Reviews and Problems with Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950
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Value for money 8
26 October 2012
Summary: I bought this because there are no other good options for dvr's. The bad! It froze up my computer, and then crashed my computer when I was trying to tune my local stations from comcast, but after I got them tuned I have had no problems. By the way, I have great memory and alright speed on my computer. It must be rebooted sometimes to get stations tuned. Sometimes the remote does not work, and other times you cannot even skip forward and back manually.
Summary: I bought this product in order to tape television shows on my laptop. I had a couple questions and called the Hauppauge help desk 5 times and was put on indefinite hold. I e-mailed them and they answered asking specifications of the computer. I responded and they never answered. I was hopeful with Hauppauge but could not get answers.
Summary: The hardware appears to be good quality and is well designed. B the WINTV software is mediocre a best, and frequently seems to loose sync (picture looks like it's been scrambled). But worst, it simply just won't work with Windows Media Center 7. One thing is the remote control is not certified, I don't like it anyway and have a different remote and IR receiver. But it unfortunately it won't install properly since the IR blaster is not recognized either.
Summary: I bought this item 2 years ago. It runs well with Windows7 64 bit and now with Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Does record Videos and movies. I use DirecTV movie channels. Recommend getting the Beyond TV from Spectrum. They have good software for scheduling your programs and movies for recording. They also have a remote that works even better than the Hauppauge device. Have not used the FM tuner radio in my location is has bad signal quality.
Pros: Composite and SVideo inputs, FM Radio, Digital TV, External antennas for FM and TV, Copying VHS tapes over to the PC works well once you figure it out. Works on Windows 7 64bit. TV and DVR works great. FM tuner works great.
Cons: Composite video is very grainy and slow interlaced. If you're trying to copy VHS over to your system. Not shielded well from outside interference. Keep away from Routers, Cordless phones, cell phonse or anything else putting out a signal, otherwise you'll see the interference on the display. Have to turn off the prerecording if you want to use the composite inputs to plug an older condole into it aka Wii. Still the picture quality is very weak. No HD Radio.
Pros: Can't think of any pros at this time after using for a year.
Cons: Buggy software, even the updated versions. IR Blaster not compatible with Windows Media Center, even though it's advertised as such and contains a MCE remote. Basically, if you are like most people and use a set top box (STB) don't buy this device as it's support is very limited. I have not tested with an antenna, as I have cable. $130 for limited OTA channels or basic cable is a complete waste.
Summary: This review is early yet. I received it less than 5 days ago. I immediately connected it to my laptop to record movies using beyondtv. At this time, i don't know how well the graphics will look nor how well the voice syncs or if the IR worked, but so far, i haven't found anything to complain about. My biggest concern is its longevity. My 1600 card failed the first year out and had to be replaced and has gone south again.
Pros: Easy To Install, Has coax and comp video, Has the ir port, Small, Usb connection, Worked on first try
Summary: First tried to use this tuner with Vista's Windows Media Center. It turned out a total waste of time. WMC recognized the tuner, but found 0 cable channels after it did a scan. Vista also would not let me use WMC with Remote Desktop. This made it useless for my purposes, which was to watch recorded tv remotely from my house. I had a hard time getting the supplied software to install.