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Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250(WinTV-HVR-2255) Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner w/ IR Remote PCI-E x 1

  • Dual Hybrid Tuner w/built-in TV splitter
  • Dual built-in hardware MPEG-2 encoders
  • MCE Remote & Two IR blasters
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Your computer is already pretty versatile, handling your webcam, sound, email, online videos and DVDs, and doing traditional computer things like graphics and word processing. What else could a person want? Well, you just might want to watch the news or maybe listen to a little radio. They still exist, you know.

This dual tuner card from Hauppauge lets you watch and record two different TV channels, and it doesn't matter if they're digital or analog. Got enough on your mind, but you are tired of setting your MP3 player on "random"? It's also an FM tuner, so you can receive your favorite FM stations. ATSC, NTSC and ClearQAM (that is, unencrypted QAM) gives you maximum flexibility in your TV viewing without fear of obsolescence. Comes with a remote control and two IR blasters to control set top boxes.

Whether you have to spend a lot of time on your computer or you enjoy spending a lot of time on your computer, this card makes it easier to catch your favorite programs and still get something done. Shop and compare, we'll be waiting right here.

  • newegg Enjoy Analog and Digital TV Simultaneously With the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250, watch digital (ATSC/Clear QAM) and analog (NTSC) TV on your PC simultaneously, or watch either of them and record another, or record two different channels at the same time – it's all of your choice.
  • newegg Dual Hardware MPEG-2 Encoders The Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 features dual built-in MPEG-2 hardware encoders to record high-quality analog cable TV without occupying CPU resources.
  • newegg FM Radio Receiver With the built-in FM radio receiver, enjoy FM radio broadcasts on your PC and record your favorite FM programs onto your hard drive for later enjoyment.
  • newegg MCE-certified Remote Control With the included MCE remote, access all great features of Microsoft Media Center, including TV, PVR, EPG, slide shows, music, video and DVD playback without leaving your comfortable sofa.

Learn more about the Hauppauge 1213




TV Tuner Cards
TV Tuner
Dual Tuners
TV Standards
FM Tuner
Remote Control
MCE Remote Included
PCI-Express x1
Low Profile Ready


Watch and record two TV programs at the same time: two analog cable TV channels, two digital TV channels or one analog cable and one clear QAM digital cable TV channel.

When recording analog cable TV, the dual built in hardware MPEG-2 encoders let your PC run at full speed.

Watch and record 'clear QAM' digital TV. Clear QAM digital TV channels are TV channels which are broadcast "in the clear" on your cable TV network.

Includes Hauppauge's WinTV v7 application, which allows you to watch analog cable TV, QAM and ATSC digital TV channels.

Now with on-board IR remote control with dual IR blasters. For Windows Media Center and Hauppauge WinTV v7!

Now supports Windows 7!

Built-in antenna splitter allows you to make one connection to an ATSC antenna but watch and record up to 2 channels.

Supports Dolby Digital AC3 audio.

Composite/S-Video and audio inputs, for cable or satellite set top boxes or VCRs.

Technically speaking:
- WinTV-HVR-2250(WinTV-HVR-2255) is a PCI Express X1 board based on the NXP 7164 bus interface chip. The WinTV-HVR-2250(WinTV-HVR-2255) contains two tuners with a built-in TV splitter. There is one cable TV or TV antenna connector which is split, providing a video source for both tuners. For ATSC and QAM digital TV, all 18 ATSC formats including 1080i can be watched or recorded to disk as a MPEG-2 Program Stream. The NXP 7164 contains two highly integrated MPEG-1/2 hardware encoders for recording analog cable TV to disk. The playback of the recorded ATSC and QAM digital TV and MPEG-2 encoded analog programs are done through a software MPEG-2 player.
- WinTV-HVR-2250(WinTV-HVR-2255) now supports an on-board IR receiver and blaster, which can control up to two external set top boxes. With the on-board remote receiver/blaster, you no longer need the external "beanbag" remote receiver. The on-board receiver also has a "learn" mode, so you can use almost any external set top box


