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Hauppauge 1229 WinTV-HVR-2255 Dual TV Tuner / Encoder - OEM

  • Dual Hybrid Tuner w/built-in TV splitter
  • Dual built-in hardware MPEG-2 encoders
  • Vista Media Center compatible

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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.

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, that's what we're here for. Once you've made up your mind, we'll be waiting right here.

  • newegg Enjoy Analog and Digital TV Simultaneously With the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2255, 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-2255 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.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 720 days
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  • Roger H.
  • 2/2/2016 11:55:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsKnow your motherboard

Pros: - Two tuners using a single cable from the antenna, no splitters needed
- Works great with Win7 WMC

Cons: - Install guide makes no mention of which type of PCIe slot to use - this knocks off an egg (should probably knock off two...)
- Cannot simply swap an HVR-1250 with this card, it uses different drivers
- Not plug-n-play, barely tries and then fails, you gotta manually install drivers

Other Thoughts: My HTPC has an old mobo, the Bad Axe 2, which only has three PCIe x16 slots (no x1 slots). My old tuner (HVR-1250) was in the third PCIe slot and worked fine for almost six years. I figured I could just pull the old card, drop in the new card, done. Not so fast, buddy...

Initially installed, I included hooking up the AUX A/V panel. Two problems: I completely lost two critical channels that the old card could pull in full-strength, and while trying LiveTV there was an extraordinary numbers of audio drop-outs, sometimes 8 within 10 seconds. A couple of driver re-installs and lengthy TV Setups later, I finally disconnected the AUX A/V panel: audio drop-outs ceased. But I still was getting no signal from two critical channels.

Searching around the 'net for answers about the card, I rediscovered that while my mobo has three x16 slots, it has only one x16 electrical (where my GTX460 is located). The second slot is x8 electrical, and the third is x4 electrical. Totally forgot about that.

The x4 electrical PCIe x16 slot is not powerful enough for this card. It's fine for the 1250, bad for the 2255.

Too much of my Sunday was lost to troubleshooting: driver uninstalls/reinstalls, reboots, WMC TV Setup, pulling the case out of the cabinet AGAIN to dissect it and swap stuff around. Aargh. If only the installation guide had mentioned you need a minimum of x8 electrical. Curses, Hauppauge, curses.

Once I placed it in the x8 electrical PCIe x16 slot, it was the card I wanted it to be. All channels pull at full signal strength now. Caveat: I don't know if this card reduced my primary PCIe to x8, since the mobo is supposed to do that if a second video card is installed in the second slot. But this isn't a videocard, and I don't have ATi (my mobo only supports Crossfire, while I only use nVidia). I'll have to load up Crysis and see if my machine can still play it.

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1 out of 5 eggsNot recommended - review is for a true 2255 (not 2250 like many of these reviews).

Pros: - Dual tuner both digital and analog.
- WinTV 8 easily available via use of existing WinTV 7 CD.

Cons: Note: Running on 3.4Ghz I3, 8GB RAM, Windows 10.

- During WinTV 8 installation they "strongly" recommend you disable your AV. So, I disable AV, install, reboot and begin to attempt to use the card.
- I was only able to tune in 1/2 the channels my TV could; with the same powered antenna connected in the same physical location.
- Channel changes took sometimes 5-15 seconds
- By the time the evening is over (I had re-enabled my AV) and so my AV had removed the WinTV.exe and a couple of other files (No I am not infected - I am an IT professional and have a very clean protected system).
- So then began another hour of wasted time trying to remove WinTV 8 (as I wanted to test with WinTV 7 to see if I can get a better result).
- Finally able to install WinTV 7; result was that the card was not detected by WinTV 7 - proceed to remove and install the drivers that came with WinTV 7; result - this worked but no improvement in performance (left AV off because I wasn't going to go through that again).

Other Thoughts: I am now completely annoyed with Hauppauge and can't get myself to buy their products again. (I have owned several of their cards over the years). Frankly disappointed in the whole TV on PC thing now. It was terrific with Windows Media Edition and the 2250 - before cable companies scrambled everything.

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  • Renald L.
  • 1/20/2016 4:43:24 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product, this is my 4th hauppauge added to my build, I record a LOT of TV

Pros: I have 4 of these and some for over 5 years and no complaints what so ever
It's so easy to fall in love with free ota tv :)

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: I've tried other atsc tuners and these so far have never let me down, others had to be returned as they could only produce 1/2 of the channels that these would get.

