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Hauppauge 1229 WinTV-HVR-2255 White Box for System Builders Dual Hybrid PCI-E TV Tuner Board

4.2 out of 5 stars 238 customer reviews
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  • PCI-E TV Tuner Board
  • Compatible with 32 bit and/or 64 bit Windows 7
  • Watch record and pause TV on your PC
  • ATSC Clear QAM Digital TV up to 1080i
  • Vista Compatible
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Product Description

The 1229 from Hauppauge is a HVR-2255 Media Center Kit Bundle. It is a PCIe TV Tuner board with dual (two) hybrid tuners. Both tuners have analog and digital reception that allows recording of two channels at the same time. Each tuner has hardware MPEG2 encoding for recording analog channels. Each tuner has ATSC clear QAM for receiving digital cable TV channels. Watch and record two channels of analog cable TV or ATSC high definition (HD) TV on your PC. Compatible with Vista Home Premium or Ultimate and XP Media Center Edition. This product does not come with a remote control.

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User Manual [980kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 3 x 10 inches ; 2.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B001E2T6Y4
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  • Item model number: 1229
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 7, 2008

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This is a relatively new product and I was skeptical as to whether it would work for me. There were very few reviews to help guide me. I'm happy to say that the tuner card installed easily, the drivers loaded properly, and both tuners (this is a dual tuner card) are functioning with my digital video recording software. I use Beyond TV and wasn't sure that the current version of BTV would recognize this new tuner device. I had some initial concerns in that the Hauppauge software that came with the tuner card wouldn't pick up one of my local channels (the weakest channel in my area). However, the BTV software successfully directed the tuner card to the weak channel and the tuners pull in a sufficiently strong signal for good reception. I'm delighted with this card and would recommend it. Just make sure you have the appropriate slot open in your computer to accept it. Double check the specs for the card and your computer to ensure compatibility. Oh yeah... you can order directly from Hauppauge for less than what Amazon has it priced at.
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Although the tuners worked with Vista Media Center as advertised, there was a problem with the coax connectors. One of the connectors became partially disconnected from the board and I had to resolder it to ensure a good electrical and physical connection. As an owner of other Hauppauge boards, I was very surprised.

Because of this problem, I recommend using slip-on coax cables with this board as opposed to the normal screw-on type. Even hand-tightening is not gentle enough for this board.
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This thing is pretty sweet. Just connect 1 coax cable and it splits it internaly. I like being able to record 2 shows at once. I watch TV on my big screen, but use this to record my favorite shows and works great, the quality, although not HD over my standard cable connection, is still quite good. My friends brag about having a 100gb Tivo, lol, i have 2Tbs, and can burn em to DVD, hehe. Great card, works perfect on Vista Ultamate 64bit. I use it with Media Center and not the WinTV.

The shipping was super fast and the price is certainly great.
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I began cutting the umbilical cord to my cable company (AT&T) 6 months ago when I realized there was not all that much I really wanted to see on 990 of the 1000 channels. For a while, I limped along watching internet TV (Hulu, broadcast networks online, etc) but I was getting frustrated by the commercial (albeit shorter) interruptions. So I shopped around and found this $90 tuner card for the the $350 computer I had picked up from the refurbished Dell site (a quad core AMD with 1 TB HD, Nvidia graphics, DVD, 4GB RAM, wireless). Threw in the windows remote control for $25 and voila, I now have the best DVR, DVD, Netflix, Internet TV I've ever experienced. Oh yeah, I also dropped $45 on an HD antennae from Costco since I didn't have any antennae to start. The best $510 I've ever spent, especially since I've saved over $400 in cable bills in the last 6 months alone. The tuner card has worked flawlessly and the Windows media center is the best user interface for DVRing that I've ever had (I've had COX, AT&T, and satellite; all are klunky compared to an interface that can use a mouse and keyboard). I love being able to click and drag my playhead to where I want it in the movie instead of having to fast forward at ridiculous speeds that make my eyes buggy. I am one happy camper.
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The hardware works great. The wintv software came with it is buggy though, and I had hard time using its channel auto-search. It found all the analog channels but no HDs. I had to look up the physical frequencies online and "tell" it the numbers. With my help it found all the HD channels but the recording went wrong every 20-30 minutes (it would time shift back 5 minutes once in a while so you get part of the show twice and lost some other parts). And I couldn't get the tv guide to work. After tried all that, I reinstalled my OS to windows 7 beta, boom, worked like a charm. Now It can record two HD channels smoothly at the same time (without the need of an HD converter box -- since it supports QAM I just plug in the cable on the wall). And with media center (builtin in windows 7) I can get all the channels mapped correctly. I have a remote and a IR sensor from an old media center pc (it doesn't have a free PCI-e slot so I cannot simply replace its TV card with this one), so I plugged the sensor to the windows 7 machine. Worked immediately. It saved me a lot of time watching TV because I could use the remote to skip commercials. Can you believe each segment of commercials in a one-hour TV show can be 3 minutes or longer? The real show only runs for about 45 minutes. Overall I'm very happy with the tuner card. The reason for 4 stars is the wintv software.
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I bought one of these to use in a home theater PC, in combination with an HVR-1850. This gives my PC a total of 3 OTA HD tuners. Enough to record more HD OTA shows than I will ever need. The card works great under Windows 7. Media center is able to seamlessly use the 3 tuners, including the 2 on this card.
This card only requires a single input cable for the two OTA tuners, so there is no need for an additional video pre-amp.
I couldn't be happier with this card.
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