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Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1250 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.

Learn more about the Hauppauge 1196




TV Tuner Cards
TV Tuner
Hybrid Tuner
TV Standards
FM Tuner
Remote Control
Remote Included
PCI-Express x1
Low Profile Ready
Low Profile Bracket Included


Watch, pause and record TV on your PC, in window or full screen. Uses Hauppauge's SoftPVR to record analog TV programs to your computer's disk drive.
Receive ATSC digital TV or Clear QAM digital cable TV, up to 1080i format
Receive NTSC analog cable TV with the built-in 125 channel cable-ready TV tuner
Dolby-TV stereo decoder
Schedule TV recordings with WinTV-Scheduler software
Compatible with Windows XP and all versions of Windows Vista.


Ports In
1 x IR Input
1 x Audio Line-in
1 x S-Video Input 4-pin mini-Din
1 x TV Antenna Input

System Requirements

2.2 GHz Intel P4 or equivalent
Graphics Card
Graphics with 64MB memory (or greater)
Available Slot
Available PCI Express X1 or X16 slot
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit), Windows Vista or Windows XP with Service Pack 2
Sound card


Package Contents
WinTV-HVR-1250 PCI Express bus TV tuner
Remote Control Including batteries
Remote Control Receiver Cable
WinTV Installation and Utilities Software CD-ROM
Quick Installation Guide
Half height bracket for use in low profile chassis

Manufacturer Warranty

2 years limited
2 years limited

Quick Info


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

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  • Daniel K.
  • 1/21/2014 10:33:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Does exactly what I expected, TV on the PC.

Cons: Hauppage's TV viewing software is pretty weak compared to windows media center, but then if you use that, it becomes a pain to get the remote to work with WMC. But these are just minor inconveniences.

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  • Clinton D.
  • 1/20/2014 6:39:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDon't get a TV Tuner

Pros: Works exactly as described. Software is fairly easy to use and install.

Cons: Can't do anything at all if your local provider has blocked all of the channels, ie. Comcast.

Other Thoughts: If you already pay for basic cable and want to record all of your shows, this will work great for you. Otherwise, just find a way to stream your shows online.

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  • Travis M.
  • 1/5/2014 1:53:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsMiserable piece of hardware

Pros: An unwelcome excuse to upgrade my hardware.

Cons: A great way to instantly short out your motherboard.

Other Thoughts: Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1250 model #1196. Installed this internal PCIe tv tuner card on two separate 1K machines. Upon next boot after install I had no video output to the monitor, yet Windows still booted fine judging from the HDD light activity and Windows sounds like the "found new hardware" chime still ringing. Everything appears to work except no video output. Promptly removed the tv tuner card and restarted. No video output. One machine has integrated graphics with a video card, the other has no integrated graphics with a video card. I can't even directkey boot into BIOS. Both machines showing same symtoms that appeared immediately after install. No BIOS or POST visible on screen. Removed discrete video card from machine with integrated graphics and booted from the Intel iGPU. This seems to have worked, because display has returned. I plugged the discrete card back in and booted again from that, and the GPU was once again showing video output. However the GPU now refuses to send wake requests to the monitor after going to sleep, and I've already experienced system lock-ups within minutes of booting. You know the ones where the cursor just freezes. I unpluged everything, and again took the GPU out and plugged the monitor back into the onboard graphics VGA. Plugged it all back in and restarted, and within 5 minutes of Windows running it crashed again. No blue screen, just in a state of suspension. it's not strictly related to my graphics cards, both of which are nVidia 600 series, but that's not any reason to be happy. Now I fear the same instabilities in the other machine as well. Overall I cannot comment on how the TV tuner works because clearly it hasn't shown itself to be reliable, and my trust had run out so I was unable to test it further. Help on this issue is disconcerting, as most of the answers seem to be limited to CPU, PSU, or motherboard failure.

If you value your computer you won't even risk getting this poor excuse for engineering near it.

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  • Brad M.
  • 12/21/2013 6:09:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsdisappointing

Pros: Easy to physically install and software installs easily. Plus the ability to use either its software or Windows Media Center.

Cons: After doing my homework and researching several cards, I finally decided upon this one. After the installation, I started running scans to detect channels. Scanning 3 times with the provided software revealed 2 unencrypted channels that it could display. Scanning 2 more times with WMC revealed zero channels that could be displayed. I think i'll be ok with paying Comcast the extra $8/month for the DVR.

Other Thoughts: Plenty of descriptions and user testimonials led me to believe that this would work just fine with Comcast's signal.