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  • Ellis R.
  • 1/6/2016 12:50:26 PM
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Double Digital TV Tuner

Pros: Easy to install and hook up. I have been using this tuner to record two tv shows at the same time since 2009 without a snag. The driver installed easy enough and works great with Windows Media Center. It also can be used for Clear channels but I don't have cable tv so I don't use that particular option. The card takes up one slot and it can be used with a remote control. So you can sit in your couch and use the remote control to turn on Windows Media Center and watch all your Programmed shows. Almost as good as having an expensive DVR but cheaper.

Cons: The remote control sometimes its difficult to get it to work properly. But once it does it works very well. Otherwise no negative comments about the product.

Other Thoughts: Update 01/06/16 : Tuner has been working flawlessly since I bought it. Updating to say that it works with the new Windows 10 Operating System. No more Windows Media Center but I use a program that is inferior but still useful for watching and recording TV Shows. BTW bought this tuner in 2009 so for six years it has been giving excellent service for an old Tuner card.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/30/2015 6:11:33 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat tv tuner

Pros: dual tuner easy setup and works with third party software.

Cons: wish it had wintv software 8.0 but it did not come with the purchase it is not mentioned in the details.

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  • Einar O.
  • 8/28/2015 7:09:14 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest tuner, would buy again

Pros: I use this tuner in conjunction with Windows Media Center for receiving free over-the-air TV in my city. My O/S is Windows 7 Home. This tuner card has delivered rock-solid performance for the past 5 years. We would definitely buy this tuner again. Zero problems. Recorded thousands of shows of the past 5 years. We use this with a super cheap antenna that came with the Hauppage WinTV-HVR-955Q stick. The stick works fine but we quickly grew to need at least dual tuners (record one, watch one).

Cons: The WinTV software is a old school, and getting the license is a hassle - you must hold onto the original CD or else the software installation will NOT work. Even the updates you download off their website require that you hold onto the original CD-ROM to prove that you purchased their card. Completely unnecessary DRM in my opinion. I don't know what they are trying to protect.

Other Thoughts: I hope that Hauppage is able to stay in business and adapt to the ever-changing wims of tech customers.

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  • Wil B.
  • 3/15/2015 12:47:53 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat TV Tuner

Pros: Great tuner. I like the fact that I can watch one program while recording another, and that I can work on my PC and watch TV in a small window or just watch TV full screen.

Cons: I did not realize that this unit didn't come with the WinTV software, it's a few bucks extra. It does come with all the drivers, so it can be used with Windows Media Center.

Other Thoughts: Although the WinTV software is extra, I have gotten used to using it with Windows Media Center. If I had just checked a little closer I would have realized that the software was extra on this particular item, my bad. I have been using WinTV on my old XP PC for ~10 years with no problems.

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  • Jonathan R.
  • 2/7/2015 5:27:41 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNewer version not Myth/Linux Compatible

Pros: Don't know, can't get it to work.

Cons: The manufacturer released a new version of this card, the 2255. It replaces the 2250. They are NOT the same card. Most of the reviews listed here apply to the older version of the card. This newer revision does not work with Linux. The firmware for the 2250 allows Linux to recognize the 2255 card, but changes in the card prevent the firmware from getting any signal from the input. As of this writing there is no available Linux driver for the 2255. KernelLabs has written a working driver, but it is only available to paying commercial customers of their services, not the home user. If you want this card for MythTV, keep searching. You need to make sure it is a 2250 and not a 2255. But beware. I've seen many forum posts since I got burned with this purchase stating that people bought the 2250, only to find a 2255 in the box. Sellers are not bothering to update their product descriptions (as evidenced by NewEgg keeping 380+ irrelevant, and now incorrect, reviews attached to this new version). You're probably better off going with a completely different brand/model card to avoid getting one that doesn't (and may never) work.

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  • Timothy T.
  • 12/25/2014 11:27:30 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood

Pros: It works as advertised with no problems. Comes with low profile adapter brackets too which is a nice bonus if I ever switch to that form factor.

Cons: It takes up two expansion slots. For non-low profile cases they could have easily fit all of the connections on a single PCI mounting bracket. If not for that I would have given 5 stars.

Other Thoughts: Bottom line I would buy this again.

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  • Jason U.
  • 10/16/2014 2:04:37 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: * Two capture cards in one card
* 10-bit analog resolution

Cons: Not HVR-2250, so need the latest drivers and latest WinTV (CD version 3.9). The latest WinTV does not work well with my setup. I have HVR-2250 and HVR-2255. Actual using them has problems. I can not record from four tuners. I can only use one tuner out of four at a time. Previous WinTV version has no problems using more than one tuner at a time. Previous WinTV versions does not recognize HVR-2255, so I am left with no options. Waiting is all I can do for now.

Other Thoughts: Newegg needs to change the label for this item to HVR-2255 instead of stating it in parenthesis. When I first bought this, Newegg did not state it was an HVR-2255.

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