While we wait for the FCC and cable companies to work out a plan for the future of TV, Silicon Dust has a way for you to experience cable with as few boxes as possible. This week the company detailed the ability of Samsung’s 2016 TVs to access streams from its network cable TV tuners — no external box necessary. If all you want to do is watch live TV, then just having a HDHomeRun Prime in the US or HDHomeRun Expand in Europe plus cable is enough (antennas work too, with the HDHomeRun Connect or Extend).
Adding DVR features means setting up its still-in-testing software, which can run on Windows, Mac, NAS or even NVIDIA’s Shield TV box. If you’re not ready to cut the cord, but do want to ditch the cable company’s hardware, it’s another option and should be pretty seamless — the HDHomerun will show up as just another input right next to your HDMI jacks.