Video Encoding
Hardware Encoding
Video Format
Ports In
Antenna / Cable TV input
FM Radio input
S-Video / Composite input
Remote Control Receiver input

System Requirements

2.2 GHz P4 or equivalent
Graphics Card
Graphics with 64 MB memory (or greater)
Available Slot
Available PCIe X1 or X8 slot
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista Premium or Ultimate with Media Center.
Sound card
CD reader for software installation


Package Contents
Model 01213: WinTV-HVR-2250(WinTV-HVR-2255) Media Center Kit: includes a Media Center certified remote control transmitter, an IR remote control receiver/blaster cable, an A/V breakout cable for the primary A/V input, anauxiliary A/V panel and cable to add a second set of audio/video inputs, and an IR transmitter cable to control a second set top box thorugh the auxiliary A/V panel

Manufacturer Warranty

2 years limited
2 years limited

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Customer Reviews of the Hauppauge 1213

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  • Carrie A.
  • 12/11/2014 4:12:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeyond Amazing

Pros: This device performs amazingly. It turned my computer into a DVR and with the large hard drives around today, this literally means almost limitless content. The remote and chip sync flawlessly with windows media center and allows me to peruse the TV guide from bed. The duel tuners allow me to watch and record at the same time.

Cons: It took some time to get this device working properly. Prepare for this and do not expect plug and play functionality. READ THE INCLUDED INSTRUCTIONS FIRST

Other Thoughts: This product is really amazing. Makes me wish I got more cable channels and that they were broadcast in higher quality at college.

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  • Wyatt M.
  • 10/17/2014 5:46:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt Just Works

Pros: This card has worked from the day I first booted up my build and has not let me down since. I have used it with Windows Media Center as well as XBMC and it was very easy to setup with both programs.

Cons: The ir receiver for the remote is really short.

Other Thoughts: I use this in my dorm in college and would highly recommend it for a similar purpose. It is really nice to have a full tv guide and the ability to dvr shows in a dorm!

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  • Michael G.
  • 7/28/2014 2:31:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMedia Center Compatibility?

Pros: Physically, the device is nice. Packaging is professionally done. Easy to install.

Cons: Disappointing performance. Win7 software is unbelievable. I think there are some compatibility issues here if you are trying to use this device with Windows Media Center (WMC), and I don't think Hauppauge has the desire to fix them. I spoke with both their customer service and their sales department, as most of these issues are driven to correction by the sales department. Not so in this case. Now, every piece of TV equipment I own works on all of our local channels, except for, you guessed it, the Hauppauge dual tuner boards. I have two $40.00 TV converter/recorder devices, and even these record every channel in our area. Hauppauge seems to feel that if it sort of works with their Win7 software so everything must be alright. Well, why would anyone subject themselves to this inane operating system (Win7). It sort of works, but it is neither fluid or seamless. WMC works great, just not on many of our local channels. I have tried several signal amplifiers, but, not much help. Hauppauge may want to try to overcome the difficulty using their product with WMC, it's the only hope I see for their future when you have new products that perform well, and do so for considerably less money. The Hauppauge unit delivers service that is not consistent with the signal levels on certain stations. Why?

Other Thoughts: I recently purchased a Tablo from Newegg, I will be reviewing it soon, but my initial take on it, is that it works quite well. It is geared to people who want to use their computer to provide a service, while Hauppauge is for someone who wants to play with their computer.

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  • Philip F.
  • 7/16/2014 8:34:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: excellent quality and not too expensive. plenty of inputs, and fully functional and reliable

Cons: about a ten second lag from realtime streaming so videogames are a no-go and be patieant with your dvd player

Other Thoughts: i love it and it fits in my low profile case

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  • Wesley C.
  • 7/5/2014 8:44:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorks with Linux?

