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Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2255 PCI Express Dual TV Tuner

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Product Highlights
  • Dual Tuner TV Board
  • Enhanced Digital TV Reception
  • Built-In Hardware MPEG-2 Encoders
  • Built-In Antenna Splitter
  • Composite/S-Video & Audio Inputs
  • Two Sets of A/V Inputs Included
  • Includes Half Height Bracket

The WinTV-HVR-2255 PCI Express Dual TV Tuner from Hauppauge features built-in dual TV tuners allowing you to watch one channel while recording content from another channel or watch two channels simultaneously. The integrated MPEG-2 hardware encoder allows you to capture high definition digital ATSC and QAM to disk in its original digital quality.

Notes

For Analog TV reception, you need an analog cable TV connection. If you have a digital cable set top box or a satellite box, you can connect via either Composite or S-Video inputs.

For ATSC over-the-air digital TV reception, a high gain antenna is recommended. To check the ATSC TV broadcasts in your area, go to TitanTV.com and enter your postal code.

Depending on the strength of your antenna, you might not be able to receive all broadcasts listed at TitanTV.

To watch clear QAM channels, you should use Windows Media Center from Windows 7 or Windows 8. Clear QAM digital cable TV channels are not available on all cable networks. For more information, contact your cable TV provider.

ATSC TV recordings are not 100% compatible with DVD, and therefore you cannot burn them directly to a DVD.

Dual Tuner TV Board

Better digital TV reception! Receive more digital TV channels, with better reception.
Dual digital TV receivers for ATSC or clear QAM. Watch and record two ATSC or clear QAM digital TV programs at the same time. Watch and record all ATSC and QAM formats, including the high definition 1080i format. Clear QAM digital TV channels are TV channels which are broadcast "in the clear" on your cable TV network.
Dual built-in hardware MPEG-2 encoders for recording analog cable TV, for the best system performance. Watch and record two cable TV programs at the same time. When recording analog cable TV, the dual built in hardware MPEG-2 encoders let your PC run at full speed.
Built-in antenna splitter allows you to make one connection to either cable TV or an ATSC antenna, and watch and record up to 2 channels.
Windows Media Center compatible. Now supports Windows 7 and Windows 8 (with Media Center add on).
Single slot PCI Express (PCIe) X1 board, half height.

ATSC Over-the-Air Digital TV

Watch one ATSC digital TV program while recording another ATSC program to your PC's hard disk using high quality MPEG-2. TV recordings will typically consume 5 GB of disk space per hour for ATSC high definition.
Built-in antenna splitter allows you to make one connection to an ATSC antenna but watch and record up to 2 channels.

Clear QAM Digital Cable TV

Dual clear QAM digital cable TV receivers. Watch one clear QAM digital cable TV program while recording another clear QAM program to your PC's hard disk using high quality MPEG-2.
Built-in cable TV splitter allows you to make one connection to cable TV but watch and record 2 TV programs at the same time.
To receive clear QAM digital cable TV, you need to use either Windows 7 Media Center or the Hauppauge WinTV v7 application.
Not all cable TV networks send clear QAM channels. Please check with your local cable operator for the availability of clear QAM digital cable TV.

Two Analog Tuners and Hardware Encoders

Dual built-in high quality hardware MPEG-2 encoders, so your PC continues to run at full speed while watching, pausing and recording analog cable TV.
Dual 125 channel cable ready TV tuners built-in. With dbx-TV stereo decoder, for great TV sound.
Built-in cable TV splitter allows you to make one connection to cable TV but watch and record 2 TV programs at the same time.
Composite/S-Video and audio inputs, for cable or satellite set top boxes or VCRs.

External Audio/Visual Inputs

Two sets of A/V inputs are included: one on the back panel bracket of the WinTV-HVR-2255 and one on the "Auxiliary A/V panel" which requires a chassis slot.
S-Video, composite video and stereo audio supported on both inputs.
Record external audio/video with dual built-in high quality hardware MPEG-2 encoders.
System Requirements
Processor 2.2 GHz P4 or equivalent (minimum) required for displaying ATSC high definition TV on your PC screen
OS Compatibility Microsoft Windows 8, 7 or Vista Premium or Ultimate with Media Center (32 or 64-bit) or Windows XP
Slot Available PCIe X1 or X8 slot
Graphics Graphics card with 64 MB memory (or greater)
Sound Card Yes
CD-ROM CD reader for software installation
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2255 PCI Express Dual TV Tuner
  • Half Height Bracket
  • A/V Breakout Cable
  • Auxiliary A/V Panel and Cable
  • Drivers Installation CD
  • Limited 2-Year Manufacturer Warranty
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    HauppaugeWinTV-HVR-2255 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows (White Box)
     
