Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1850 Hybrid Video Recorder For System Builders - 1129

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Stay away from this product. It does not work as advertised. I split the same TV cable signal into this card and my Toshiba HD TV. The Toshiba displays all 10 of my free / un-encoded HD channels. This card only picks up two of them, and then only sometimes, and then is a bad aspect ratio. The user software is pitiful, and painfully slow to use. It takes over 30 minutes to scan for channels, and if it does it wrong, you have to do it again and wait another 30 minutes. I used a Hauppauge card years ago and it worked fine in the days of std cable channels and Windows 98. The software interfaces haven't changed in the 7 years since I bought the last card! The configuration is difficult. How many people will know to check the boxes to allow VMR mode vice Allow Overlay / Force Primary / or DIB draw. I had to check this box to make the software not crash on my VISTA machine even though the box says to check it for WinXP only! And this config file was in an undocumented program called "Primary." The tech support person I reached at Hauppauge could care less about my problem and was not able to help me. He assured me that my card was working and that I must be doing something wrong. Card does work reliably using Windows Media Center, but still can't get the card to detect and display any High Def channels. Had an old Avermedia card whose operational software blows this card's software away. And did I mention slow? You can count to two in between channel changes. Avermedia was instant. This card is not worth it. Happauge needs to do get serious with software and possibly firmware upgrades.

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This is my 4th Hauppauge card, after 3 successes with the PVR-150 series. This went into a mATX HTPC build where the only available slot was a PCIe slot. I am only using the Analog input from a DirecTV Receiver with this card, which seems to be on-par with the HVR-150. The drivers loaded without issue and it works flawlessly with XP MCE 2005, which is one of th reasons I stick with Hauppauge. I expect it will serve me well, as my other Hauppauge cards have. However, I do question why Hauppauge doesn't support component in jacks on this card for HDTV feeds from HDTV receivers. Some of the competing products do, but who knows if they actually work as promised.

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Slow, No HiDef Channels, Bad Customer Support

by jgrass316@hotmail.com on 12/1/2007

Stay away from this product. It does not work as advertised. I split the same TV cable signal into this card and my Toshiba HD TV. The Toshiba displays all 10 of my free / un-encoded HD channels. This card only picks up two of them, and then only sometimes, and then is a bad aspect ratio. The user software is pitiful, and painfully slow to use. It takes over 30 minutes to scan for channels, and if it does it wrong, you have to do it again and wait another 30 minutes. I used a Hauppauge card years ago and it worked fine in the days of std cable channels and Windows 98. The software interfaces haven't changed in the 7 years since I bought the last card! The configuration is difficult. How many people will know to check the boxes to allow VMR mode vice Allow Overlay / Force Primary / or DIB draw. I had to check this box to make the software not crash on my VISTA machine even though the box says to check it for WinXP only! And this config file was in an undocumented program called "Primary." The tech support person I reached at Hauppauge could care less about my problem and was not able to help me. He assured me that my card was working and that I must be doing something wrong. Card does work reliably using Windows Media Center, but still can't get the card to detect and display any High Def channels. Had an old Avermedia card whose operational software blows this card's software away. And did I mention slow? You can count to two in between channel changes. Avermedia was instant. This card is not worth it. Happauge needs to do get serious with software and possibly firmware upgrades. Read More

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Censorship of movement

by g.d.ban.ks on 2/23/2008

I bought the WINTV-HVR-1800 PCIE card for primarily the HDTV, currently have Angel II MPEG for analog for cable TV. I found a hack that allowed me to use all three analog encoders plus the HDTV in Microsoft Vista Media Center. Unfortunate I soon discovered that the encoder of the WINTV-HVR-1800 is of poor quality. The primary problem and one I tried to resolve with the support (Brice W.) from Hauppauge, is censorship of movement. If you are like me when watching a show, you like to see the action but this TV-tuner censors action; wherever there is movement in the picture that area becomes granulated (square blocks almost as if it is being censored). A secondary, less annoying issue is color, this encoder dulls out the color comparing it to the other one I have. I have been looking at this company for some time now, been interesting in making a DVR, using MythTV, currently use windows media center, still plan an making a separate DVR but will not use a tv-tuner from Hauppauge and suggest you look else were as well. The good thing is that it captures the OTA HDTV signal, at least some of them. The Fox channel is just blank but I do not know if it is the card or they are not broadcasting yet, most likely the card. The radio tuner works fine. Read More

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Product Overview

Dual tuner PCI Express NTSC/ATSC/QAM TV receiver board for Windows Vista. Watch and record analog cable TV plus hi-definition ATSC or clear QAM digital TV on your PC.

Specifications

Manufacturer Hauppauge
Mfg Part# 1129
SKU 205585221
UPC 785428011295
UPC 14 00785428011295
Features
Product Type Video Capturing Device / Video Capturing Device
Audio Line In Yes / Yes
Video System ATSC / ATSC / NTSC / NTSC
Product Series HVR / HVR
Brand Name Hauppauge / Hauppauge
Functions TV Tuning / TV Tuning / Video Recording / Video Recording / FM Tuning / FM Tuning / Digital TV Receiver / Digital TV Receiver
Manufacturer Hauppauge Computer Works / Hauppauge Computer Works
Product Model HVR-1850 / HVR-1850
Product Name WinTV-HVR-1850 Hybrid Video Recorder For System Builders / WinTV-HVR-1850 Hybrid Video Recorder For System Builders
Product Line WinTV / WinTV
Manufacturer Part Number 1129 / 1129
Host Interface PCI Express / PCI Express
Tech Specs
Interfaces/Ports 1 x Composite Video / RCA Audio In / 1 x FM / 2 x TV
Product Type Video Capturing Device
Manufacturer Part Number 1129
Manufacturer Website Address www.hauppauge.com
Manufacturer Hauppauge Computer Works
Product Name WinTV-HVR-1850 Hybrid Video Recorder For System Builders
Package Type White Box
Product Line WinTV
Brand Name Hauppauge
Additional Information Single slot PCI Express (PCIe) X1 board full height Supports Dolby Digital AC3 audio
System Requirements 2.2 GHz P4 or equivalent (minimum) required for displaying ATSC high definition TV on your PC screen Available PCIe X1 or X8 slot Graphics with 64 MB memory (or greater) Sound card DVD or CD writer for burning Video CD's, S-VCD's or DVD's (optional) Microsoft Windows XP Home Microsoft Windows XP Pro Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition Windows Vista Premium certified
Software Included WinTV2000
Host Interface PCI Express
Platform Support PC
Functions TV Tuning / Video Recording / FM Tuning / Digital TV Receiver
Video Formats MPEG-2 / MPEG-1
Video Features Watch and record ATSC high definition digital TV or analog cable TV on your PC, in a window or full screen! ATSC HD is the over-the-air high definition TV standard for North America Watch and record 'clear QAM' digital TV channels. Clear QAM are digital ATSC channels which are re-broadcast on digital cable TV Two tuners on board: a 125 channel cable ready TV tuner and an ATSC digital TV tuner. Connect both cable TV and ATSC digital TV to the WinTV-HVR-1850 at the same time ATSC over-the-air digital TV receiver built-in. Supports all ATSC formats, up to the high definition 1080i format
Video System ATSC / NTSC
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Slow, No HiDef Channels, Bad Customer Support by jgrass316@hotmail.com on Dec 01, 2007

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