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Hauppauge 1187 WinTV-HVR-1250 Hybird PCI-Ex1 TV Tuner 1187
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- Watch, pause and record TV on your PC, in window or full screen. Uses Hauppauge's SoftPVR to record analog TV programs to computer's disk drive
- Dolby-TV stereo decoder Schedule TV recordings with WinTV-Scheduler software Compatible with Windows XP and all versions of Windows Vista
- System Requirements Processor Requirements (minimum):2.2 GHz Intel P4 or equivalent Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows XP with Service Pack 2
- WinTV-HVR-1250 is Windows Vista Premium certified Available PCI Express X1 or X16 slot Graphics with 64MB memory (or greater) Sound card
- Receive ATSC digital TV or Clear QAM digital cable TV,upto 1080i format Receive NTSC analog cable TV with the built-in 125 ch cable-ready TV tuner
- TV Standards:NTSC Analog Cable, Over the Air TV ATSC Digital Over the Air HDTV Clear QAM Digital Cable TV Plugs into: PCI Express X1 or X16 slot
- Included with the board is a Driver CD
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Hauppauge 1187 WinTV-HVR-1250 Hybird PCI-Ex1 TV Tuner
Amazon.com Product Description The Hauppauge 1187 WinTV HVR-1250 PCI Express Hybrid High Definition TV Tuner Card Media Center lets you watch, pause and record both digital and analog television on your PC, in a window or full screen. With PVR software you can also record television directly onto your computer's hard drive for viewing later.
The WinTV-HVR-1250 lets you watch ATSC digital TV as well as QAM digital TV and analog cable TV directly on your computer. ATSC digital TV, which typically requires an antenna for reception, is the over-the-air HDTV standard for North America. ATSC broadcasts range in resolution from standard definition up to the high definition 1080i format. (To check the ATSC digital transmissions in your area, input your zip code at titantv.com.)
The WinTV-HVR-1250 also lets you watch and record QAM channels, which are unencrypted digital channels broadcast by your local cable operator. If you don't have access to digital television channels yet, you can also watch regular analog cable television.
In addition to high-definition video, the card also features a dbx-TV stereo decoder for great TV sound. The card has S-Video and stereo audio inputs that allow for connecting VCRs or cable/satellite set top boxes.
Your Own Personal Digital Video Recorder!
With the included Hauppauge's SoftPVR for Windows XP and Media Center software, you can easily record TV shows to your hard disk. Several recording options are available depending on your playback needs; higher quality video requires more disk space. Generally, 5 GB of disk space is used per hour of ATSC digital TV recordings, and 1.5 GB of disk space is used per hour of analog recording.
With the WinTV-Scheduler software, you can easily schedule the recordings of your favorite television shows daily, weekly, or just once. You can then play back the recordings at your leisure, burn them onto CD or DVD for playback on another computer or your television, or with video editing software (not included), you can even edit the shows. This is great for saving favorite movie clips, clips of your home team's dramatic last-second win, or your favorite player's grand slam.
The Hauppauge 1187 WinTV-HVR-1250 plugs into a PCI express X1 or X16 slot, and is compatible with Windows Vista, XP with Service Pack 2, and Windows XP Media Center Edition. With XP-MCE and Vista, you can add the WinTV-HVR-1250 as either the primary or secondary TV tuner. The Microsoft Media Center application supports up to two TV tuners so if you have a second tuner in addition to the WinTV-HVR-1250, you can watch one channel while recording another.
What's in the Box
WinTV-HVR-1250 PCI Express bus TV tuner and Driver CD.
Top customer reviews
I purchased the 1187 WinTV-HVR for a HTPC build. My input is an Over The Air Antenna, split between my TV and my HTPC, which allows me to watch live TV on the television and record on the HTPC concurrently. In hindsight I would have gone up a level to the dual tuner Hauppauge. I use NextPVR as the DVR back-end software and I interface with the Live TV (and the rest of my content) with XBMC.
The Hauppauge was easy to install and setup with drivers. It works flawlessly with NextPVR and in general Hauppauge cards are broadly supported with 3rd party PVR software. Recordings are very good quality and the on board hardware encoding frees up my CPU for other tasks. I cannot comment on the included accessories as I really did not use them.
If I have one negative it is that the included software with Hauppauge is lacking in usability and features. I believe must customers are better off with the Hauppauge hardware and to utilize another software.
Summary, if you are looking for a hardware encoding TV tuner/capture card the 1187 is a great option and you really can't go wrong with Hauppauge.
The installation of the board was straightforward and the drivers installed fine. And then I tried to use Windows Media Center to watch TV - nothing. Now I have Comcast cable which recently switched to all-digital and I have Windows Vista, and I'd read that Vista Media Center doesn't seem to support Clear QAM, which is apparently what Comcast is now using for my area. (Windows 7 does support it supposedly).
But one reason I purchased this product is because the product description said "Included in the box: Win TV software". WinTV does work with ClearQAM. Except there wasn't any - it said I had to pay about $10 to get the CD. I contacted Hauppauge Support and they told me the same thing, saying the Amazon product description was "wrong". I then complained a little louder, about how you can't advertise one thing and deliver another, and he then sent me the WinTV CD.
(Before that CD arrived I played with something called NextPVR which was a disaster. Only try that if you enjoy building your own computer systems - random things go wrong and you have no idea what to do to fix it - it's like some sort of evil game).
The WinTV software arrived and installed fine. And it works! Not perfectly - there are weird issues, like I can't delete recordings from WinTV until I delete it from Windows first. And at first some channels would hardly come in at all (sometimes causing WinTV to crash) - but I fixed that by plugging the cable directly into the Hauppauge card and not going through the splitter. Also, WinTV doesn't include a channel guide in the software itself, but instead integrates with titantv.com. You can even choose to record from titantv. It works, but not nearly as smooth as having the guide in the TV software itself.
So altogether the experience was quite painful, but the Hauppauge card works ok, and I'm now able to watch TV, record TV, watch and record at the same time ("pause live TV"), etc. And it looks like they've fixed up the product description on Amazon, otherwise I'd have to remove another star or two.
But if you have Windows Vista, just be aware that this package does not include the WinTV software despite the "WinTV" in the title. You may want to look into the Hauppauge 1196 WinTV-HVR-1250 instead (best to contact Hauppauge to make sure it actually has the WinTV software, though).
Fortunately for me, this was a replacement for an older Hauppauge TV Tuner. Since my old tuner was registered, I was able to upgrade the old XP Hauppauge software to a newer version that was compatible with this tuner. This kept me from having to order a $10 software CD from Hauppauge and wait to have it shipped to me.
During the install, I completely de-installed the old tuner (software and hardware) before installing this one. I’m using it in a PCI Express X16 slot. My GPU heat sink was almost hitting the card when it was installed in my PCIe X1 slot so I moved it to the X16 slot.
1. Use both Google and NewEgg.com to check compatibility with any new hardware, the slot you are installing it in and your computer before buying the new hardware.
2. Static shocks too small to feel can damage electronics. Power off the computer at its power supply and touch the chassis the entire time you are installing the card. The electronics can die hours after the zap, it isn't always immediate.
This 1250 tuner has hung up once for me already, but it was on a pause file greater than 2 gig. The old tuner did it too, so I attribute this to using XP, not the tuner. Other TV tuner cards competing with the 1250 when used with XP had more complaints so I assumed the 1250 would be the least of the "evils."
In short, non-media center XP users will have to buy or find the software needed to use this version of the card.