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Hauppauge Low Profile TV Tuner Card WINTV-PVR 150MCE-LP PCI Interface

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Learn more about the Hauppauge WINTV-PVR 150MCE-LP

Model

Brand
Hauppauge
Model
WINTV-PVR 150MCE-LP

General

Type
TV Tuner Cards
TV Tuner
Analog Tuner
TV Standards
NTSC
FM Tuner
Yes
Remote Control
No
Interface
PCI

Features

Features
Add TV and FM radio to your Windows XP Media Center Edition PC with the Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150MCE l.p. At a size which will fit in most Low-Profile chassis, the WinTV-PVR-150MCE l.p. has the best video quality of any Media Center TV tuner, plus adds FM radio

Specifications

Video System
NTSC 30fps 720 x 480, PAL 25fps 720 x 576
Video Format
MPEG2 record datarates:
2MBit/sec, 4MBit/sec, 6Mbit/sec, 8Mbit/sec, 12Mbit/sec.
Selections for DVD Standard play (8MBitsec), DVD Long Play (4MBit/sec) and DVD Extra Long Play (2.5MBit/sec)
MPEG1: 352x288
Audio
Audio capture formats: 44.1/48 KHz, 16bit stereo, 192/224/384Kbits/sec
Specifications
WinTV-PVR-150 MCE l.p. I/O specifications:
TV input: 125 channel cable ready TV tuner.
WinTV-PVR-150 MCE l.p.: for NTSC TV
FM radio input
S-Video input
Stereo audio input via a 1/8" stereo jack
On board A/V header (for OEM use)
Note: the WinTV-PVR-150 MCE l.p. does not come with a remote control or a software DVD decoder. If you are building Media Center systems, please check with Microsoft for a list of MCE certified remote controls and DVD decoders.

MPEG record specifications:
MPEG2 record datarates:
2MBit/sec, 4MBit/sec, 6Mbit/sec, 8Mbit/sec, 12Mbit/sec.
Selections for DVD Standard play (8MBitsec), DVD Long Play (4MBit/sec) and DVD Extra Long Play (2.5MBit/sec)
NTSC format at 29.97fps: Full D1: 720x480
Audio capture formats: 44.1/48 KHz, 16bit stereo, 192/224/384Kbits/sec
Video digitizer: 10 bits
Chroma sampling: YUV 4:2:2
Fast video locking for security camera applications
Video file format: .MPG
MPEG file tested compatible with: MediaStudio 6.0, MyDVD and DVD MovieFactory DVD authoring applications
NOTE:Model 01086: WinTV-PVR-150 low profile with NTSC tuner

System Requirements

Processor
Pentium IV processor 1.2GHz or faster
Available Slot
Free PCI slot
Operating Systems Supported
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, Windows XP Home or Windows XP Professional
Note: when using the WinTV-PVR-150 MCE with Windows XP, you need a third party TV application such as MythTV, SageTV or BeyondTV
Others
Sound card
DVD decoder certified for use with Media Center 2005

Packaging

Package Contents
WINTV-PVR 150MCE-LP
Driver Disk
FM Radio Antenna
A/V Adapter

Consumer Alert

Consumer Alert
This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009, to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the Nation's transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322) or visit the Commission's digital television website at: www.dtv.gov

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  • Scott R.
  • 7/2/2008 5:36:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsDoes NOT work in Vista 64 bit

Pros: Can't think of any

Cons: Have used this card for three years and it does not work with Vista 64 bit OS when using 4 GB of RAM or more.

The drivers that come with it are awful and haven't been updated since 2005.

The included WinTV software is junk. If using it, get something that is third party, like Sage or BeyondTV. The included WinTV software feels like it was made in 1998

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  • Robert P.
  • 6/17/2008 1:41:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsUpdate to Previous Post

Pros: Watching TV with Windows Media Center! Picture is clear, distinct, and NICE! Channels switch without lag, and things are generally better with Media Center.

Cons: Watching TV with the built in program is not a good idea. It's too choppy. Use Windows Media Center. It makes all the difference.

Other Thoughts: This card is perfect for low profile systems, Windows XP, Media Center *AND* Vista. The card works faster in Vista environments than in XP. i was using Vista Home Basic, but have upgraded to Vista Home Premium. Much better for the card, the clarity, etc.