    4.2

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    84%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (14)
    • Easy to use (14)
    • Reliable (11)
    • Good graphics quality (10)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday (11)
      • Multimedia (8)
      • Movies (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Power user (8), Casual user (7), Professional (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Really Great TV Tuner

      I bought this WinTV HVR-2250 TV Dual Tuner to upgrade from the WinTV HVR-1250 Single Tuner. With the Dual Tuner, I am now able to watch one program while recording another. ...Read complete review

      I bought this WinTV HVR-2250 TV Dual Tuner to upgrade from the WinTV HVR-1250 Single Tuner. With the Dual Tuner, I am now able to watch one program while recording another. Both tuners integrate very well with Windows Media Center. Removal of the old tuner and installation of this new tuner was very easy. Both TV tuners work wonderfully - highly recommended.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Mixed Feelings About HVR-2250

      Application:I use the product in a Windows 7 HTPC, using CPU graphics, i3 processor, and 4GB RAM.Pros:The board design and the auxiliary connector (that takes up another slot) are nice. ...Read complete review

      Application:I use the product in a Windows 7 HTPC, using CPU graphics, i3 processor, and 4GB RAM.Pros:The board design and the auxiliary connector (that takes up another slot) are nice. It was also nice how easily the basic TV tuner setup from within Windows Media Center. Cons:The Hauppauge software (downloaded from their website) over rode the remote control buttons programmed in my I-Mon software. Which required a "regedit" scouring to remove all traces of the Hauppauge software and a reinstall of my I-Mon software to get my remote control buttons back.Using a TERK bowtie-style amplified antenna split between a (government issue) SDTV converter box and the tuner(s) built into the HVR-2250, the government issue box solidly pulled in more channels. Which to me indicates the Hauppauge tuner lacks sensitivity.Then come to find out, to use the additional video inputs on the HVR-2250 (for my Wii) you are required to use Hauppauge's WinTV software, which DOES NOT come with the "white-box" addition. So, I had to spend another $13 to order the WinTV disc from Hauppauge and that could take up to a week to receive. Assuming the WinTV (when it arrives) will make the input jack(s) functional, [...] I consider myself pretty computer savvy, but it was very unclear to me that you can download the latest version of the WinTV software from Hauppauge, BUT when it asks (during the install) you to insert the original CD that came with your product, it DOES NOT mean the DRIVER ONLY disk that comes with the "white-box" version. Be prepared to spend [$] and wait another week, if you need the video inputs.

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      5.0

      Excellet Tuner

      By Indiana Bob

      from Indiana

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use

        Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2255 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows (White Box):

        Easy to setup with WMC for Win7.

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        5.0

        Very Nice Tuner

        By Wayne

        from Annville, PA

        About Me Casual User, Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use

          Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2255 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows (White Box):

          I installed this dual tuner in a Windows 7 computer to replace a dual tuner (Fusion HDTV7 Dual Express) that had failed after several years of use. Software installation was fast and easy. The tuners were recognized immediately by Windows Media Center and picked up several stations more than the Fusion tuner had. I'm using the tuner only for over-the-air TV from a rooftop antenna and haven't tried the other input/outputs, but I strongly recommend it for TV use. I can record 2 channels at once to the computer hard drive, or watch picture in picture, or record one and watch another. You can also purchase WinTV recording software for around $10 but the software is inferior to Windows Media Center or Beyond TV (no longer supported, I think).

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          5.0

          One of the Best HD Recording TV Cards!

          By Captain Barbosa

          from Lubbock, Texas

          About Me Tv Junky

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No Hdmi Interface

          Best Uses

          • Dvr Use

          Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2255 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows (White Box):

          Have three other 2250 cards in my dvr using all three PCIe Express X 1 slots. Placed this one in the available PCIe Express X 2.0, normally used for video cards and it worked perfectly. Recording video feed with a OTA HD Antenna and all stations record HD feed perfectly. Also, tried QAM feed from my cable line and all available channels come out clear. One of the best HD TV Video Cards out there. Very versatile and compatiable with many DVR programs and records two shows at a time. Hardware installation is simple and driver installation is simple, as well.

