Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 Dual Tuner CableCARD Receiver
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- WinTV-DCR-2650 needs a PC to work. Currently, only a PC with Windows Media Center (Windows 7 or 8) is compatible with the WinTV-DCR-2650
- WinTV-DCR-2650 does not have any internal disk storage: it uses your PC for storing recorded TV programs. The nice thing about using your PC for storage is that if you fill up your hard drive with TV programs, you can easily add a new hard drive to your PC
- Watch and record premium cable TV on your PC
- Simple to install via USB
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From the Manufacturer
The Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 is a dual tuner CableCARD receiver for Your Windows 7 PC. Watch and record basic and premium cable TV on your PC at the same time: The WinTV-DCR-2650 has two tuners so you can watch one cable TV program while recording another. Or record two programs at the same time. It's simple to install via USB, and works with Windows 7 Media Center with the free Electronic Program Guide. This CableCARD receiver works with all U.S. cable operators such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Cable, Cablevision, Fios, and Uverse.
How Does WinTV-DCR-2650 Work
WinTV-DCR-2650 is just like a cable TV set top box (a "DVR" box) in that it can be used to watch and record TV from digital cable, with some minor differences. The key difference is that a Windows 7 PC with Media Center is required to use the WinTV-DCR-2650, because it works directly with your PC to choose shows in the Program Guide, and to store recorded TV programs. Using your PC for storage gives you an advantage over standard DVR boxes, because if you fill up your hard drive with TV programs, you can easily add a new internal or external hard drive to your PC as needed for virtually unlimited storage of your favorite cable shows.
Plus, there is no monthly fee for the WinTV-DCR-2650. Once you buy it, it's yours to use forever. But you still need to sign up for cable TV service, and you will still need to rent a digital cable card from your local cable operator.
Watch and Record Premium Cable TV Channels Such As HBO and Showtime
All of your cable TV channels, including premium cable channels such as HBO and Showtime, can be watched and recorded with the WinTV-HVR-2650 and Windows Media Center. (Subscriptions to premium channels are required to watch and record those channels.)
Pay-Per-View and video on demand will not be available through the WinTV-DCR-2605, however, since it requires a two way communication to your cable operator.
Test Your Windows 7 PC for Compatibility with Digital Cable Advisor
It's easy to test your PC to ensure it has the correct resources to run the CableCARD receiver. Use Windows Media Center's built-in Digital Cable Advisor for a quick, simple wizard to make sure your Windows 7 PC will work optimally with the WinTV-DCR-2650.
Easy to Install via a USB Connector
The WinTV-DCR-2650 works with most Windows 7 systems with USB ports, including desktop and notebook PCs. It connects to your cable TV directly--no set top box required. You can control your CableCARD, including navigating, watching, and recording shows, using a standard Windows Media Center remote control (not included).
What's in the Box
Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 USB Dual Tuner Digital CableCARD receiver, USB cable, power supply, driver CD-ROM, Quick Installation Guide.
- Windows 7 PC, laptop, or Home Theater PC (HTPC)
- a PC which meets the Microsoft requirements for a digital CableCARD receiver (use Windows Media Center's built-in Digital Cable Advisor to check compatibility)
Note: The test to make sure your PC can run the digital CableCARD can be found by here:
Click the Digital Cable Advisor tab for instructions on running the Digital Cable Advisor.
Note: The test to make sure your PC can run the digital CableCARD can be found by here:
Top Customer Reviews
Preliminary review - good tuner for its price range. If you don't need the four tuners in the Ceton InfiniTV, or the three tuners in the SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime, this two-tuner box from Hauppauge is worth the look. As for me, I already had a card for ClearQAM, so I didn't really need more than two tuners. HD quality on my HTPC is equal to the quality from the cable company DVR (which is going back tomorrow!).
First things first - don't even mess with the CD in the box, download the latest software and firmware directly from Hauppauge. The firmware has been updated at least twice in the last two weeks, and will probably be updated quite frequently as more features are added.
Following the instructions in the box, installation went smoothly. I did encounter a bit of a hiccup in getting my CableCard activated, but it is a known issue with activating CableCard equipment on Cox's network (short version - just ask the tech to send two "cold hits" to your box, about five to ten minutes apart - it seemed to work for me).
If your cableco uses SDV / tuning adapters, you may want to wait - Hauppauge is still working on getting tuning adapter support. However, I don't, so it was a non-issue for me.
You'll probably want to run a clean line to this box - no splitters - just to make sure you have sufficient strength and quality of signal.
Overall, my early impression from this box is very favorable. If it continues to work well, I will be recommending that all my friends abandon the cable company DVR and build their own HTPC's.Read more ›
Once you plug everything in, you go into Media Center and run through the setup. At one point during the setup, you'll get a screen with three numbers that you have to give to Comcast to activate the card. There's a self-install line that you should call instead of the general number. It's mentioned in another review on here, so search the reviews for Comcast and you should find it.
After I called, I completed the setup in Media Center and I was good except I didn't get any of my premium channels. A follow-up call the same day resolved that issue.
All-in-all, the device worked well for the first few days. Eventually though, I started getting "turner unavailable" messages in Media Center on startup and also while the device had been in use for a few hours. The only solution was to unplug the unit and plug it back in. It's not that big of a deal but if you are buying this to get rid of your cable box (like me), this can get annoying.
In the end, I ended up returning it to Amazon and ordering the HD Homerun Prime. As I said, it costs more but it has an extra tuner (which is nice) and you can view it from any computer on your network (like a slingbox).Read more ›
Just wanted to ad I installed a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1250 to take care of my analog basic cable channels and all is working well together. Windows Media Center integrates all three tuners seamlessly. It even knows to record a show using the 1250 if the two tuners on the 2650 are busy automatically.
Just had my first issue with my tuner.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Has worked perfectly for the past two years. It's primary use has evolved over time due to Fios DVRs improving and WMC extenders being less than ideal. Read morePublished 7 days ago by BjaminNYC
Works wonderfully with the Cisco Cable card I got from Cox and my Windows 7 Media PC.
See my few notes below:
1. Cable card is very inexpensive around $2. Read more
I knew the moderate-level challenges of getting a cable card tuner such as this to work with Windows Media Center and current versions of Windows. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gregory K. Kapphahn
1 of the 3 units I bought did not connect my computer. The other units connected to the computer and work perfectly. I was able to return the non working unit.Published 2 months ago by Eric Johnson
Worked, but wouldn't allow all the channels with TWC - I think the cable card was the issue not the box. But after several trips and session with the cable company I gave up. Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. Hackenfort
On January 4, 2016 I purchased this item for $91.31. I have had an HTPC set up for over 10 years now using a Ceton tuner which still runs great. Read morePublished 5 months ago by SG1BORICUA
Worked good so far, i am working through some bugs in the whole dvr system but the unit has not been one of them. After i got it set up it had been flawless.Published 7 months ago by Robert
I purchased a DCR-2650 almost four years ago for a HTPC build for a family member, but had some trouble getting it to work 100% with his cable TV provider using a CableCard and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tech Savvy
I love it but some VERY BIG CAVEATS!!!!
1-only records copy protected on Windows 7--if you get hood-winked into upgrading to Windows 10 you can only record non-copy... Read more