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Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows

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Product Highlights
  • ATSC
  • NTSC
  • Clear QAM
  • S-Video
  • Remote Control
  • Low-Profile

The WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows from Hauppauge is an internal PCI Express TV tuner card, for use in Windows operating systems. The card will allow you to tune ATSC, NTSC, and Clear QAM TV signals with your computer. The card is designed for use in Windows Media Center.

ATSC, NTSC, and Clear QAM tuning
Supports 1080i ATSC and Clear QAM signals
Capture video from S-Video sources
Includes wireless remote control, IR blaster and remote control receiver
Hardware MPEG-2 video encoder
Low-profile design for installation in slimline computer chassis
Device Type PCI Express
AV Formats
Video System NTSC, ATSC, Clear QAM
Video Formats SD, HD
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Audio Formats Stereo
Tuner
TV NTSC
FM No
DTV ATSC, Clear QAM
TV Options
Time Shift Yes
Closed Caption Support None
Channel Preview None
Connectors
TV Input 1x RF (NTSC)
1x RF (ATSC/Clear QAM)
Video 1x S-Video
Audio 1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Line-in
General
Agency Certifications FCC
System Requirements Computer: 2.2GHz Pentium 4
Operating System: Windows Vista (Home Premium or Ultimate), 7
Graphics: 64MB
Hardware: Sound card, PCI Express slot, CD-ROM drive, USB port for IR blaster
Dimensions (WxHxD) Not Specified by Manufacturer
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows
  • Remote Control
  • USB IR Remote Control Receiver
  • IR Blaster
  • Low-Profile Mounting Bracket
  • Software CD-ROM
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    HauppaugeWinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows
     
    4.2

    (based on 26 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (21)
    • Easy to use (18)
    • Reliable (16)
    • Good graphics quality (14)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday (15)
      • Multimedia (9)
      • Movies (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Power user (13), Casual user (6), Professional (6)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      AWESOME Product!

      I am a fairly tech-savvy person and had been looking for an TV tuner that fulfills a few requirements:1) is compatible with Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits,2) records programs in high...Read complete review

      I am a fairly tech-savvy person and had been looking for an TV tuner that fulfills a few requirements:1) is compatible with Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits,2) records programs in high definition,3) gives me flexibility of watching a program on one channel while recording another on a different channel.After extensive research and reading reviews on various tech-oriented websites, I decided to order WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI card.I chose B & H because of my previous shopping experience, all pleasant, and because at the time B & H offered the best price.[...]The card came with easy-to-understand installation guide and driver installation disk. It took me less than 30 minutes to install the card and all the required drivers. And that is where the magic begins - the quality of picture is EXCELLENT! I have been using it for over 15 days now and have no issues so far.Overall, I am extremely satisfied with this product. The card is shipped with infrared receiver and a Windows MC friendly remote. Both work fine, although I am not a big fan of infrared receivers with long wires; its not very pleasing aesthetically, but I suppose that this may be more of a personal taste issue than a technical shortfall. Otherwise, it is an excellent product for the price and I will highly recommend it.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great tuner card

      Card works great with Media Center on a Windows 7 machine! Only problem was there was no installation disk in the package (even though the box indicated there should be). Can download drivers...Read complete review

      Card works great with Media Center on a Windows 7 machine! Only problem was there was no installation disk in the package (even though the box indicated there should be). Can download drivers online but if you want to load WinTV, you need the original CD to download the most recent version. Limited documentation on any configuration online. I've requested for the CD from B&H customer service..am waiting for confirmation. In the meantime I've set it up with Media Center and everything is working fine.

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      5.0

      Works great!

      By Brent the Climber

      from Unalaska, AK

      About Me Power user, Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Tv

        Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows:

        I'm using this with a Windows 8.1 desktop and XBMC. It took a little configuration but that was primarily getting software to work with XBMC.

        Just using it with analog cable here in this remote part of Alaska but it has allowed me to consolidate one more piece of equipment! Easy to install and easy to operate.

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        4.0

        Great Tuner but has sleep problems

        By Bruce

        from San Diego, CA

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable Performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use

          Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows:

          Bought this tuner earlier this year and it works fine. The dual tuner capability allows two shows to be recorded at one time. I am using it mainly on a windows 7 with Windows Media Center system with an Intel I5 processor that I made specifically as an HTPC. Recently I added dual boot with Ubuntu and with a little effort got it to work with mythTV also. The manufacturer and B&H were helpful with simple installation issues.