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  • Greg P.
  • 12/14/2013 7:02:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUber fail

Pros: It tunes in stations very well, and the display is clear.
works well on windows 7 64 bit... BUT.

Cons: The IR remote did not work AT ALL.
nothing I tried would get it up and working, not even a new receiver. so I had to switch Back to the HVR-950Q USB which I was using before which has thermal problems and was starting to fail and was hoping to upgrade to PCI-e...
at least the remote works on it...

Other Thoughts: RMA time..

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  • Daniel N.
  • 11/15/2013 10:18:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Single Tuner TV Card

Pros: Best card for price.

Cons: Only has one tuner.

Other Thoughts: For TV tuner cards, I would chose either HVR1250 for single tuner or the HVR2250 for the dual.

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  • David M.
  • 11/5/2013 10:28:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo far so good

Pros: Was fairly easy to install. Used updated driver from Hauppauge.

Cons: Had to do manual install in Windows Media Center. not really much of a con since it is faster then WMC detecting the hardware. The driver from windows update was incorrect. Not a problem because I had the updated driver download on my computer. I went to the Hauppauge website the day I ordered it.

Other Thoughts: My old msi tv tuner after 3 years would lose sound after I closed media center. Would have to restart computer to get the sound to work again.

Despite the slight hiccups, I give this tuner 5 eggs. The picture is flawless. The sound is excellent.

I am not using the remote that came with the tuner. I have an I.R. blaster with a remote that connects to my computer via a usb port. The I.R. Blaster infrared is then taped to My digital set top box. This is actually what turns the channels on the set top box. The tuner stays on channel 4 at all times. As I said the setup is working flawlessly.

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  • Stan E.
  • 10/14/2013 9:20:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLove this card!

Pros: Easy installation; I had no problems at all. Sensitive tuner. Software is efficient, intuitive, stable, customizable, and has keyboard shortcuts for pretty much every function that I use. Scheduler for recordings. Can be set to automatically convert its native .ts recordings to high-quality .mpg files. Most importantly to me, great record quality at the highest setting.

Cons: When I change channels, the tuner/software defaults to SAP. I have no idea how to correct this. I can easily switch back to primary audio, but I shouldn't have to. Thankfully, the primary audio is what's recorded, even if SAP is being output (during unattended recording, for instance).
As far as I can tell, the software has no EPG feature. It can't even display any information, other than technical specs, about the program being viewed. Personally, I don't need an EPG, but some users might want it.
Although the software can generate screen captures, the user must choose the resolution of them, because the software won't automatically scale to the resolution of the channel being displayed. So, every time I switch between stations that broadcast at different resolutions—for instance, ABC (720) vs. CBS (1080)—I have to manually set the resolution of screen captures. This is a bit annoying; it seems like it shouldn't be hard for Hauppage to create software that automatically matches the resolution of screen grabs to that of the channel to which the card is tuned.
I wish the software could display signal strength (or, better, S/N ratio) so that I can tell if I should re-orient my antenna. Sometimes recordings have freezes and glitches, which, if the result of a weak signal, could have been avoided had the software shown me signal strength.

Other Thoughts: I used an HDTV USB tuner stick for years, and I thought it was the greatest thing since…well, HDTV. When that finally died, I ended up getting this card—and discovered how clunky and inefficient the tuner stick's software was. This card and its software are so superior in every way that I'm glad the tuner stick gave up the ghost. I just hope that when this card eventually fails, Hauppage will still be making them, so that I don't have to settle for a lesser option!

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  • guillermo r.
  • 9/5/2013 9:20:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsallmost 3years and going

Pros: move it to a HTPC for the remote but didn't use it that much, put it back in my surround sound gaming system and we are back in business , works perfect in win 7/64
and digital cable, there was and update to win7 that works very good it. works with windows media center also , the remodel works with all. very satisfied customer, glad I pay the extra for the remote.

Cons: got to catch newegg wend they run there deals. lol
cheap remote but it works.

Other Thoughts: I even install and antenna outside the window and it pick up a good amount of channels , not all the channels the antenna web said but a good amount .must be doing something right.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/10/2013 6:49:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsPaperweight

Pros: Umm... it's not very big...

Cons: The software is ridiculously cumbersome to install, but required for the thing to operate. You have to use the CD, plus download things from the internet, and everything has to be done in the right order. FYI; the order they recommend with the packaging doesn't work. It takes hours of trial and error to get it installed. Then, after about a month or two, it will just completely die, and won't turn on. The manufacturer is useless when it comes to support.

Other Thoughts: I'd suggest any other brand, as the support takes days to get back to you, refuses to give a refund when it stops working after 1 month, and generally could care less.

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