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Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 ATSC/ClearQAM/NTSC TV Tuner White Box 1101 PCI Interface - OEM

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Hauppauge turns your PC into an HDTV with their WinTV-HVR-1600. This PCI card has two tuners: NTSC, and ATSC/QAM, plus an FM tuner so you can listen to the radio. The NTSC tuner is a 125 channel cable ready tuner for all of your standard over the air broadcasts or regular cable TV. The ATSC/clear QAM tuner supports all 18 ATSC formats including 1080i. You can watch the programming live or record it to disk as an MPEG-2 program stream.

There is also an S-Video input with coax audio inputs so you can attach a VCR to copy your old tapes onto DVD. An S-Video to composite adapter makes it possible to use a wider range of machines with the card.

The included Hauppauge WinTV2000 application lets you toggle between tuners so it is easy to watch what you want. Or, Windows Vista Media center will let you use the card as one of its tuners for seamless Vista integration.

  • newegg Enjoy HD/SD TV on Your Computer The Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 1101WB turns your computer into an HDTV that receives analog NTSC, digital ATSC (up to 1080i) and QAM digital cable TV programming as well as FM radio, complementing your digital multimedia experience.
  • newegg Hardware Video Encoding The Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 1101WB features a powerful hardware encoding chip to record analog video in high-quality MPEG-2 format without occupying CPU resources.
  • newegg S-Video Input Support The Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 1101WB features built-in S-Video input and composite video input (with S-Video to composite adapter) to connect various video devices, such as digital TV set-top boxes, DVD players, VHS players and DVs for digitalizing your home videos.

Learn more about the Hauppauge 1101

Model

Brand
Hauppauge
Model
1101

General

Type
TV Tuner Cards
TV Tuner
Combo Tuner
TV Standards
ATSC / ClearQAM / NTSC
FM Tuner
Yes
Remote Control
No
Interface
PCI

Features

Features
Watch analog or digital TV on your PC screen, in a window or full screen.

Watch and record clear QAM digital cable TV. Clear QAM digital TV are unencrypted digital TV channels broadcast by your local cable operator on their cable TV networks.

Watch and record ATSC high definition digital TV on your PC. ATSC HD is the over-the-air high definition TV standard for North America.

Watch and record analog cable TV. The WinTV-HVR-1600 has a built-in hardware MPEG-2 encoder, so your PC continues to run at full speed while recording analog cable TV.

Technically speaking: WinTV-HVR-1600 contains two tuners: a ATSC digital TV tuner for over the air digital TV reception plus a 125-channel cable ready TV tuner. For ATSC digital TV, all 18 ATSC formats including 1080i can be watched or recorded to disk as a Program Stream. A highly integrated MPEG-1/2 hardware encoder is on-board for recording analog cable TV to disk. The playback of the recorded ATSC digital or MPEG-1/-2 encoded analog program is done through a software MPEG-2 player.

Specifications

Video Encoding
Hardware MPEG-2 encoder
Ports In
FM Radio In
Analog Cable TV
ATSC/Clear QAM Digital Cable TV
S-Video/Composite Video Input
Audio Input (Line In)
Remote Control (IR) Receiver/Blaster

System Requirements

Processor
2.2 GHz P4 or equivalent
Graphics Card
Graphics with 64 MB memory (or greater)
Available Slot
Available PCI slot
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows XP Home, Pro or Media Center Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista, both 32-bit and 64-bit
Others
Sound card.
DVD or CD writer for burning Video CD's, S-VCD's or DVD's (optional)

Packaging

Package Contents
WinTV-HVR-1600 PCI bus card with 125 channel cable-ready TV tuner, ATSC tuner, hardware MPEG-2 encoder, dbx-TV stereo decoder, S-Video/composite and audio inputs.
FM radio.
WinTV-HVR-1600 CD-ROM includes: WinTV-HVR-1600 driver for Windows XP, Vista, both 32-bit and 64-bit

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited
Labor
2 years limited

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  • Rusty M.
  • 8/18/2010 2:23:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCard is great!

Pros: Card is recognized by Vista and TV watching with Media Center is very straight forward.

Cons: The card does not come with the software necessary to make the s-video input work. The Newegg add touts this as a selling point, but in fact, the feature is non-functional. This seems dishonest to me. To get the s-video to work you need to buy software from Hauppage for ten bucks. And they will only mail you the software, you cannot download it. I feel like someone stole ten dollars from me.

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  • Mark G.
  • 8/6/2010 8:07:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsThey don't make them like they used to.

