Reviews and Problems with Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650
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Piece of Cake
Edwin S., Newegg
23 May 2013
Pros: Very easy setup with Comcast. As Isilvest stated in the review before me "FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS! Included Windows Media Center Remote in the box, which wasn't shown in the product image gallery or listed as an item in the package contents!
Cons: People that rate themselves as "High" Tech Knowledge when they haven't a clue what they are buying (in re "Worst product ever". If people would do a little investigation prior to purchase (Click on Manufacturer Product Page under Details) they would save themselves a lot of grief as well as denigrating a very good product.
Pros: Does exactly what it is supposed to do. The unit also functions as an IR receiver and works flawlessly with Windows Media Center and my UR WR7 universal remote. Is smaller than the stupid, ugly cable box and reduces the cable bill by $5 a month. I now have a fully functional DVR.
Cons: You have to deal with cable company technical support. Painful.
Pros: Ok, the cable companies are painful to work with on this. But here's the rub. You have to setup the box first with drivers, and get MCE into digital channel search mode before you put the cablecard in and try to provision it. I don't think this box is the problem for that. Otherwise the tuner is flawless, works smoothly, and is straightforward to setup.
Cons: The cable companies make this impossibly hard to use/configure.
Pretty good, definetly beats the last Hauppauge device I had, Comcast tips inside
John K., Newegg
14 August 2012
Summary: Issues with WMC which is all it supports on Windows that I saw. WMC only records .wtv files. My idea was to record on PC and then stream to my Asus device. Forget that idea. Just recently got a Sony from Newegg that plays them. Doesn't play much anything else, but plays wtvs.
Pros: Two digital tuners. Works pretty well with Windows.
Cons: Loses connection. Might be my set up, still researching. Currently reboot fixes.
Pros: This tuner is one of only a few options that allow you to use a CableCARD with Windows 7. The device itself installs easily and provides browser based access to the status of the device, the CableCARD, and if needed, tuning adapter. Once up and running it smoothly tunes both regular and premium channels for viewing and recording.
Cons: The one downside I see is not the fault of Hauppauge at all. The support staff at cable providers is largely ignorant of how to properly activate a CableCARD. It is necessary for them to make sure the card is both staged and activated in order to work, and in my case this took many calls and forum messages.
Pros: Works as promised now that they updated their drivers to work with the Motorola Tuning Adapters to view the SDV channels. Install was painless and easy about 15 mins, took longer to activate and pair with cable company via two phone calls. HD Picture quality is better then cable box and recording 2 at once is great!
Cons: Not the fault of the product but a combination of the PlayReady DRM on WMC and Time Warner Cable tagging almost every show on every channel as Copy Once which severely limits the ability to do anything with the content you record. No editing of commercials or converting to alternate formats or ability to stream to other computers in your network really stinks!
Great tuner, but be aware of some limitations from your Cable Provider
18 November 2011
Summary: Another "con" of this device, although it really doesn't bother me, is that Cablevision has a lot of "interactive" channels, i.e. real estate listings, optimum autos, games, etc, that only work with the Set-Top Boxes. You lose those with this device. Also gone, is the ability to purchase PPV using a remote. You need to call the cable company in order to get Wrestlemania events, boxing matches, etc. Also, you lose the ability to watch On Demand programming.
Pros: This is a great CableCARD tuner. Setup is really easy, just a USB cable, a Coaxial line to your cable drop, an external AC adapter, and a CableCARD (obtained from your Cable Provider.) On the PC end, you just throw in the CD that comes with it, and run the install. After you do that, you need to run Windows Media Center and run the Digital Cable Advisor, and configure it to work. You DO need an HDCP compliant video card in order to watch protected content, but that's ...
Cons: This is most likely NOT the tuner's fault, but just something to be aware of. On my setup, (I have Cablevision iO service on Long Island), there are duplicate channels. i.e, a channel 2 for SD, and 702 for HD, when the STB's that Cablevision rents out switch the signal automatically. Would be nice, but SD is quickly becoming a thing of the past, and this will probably work itself out.