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Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1250(HVR-1265) Hybrid TV Tuner w/ Video Recorder PCI-E x 1

  • ATSC / ClearQAM / NTSC
  • PCI-Express x1 Interface
  • 1 x IR Input
  • 1 x Audio Line-in
  • 1 x S-Video Input 4-pin mini-Din
  • 1 x TV Antenna Input
  • Remote Included
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Hauppauge takes their legendary TV tuner technology to the next level with the HVR-1250. 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.

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 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, 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 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.
  • newegg Easy Operation with Remote Control A multi-function remote control is provided so you can access every feature simply at a press of a button.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 720 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 720 days

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  • Donald D.
  • 3/3/2015 4:03:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks well, now I have a home made DVR!

Pros: Tuner is more sensitive than my TV's. Has handy signal strength function (using with Windows 7 Pro's built in Media Center). The included remote integrated with Media Center too, I think I had to download some utility from Hauppage to do that. And another remote I bought since the included one is so tiny, works fine (HAUPPAUGE A415-HPG)

Cons: The DVR software with the tuner crashed, etc. But Windows Media Center has worked quite well.

Other Thoughts: I'm using on a 7 year old Dell Dimension E520 and the recordings are very good in 1080p, but it could not play back without jerky video unless I set my tv output resolution down to 720, which still looks good. At 720 it works smooth, and a lot of tv shows are broadcast at 720. I did buy a $40 antenna, but now I get all the major broadcast stations and PBS fine, and I use HuluPlus for the shows we used to watch on cable. My cable bill went from 140 to 60 for high speed internet only and then $8 for Hulu Plus. Oh, kinda wished I had gotten the two tuner model now. And I bought a larger remote that works with the tuner too, a HAUPPAUGE A415-HPG for $5 on E-b-a_y.

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  • Jacob B.
  • 2/21/2015 4:40:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Easy installation. works well. easy to understand instructions. allows me to watch tv from my computer so thats cool.

Cons: software can be a little tricky to understand. they use industry lingo for the different encoding, and I understand why they use them but can be confusing for most consumers.

Other Thoughts: well designed card and appears to work really well once set up.

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  • Scott T.
  • 1/16/2015 10:58:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good picture quality.

Cons: I have used this card on three machines with similar results of receiving frequent low bit rate errors when using it as satellite dvr. I suspect a driver issue, because a lot of time, I need to install them in safe mode to eliminate hiccups.

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  • Tom S.
  • 1/6/2015 1:51:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsbad solder joints

Pros: Fit in my case
Once I repaired the issue the card had, it worked perfectly

Cons: I have really shaky hands for soldering ICs back onto PCIe cards.

Other Thoughts: When the card got here it would NOT recognize under Windows. I looked inside my case and saw a small IC sitting on the bottom of the case as if it'd come unsoldered from something. Lo and behold, it had come unsoldered from this card.

Yeah, I should have RMA'd it, but I'm handy with a soldering iron. I do not, however, have very steady hands when it comes to soldering in small areas. Took me a couple tries to get all 8 pins soldered down properly.

Card works perfectly now.

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  • Kenny L.
  • 12/23/2014 3:25:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHVR-1265/1250?????????????

Pros: The TV tuner card is not works.

Cons: This company is a JOKE, right? The Hauppauge sales rep told me they packaged the WinTV HVR-1265 tuner card in boxes that are labelled WinTV HVR-1250 because they don't want to reprint the old boxes with the new model. Oh confusion there!!! The Newegg rep couldn't explain to me why the model on the box doesn't match the actual product.

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  • Daniel T.
  • 12/20/2014 3:09:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAs Seen-on-TV

Pros: I stated i would have to get another card for my wife and so i did.
This is a truly excellent card and so very easy to install and setup. I card is Top-Shelf and i just know my wife will enjoy it as she is on the PC doing her bills and other things.
This shows a different remote control that looks cheaper than the one received. I cannot state that is the one you will receive if you purchase this Puppy, but the one received is a Excellent part.

Cons: None i can think of except it does not offer thought control channel changing.

Other Thoughts: Did not come with a pizza and 6 pack.

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  • Kevin L.
  • 11/12/2014 12:07:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood Tuner, Poor Software

Pros: Tuner works great, No issues with hardware.
I bought this card so I could use half the screen for the tuner
and half for working.
I have my pc connected to 3 flat panel TV's as well as a 27" monitor on my outside balcony. It's great for what I'm using it for.

Cons: Software (Wintv) Is horrible.
It Crashes frequently and when you reopen it, The program
says "No Tuner Found"
I also ran it through Windows Media Center and found it Difficult to program in Canada and had to search the web for
software fixes to make it work. It still doesn't find many
Channels using WMC compared to Wintv, but less buggy
even with the web fixes.

Other Thoughts: If it came with better software, It would be a better product.
They offer a paid version of Wintv but with the way it performs
with the version included with the card, Who in their right
mind would pay for more glitches?
Search for a good tuner software before buying.

Something I remember from the old all in wonder cards was the capability to make the TV transparent so you could do your work with the TV image in the background.
To me, that would be sweet!

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  • Kristofer M.
  • 11/10/2014 4:32:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWhy is this being shipped in the wrong box?

Pros: Fit in my computer just fine.

Cons: It is not the HVR-1250, it's the HVR-1265. Due to the fact the driver code isn't available to the public, there's no Linux driver for this model so it's a nice paper weight. The box says 1250 but it's not. Why not print the right model number on the box? Also upsetting that I had to pay for shipping back when it wasn't what I ordered in the first place.

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  • David D.
  • 10/22/2014 9:15:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot what I expected

Pros: If you want a HVR-1265, it might work for you

Cons: This is advertised as a HVR-1250 card which works with all modern linux kernels. Unfortunately, the card is actually a HVR-1265 card which is not supported. The box itself labels the card as HVR-1250 but it is not until you see the chipset on the card that you would realize it is actually the 1265. Do not buy this if you want it to work on a linux HTPC.

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  • Jonathan G.
  • 8/26/2014 8:35:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome upgrade for HTPC

Pros: I bought this specifically for recording sports games for when I'm at work or school. Got it on sale for $64.99. Installation was super easy, just make sure you have an open PCIe x1 port and push it in. Windows 7 recognized the new hardware when I rebooted but did not automatically install drivers. Just had to go to the Hauppauge website and manually install the drivers. Windows Media Center recognized this and configured everything for me. Picture quality is just as good as my TV's tuner. Uses very little CPU power on an i3 2120.

Cons: Included software picked up a few more channels and located them quicker than WMC but is totally unstable and crashes constantly. Don't bother with it.

Other Thoughts: Great for adding DVR features to my basic cable. I can pause, rewind, and record. Should work absolutely fine with analog/digital cable, antennas and set top boxes. Hardware wise I give this 5 stars but WinTV7 is completely pathetic so I had to drop a star.

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