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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)
In the Box
Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 Dual Tuner CableCARD Receiver for Windows