Homebase Hub combines Plex Media Server with OTA HD TV and built in DVR

Billed as the “Ultimate cord-cutting device” a new startup called HomeBase has unwrapped a new media storage server today named the Homebase Hub. It combines an Intel NUC with the popular Plex Media Server platform alongside support for OTA HD TV and integrated DVR (courtesy of HDHomeRun – although you’ll need to supply that yourself).

The HomeBase Hub features include:

  • The latest generation Intel® Core™ i5 and Celeron processors
  • A Solid State Hard drive and over 2TB of media storage space.
  • Windows® 10 based operating system with HomeBase custom user interface (for quick launching and switching of all your favorite apps and services).
  • Intel® Ready Mode Technology (always on server for access to your files at any time from any device)
  • Intel Smart Home Advantage software which includes:
    • Plex Home- Enables parental controls and fast user switching
    • Camera Upload- Automatically syncs photos directly from your mobile devices
    • Mobile Sync- Syncs your content to your Android, iOS and Windows devices to enjoy offline
    • Tonido Private Cloud- for personally hosted cloud file storage and sharing as well as automatic backup of photos and videos from iOS and Android devices

Two models are available at launch. The $399 HomeBase Hub White looks like a convenient HTPC solution with the following features:

  • Powered by the Intel Celeron J3455 processor
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • Windows 10 with custom UI
  • Intel HD Graphics 500
  • HDMI 2.0 for 4K at 60Hz
  • Intel Ready Mode technology (Instant on)
  • 32GB Solid State Drive
  • 2TB Hard Disk Drive for Media Storage
  • 4x USB 3.0
  • Wireless 802.11 AC (Gigabit Wireless)
  • Bluetooth v4.2
  • 7.1 Digital Audio
  • Dual array front mics
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack

At $799, the more powerful HomeBase Hub Blue is ideal for those seeking a future-proofed home theater PC package. It includes the extended feature set of the new Intel Kaby Lake NUCs, with support for Thunderbolt 3 and Intel Optane memory: 

  • Intel Core i5-7260U processor
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • Windows 10 IOT with custom UI
  • Intel Iris Plus 640 Graphics
  • HDMI 2.0 for 4K at 60Hz
  • Intel Ready Mode technology (Instant on)
  • 128GB Solid State Drive (Lightening fast for OS and Apps)
  • 2TB Hard Disc Drive (For media files)
  • USB-C Thunderbolt 3 Connector (endless expansion options)
  • Intel Optane Memory Ready
  • Wireless 802.11 AC (Gigabit Wireless)
  • Bluetooth v4.2
  • 4x USB 3.0
  • 7.1 Digital Audio
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack

As mentioned, you’ll need to supply your own HDHomeRun network tuner (and OTA antenna, of course), but once that’s up and running, the Homebase Hub looks like a compact and simple to use HTPC.

The HomeBase Hub is available for pre-order starting January 5th starting at $399 and will begin shipping in March of 2017. For more, check out the HomeBase website.


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