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          1.0

          So far this has been a disappointment

          By Reeddoubler

          from New York City

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2255 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows (White Box):

                I got my first one of these 3 weeks ago, followed installation directions and crashed my computer every time I tried to install the drivers. Tech support finally advised me that I had a defective unit and to return it for replacement. The replacement acted the same way, finally tech support had me send them a copy of the crash report record for their engineers to study and recommend a solution. Two weeks later I've still not heard back from the engineers, and I'm stuck with an unusable tuner, not a satisfied customer. Would not recommend this product to anyone.

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                1.0

                Disappointed

                By David

                from Texas

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Unreliable Performance

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2255 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows (White Box):

                    I ordered this White Box version not realizing that Windows 8 standard does not include a Media Center. Ordered the WinTV V7.2 CD from Hauppauge for an additional $[$] Found that this software is not a true 64-bit application and is prone to frequent crashes and lockups on a Windows 8 dual monitor system. Also found that the OTA tuner sensitivity of the HVR-2250 card is not nearly as good as the one in my LG TV.

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                    5.0

                    Works great

                    By Steve

                    from Riverside, CA

                    About Me Casual 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-2255 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows (White Box):

                      Installed the drivers on my new HTPC that I built and set it up with Windows Media Center and it works perfectly. Have had no issues whatsoever. I'm happy that it came with half height and full height card slots, because my case could only take half height slots. I have cable without a box, so this allows me to record, pause, rewind, and fast forward tv shows (including some in HD). I know most people have had this technology in their homes for years, but I finally jumped into this century and love having this convenience.

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                      5.0

                      2nd HVR-2250 tuner

                      By Chicago South

                      from Chicago

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Movies
                        • Multimedia

                        Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2255 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows (White Box):

                        Easy to install and setup with Win Media Center. This is my second HVR-2250 & now I can record 4 shows at the same time.

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                        5.0

                        Great value

                        By hardwired

                        from Washington State

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2255 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows (White Box):

                        I am using this with Snapstream BeyondTV to record programs and later transfer them to DVD. Setup was a breeze, it was recgonized right away. It was an excellent value, and I am glad I made the purchase.

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                        5.0

                        Like a charm

                        By PC Refresh

                        from Hill City, MN

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Reliable Performance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use

                          Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2255 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows (White Box):

                          One of the best Tuners I have used for ANALOG and DIGITAL Service.

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                          5.0

                          Product and Company Excellence

                          By Netadmin

                          from Saint Louis, MO

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2255 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows (White Box):

                              The tuner perfectly integrates into Window 7 Media Center. The two TV tuners can be used simultaneously and the FM tuner is a nice feature. The customer support folks speak English and are extremely knowledgeable. I have found no flaws.

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                              5.0

                              A breeze to setup in Win7

                              By syale

                              from Houston TX

                              About Me Geek, Power user, Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • MPEG encoder
                                • Multimedia

                                Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2255 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows (White Box):

                                This card was real easy to setup. I did need the driver disc supplied. Once the driver was installed, Windows Media Center recognized the tuner and set about running the setup procedure to get the channels. No discernible processor loading. Recorded one show whilst watching another and the encoder did its work. Very pleased with the tuner card.

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                                4.0

                                Replacement PVR for Hauppauge 150

                                By Baradanikto

                                from Willington, Ct.

                                About Me Power user, Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • PVR

                                  Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2255 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows (White Box):

                                  As the title states, this card is a replacement for a Hauppauge 150. I recently rebuilt my PVR and the 150 chip set will not work with greater than 3gb of memory. So, I chose this card because it has no limitations and works well with Win 7 64 bit.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Alternative to the Cable DVR

                                  By Sparks

                                  from Coralville, IA

                                  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-2255 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows (White Box):

                                    Got this because my cable provider was charging 16 dollars a month for DVR service, granted i only record local channel TV series. So with all the ClearQAM i get from my cable i am able to use my computer as a DVR. i have 2 of them in my PC and gives me great flexibility in recording basic and expanded cable with all the free HD my QAM picks up.

