Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 | Hybrid Video Recorder
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 | Hybrid Video Recorder


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The WinTV-HVR-2250 has two tuners for watching one TV program while recording another: with the built-in dual tuners, you can either watch one channel while recording another or you can record two channels at once.
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The WinTV-HVR-2250 has two tuners for watching one TV program while recording another: with the built-in dual tuners, you can either watch one channel while recording another or you can record two channels at once.

Create your own personal Digital Video Recorder! Record analog cable TV shows to your PC's hard disk with our built-in high quality MPEG-2 hardware encoder. You can also record high definition digital ATSC and clear QAM digital cable TV to disk in the original digital quality. Use the WinTV-Scheduler to schedule the recordings of your favorite analog or digital TV programs. Play the recordings back to your PC screen at any time.

Vista Media Center compatible: The Microsoft Media Center application supports two TV tuners. Use the Media Center scheduler to schedule your TV recordings. And WinTV-HVR-2250 has Windows Vista Premium certification.

Media Center Kit includes the board with Media Center remote control receiver (requires USB port) and two IR blasters to control two set top boxes. With Media Center remote control and full height A/V input board. Includes optional half height bracket.


Clear QAM TV channels are unencrypted digital TV channels broadcast by your local cable operator. Many cable operators in North America are transmitting the high definition ATSC channels on their cable networks. They also broadcast the basic cable channels in using clear QAM. You can use the WinTV v6 application to watch and record these channels.
Note: currently Media Center cannot be used for clear QAM digital TV.

ATSC digital TV is the over-the-air HD digital TV for North America. ATSC digital TV typically requires an antenna for reception, and is currently broadcast in 200 cities, with over 1500 TV stations. ATSC broadcasts range in resolution from standard definition up to the high definition 1080i format. The WinTV-HVR can be used to watch and record all ATSC formats.
Note: ATSC digital TV is NOT digital cable TV or digital satellite TV. ATSC is digital "over-the-air" TV.

ATSC digital TV brings you sharper pictures and enriches your PC?s multimedia experience with near CD quality sound. WinTV-HVR?s ATSC digital TV tuner adds great features to your TV viewing: high definition TV reception, automatic identification of channel names plus records high-definition digital TV programs to your PC?s hard disk in an MPEG-2 format without any loss in quality.

Technically speaking: WinTV-HVR-2250 is a PCI Express X1 board based on the NXP 7164 bus interface chip. The WinTV-HVR-2250 contains two tuners with a built-in TV splitter. There is one cable TV or TV antenna connector which is split, providing a video source for both tuners. For ATSC and QAM digital TV, all 18 ATSC formats including 1080i can be watched or recorded to disk as a MPEG-2 Program Stream. The NXP 7164 contains two highly integrated MPEG-1/2 hardware encoders for recording analog cable TV to disk. The playback of the recorded ATSC and QAM digital TV and MPEG-2 encoded analog programs are done through a software MPEG-2 player.


  • For Analog TV reception, you need an analog cable TV connection. If you have a digital cable set top box or a satellite box, you can connect via either Composite or S-Video inputs. Channel changing will be done using the IR blaster. The WinTV-HVR-2250 has two Media Center compatible IR blaster outputs for controlling two cable TV or satellite set top boxes.
  • For ATSC over-the-air digital TV reception, a high gain antenna is recommended. To check the ATSC TV broadcasts in your area, go to TitanTV.com and enter your postal code. Note:

System Requirements

  • Processor requirements: 2.2 GHz P4 or equivalent (minimum) required for displaying ATSC high definition TV on your PC screen
  • Microsoft? Windows? Vista Premium or Ultimate with Media Center or Windows XP Media Center Edition. Windows XP is supported with Hauppauge's WinTV v6 application.
  • Available PCIe X1 or X8 slot
  • Graphics with 64 MB memory (or greater)
  • Sound card
  • CD reader for software installation

All on one half height PCIe board!

  • Dual tuner TV board for your PC: two analog / digital TV tuners:
           ? Dual built-in hardware MPEG-2 encoders for recording analog cable TV, for the best system performance. Watch and record two cable TV programs at the same time!
           ? Dual digital TV receivers for ATSC or clear QAM. Watch and record two digital TV programs at the same time. Watch and record all ATSC and QAM formats, including the highest definition 1080i format
  • Windows Vista Media Center compatible.
  • Single slot PCI Express (PCIe) X1 board, half height


  • Watch and record two TV programs at the same time: two analog cable TV channels, two digital TV channels or one analog cable and one clear QAM digital cable TV channel.
  • When recording analog cable TV, the dual built in hardware MPEG-2 encoders let your PC run at full speed.
  • Watch and record 'clear QAM' digital TV. Clear QAM digital TV channels are TV channels which are broadcast "in the clear" on your cable TV network.
  • Includes Hauppauge's WinTV v6 application, which allows you to watch analog cable TV, QAM and ATSC digital TV channels.

