Summary: Although this was an excellent buy used, it was a total disaster for me. I use Microsoft Media Center for my DVR/TV viewing with DirecTV and sadly, dual cards (STBs) will not work in WMC. So there's no point in upgrading to HD DirecTV (or any other satellite service) as there is no solution for WMC enthusiasts. Even the WinTV 7 software that came with this card failed to utilize dual cards for recording and viewing at the same time...
Summary: Thought this would work so I could turn my PC into a DVR, but it's not going to work for me. Had trouble getting card and software to recognize one another. Instructions weren't clear on what slot to use til I finally found right one, by trial. Eventually discovered that I can't use at all, because there's no way for system to change channel without using IR Blaster and set top box (just using basic cable from wall).
Excerpt: The hardware works well once you get the software installed and set up correctly. The Colossus that I received had a third cable to plug into the back that contained composite and S-Video connector. I have a comcast Pace STB device. It would not work with the IR blaster but I found a file to make it work at http: //www.kernellabs.com/blog/?p=1552 I also had a problem with the Hauppauge remote not working and found the IR blaster plug was not pushed in all the way.
Summary: T've had this HD TV Tuner Card since March, 2011, with no problems what so ever. I use it mainly to record HD TV from a Directv DVR. I use the ArcSoft Showbiz software, that came with the card to record HD Live TV. I've use it with all the different connections that has, they all work fine. I've used the HDMI connector and it works, it seems that where I live Directv doesn't encrypt my signal.
Summary: This is a great grabber if you want HD, 720p or 1080p. I was doing 480p ntsc video and the quality was terrible. In general, the hdmi protocol has a problem anyway. It spreads the noise on SD video.
Summary: This review is for the Hauppauge 1212 model. Let me state at the outset what I bought this unit for. Our DVR (we have Comcast) tends to fill up with shows, and I wanted to pull the shows off of it, transfer them to a USB drive, and have them to watch later when I am traveling, or waiting to have the oil changed in my car, in a waiting room, etc.
Summary: I was reluctant to purchase this because of all of the negative reviews, however, after installing and using it, I have found that it works very well. I could not find any other HD-PVR card that would do what I wanted, so I decided to give this a try. I planned on taking an afternoon to install and figure out how it works, but I had everything up and running in just a few minutes. My operating system is Windows7 64-bit pro.
Summary: I was very happy with this device...but then when reviewing the converted videos, I noticed that sometimes the audio was delayed, and MOST THE TIME, there is an audio drift problem where the audio slowly drifts out of sync from the video... I hope to have some correction for this ASAP...if anyone has any ideas, please let me know. I have requested info from Hauppauge support, and no answer yet..
Excerpt: The image quality is fantastic. Unfortunately this doesn't work with windows 8 media center so you are left using other software. This wouldn't be an issue if the wintv software was stable but it just isn't. I have yet to find a good software alternative to media center. It shouldn't be rocket science to find a bordless windowed software for watching tv on windows 8 but it's been a serious pain.
Pros: Good Graphics Quality
Cons: Difficult To Use, Horrible Win8 Software, Unreliable Performance