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                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    3.0

                                    Mixed Feelings About HVR-2250

                                    By dnlpnd

                                    from Iowa

                                    About Me Cinephile, Power user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Features

                                    Cons

                                    • Difficult To Use
                                    • Poor TV Reception

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday use
                                    • Movies
                                    • Multimedia

                                    Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2255 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows (White Box):

                                    Application:I use the product in a Windows 7 HTPC, using CPU graphics, i3 processor, and 4GB RAM.Pros:The board design and the auxiliary connector (that takes up another slot) are nice. It was also nice how easily the basic TV tuner setup from within Windows Media Center. Cons:The Hauppauge software (downloaded from their website) over rode the remote control buttons programmed in my I-Mon software. Which required a "regedit" scouring to remove all traces of the Hauppauge software and a reinstall of my I-Mon software to get my remote control buttons back.Using a TERK bowtie-style amplified antenna split between a (government issue) SDTV converter box and the tuner(s) built into the HVR-2250, the government issue box solidly pulled in more channels. Which to me indicates the Hauppauge tuner lacks sensitivity.Then come to find out, to use the additional video inputs on the HVR-2250 (for my Wii) you are required to use Hauppauge's WinTV software, which DOES NOT come with the "white-box" addition. So, I had to spend another $13 to order the WinTV disc from Hauppauge and that could take up to a week to receive. Assuming the WinTV (when it arrives) will make the input jack(s) functional, [...] I consider myself pretty computer savvy, but it was very unclear to me that you can download the latest version of the WinTV software from Hauppauge, BUT when it asks (during the install) you to insert the original CD that came with your product, it DOES NOT mean the DRIVER ONLY disk that comes with the "white-box" version. Be prepared to spend [$] and wait another week, if you need the video inputs.

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                                    5.0

                                    Really Great TV Tuner

                                    By DocKT

                                    from Gilbert, AZ

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Everyday use
                                      • Multimedia

                                      Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2255 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows (White Box):

                                      I bought this WinTV HVR-2250 TV Dual Tuner to upgrade from the WinTV HVR-1250 Single Tuner. With the Dual Tuner, I am now able to watch one program while recording another. Both tuners integrate very well with Windows Media Center. Removal of the old tuner and installation of this new tuner was very easy. Both TV tuners work wonderfully - highly recommended.

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                                      5.0

                                      Worked great out of the box

                                      By Agro

                                      from Las Vegas, NV

                                      About Me Power user, Professional

                                      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-2255 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows (White Box):

                                        I built a HTPC using one of these cards, then discovered that I needed to be able to record more than 2 shows simultaneously. [...].After install, my Win Media Center found it straight away and I'm happily recording my shows and my wife's asinine reality tv for watching when the twin 2-year-olds are asleep.If you need an extra tuner card, this is great. If you need a 1st tuner card, get the kit that includes the remote for an extra [$]. Well worth it! The only thing the Hauppauge remote is missing is a "delete" button.

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                                        5.0

                                        Works GREAT!

                                        By Catawba River

                                        from Charlotte, NC

                                        About Me Casual User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Install
                                        • Easy To Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Everyday use
                                          • Multimedia

                                          Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2255 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows (White Box):

                                          In the process of creating my own home media center and this card is leading me down the path of FREE TV!!!

                                          This works great for off air broadcast "FREE" TV!

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                                          5.0

                                          Great tuner

                                          By cewillis

                                          from Tucson, Az

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Install
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Reliable Performance

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2255 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows (White Box):

                                              Outstanding tuner. No problems of any kind.I use it in a new HTPC that I built, and it has working flawlessly from the start.Tune two clear QAM channels on cable, or two ATSC channels at the same time.Or tune two analog channels at the same time.Or tune one of each at the same time.Includes built in MPEG-2 encoders for the analog channels.

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                                              1.0

                                              Not recommended

                                              By Jaspo72

                                              from San Jose, CA

                                              About Me Power user

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                                Cons

                                                • Unreliable Performance

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2255 PCI Express TV Tuner for Windows (White Box):

                                                  I was using the WinTV HVR-1800 Single Tuner and decided on going to a Dual Tuner Solution . So I ordered and installed the HVR-2250 . I was getting about 65 channels with the HVR-1800 and to my utter shock this dropped to about less than 30 channels just by using the HVR-2250 and no other change . I promptly returned the HVR-2250 to reverted back to HVR-1800 and got 65 channels back . Newer is not always better . Lesson learned . :-)

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