ATSC over-the-air digital TV features

  • Dual ATSC over-the-air digital TV tuners. Supports all ATSC formats, up to the highest definition 1080i format!
  • Watch one ATSC digital TV program while recording another ATSC program to your PC's hard disk using high quality MPEG-2. TV recordings will typically consume 5 GB of disk space per hour for ATSC high definition.
  • Built-in antenna splitter allows you to make one connection to an ATSC antenna but watch and record up to 2 channels.
  • Supports Dolby Digital AC3 audio.

Analog cable TV features

  • Dual built-in high quality hardware MPEG-2 encoders, so your PC continues to run at full speed while watching, pausing and recording analog cable TV
  • Dual 125 channel cable ready TV tuners built-in. With dbx-TV stereo decoder, for great TV sound.
  • Built-in cable TV splitter allows you to make one connection to cable TV but watch and record 2 TV programs at the same time.
  • Composite/S-Video and audio inputs, for cable or satellite set top boxes or VCRs.

Clear QAM digital cable TV features

  • Dual clear QAM digital cable TV tuners. Supports up to 1080i!
  • Watch one clear QAM digital cable TV program while recording another program to your PC's hard disk using high quality MPEG-2.
  • Built-in cable TV splitter allows you to make one connection to cable TV but watch and record 2 TV programs at the same time.

Note: If you are using digital cable TV which broadcast the local ATSC channels on their cable TV network, you can receive these QAM channels with the new WinTV v6 application.
Note: not all cable TV networks send clear QAM channels
Note: Windows Media Center does not currently support clear QAM TV channels.

Exterrnal audio/video input features

  • Two sets of A/V inputs are included: one on the back panel bracket of the WinTV-HVR-2250 and one on the "A/V Cable set" which requires a chassis slot
  • S-Video, composite video and stereo audio supported on both inputs
  • Record external audio/video with dual built-in high quality hardware MPEG-2 encoders
What Operating Systems are supported by the HD PVR?

Microsoft Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit), Windows Vista or Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later.
If you are using Windows Media Center, the latest HD PVR driver allows Windows 7 Media Center to use the HD PVR as a TV recorder. The recording is done in high definition and with H.264.

Do I need a PC to use HD PVR?

Yes, a PC or laptop is required to use HD PVR. The PC is used to both run the HD PVR application plus is the place where HD PVR recordings are stored. HD PVR does not have any internal disk storage.

HD PVR connects to a PC or laptop computer through a USB 2.0 port. The HD PVR recordings are stored on the PC's disk drive.

Can I connect the HDPVR passthru cables to a standard TV?

No, the pass thru cables only work on a TV with Componet input (Red, Green, Blue) you can not connect using the Composite (yellow) standard definition input on the TV.

Can I use HD PVR with a Mac?

There are several third party applications which support HD PVR on a Mac. These applications are sold separately. One of them can be found at:

System Requirements

When you playback an HD PVR recording on your PC screen, you need a fast CPU and at least 256MB of graphics memory.

Processor Requirements (minimum):

  • Dual core CPU 2.0Ghz or faster
  • Graphics with 256MB memory (or greater)
  • Sound card
  • USB 2.0 Port

Using extended or inferior usb cables can lead to lockups and poor performance.

Can I use the HD PVR with Microsoft's Windows Media Center application?

With the latest HD PVR driver, HD PVR can be used as a video recorder for cable TV and satellite set top boxes in Windows 7 Media Center. Your Windows Media Center recordings will be made in high definition using H.264. The Windows Media Center electronic program guide operates as normal with supported set top boxes.

To try out the Media Center support for Windows Media Center, click the "Media Center Support" tab above.

Can I use the HD PVR with Linux?

Currently, there are no drivers available for Linux. But there is a beta version of MythTV which supports HD PVR:. http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Hauppauge_HD-PVR

Also, VDR, a Linux based project, now supports HD PVR. Drop a note to dvb@flensrocker.de for more information.

Can I record high definition TV from a Cable TV or Satellite box?


By connecting the Component video output from your high definiton cable TV or satellite TV set top box to the component video inputs of the HD PVR, you will be able to record the TV programs coming from your set top box to the hard disk. Component video connections are normally the Red/Green/Blue connectors on the back of a set top box. Sometimes they are also called YPrPb or YCrCb connectors.

What type of recordings can I make with the HD PVR?

HD PVR encodes in real time directly to the hard disk in an H.264 format with AAC or AC-3 audio.

There are three formats which you can choose when recording a video:

  • .TS which is a generic 'transport stream' compatible with many digital media players
  • .M2TS which is compatible with the Sony Playstation3
  • .MP4 which is compatible with the XBox360

All recording file types can be used to burn AVCHD Blu-ray compatible disc recordings.

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