OK ... pretty close.
1) The HDHomerun sits on the network and has only two connections, cable input (two) and network cable. It can tune in up to two clear HDTV cable signals and route them over the network to the target.
2) Correct, I just want to grab the stream and be able to display it via the PBO. I realize no pause, rewind, etc. Just view it like old fashioned OTA TV.
On a typical unit the HDHR appears to use an application to get the streams.
When configure it to run with XBMC it scans the available channels and creates a folder with multiple *.strm files. One for STRM file for each channel and tuner.
Each file contains something like this:
So it appears that the XML parser in XBMC reads it as:
Applet = hdhomerun://10173345-0
Display Item = tuner0
Connection = channel=qam256:717000000&program=3
Thus (technically) there is no stream, rather info to call an applet.
It may be that I have to dig into the stream info from the HDHomerun forums then bring that info back here.
Hopefully someone else here has been playing with one also.
... Mike ...