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Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1250 NSTC/ATSC/QAM Internal HDTV Card PCI-E x1 - OEM

  • ATSC / ClearQAM / NTSC
  • PCI-Express x1 Interface
  • 1 x (hybrid) TV in port
  • S-video, stereo audio jack

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Hauppauge takes their legendary TV tuner technology to the next level with the HVR-1250 MC. The card takes advantage of the bandwidth of the PCIe x1 interface to deliver rock solid HD video to your screen. It has a hybrid tuner supporting NTSC analog, ATSC and Clear QAM digital signals. There is also a composite video input so you can record video from other sources.

The card is compatible with Windows Media Center so you can use the card without installing any extra software. Or you can use WinTV's Scheduler function to automatically record your favorite TV shows. WinTV also lets you record the show you are watching with one click.

  • newegg Enjoy HD/SD TV on Your Computer The Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1250 MC turns your computer into a true media center that receives worldwide analog TV, unencrypted digital ClearQAM cable TV and digital ATSC (up to 1080i), complementing your digital multimedia experience.
  • newegg Your Personal Digital Video Recorder With the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1250 MC, capture live TV shows directly to your PC's hard disk, or schedule your recordings on a daily, weekly or once only basis.
  • newegg Additional Video/Audio Inputs The Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1250 MC provides S-video, Composite and Audio inputs so you can capture video or audio sources from other AV devices such as your VCR, game console, camcorder and more.

Learn more about the Hauppauge 1187

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 720 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 720 days
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  • Robert T.
  • 2/19/2014 8:48:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGood TV tuner

Pros: The card works very well on my 32bit W7 desktop with 4GB of memory. The recording quality is amazing. WINTV7 also works very well and I like it.

I went to WMC so I could copy recordings to my laptop for watching on a large screen TV. As I don't have the card on my laptop I cannot install WINTV 7.

I have had a little trouble getting Windows Media Center to show some channels that it says are 100% quality. I have been able to get most of them.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: For the money, I don't see how you could do better.

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  • Roark R.
  • 8/26/2013 6:49:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSales needs more info

Pros: Easily installed. Get updated drivers from website

Cons: I have not got the card working yet. If you have Win 8 and have not bought Media Center, the card will not work. You must buy WinTV for $10.00 to make it work. If I had known that, I would have bought it but the sales info does not give that option.

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  • Carl C.
  • 6/3/2013 1:32:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsTop quality - Good price.

Pros: Very reliable. Clear signal. Gets the job done. Windows Media Center works great with these cards. One thing to note is that Windows Media Center runs far better in a HTPC with a SSD boot drive and large SATA drives for media storage. Also 8GB or 16GB DDR3 or even DDR2 installed on the machine is good. On our machines, Windows Media Center comes up and is ready to go in 3 to 5 seconds. This is great technology!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: We have 5 different Hauppauge HDTV tuners. 1 USB and 4 PCI-e cards. What we found is that the cheaper models of Hauppauge cards work just as good as the most expensive cards. So you may wish to get the cheaper models if the only thing that you're doing is recording HDTV shows like using a DVR. We have never had technical difficulties with Hauppauge cards, unlike cards from other vendors. Drivers load up automatically and they are ready to go!

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  • Scott B.
  • 5/18/2013 4:55:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nothing

Cons: everything. Would not work.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/28/2013 9:22:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsNot With Comcast

Pros: Works to provide good, clear pictures. Recording same as live TV- very good.

Cons: This model 1187, the one without the remote, doesn't work with Comcast. You need the 1196 with the remote.

Other Thoughts: First of all, please understand that I am NOT blaming Newegg for my situation. Newegg was GREAT! I have Comcast Cable. It is scrambled and you need to get a set top box to provide digital channels to the TV (at $10/month without DVR) or analog reception to your TV (a converter that Comcast provides for free). I just put a Hauppauge HVR-1250 model 1187 (the one without the remote) in my computer. I tried feeding it via the Comcast analog converter box but it didn't work. Hauppauge tech told me to connect the cable line directly to the HVR-1250 card. Yes, I got channels, but only about 15, not the over 80 I should get. According to Hauppauge tech, I should have bought the HVR-1250 model 1196 which comes with a remote tuner. I said What Do I Need a Remote Tuner for When I Will be Tuning My TV Via the Comcast Converter Box? He said it comes with additional software called Win 7 which I need- and then he tried to SELL it to me. HUH? I told him that nowhere in the 1187 description say it is any different from the 1196 except for the remote. Apparently there is no way around this. Buyer beware.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/23/2013 7:56:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCautious purchase, works great, Win7 Pro 64bit

Pros: Installs without using the media from Hauppage. Works with the Windows Media Center on Windows 7.

Cons: Had to run windows update to get the latest driver to fix jitter problem with Windows Media Center

Other Thoughts: I had the jitter problems that were mentioned in a previous review on I happen to run Windows Update and noticed Microsoft had an updated driver for the tuner card. Installed the update, rebooted, and Media Center has no more jitters!!!!

I wish I had seen the packaged 1250 with remote before I ordered this. Too lazy to do a return for the other one.

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  • Alexander S.
  • 10/7/2012 7:49:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with kernel 3.5.5

Pros: I spent some time researching this card so I thought I would post my findings. The driver is cx23885. The ATSC tuner works out of the box with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (which has kernel 3.2.0 by default), but the analog capture does not work. Linux kernel 3.5.5 and above support the cx23885 drivers for DVB digital capture and analog composite/s-video capture. I installed kernel 3.5.5 for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and I could use both ATSC HDTV capture from my OTA antenna and composite analog capture from my cable receiver box.

Cons: If you install kernel 3.5.5 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, use at you own risk.

Other Thoughts: I use Mplayer to capture a TS stream from my OTA antenna. I use Mencoder to encode the TS stream to Mpeg2 and also to encode the analog stream via the composite input. I write my own custom scripts to run the commands, I do not use 3rd party software like MythTV. The composite input is input=0 and the s-video input is input=1, using mencoder. In the /dev folder the digital driver will show as /dev/dvb and the analog driver will show as /dev/video0.

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  • Marcus W.
  • 9/11/2012 7:53:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for MythTV

Pros: Great reception, had no problem pulling down local over the air HD channels with a Rosewill Omni antenna

Cons: None so far, working like a champ.

Other Thoughts: I bought three of these to use in a MythTV backend, Arch linux installation (2012-05) detected them right away. One card shows up as two input devices in MythTV so you can record one channel while watching another live.

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  • Nicholas V.
  • 9/6/2012 7:10:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Satisfied

Pros: Works out of the box (with the usual configuration of course) with Mythbuntu 12.04 64-bit. It came with the low profile bracket which isn't really of use to me (yet), but is nice to have in case of an eventual upgrade.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I bought this card as a second tuner for an existing Mythbuntu frontend/backend set up. It is currently being used with an ATSC over the air set-up to free myself of cable bills. This card pays for itself in less than a month with the money saved.

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  • Gerald O.
  • 9/9/2011 7:00:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTV Card a Bad Buy

Pros: When it works, great picture

Cons: Have had the HVR-1250 for 9 months. The software for the board has a conflict with Windows 7 – 64 bit OS. The picture without warning will freeze with a jitter. CPU will go to 100% causing the computer to crash. (blue screen) Have spent hours with Hauppauge tech support trying to resolve the problem without any results, to the point that tech support no longer will answer my emails. Not a happy camper.

Other Thoughts: Save your money, don't buy this board.

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