          However, my biggest complaint is that in Windows 7, the computer will not go to sleep. I discovered a work-around: If I shutdown the computer, then power it back up I can then successfully put it to sleep. However this is a very annoying and time consuming process just to get it to go to sleep. And sleep is the necessary state if you want Windows Media Center to automatically record shows. I reported the issue around 3/15/14 and have worked with Ray Rodriguez at Hauppauge Tech Support, and he believes it is a problem with the driver (the sleep problem is present only if the card is in the computer) but so far they have not come up with a solution as of today 7/18/14.

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          5.0

          Works Great

          By Jimbo

          from Northern New Jersey

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Graphics Quality
          • Reliable Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Movies
            • Multimedia

            Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows:

            use this tuner card for over the air tv
            works great in Northern New Jersey gets all public broadcast stations in the area. I use the HD stacker antenna. full signal on all stations.
            I like being able to record 1 channel and watch anouther channel. very easy to install and setup was simple. Works perfectly with no fuss.

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            4.0

            Excellent card with no critical flaws

            By VARO

            from Costa Rica

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Multimedia

              Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows:

              I bought this card mainly to watch TV and record in my PC. The signal reception is very good, both digital and analog, although is rather slow to tune a channel. The bundled software works well, although Hauppauge could make some improvements. The record capabilities of this card are great, and the resulting capture are easily editable to record it in a DVD later or convert it into another format. However, with Windows Media Center I could not configure the channels: the automatic channel search reported not found channels from my cable service, all the times I tried to configure it. The description said this card don't have FM radio tuner, but it has. And the response to the included remote is not so good I would expect. But, in summary, is a very good card with some flaws that are not critical.

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              5.0

              Pricey but works as advertised

              By Raildog

              from St. Louis

              About Me Cinephile, Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Graphics Quality
              • Reliable Performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Multimedia

                Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows:

                Purchased for HTPC with Win7 Media Center. Works perfectly and output at 1080i is as clear as Dish network HD reciever. Install was smooth except remote driver instructions included were incorrect and had to go to Hauppauge website to get working. Setup in Media Center was as easy as it gets, click on TV setup and a minute later your done.

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                4.0

                Excellent TV Tuner A++++

                By Duane

                from Gorham, Maine

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Easy To Use
                • Good Graphics Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows:

                    The only reason I would give this 4 stars out of 5 is because the instructions on how to connect this to a TV are not included. The setup on the PC are pretty straight forward however, there is very little info on the output connections.

                    I had to purchase more connectors in order to hook the PC up to my TV but once I had all of the right cables, it looks and works great.

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                    5.0

                    Well worth the money, excellent product

                    By Eben

                    from Dubuque, Iowa

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Graphics Quality
                    • Reliable Performance

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Movies
                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows:

                      I am using this tuner card currently on my desktop PC. I purchased it as an experiment to see if I would like to build a Home Theater PC at some point, and the results have been spectacular! It has dual tuners, so I can watch and record something at the same time, or record two shows at once. I am using Windows 7 Media Center, and I do not intend to install the Hauppauge software at all, as WMC does everything that I wanted and more. I had thought about getting a cheaper card to experiment with, but I am very pleased that I bit the bullet and got the pricier one. I cannot speak for any other TV Tuner Cards, but I do know that this one is absolutely excellent quality for picture and functionality.

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                      4.0

                      Two tuners is the way to go.

                      By Matt

                      from TN

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • 2 Tuners
                      • Easy To Install
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Graphics Quality
                      • Reliable Performance

                      Cons

                      • Simplified Remote

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Multimedia
                      • Recording Tv Programs

                      Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows:

                      The WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express tuner has been great. I had little difficulty installing it in my Windows7 PC. Being able to watch on channel and record on another is great (for that matter, record two chanels at once.) The remote could have a few more features for Windows Media Center, but that so far is my only complaint.

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                      4.0

                      Works as advertized

                      By Sweet Floyd

                      from Belfair, WA

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Movies

                        Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows:

                        I am using this card on my HTPC. Installation was easy, set up went just fine. The card was recognized immediately by Win 7. Ran the setup CD and installed the drivers and WinTV. Everything worked just fine and I am running both Windows Media Center and the WinTV. I am using cable clear QAM and the receiver found all the analog and digital channels. Doesn't display in 1080p but still the HD picture is good. The remote controller is OK. I did have to call customer service and got a call back 2 hours later which isn't too bad.

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                        5.0

                        Work great

                        By Bob R

                        from Northern California

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows:

                            I am using it in an HTPC with windows media center. Works very well.

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                            4.0

                            Love this card!

                            By dalejoe

                            from Orlando, Fl.

