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Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 Dual Tuner CableCARD Receiver for Windows

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Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 Dual Tuner CableCARD Receiver for Windows

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Product Highlights

  • Watch & Record Cable TV on Your PC
  • Install via USB
  • Works with Windows 7 Media Center
  • No Set Top Box Required
  • Watch a TV Show While Recording Another
  • No Monthly Fees
  • Easy to Use
  • Plugs into Your Cable TV Directly
  • Uses Your PC for Storage
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You Pay: $107.95

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The WinTV-DCR-2650 Dual Tuner CableCARD Receiver for Windows from Hauppauge is a cable TV set top box for Windows 7 Media Center. WinTV-DCR-2650 incorporates two tuners, so with Windows 7 Media Center you can record two TV programs at the same time, or you can watch one TV program while another one is being recorded.

The WinTV-DCR-2650 does not have any internal disk storage. It uses your PC for storing recorded programs. The nice thing about using your PC for storage is that if you fill up your hard drive, you can easily add a new hard drive to your PC.

Lastly, there are never monthly fees associated with the WinTV-DCR-2650. Once you buy it, it's yours to use forever. However, you still need to sign up for cable TV service, and you will still need to rent a digital cable card from your local cable operator.

How Does the WinTV-DCR-2650 Work?
The WinTV-DCR-2650 is just like a cable TV set top box (a "DVR" box) in that it can be used to watch and record TV from digital cable. There are a couple of differences:
The WinTV-DCR-2650 needs a PC to work. Currently, only a PC with Windows 7 Media Center is compatible with the WinTV-DCR-2650.
The WinTV-DCR-2650 does not have any internal disk storage. It uses your PC for storing recorded TV programs. The nice thing about using your PC for storage is that if you fill up your hard drive with TV programs, you can easily add a new hard drive to your PC.
There is no monthly fee for the WinTV-DCR-2650. Once you buy it, it's yours to use forever. But you still need to sign up for cable TV service, and you will still need to rent a digital cable card from your local cable operator
Watch and Record Premium Cable TV Channels
All of your cable TV channels, including premium cable channels such as HBO and Showtime, can be watched and recorded with the WinTV-HVR-2650 and Microsoft's Windows Media Center. Keep in mind that you still need to have a subscription to these premium channels in order to watch and record them.
Pay per view and video on demand will not be available through the WinTV-DCR-2605 since it requires a two way communication to your cable operator
Is Your Windows 7 PC Compatible with the WinTV-DCR-2650?
Microsoft has created a test program to tell if your PC has the correct resources to run the CableCARD receiver
Install via a USB Connector
Works with most Windows 7 systems with USB ports, both desktop and notebook PCs.
Plugs into your cable TV directly. No set top box required.
Uses a standard Windows Media Center remote control (not supplied)
UPC: 785428014500
System Requirements Windows 7
Connector USB
Power Supply 5V-2A
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 5.9 x 3.1"
Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 Dual Tuner CableCARD Receiver for Windows
  • 3.2' (1 m) USB Cable
  • Wall Mounted Power Supply
  • WinTV-DCR-2650 Installation CD
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 2-Year Warranty
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    HauppaugeWinTV-DCR-2650 Dual Tuner CableCARD Receiver for Windows
     
    3.7

    (based on 3 reviews)

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    5.0

    Works well with Windows 7 Media Center

    By Winter Time TV addict

    from Georgia

    About Me Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Crisp Picture

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Movies
      • Sports

      Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 Dual Tuner CableCARD Receiver for Windows:

      PC with win 7 and Tuning adapter from Cable company. By the way, the cable company was helpful in getting the cable card/Tuning adapter to work.

      At first could not get all channels, but after having PC connected and running for a day everything works great. Be sure to get the latest setup files from Hauppauge support. I would strongly recommend this unit to a friend with Win 7 PC.

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      5.0

      Great alternative to monthly DVR costs

      By BeyondtheTech

      from South Plainfield, NJ

      About Me Power User

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Dual-tuner recording
      • Easy Installation
      • Helpful LED indicators
      • Infrared remote receiver
      • Small and discrete

      Cons

      • Needs own power adapter
      • No internal PCI version
      • No Mac support
      • No WMC remote included

      Best Uses

      • As a DVR replacement
      • Home

      Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 Dual Tuner CableCARD Receiver for Windows:

      As a Cablevision customer, I traded in my incredibly sluggish Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD and replaced it with their CableCARD. With the WinTV-DCR-2650 and a Windows 7 Media Center PC, I am able to combine and simplify my home theater setup to the way I want it, while saving $15 per month doing so.

      Surprisingly, there's no mention of an infrared receiver on the retail box, but the latest drivers from Hauppauge's website enable it on the front of the device. Simply purchase any Windows Media Center-compatible remote and you can control your HTPC with ease.

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      (2 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      a dvr that doesnt record

      By inertiaman

      from anchorage ak

      About Me Power User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Low Power Consumption

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use
      • Flimsy Construction
      • Hard To Set Up

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 Dual Tuner CableCARD Receiver for Windows:

        First just as a general caution, jus because your cable company has to give you a cable card doesn't mean thay now how to set it up. It took 3 days and 5 technitions to get someone who knew how to set one up over the phone. After that headach I started to set up my guide to record shows, works well with windows seven interface, the problem was the dvr stops recording and needs to be powered cycle so it basically a dvr that you have to watch the show live in order to power cycle the device ones during a hour long show.

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        • Personal
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