Pros: Does what it is supposed to do. Tunes 1 QAM and 1 analog simultaneously. Works with all versions of Windows Media Center. Works with almost any version of Linux. Has 64-bit Windows 7 drivers.

Cons: Newer HVR-1600s are not as high quality as older versions. Hauppauge tech support is pathetic, expect weeks if attempting to get warranty service if communicating via the website tech form, never if you attempt to email. Phone support is right away, but Hauppauge does not have a toll-free tech support number. If you need advanced replacement, Hauppauge wants you to buy a card at MSRP ($100+) and they will return the money to your card. If you don't have a credit card, you are out of luck. You must also pay to ship the unit to them.

Other Thoughts: The paying to ship the unit to them is not that bad if it only happens once. I have a 6 year old HVR-1600. It works perfectly. I bought another about 10 months ago. The quality of the new card is horrible. I experienced over-scan issues, the QAM channels has digital breakup. I went ahead and paid to send it in, it was replaced and the over-scan issues were considerably less, but still there. Fast forward to 4 weeks ago, the over-scan issues return, and the QAM tuner stopped working above a certain channel number. I tried email, and the tech support forum. Don't bother with either method, you will lose time and be frustrated.

So after 10 months I am sending m y HVR-1600 in again for replacement. If you can find one of these that is a few years old, get it. Otherwise do not purchase this card.

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  • Bradley S.
  • 8/2/2010 12:51:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks with Ubuntu Lucid and MythTV

Pros: Using the instructions at MythTV, the card works flawlessly. I'm running under Ubuntu Lucid. My other card also worked under Ubuntu Karmic.

Cons: None that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: I already owned one of these cards at my place in Canada. I bought a second for my USA location. I use them with MythTV to record certain programs that are only available on Canadian or US satellite TV.

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  • ernest c.
  • 7/13/2010 4:35:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks great with mythtv

Pros: works well with mythtv

Cons: still $90

Other Thoughts: stable

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  • Marc I.
  • 6/23/2010 12:34:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice

Pros: Able to install quickly in a PCI slot which is key if you have a 2 slot PCI-E video card that takes out a PCI-E 2.0 1x slot.

Windows 7 64-bit pro identifies it quickly.

The hardware on this does not split your signal like a 2250 would so you don't sacrifice your signal.

Picks up a lot of channels (see cons)..

Cons: While it picks up a lot of analog on the initial scan for channels, you need to go into setup, guide, edit channels to enable a lot of digital channels.

The con is that even if it gets perfect signal, if it doesn't identify the TV listing for a channel (say WNBCDT4), you can enable and set the listing to combine with a know listing you already have.

I did this for about 35 channels just to get them combined with their analog versions, and then got 5 more digital channels that had no existing analog version.

Other Thoughts: Love that this is a PCI card, since I do have a Gigabyte mobo where the PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot overlaps a PCI-E 2.0 x1 slot where I could not put in a 2250.

Plan your build wisely and check out placement of the PCI/E slots to see if your vid card (mine a 5570) is double wide and eats up a slot you need.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/29/2010 8:36:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsClose, but no banana...

Pros: Purchased my own HVR-1600 from Circuit City before they went out of business, over 3 years ago...since they offered a 2-year extended warranty for only $20, I bought that, too. Loved it, it worked very well--actually perfectly, to this day...any Windows installation from XP MCE on will automatically make best use of the original's functions (Media Center is the key, here, so Vista, etc. will also do same--I tried, it's true!)...

Cons: Never use Hauppauge's application software, aka 'HVR-TV', or whatever...it s**nks (note the two asterisks, so I actually used censored the word 'stinks')...
another note: I have never seen any TV Tuner card's FM radio feature work, no matter what kind of antenna I connected to it...same here, maybe you have unique conditions, but I'm pretty tapped out on trying this feature on any other TV card, no matter how well it's made...

Other Thoughts: Hauppauge just makes good TV Tuner hardware...period. Take that both ways: 1) Don't try using their cruddy software, and 2) you'll be very happy-go-luck with them, using Windows Media Center, Vista's same, and quite possibly even the many other free apps (and sometimes even Ubuntu's MythTV) out there!

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  • James F.
  • 5/7/2010 10:02:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsYikes...

Pros: None.

Cons: I bought this tuner to replace my 5 year old PVR-150. That card would pick up 70+ channels, including several that I wasn't even subscribed to. This new card was horrible. It received 20 channels tops. The channels I pay my provider for wouldn't even show up. Hauppauge's tech support was no help at all, they told me this particular model is known to have sensitivity issues.

