Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-500MCE Personal Video Recorder - 1081

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Works good in SageTV, got along fine with another tuner card already in the system. No unhappy suprises.

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I've installed this card in an MCE 2005 (symphony) system. The MPEG encoders do an excellent job of keeping the processor usage very low, even when recording on two channels at once. For anyone debating between this and a single-tuner solution for Media Center, I would highly recommend the dual-tuner option. It comes in very handy both if you want to watch TV while something else is recording, or if there are two shows on at once that you want to record. I did notice that the tuners on this card didn't seem to do quite as well as my Tivo when I had a mediocre signal from the cable company-- more fuzziness. With a good signal, it's a non-issue. Also, not really specific to this card, but with Media Center, you will need to pick up a 3rd party MPEG decoder, and Media Center is *very* picky about which ones will work.

-Mike quote

Operates as expected.

on 3/20/2005

Works good in SageTV, got along fine with another tuner card already in the system. No unhappy suprises.

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THE BEST PCI DUEL TUNER ON THE MARKET!

by Harvey on 9/5/2006

I have this installed on my MCE 2005 and it works great! Very easy to install and use. Watch one channel while recording another. The only drawback is that you can't record TV and listen to the radio at the same time.

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Product Overview

WinTV-PVR-500MCE brings TV watching with background recording to Windows XP Media Center Edition
Watch one channel while recording another with the WinTV-PVR-500MCE and Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. WinTV-PVR-500MCE contains two complete TV tuners, each with their own hardware MPEG encoder!Ever want to watch the ball game while your favorite late night TV show is on? Well, with WinTV-PVR-500MCE, you don't have to chose which show to watch. Just set the Media Center Edition to record that late night TV show while you continue to watch the ball game, with full PVR capabilities. Pause live TV, replay and skip forward, all while your other TV show continues to be recorded to your PC's hard disk .

Specifications

Manufacturer Hauppauge
Mfg Part# 1081
SKU 10386574
UPC 785428010816
UPC 14 00785428010816
Features
Interfaces/Ports 1 x Composite - RCA Video In External / 1 x S-Video Input External / 2 x RCA (Left/Right) Audio In External / 1 x TV Connector Input External / 1 x Radio - FM Input External
Host Interface PCI
Manufacturer Hauppauge Computer Works
Functionality FM Tuner / TV Tuner / Video Capture
Manufacturer Part Number 1081
Product Name WinTV-PVR-500MCE Personal Video Recorder
Product Type TV/Video/Radio Input Adapter
Tech Specs
Package Contents WinTV-PVR-500MCE Personal Video RecorderFM radio antennaInstallation CD-ROMQuick Installation Guide
Manufacturer Hauppauge Computer Works
Interfaces/Ports 1 x Composite - RCA Video In External / 1 x S-Video Input External / 2 x RCA (Left/Right) Audio In External / 1 x TV Connector Input External / 1 x Radio - FM Input External
Host Interface PCI
Additional Information Inlcudes built-in FM radio receiver. Listen to FM radio with the MyRadio button on Media CenterWatch TV with the MyTV button on MCEWinTV-PVR-500MCE includes:Dual 125 channel cable ready TV tuners, each with a dbx-TV stereo decoderDual high quality MPEG2 video and audio encoders based on the Conexant -416 MPEG encoderOne back panel composite/s-video plus stereo audio inputs to connect to VCR, camcorders or set top boxesTwo on-board A/V headers, to connect to two more A/V sources (A/V cable set not included)One FM radio receiver
Functionality FM Tuner / TV Tuner / Video Capture
Manufacturer Part Number 1081
System Requirement Processor requirements: Pentium IV processor 1.2GHz or faster for TV pause with full screen playbackWindows XP Media Center EditionFree PCI slotSound cardVGA card (PCI or AGP) which supports video overlay (NVidia, S3, ATI, etc.)
Form Factor Plug-in Card
Broadcast Formats NTSC
Product Line WinTV-PVR
Product Name WinTV-PVR-500MCE Personal Video Recorder
Video Formats Composite Video / S-Video
Product Type TV/Video/Radio Input Adapter
Video Features Dual tuners for Media Center Edition. Two TV tuners plus dual MPEG encoders on one PCI board! Watch one TV channel while recording anotherIncludes a built-in TV splitter, so you only need to make one connection to your television cableBack panel A/V set for connecting to a set top box or VCRFor Windows XP Media Center Edition users:Watch one TV show while recording another to disk using the WinTV-PVR-500's built in dual hardware MPEG encoders
Platform Support PC
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