Works great for digitizing video and includes FM tuner.
Very outdated interface; antenna does not do much good; possible driver issues.
I ordered my WinTV PVR-usb2 through Dell with my new computer. I ordered this knowing that I do not have cable TV and the [cheap] antenna signal is not very good on our TV anyway. However, the main reason that I did purchase this was the ability to import video ... Read full review
I ordered my WinTV PVR-usb2 through Dell with my new computer. I ordered this knowing that I do not have cable TV and the [cheap] antenna signal is not very good on our TV anyway. However, the main reason that I did purchase this was the ability to import video and audio using its standard rca ports.
My most used/appreciated features:
1. The remote (ha)
2. The RCA Audio/Video input
3. TV tuner
4. FM radio tuner
The package came without an installation CD, so I was forced to locate Hauppauge's web site and download the drivers. They are all there, but documentation is barely there. In the past year, I have installed this device three times, with mixed results. The first install went ok, once I figured out the "instructions," the last went perfectly, but the 2nd time was actually incorrectly recognized by Windows and ended up "PnP installing" a list of incorrect devices every time I rebooted Windows. I would have loved a real explanation of what the "IR Blaster" was for: apparently it is only useful for controlling cable set-top boxes. [If you know of a way to make this work for other devices, please let me know!]
Hauppauge, please create an all-inclusive driver install, instead of 10 downloads. A manual would also be fun!
Works great. I use it to control Windows Media Player and once in a while Windows Media Center. The USB cord for the receiver is good and long, at 6 feet. However, as I mentioned documentation and the ability to use the included IR blaster with a range of devices would be great.
Work great! I copied an hour-long video directly from a Hi-8 video camera through the RCA ports, and saw no loss of quality. (The software does give you different encoding options for quality and codec.) This is exactly what I was hoping for.
OK, I haven't used this feature very much, even though it's the primary feature. Hooked it up to a cable tv signal once, and was NOT impressed with the slightly fuzzy picture...but then again, I only tried this once. Antenna reception has been abysmal, but then again, I'm sure that is in most part because of the antenna and my rural location.
Works fine. A FM antenna is included, and I actually was able to receive some signals that my "real" radio did not. One caveat: the included software is ugly, and I was hoping to get the FM receiver to work with Windows Media Center: I found out the difficult way that MCE will not recogize the radio function until after you have successfully configured a TV source. This should not be the case.
I have not used any other PVR/DVRs that I can compare this to, but Hauppauge's PVR did not leave me overly impressed. However, I am glad to have the ability to pretty easily import and digitize my analog videos.