Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 PCI TV Tuner
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- Watch TV on your PC screen using a 125 channel cable ready TV tuner.
- Record your TV shows to disk using the built-in hardware MPEG-2 encoder.
- Pause your live TV shows with instant replay, fast forward and rewind.
- Composite/S-Video and audio inputs, to connect to VCR or camcorders.
- dbx-TV stereo decoder, for great TV sound. (Nicam stereo on PAL models)
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Record your TV programs or home videos onto DVD or CD, and play them on your DVD player! If you have a DVD burner in your PC, use the WinTV-PVRs MPEG files with the included Ulead DVD MovieFactory to author your own home DVDs. Turn your TV shows or home videos into DVD movies!PEG-2 video is sent over the PCI bus, where it is stored on the PCs hard disk. The video can also be played back to the PC screen while recording.
WinTV-PVR-150 contains a high quality 10-bit video digitizer with 4 line adaptive comb filter to reduce video noise, plus a highly integrated MPEG-1/2 hardware encoder. WinTV-PVR-150 can record full screen TV or video at data rates from 2.5 to 12 Mbits/sec from TV, VCR or camcorder. The encoded MPEG-2 video is sent over the PCI bus, where it is stored on the PCs hard disk. The video can also be played back to the PC screen while recording.
Create your own Digital Video Recorder! The WinTV-PVR-150 turns your PC into a digital video recorder. Record TV program or home videos to disk, play them back to your PC screen or burn them onto DVD. With data rates from 4.4MBits/sec up to 12Mbits/sec (or as low as 1 Mbit/sec with VCD formats), you decide how much hard disk space your videos will consume. At DVD quality, a typical one hour TV show will take 2 gigabytes of hard disk space. Control your cable TV or satellite set top box with WinTV-PVR-150s IR Blaster. Both WinTV2000 and the WinTV-Scheduler can automatically control the channel on your set top box, so you no longer need to manually change set top box channels.The IR Blaster cable is one meter in length. Position the infrared transmitter over your set top box's infrared receiver, and the WinTV-PVR-150 can send channel change commands to the set top box via the infrared transmitter. The IR Blaster has 300 different set top boxes it can control.
WinTV-PVR's pause feature gives you control of what you watch in your WinTV window. Get personal "instant replay" to stop the action when you want to analyze a key scene. Instantly rewind and replay the action again. You're in control with WinTV-PVR! WinTV-PVR-150 puts TV watching under your control! Watch TV on your PC screen (in a window or full screen), digitally record your TV shows, or pause live TV and create your own instant replay.
Features and Benefits
- Schedule your TV recordings on a daily, weekly or once only schedule With link to TitanTV.com, the on-line electronic program guide
- Record your TV shows to disk using the built-in hardware MPEG-2 encoder. Uses from 1-2 Gigabytes per hour of recorded video. While recording, the WinTV-PVRs' hardware MPEG encoder does all the work so your PC continues to run at full speed
- Turn your TV shows and home videos into DVD or CD. Includes Ulead DVD MovieFactory for disk burning
- Now with IR Blaster, to control set top boxes
- You can cut and trim your videos without losing video quality using WinTV-Editor
CONSUMER ALERT: This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009 to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the U.S.'s transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322), or visit the commissions digital-television Web site at: www.dtv.gov.
Top Customer Reviews
I installed the device in my only PCI slot, hooked my cable coax into it, started my PC, and the drivers automatically loaded. I have XP SP2. The whole process took about 10 minutes. The software then starts and after about 5 minutes, goes through the cable channels to store the channels. Then, you are ready to go.
The unit is equipped with a remote. The remote points to an "eye". The eye is attached to a medium-sized small cord that is attached to the PCI card (under the coax cable). You are able to position the eye where you want it, although the cord the eye is on is not long. If you have a desktop sitting on the floor, it will barely reach the top of a computer desk. I taped the cord just under my keyboard shelf, so the remote needs to be pointed low.
The functionality of the software is great. You can change the channel with the computer or remote. There is a button to enable "full screen" on the computer, but not on the remote. The picture is excellent. The ability to pause live TV, or record ad-hoc or timed works extremely well.
This is a great product.
1: I haven't figured out how to open the videos and make them work with programs other than the program they give you. I've tried changing the record format, but it doesn't change it. Therefore, I can't record a show while I'm watching one I've already recorded.
2:The TV guide is online and is a pain to try and get it to work with the program scheduler because it requires that you download a file and doesnt work all the time.
3: Sometimes when I am watching a recorded show, I will pause and then hit the Play button, but then it will reset the video back to the beginning, and I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. It doesnt do it all the time though, and if it does it it's not the end of the world because I can just drag the slider back to where I was.
Other than these minor problems, the recorder works great, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a PVR.
I just got a bad unit, perhaps. The remote control never worked on my fully updated Windows 2000 PC. I adjusted the card and the cable, fiddled with the software, updated all the drivers from the Hauppage web site, read the manual, read the online tips and advice, and rebooted Windows many times. All of this was in vain, because I got the same error over and over again: "Failed to initialize IR remote hardware." In addition, the light for the IR receiver never came on.
Without a remote control, this unit is at best cumbersome to operate as a television tuner, so it was an easy decision to make a return, which was expensive to me not only in money, but more so in time. Overall, I lost about 12 hours researching, purchasing, receiving, installing, uninstalling, and returning the Hauppage PVR-150.
I would consider very carefully your needs before making the plunge with a PC-based PVR recorder. Even disregarding my problem with the remote control, it was apparent to me that the technology at this time is far from plug-n-play and requires substantial "fiddle-time". Perhaps if you are unemployed or a student then time is not a primary concern.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it came with one capacitor hanging on. it fell off when i inserted the board.Published 7 months ago by cld
Works well under Linux.
I used it to back up old VHS-tapes to disk. I have not tested the tuner part, as there are no analog TV signals in my area any more.
mine came in iffy packaging (cut up Cheerios box and Styrofoam chunks) but works with my system. as for using it to connect to composite and s video cables and record media into my... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Clay W. Ferguson
This is a good tuner... But no one tells you that you have to have the actual CD in the disk tray for the drivers to install. Other then that? Been a great little tuner!Published on March 6, 2013 by tuck3r53
useless card was advertised as a win7 64 bit card when it actually does NOT even support 64 bit at all.... Read morePublished on November 23, 2012 by Richard Greene
good product .. used on WINVISTA OS. easy to install and works great!! makes recording TV shows a cinch and saves money over cable DVR.Published on November 15, 2011 by themajestictwelve
I've been using this card as my primary DVR encoding card for over 5 years.
It has worked flawlessly with Windows XP, Vista and Win7 media center Editions. Read more
I have used this for over the year's and haven't had any problems with it hardware wise. The software was a small hassle but if your computer savvy an easy fix. Read morePublished on July 9, 2011 by Sean Banankhah
This is the non-HD card to get if you're gonna get one.
It just works, whether XP or older, or Linux, this is great. Read more