Summary: Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 PCI TV Tuner Card: I've never seen it, used it, nor know anything about TV tuners, but saw the "Be the first to write a review" link and decided to be the first one. About the product. It does have some low sides. Unfortunately I am not sure what. Other than those, everything else is top of the line, except a few features that are not bad, compared to other TV tuners, but could use some improvement.
Pros: To remove the two-second delay on live TV, go into regedit and search for keys titles "LivePreview" and "LiveDelay"...You should find several. Change the data from each to "1". This will eliminate almost all delay.
Summary: May want to consider the HDHomeRunner for digital QAM channels if you have more than one MCEs, or WinXP based ones.
Pros: OK if you're receiving Analog NTSC, or Over the air digital
Cons: Watch out, it is advertized as supporting QAM, it does NOT (at least not this specific white box version). I tried it with Vista and Win7RC and both reported no signal. I used the other Hauppauge card (1800) and it works like a charm receiving tons of QAM channels. So, I returned this card.
Summary: The hardware works fine. Windows users should be pleased.
Pros: Good performance under Windows. OK performance under Linux when configured properly, which is easier said than done.
Cons: Typical ridiculous headaches when trying to get video capture hardware to operate properly in Linux. The card is supported by the kernel V4L/DVB drivers (www.linuxtv.org) for NTSC and ATSC reception, and the onboard MPEG2 encoder is supported by the cx18 driver, but currently the (claimed) QAM decoding and "FM radio" reception do not seem to be functional.
Summary: This card, a primo OTA antenna and the software mentioned, has convinced me to drop off the cable & sat grid. I was ready to sell my HDTV. I can't believe the money those grifters want. You pay out the ying/yang for what amounts to commercials & infomercials to scam even more money out of you.
Pros: Outstanding card. This card w/ up to date drivers takes the load off your CPU doing all the grunt work. Currently watching recorded HD World Series @ 2% cpu load as I type this.
Cons: The software included, WinTV. If you are serious about making this card work, and man does it, you need to invest in the software to get it's full potential. I'm running this card with SageTV on Cyberlink (powerdvd) codecs and it kicks booty. The cyberlinks codecs help with viewing recordings using other players other than sagetv's plus give recordings a better pic/sound. As mentioned by other reviewers, you need to download the latest drivers for this card to make it...
Summary: The good news is, quick tech support if you need it.
Pros: Picture seems fine and recordings seems to be good quality.
Cons: Don't use the drivers or the program that comes with it, they don't work, go to their site and download the newest version of them. Was not the easiest to get working right away, but was not too difficult either, just took some time.
Summary: I suspect the picture interference is from the the computer itself. I moved the card around into other slots and the picture quality changes. Had other cards, ATI and Pinnacle, that did not have this problem. I guess you buy cheap you get junk.
Pros: Fast setup. No issues. Cheap.
Cons: Instructions recieved were not for this product. The major issue is the poor picture quality. Most all channels have lines or bars going horizontally or vertically. Software is realy a joke. As others have said, dont bother loading it. If you want a good clear picture do not get this card.
Summary: I think many of the unfavorable reviews for this card is software related. I have q6600 quad core, 7950gt512, 4gb of ram,and 700 watt psu and with the win tv software it was very glitchy on atsc ntsc and qam. Once I installed beyond tv it worked perfectly. Picture quality on atsc is stunning and ntsc is suprisingly good.