Other Thoughts: Newegg refunded me with no heartache. HAIL NEWEGG!!
Avoid this card.
Also- don't be the person who orders this card and expects to get a remote or decoder software in the box. Its not supposed to come with either.

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  • H M.
  • 3/6/2010 12:25:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsVery poor tuner sensitivity, avoid at all costs

Pros: None. It's old, it's outdated, it's garbage. Plus it makes the red warning light on my Asus P5K motherboard light up constantly, which is a warning that the PCI card is not seated correctly. Hauppauge's response is that this is typical -- don't worry about it.

Cons: Honestly, I feel rather betrayed by this lousy product, and I'm shocked it's still on the market, being manufactured and being sold. My dislike of the product began with frustrating interactions with Hauppauge, whose customer support was not only arrogant but also dishonest. After months of promising that they were "working on" 64-bit compatibility, with respect to the built-in video capture function, at some point they evidently just gave up.

But far worse about this product is its horrible tuner sensitivity. I have been given bogus advice from self-proclaimed "power users" and "experts" across the 'Net saying that ATSC tuners (especially in these PC tuner cards) are basically all the same in terms of sensitivity. Wrong, wrong, wrong. I just installed an AverMedia Duet and it more than doubled my lineup, while adding two of the four major networks -- that's huge. This happened with absolutely no change to the antenna configuration; the same coax which fed this went into the Duet.

Other Thoughts: Perhaps Hauppauge (an awful tradename that I plan on never having to pronounce again) has finally improved its tuner sensitivity with newer models, but that's the point: They're still putting this out there, into the market, and thus they defraud new customers when all they're doing is feeding an outdated technical development with vastly inferior tuning capability.

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  • Torrey G.
  • 2/20/2010 1:11:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPretty good but not what I expected...

Pros: This is a good card for recording from outside sources to the pc's hard drive, but it seems to do better with RF feeds than composite or S-Video feeds. It does, however, record from an RF feed from my satellite receiver in the next room and has great quality & sound. The built-in digital tuner does about as well as set-top box tuners I have tried here at my home in the boonies. I mainly use it to convert older video to digital formats and just to watch satellite tv from the receiver in the next room.

Cons: Composite and S-Video feeds are a bit washed out to me when recording from video cameras and VCR's with composite and S-Video output.
I am not sure if it's the software that I am using (bundled software WinTV2000), but when I change channels with the RF remote for the Dish Network receiver, or enter any command in menus, there is a couple seconds of lag. Picture and sound in WinTV2000 is always about 2 seconds behind the output to my livingroom set in the next room. When volume is up, it drives wife nuts!
Also, many times I am using WinTV2000 to record clips from favorite shows on Satellite, and after a couple clips, the software completely crashes, showing nothing onscreen but a WinTV screensaver image? I have to enter Task Manager and kill the WinTV process and restart it, taking a minute or two, which is annoying if you want to make several 4-5 minutes clips from scenes in a live show. You end up missing the beginning of your next wanted clip.

Other Thoughts: I would like the card a LOT better if the recordings I made from composite and S-Video were brighter and clearer, and of course, if there was instant response in the display when I used the RF remote on my satellite receiver to make channel changes or menu selections. The delay in what the receiver sends and what is displayed is annoying when another set is running in the next room of the same receiver. I thought it may be due to some type of buffering for the DVR function, but I used options to disable that buffering and it made no difference. If I bought one again, I'd likely try another model.

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  • Edward E.
  • 11/30/2009 8:07:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPoor Marketing

Pros: Great Image quality.

Cons: Atrocious Marketing. No TV software for XP system in package.

Other Thoughts: Full Comments...

November 30, 2009

SUBJECT: Hauppauge 01101 TV card

Unnecessary Hassle? Flawed Execution? Extra Expense! Shaky Marketing?
1. My goal: Use Hauppauge’s 1101 TV card to upgrade from a four year old Hauppauge PVR-250 on an ageing dual Xeon, XP Pro system and get the HD antenna signal to the PC without needing an analog-to-HD converter.

2. The 1101 package contained a software CD that let me install drivers, BUT had no TV display/control software for Windows XP – so, couldn’t use the Hauppauge TV card with just the parts provided by Hauppauge! Is this any way to maintain and build business?

3. Undaunted and always up for a challenge, I spent at least 6 hours getting an HD TV signal to appear on my Dell UltraSharp monitor. First, I downloaded the latest WinTV 7 v1.2b software. But it couldn’t be used unless I had an original CD available. So, I called Support and was given a way to download the 1.2a version and then install it without an original CD.

4.

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