Pros: Hauppauge 2250 is one of the cards most people use to set up TV on linux systems. I have dual booted Windows and Linux for some time and decided to move to Linux for all my needs. This card does have dual digital capabilities and there are linux drivers/firmware for it.

Cons: After many hours trying different advice (you have to follow one after another until you find advice that works for your machine) on setting up this card on Linux I found that it only works well with stripped down versions of Linux. Setting this up on a fully functional and used machine is a mistake. (Maybe some can do it) and the picture quality is not as good as the Asus card it replaced even on W7.

Other Thoughts: I will have to set up a seperate computer for TV to allow the second monitor to run TV while I can work on the primary until either I have the time to learn how to use Linux TV software or it advances more which eventually it will.

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  • Eric O.
  • 6/26/2014 4:14:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsVery insensitive

Pros: The card works as described.

Cons: Input is very insensitive. I'm using it with an antenna and there is 5 channels that the card can't capture when my 2 TV does it. I have to use an amplifier to get missing channels :-(.
Also the remote is IR (infrared) which imply that the remote has to see the sensor, always, and the cable is somewhat short.

Other Thoughts: I wonder if other brands could be better. I heard that ATI as already had a TV card with better sensitivity.

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  • Kevin M.
  • 3/30/2014 4:02:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery good card, not perfect remote

Pros: Works great with digital cable signal. I had to upgrade my Win XP Media Center when my cable provider went to all digital. I bought a Dell Inspiron 660s, G2030 CPU, 4 Gig Mem, Win 7 Home Premium OS. This setup has ample horsepower and small footprint.

Cons: The only issue is that the remote will not wake the PC. My USB mouse will wake computer. I tried many different settings to system configuration to no avail.

Other Thoughts: My old Win XP Media Center would wake from sleep. That computer had a USB Media Center remote. Next time I will order tuner card without remote.

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  • Benjamin R.
  • 3/29/2014 3:47:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It works well.

Cons: none

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  • mark b.
  • 3/20/2014 3:50:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect

Pros: I put this in a Windows 7 PC using Windows Media Center to get and time shift over-the-air TV and listen to FM radio. It has been nothing but impressive. I have been viewing and recording HD TV for months now with no problems. I would highly recommend this if you want to cut ties with Cable or Dish. I am in Farmington MN and get all the stations from Minneapolis/St. Paul crystal clear with just an antennae in the attic. I also bought a Logitech wireless keyboard with a touchpad. No remote can compare with it of course. This card turned our PC into something better than just a DVR or Roku.

Cons: The remote seemed weak but I didn't play with it much. With the Logitech keyboard I don't need it.

Other Thoughts: Even my wife who hates tech stuff finds it easy to operate

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  • James M.
  • 3/19/2014 6:38:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Newegg is a great online retailer. Newegg is always my first choice for anything computer related. This review is about Hauppauge, not Newegg.

Cons: Purchased this card to install in a Windows 7 Pro machine. The drivers on the CD returned "Compatable Hardware Not Found". Windows 7 Pro says the driver from the website is not DIGITAL SIGNED so 7 will not allow it. Trying to obtain help from Hauppauge Tech Support is way past fustrating. Hauppauge Tech Support gave these responses after I sent a detailed e-mail explaination about my problem. "Sorry to hear that in device manager uninstall the 2250 put a check in the check box to the left press ok and DO NOT RESTART PC. Reinstall the 30192 driver". Again I e=mailed my problem and Tech Support said, "Now right click the 2250 that you see with caution uninstall it and follow instructions". Not once has Hauppauge Tech Support addressed the problem I'm having about DIGITALLY SIGNED DRIVERS. I haved returned the card for and exchange assuming the card is defective. I have owned two other Hauppauge 1950's for years attached to XP and Vista machines with out a hitch.

Other Thoughts: The Hauppauge website driver for WMC is the culprit. My research says the WHQL should indicate a DIGITALLY SIGNED DRIVER........? I have obtained some information on how to defeat Windows' requirement for a digitally signed driver. But should not Hauppauge fix their's?

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