                            About Me Watch primetime shows

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Graphics Quality
                            • Record two shows at once
                            • Reliable Performance

                            Cons

                            • Wintv hangs

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Movies
                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows:

                            Built my own HTPC and used this card. I'm dumping pay tv and using a digital antenna because I only watch mostly local channels and the main ones broadcast in HD so the shows I watch are just as good and the pay services.
                            I can record two shows at the same time so I don't miss any shows and the remote works good except no way to use it for turning my TV on/off.
                            I liked their software but it would freeze up at times so I and using Windows Media Center with no problems.
                            Remote sometimes lags in response but it works nonetheless.

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                            1.0

                            HVR 2250 Disappoints.

                            By ChristieLynn

                            from Chicago, IL

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Difficult To Use
                              • Unreliable Performance
                              • WinTV 7 doesn't work

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows:

                                The WinTV software included does not work with my Windows 7 64 Bit system.

                                It gives me a .net error all the time.
                                And Hauppauge tech support has not been helpful.

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                                5.0

                                MCE computer

                                By John R

                                from kansas

                                About Me Casual User, Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Graphics Quality
                                • Reliable Performance

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Movies
                                  • Multimedia

                                  Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows:

                                  It's a good card with the pci express and the ATSC for HD from the airwaves it's turns my MCE into a decent DVR.

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                                  5.0

                                  Painless install and smooth function

                                  By Old Cog

                                  from Roswell, GA

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Good Graphics Quality
                                  • Reliable Performance

                                  Cons

                                  • Can inhibit air flow

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • OTA ATSC recording

                                  Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows:

                                  I use this dual tuner with Windows Media Center to record over the air hi-def shows.I use a Harmony One remote control in place of the provided remote for system integration.Playback is run through an nvidia 9800GT via HDMI to a 60" Sharp Aquos. Video quality for me is excellent.I do not watch live shows unless it is the evening news which I can watch through the Sharp's tuner leaving two tuners for simultaneous recording. Installation was very smooth and automatic which is a vast improvement over two previous Hauppauge products namely an HVR-950Q and a HD PVR1212. Watch out for how close the card is to your graphics card as it may inhibit air flow and require another case fan.The remote is not universal and will only add to table clutter.

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                                  4.0

                                  Pretty seamless with SageTV

                                  By sconcin

                                  from Saratoga, ca

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Reliable Performance

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor blasters - software

                                  Best Uses

                                  • HTPC

                                  Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows:

                                  works perfectly with SageTV. Remote works, but blasters don't. Blaster configuration software seems mid-90 s vintage and did not achieve the desired result. However I knew this going in, and I use an USB-UIRT, which is also seamless with Sage, so no problems.

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                                  3.0

                                  good product software needs work

                                  By mtank

                                  from nw arkansas

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Good Graphics Quality

                                  Cons

                                  • Difficult To Use

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use

                                  Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows:

                                  This is a good product as far as picture, I got it to use the win tv extend feathure on my ipad it has some proplems, IT DOES NOT work with NON antenna cannels in extend mode, and it does not work well with ORB tv yet, I believe they will fix these software proplems in the future but for know they have some issues.

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                                  5.0

                                  works well, but difficult to install

                                  By matt6ft9

                                  from chanute, ks.

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Reliable Performance

                                  Cons

                                  • Difficult To Install

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Multimedia

                                  Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows:

                                  I'm using this with windows media center on a core 2 duo, 2.9GHz desktop. The recorded programs are streamed through windows media center extender to the xbox 360.
                                  The only problems I had was with the setup, it took awhile to get the remote to work and both tuners to be functional. overall, I'm happy with the card.

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                                  5.0

                                  Marvalous product

                                  By ChristHel

                                  from Quebec, Canada

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Good Graphics Quality
                                  • Reliable Performance

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday use
                                    • Movies

                                    Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows:

                                    Nice and good product.
                                    Really appriciate it.
                                    I recommand it !

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                                    3.0

                                    Great tuner card

                                    By Billsbury

                                    from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Good Graphics Quality
                                    • Reliable Performance

                                    Cons

                                    • Missing installation CD

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Watching cable TV

                                    Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows:

                                    Card works great with Media Center on a Windows 7 machine! Only problem was there was no installation disk in the package (even though the box indicated there should be). Can download drivers online but if you want to load WinTV, you need the original CD to download the most recent version. Limited documentation on any configuration online. I've requested for the CD from B&H customer service..am waiting for confirmation. In the meantime I've set it up with Media Center and everything is working fine.

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                                    4.0

                                    Just what I was looking for.

                                    By Jack

                                    from Greensburg IN

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Good Graphics Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Everyday use

                                      Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows:

                                      I was looking for a dual tuner that would work both with satellite and cable. Because time and time again you change your service. This will hook up to both. Installation was easy. I still have to finish learning the remote but the card installation was relatively easy. I have a slimline HP desktop so the two extra half brackets worked great. I'm very impressed. A lot of bang for your buck.

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