Reviews and Problems with Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1250
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Cable customers, be careful!
20 January 2015
Summary: This card worked great in the media center PC I built, but unfortunately the Clear QAM tuning capabilities are becoming less and less useful (at no fault of Hauppauge). Most cable companies now encrypt even local channels, and encrypted channels cannot be picked up by this or any Clear QAM tuner. PROs + Install: If you're familiar with installing memory or a hard drive, you should have no issue installing this into an empty PCI-E slot on your computer.
Summary: The board worked fine. The software that came with it has major problems with the remote though. Most of the keys stopped responding after changing the station through the channel selection menu. I had to stop and restart the software to get it going again. The channel selections all have a "1" prefix in front of the actual channel so you have to key in 1291 for the 29.1 station.
Summary: Set up was easy and recording is generally good. I have had this for many months but the THE MOST SIGNIFICANT problem only surfaced when I tried to record a football game. The problem is that the audio portion of digital over-the-air braodcasts can have both English and Spanish audio streams and this device defaults to the Spanish audio stream. I cannot find any setting in the software or on the Hauppauge web site that allows me to set the audio stream preference.
Summary: Does just about everything you need to do to capture video from over-the-air digital broadcasts, or from an old VCR. Missing one star due to the install of the software on my Windows 8 never finished successfully; the software works but the remote control portion doesn't. The included software allows you to set up your computer to record shows in advance quite easily.
Summary: I installed the tuner in a new Win8.1 machine I was building so I could try to record the HD broadcast of the Indy 500, and it did a pretty good job - there are a few glitches, but nothing horrid, for sure. The card records the input transport stream, which means there's little overhead during the recording process, but it supposedly can convert the .ts file into a .mp4 file once it's finished.
Summary: Beware this may not be and HVR-1250, mine was an HVR-1265. If you use Windows this may not be a big deal, but if you are running Linux this will cause problems. I fought with this thing for weeks trying to get it to work with MythTV set up with out success. The card was recognised by the PC but wasn't found by MythTV. I finally gave up and pulled the cars out, an low and behold its a different card than what's on the box.
Not compatible with Linux - actual in-box part has changed
T. Vaida, Amazon
11 May 2014
Summary: The outer packaging says "WinTV HVR-1250", but the actual PCIe card in the bag is labeled HVR-1265, has an entirely different PCIe subsystem ID [14f1:8880] which is not matched by any V4L driver type, nor does it match the Hauppage subsystemIDs (0070:xxxx). On the board is a Connexant chip which is located by the cx23885 driver, but the DVB-T front end is an LG Electronics part, not the TDA8295 used on the prior board, so this is not simply a kernel driver "tweak" or...
Summary: Even though there are plenty of posts to use this product with linux, I didn't succeed. Initially my xubuntu was failing to find a driver, but playing with modprobe.d I could get /dev/video0 ready. Then I found another problem that /dev/dvb was not there. The only direct solution I found about this was to return the product and get another card from frys that has the right hardware id. I thought maybe recompiling v4l_dvb will solve the problem, but this pass also failed.
Excerpt: Installed on a new Windows 7 AMD 8 core computer with WIN7 Ultimate and it works well with Windows Media Center. Clarity and quality image is much better than the old ATI TV card it replaced. The only thing I miss is the easy volume change/muting using only the mouse scroll wheel with the old ATI tuner card. It's not a big deal though. Overall, this Hauppauge is a great card.
Pros: Easy To Install, Easy To Use, Good Graphics Quality, Reliable Performance