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  • Miguel R.
  • 5/13/2008 12:19:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood product

Pros: good for low profile computers, works great for low res tv,

Cons: it dose not have dual tuner, resolution can be better

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/8/2008 12:57:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice!!!!

Pros: I was a little worried about it at first, didn't seem to work, tried with a few verities of MythTV in my Media Center PC, I couldn't get it working and didn't have the time to mess with command line, caved into Media Center Edition XP, works like a champ, I'm happy, good picture quality reasonable price, does what I wanted : ) Low profile card was a must and I wanted something decent at a reasonable price.

Cons: Didn't find the driver/plug in for radio tuner functionality (yet?)on the CD, and It didn't come with a remote. Analog TV is going away soon so you'll have to upgrade, nothing in my house is HD yet so Its not currently an issue... XP MCE is required but gathered that from the title.

Other Thoughts: Overall a good choice minus a few hiccups initially, mostly a time issue to mess with it. XP MCE is REQUIRED unless you like paying for TV viewing applications or messing with fee apps, but thats why its 150MCE-LP... Just what the Dr. Called for.

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  • Ryan K.
  • 2/20/2008 1:39:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOESN'T FIT

Pros: mmmm looks like it would work?

Cons: Does not fit my RAIDMAX Sagitta 2 ATX-928WB Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case. AND it doesnt look like it would fit my PCI slot on my 780i SLI motherboard.

Other Thoughts: i'm not planning on buying anything from them anymore, horrible advertising of this product.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/8/2007 3:45:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGood Card For Price

Pros: I put this into my Dell Inspiron 531s(dual core) machine. Works with Vista Home Basic, unlike other reviews have stated. Most [if not all] Hauppague models work with Vista. Must download drivers from web site first! In most cases, the install cd is an older version. Features are easy to understand, come with all the software you need. can be used with VCR's, older video cameras. I like the dual-head FM antenna cable.

Cons: Video is only 4 out of 5 stars. For the price, it's decent, but this is not HD, so don't expect HD quality. Switching channels is not that fast, but not too slow. Could use some more improved recording features, but what it comes with is fine for most everyone. Sometimes video is choppy when watching live tv, but not there when watching recorded tv.

Other Thoughts: Lag/choppiness might be affected by the number of splits in your cable line from the point it comes into your house, and how far down the chain your PC is. If there are not too many splits, and the signal is not choppy, then the choppiness is due to the card or your computer. If you have 2GB of RAM or more, and a dual-core processor, then the problem is with the card, and not your PC. Overall, worth ther money if you don't want to pay your cable provider extra money for a DVR box or DVR service.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/14/2007 10:05:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Card works like advertised, watches and records great in MCE with no problems.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This is the LOW PROFILE model, theres another with the regular size back-plate. Be sure you notice which one you need.

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  • Josh W.
  • 3/29/2007 8:51:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Card

Pros: Great picture quality. Easy to install with Windows MCE 2005. Hardware MPEG2 encoding.

Cons: Will only fit in certain cases.

Other Thoughts: I bought this card mainly to fit in my low-profile case used as a DVR. Anyone with a full size ATX case should not buy this card because you'll have to break off a piece of the hardware to get it to fit (this is what I had to do when I transferred to another computer).

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/26/2007 8:56:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great with MythTV

Pros: No problems at all with MythTV. I've tried installations of KnoppMyth and MythDora and it worked perfectly with both. It fit my Antec Minuet low profile case nicely. My cable signal isn't the cleanest, and the picture looks better out of my MythTV box than does the cable source when plugged directly in to the TV.

Cons: Gets slightly warm, and I do see some slight pixellation and ghosting, but I can live with it.

Other Thoughts: This is designed for low profile cases (like the Antec Minuet, which I purchased from NewEgg). People complaining about the bracket just weren't wise in their decision. For me, this is one of the very few cards that DO fit in the case.

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  • Michael W.
  • 2/11/2007 12:53:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsXp and MCE

Pros: Works great and the picture quailty is very good. It supports Windows Xp and MCE

Cons: None so far! Im cheap so its more than what I wanted to spend. Wish it was a dual tuner now I have to buy another to complete my HTPC.

Other Thoughts: It is a low profile card and bracket for small cases not for regular cases. There is another full size 150 out there.

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