Hauppauge WinTV Tuner Board
- Four Tuners on a half height PCI Express board.Built-in cable TV splitter allows you to make one connection to cable TV.
- For use in both full and half height PC's. Supports four tuner picture-in-picture
- Watch, pause and record up to four ATSC or clear QAM HD TV programs at the same time
- Note-if your pc is not fast enough, you might see jerky live tv video but tv recordings will be fine
- Please Note: Kindly refer the User Manual before use..Not all cable TV networks send clear QAM channels. Please check with your local cable operator for the availability of clear QAM digital cable TV
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WinTV-quadHD can give you four TV programs on your PC screen at one time.
WinTV v8, the new TV application for Windows, with TV pause and recording. When used with the WinTV-quadlHD, WinTV v8 also gives you the option of picture-in-picture or watch one TV channel when recording three others.
- WinTV v8's 'Open Additional TV window' function gives four live TV windows on your PC screen
- Plus the four tuner Picture-in-Picture function gives you four TV programs in one window.
WinTV-quadHD: Watch or Record up to Four TV Programs at a Time!
With WInTV-quadHD, you get four digital TV tuners on one half height PCIe board!
- Four tuners on one half height PCI Express board. WinTV-quadHD will fit in both full and half height PC's
- Watch, pause or record up to four ATSC or clear QAM HD TV programs at the same time
- Includes a Hauppauge remote control, with 1 meter IR receiver cable
- Includes the WinTV v8 application which gives you TV-in-a-window or TV full screen, plus picture-in-picture
- Also works with Windows Media Center (included in Windows 7 and optional in Windows 8). The WinTV-quadHD is seen as 4 tuners so you can watch one TV program or record up to 4 TV programs at the same time
- ATSC is free HD TV for the U.S. and Canada
- Clear QAM is digital cable TV (please contact your cable TV provider to see if clear QAM is available in your area)
WinTV brings free HD TV to your PC screen.
Note: Not all cable TV networks send clear QAM channels. Please check with your local cable operator for the availability of clear QAM digital cable TV.
- Supported TV standards: ATSC HD TV, Clear QAM digital cable TV
- Stereo / dual channel sound
- Antenna input: F connector
- PC-interface: PCIe x1
ATSC Over-the-Air Digital TV Features
- ATSC is free over-the-air HD TV. ATSC is broadcast in the US and Canada, and does not require a subscription
- WinTV-quadHD has four ATSC over-the-air digital TV tuners. Supports all ATSC formats, up to the highest HD format
- Built-in antenna splitter allows you to make one connection to an ATSC antenna but watch and record up to 4 channels
Special Quad Picture-in-Picture with WinTV version 34060 and later.
- Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 7 or Windows Vista with latest Service Pack, 1 GB RAM
- Windows Media Center in Windows 7 or Windows 8
- Minimum processor: Core2Duo 2.93Ghz or faster
- Sound and graphics with support for DirectX 9 or higher
- PCI Express slot, x1
- CD/DVD drive for software installation
- Recommended: Internet connection for software updates and activations
Clear QAM Digital Cable TV Features
- Quad clear QAM digital cable TV receivers. Watch and record up to four clear QAM digital cable TV channels at the same time
- Built-in cable TV splitter allows you to make one connection to cable TV
- Note: not all cable TV networks send clear QAM channels. Please check with your local cable operator for the availability of clear QAM digital cable TV
|WinTV-quadHD||WinTV-HVR-2255 MC Kit||WinTV-HVR-2255||WinTV-HVR-1265|
|Bus Type||Half Height PCI Express||Half Height PCI Express||Half Height PCI Express||Half Height PCI Express|
|Number of Tuners||4||2||2||1|
|Digital TV Receiver Format||ATSC/QAM||ATSC/QAM||ATSC/QAM||ATSC/QAM|
|Analog TV Format||None||NTSC||NTSC||NTSC|
|MPEG-2 Encoder for Analog TV||None||Dual Hardware MPEG-2 Encoders - up to 6Mbits/sec per Channel||Dual Hardware MPEG-2 Encoders - up to 6Mbits/sec per Channel||None|
|Remote Control||Hauppauge Remote||Media Center Remote||None||Hauppauge Remote|
|A/V Input||None||S-Video, Composite, Left and Right Audio||S-Video, Composite, Left and Right Audio||S-Video,Stereo Audio Jack|
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I have the WinTV-quadHD PCI Express tuner card installed in an older tower running Windows 10, connected to an external antenna. So far, this tuner card has worked perfectly, and I have not experienced any problems. I receive 5 OTA network channels (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW) in my area, as well as another 5 Spanish channels. You can record 4 channels at once from the WinTV8 softwre, and though I've attached screen shots of WinTV8, I prefer watching on my 50" Samsung rather than on my 24" Dell monitor. That's why I'm using the quadHD tuner card along with NextPVR software as the backend for the Kodi/NextPVR add-on installed on my FireTV device. So I usually watch and schedule recordings from Kodi.
Ok, the short review is that the WinTV-quadHD PCI Express tuner card and WinTV8 software work as advertised, and I would definitely recommend this product.
The Hauppauge website has all the instructions needed to easily install the card's drivers. Plex immediately recognized the card and no additional setup was needed.
At first glance 4 tuners may seem like overkill, but you have to remember if a show runs even 1 minute past the hour that tuner will be unavailable to start recording a new show. With 4 tuners I was able to select every show my family wanted without any conflicts.
This has definitely made cutting the cord easier than ever.
I did not have any driver issues with Windows 10 and have not had any tuning issues. The only concern I have is that the transcoding of the signal is done on the server itself. It is not a big issue with my server but if you have a lower powered server you may want to consider an HD Homerun product that doesn't require your server to do the transcoding.
TL;DR: all but a selected few channels (usually the HD local ones) work fine, but not better quality than my old Hauppage tuner. Stutter ranging from sort-of watchable to unwatchable.
It works for all low-quality channels, and some high-quality channels. But anything on the level of HD or above, you might have issues. I tested disk speed, cable signal, CPU, RAM, video card performance, and PVR software. and it looks like the bottleneck is the tuner that cannot handle a large amount of throughput. It stutters, which varies from watchable to unwatchable. After much troubleshooting, I was not able to get this above the quality of a very old Hauppage model, the HVR-1200. In fact, it was worse quality.
Final thoughts: I used a HDHomeRun EXTEND streaming tuner for Plex for a while and it transcodes on the fly, but LAN bandwidth can be a problem with some peoples home networks. The HAUPPAUGE WinTV-quadHD tuner added a more direct path into Plex without using extra LAN bandwidth to view or record live OTA TV. For now I'm keeping the HDHomeRun EXTEND in play till Plex resolves issues with HD 720 audio/video sync in upcoming server updates.
Giving four stars, card works good. Linux newer kernels picks it up, but no real Linux software from HAUPPAUGE to play with. MythTV is suppose to work and I may play with it at a later date. Will try to update review in a few months on any hardware issues that develop.