Reviews and Problems with Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250
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So-So TV Tuner(s) - NOT FOR OTA
Amazon Customer, Amazon
16 September 2012
Summary: I'm a retired DP guy and I've used Hauppauge TV Tuners for about 10 years. I'm running XP Pro on a a 3yr old 3ghz Intel Dual Processor, with on-board video, connected to a 23" 16x9 Samsung HD monitor with built-in TV Tuner. The hardware and its drivers have always been very good and dependable. The WinTV7 software has finally moved to what we call Contemporary Professional Standards. Its actually quite good. See Note Below. Installation was a breeze.
Summary: Got this card to replace my Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1600 and was deeply disappointed. This tuner not able to pick up a half of OTA channels I was receiving with my old card. What a lemon... After reading some reviews I decided to order AVerTVHD Duet. Pricewise Duet is twice cheaper compare to Hauppauge 2250 and I was surprised to get all my OTA channels w/o problems. If you using Windows Media Center don't waste your money on Hauppauge...This card sucks big time..
Summary: If you want to use this card to record HD content from an OTA source this is GREAT. If like a lot of people you get HD content from a cable provider this is a no go. Since most STBs do not send HD content out on the coax line and how do you combine two STBs output on 1 coax.
Pros: Dual tuners that support NTSC/ATSC/QAM with only a single connection. Dual MPEG2 Hardware accelerated controllers for SD content. All in a single PCIe card.
Summary: Locks up, recods in the wrong format - can't play back, Support doesn't reply to emails, no solutions except wait for next version (every 2 weeks!) Tells me to use Media Centre (NOT FREE!!). After 10 months of reducing the features I use and waiting for fixes, It will now cost $10 for the next version! I've HAD IT!!!!