Hauppauge HD PVR
Released May, 2008
The Pros:Record HD content on your HTPC. Video format is Blu-ray compatible. External PC-based recorder is more convenient.
The Cons:Requires a somewhat complicated setup - PC + Cable Box + Software. Re-encodes analog broadcast instead of dealing with original digital signal. Suspect reliability. My first one lasted less than a month.
The Hauppauge HD PVR is a high-definition video recorder designed to fit between a set-top box (cable, satellite, or other video source) and a home theater PC and add HD recording functionality to your setup.
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It connects to a set-top box via component video and digital optical audio and compresses the 1080i stream as H.264 to one's PC via USB for recording and playback. It includes and IR blaster for controlling the channel changing of a set-top box. The HD PVR is part of the WinTV-PVR lineup that includes other internal and external PC-based PVR products. The HD PVR is the first to support HD recording. It sells for $249 and is expected to become available in May 1, 2008. The release date was delayed from April.
- Records HD video at 1080i, compressed using H.264 via component video
- IR blaster to control your set-top box
- Connects to PC via USB 2.0
- Data rates: 1Mbs to 13.5Mbs, constant or variable bitrate
- AVCHD recordings for Blu-ray compatible playback
- Includes an IR remote
- Inputs: component video, RCA audio, digital optical audio
- Outputs: component video, RCA audio, digital optical audio
- Release: May 2008
- Price: $249
The Hauppauge HD PVR comes with HD playback and recording software. It is speculated that other third-party such as SageTV, BeyondTV, and MythTV will support the hardware sometime after launch.
User Reviews (6)
Record HD content on your HTPC
Video format is Blu-ray compatible
External PC-based recorder is more convenient
One of the first High Def video encoders
Includes IR blaster for controlling set-top boxes
Requires a somewhat complicated setup - PC + Cable Box + Software
Re-encodes analog broadcast instead of dealing with original digital signal
Suspect reliability. My first one lasted less than a month.
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