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anon999
Level 7

Re: HDHomeRun Channel does not play content

From silicondust:- All apps basically use the same Roku video player code, that only Roku controls. You'll most likely see the same issue with the media player. Something in the cable TV video data makes the Roku video player think there is an error, and it stops playing. We've tried to make Roku aware of the issue, but we're not sure if they'll do anything about it. On a technical level, there's nothing actually stopping it from working. The Roku video player code just needs to be tweaked to ignore the data errors.

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cqcq42
Level 8

Re: HDHomeRun Channel does not play content

You would think Roku engineers could use debug to catch this error as well as the errors in Peacock streaming.

Or maybe ignore errors that won't crash the player or just skip error checking?

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RichyFL
Level 8

Re: HDHomeRun Channel does not play content

I bought a fire stick, works great.  I will never buy another roku device, ever.  When I brought this to roku attention, it seems they have one answer....reset and reinstall.  They are worthless.  I also contacted SD and told them to remove Roku as being compatible.  Evidently they Roku is having internal issues.

MBinNC
Level 7

Re: HDHomeRun Channel does not play content


@anon999 wrote:

From silicondust:- All apps basically use the same Roku video player code, that only Roku controls. You'll most likely see the same issue with the media player. Something in the cable TV video data makes the Roku video player think there is an error, and it stops playing. We've tried to make Roku aware of the issue, but we're not sure if they'll do anything about it. On a technical level, there's nothing actually stopping it from working. The Roku video player code just needs to be tweaked to ignore the data errors.


This explains why it works through PLEX. We record shows off the HDHomeRun onto our PLEX server. But it's so much easier just to start the HD app and watch live that way vs logging into PLEX. But when it starts dropping, we login to PLEX and watch Live TV there and it'll work fine. My guess is PLEX is transcoding and the errors get dropped before reaching the Roku. 

Its wild how random it can be. Some days it's unusable. Other days it might buffer once or twice in a whole day. 

Hate Roku is being so difficult because their players, speed, and ease of use blow the Fire's away. We lost our tiny FireTV remote and never replaced it. Just wasn't the same. 

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merliegw
Level 7

Re: HDHomeRun Channel does not play content

Well, I guess I should have searched and found this BEFORE I contacted SiliconDust.

 

It is October 2021, almost a year since your post.

Listed in my email below but I am using two Roku Ultra units, and the latest one (this week) was just upgraded with the latest firmware when I plugged it in yesterday.

Roku !  What is wrong ?

 

(my email to SiliconDust with all the details)

I have just purchased your HDHomeRun Flex 4k.

First, I would like to say that I have never purchased anything that was so easy to setup and worked so fast!
I literally plug in the antenna, plugged in the network cable, plugged in the power, downloaded the android app and watched tv! Simple!!

Now to my issue/question.

This appears to be a Roku issue but hoping you may have some tips or suggestions.

Here are my test devices:
Roku Ultra wired to the network
Roku Ultra wireless to the network
MacBook Pro wireless to the network

I am watching a channel on the wired Roku and it was dropping back to the channel guide.
I assumed the signal was fading or dropping so I was monitoring the tuner on the MacBook while watching on the wired Roku and the signal strength was 100%, Signal quality was bouncing (I was constantly refreshing) between 73 and 89% even as the Roku dropped back to the channel list
This same thing happens on the Roku that is wireless.

Now the strange part is I have the HDHomeRun app installed on the MacBook which is wireless, and I tested watching the same channel on the wired Roku and the MacBook; the Roku dropped back to the channel list three times in less than 10 minutes but the MacBook never stopped streaming the channel.

Since the same issue happens on both the wired and wireless Roku but not on the MacBook, I have to assume there is something with the Roku and the HD app (channel). Both Roku units are updated, one was purchased 6 months ago and the other at the same time as the HDHomeRun Flex 4k.

Hoping you might have some insights into this or maybe I am the first to report this kind of issue.
Maybe you recommend different devices to use? I know one person who recommended your device that uses the nVidia Shield.

Thanks again for a great product.

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cqcq42
Level 8

Re: HDHomeRun Channel does not play content

I too updated my Roku device (a premiere), but still have problems playing HDHomerun content.

Basically, I don't think Roku has the will to fix the problem. I have switched to another device (that-which-shall-not-be-named by 'A' of the hated JB) which is slightly better playing HDHomerun and plays AppleTV without the glitches I saw on Roku.

Just sad.

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MBinNC
Level 7

Re: HDHomeRun Channel does not play content

It's ridiculous that the only way I can reliably play my HDHomeRun on any of our Roku devices is to play it through Plex's Live TV (Since it re-encodes on the fly) . Never stops or hiccups. Have never been able to watch something natively through the HDHomeRun app without it stopping at some point.

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