... (I do not have an answer as to whether or not you should wait as there is always that next thing and who knows when it is coming out)
I have both a prime and ceton i4 USB at one of my locations (ceton pcie and usb at another, and one usb unit I take with me regardless of my location)... with the exception of a TA problem at one location I have with the ceton usb with a (soft) restart of the computer (solution... always shut down, never restart) they all have run flawlessly for the past several months (for those that read all my posts, I also had a problem that also affected the STBs and tuning adapters so I'm not counting that as it affected everything).... at least for now on the cetons I can even disable EAS messages from reaching WMC (which is not something I recommend but some areas just have way too many tests and alerts for 100s of miles away) which SD has said there is no way they could under the rules.
In the location with both, I generally use the prime to serve the laptops, though I do occasionally try assigning one tuner from the ceton to other computers, I have not heard of as many problems getting the ceton to pair properly with verizon as I have with the prime (SD's response basically has been we have just given up dealing with them, at one time they thought they had a contact but it fell through, but ceton seems to contact the right people if you have a problem with a provider)... however now that most know that after pairing, to call them and use the word validate it should not be that much of a problem and if one doesn't subscribe to hbo/max it doesn't matter.
My problem is I can't imagine only 3 tuners... 4 is barely enough and given the chance to have 6 with one cablecard rental for some providers would trump everything else (I can't remember verizon's total cablecard fee but some providers, in addition to the $2-$3/month rental also charge a gateway fee per device so sometimes it is a little more than just the card rental) So in my opinion, assuming recorded content is to be viewed on the laptops with verizon as the provider, I would lean to a 4 tuner model and not worry about sharing tuners... Once you have 4 tuners, it is hard to go back to 3. I also have the feeling this person's network isn't all that great based on the comment that they would prefer usb (though moca with verizon can easily remedy the network situation since usually with verizon one has half of it to begin with)
For most, either would be great and serve the purpose and you must weigh dynamic tuner sharing (pooling)and network connection vs. the extra tuner and usb connection. Right now the dlna stuff isn't as polished to wish it on anyone but can be fun to play with (in my case nearly all my channels are protected so dlna on the tuner really doesn't work for me). If you can find the ceton on sale, it usually costs about the same and well worth it for the extra tuner. I only mentioned the 6 ETH as that provides an additional 2 tuners (3 over the prime) as well as the dynamic tuner sharing so that makes the question ethernet or usb (though price is also a consideration). I would not recommend the hauppauge usb version of what is essentially the prime with only 2 tuners. One other consideration might be if you ever decide to use a mac or linux over windows... though ceton does have linux drivers, I believe the prime is better supported in the apple and linux communities.
Edited by signcarver - 7/3/13 at 11:35am