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Pros Great price, great compatibility with winxp... the shipping was ultra-fast (1 business day)And work really fine with different capture software. I'have rip a lot of vhs with this card, never had a graphic problem.
Cons The cd that comes with it only have the driver. The capture software did'nt work and install well on my winxp. So you have to find an another capture software.
Summary Great price, good quality, fast shipping.. So it's a good product for this price. If only it can came with a good capture software!! The only weekness! This review was modfied by poster p 01-30-09 05:02 AM This review was modfied by poster y 01-30-09 05:45 AM
This review was modfied by poster @ 01-30-09 05:14 AM
Pros Supported by a wide variety of PVR software, easy to install, easy to use
Cons FM tuner doesn't really work that well
Summary I have been using Hauppauge PVR cards in my PVR for quite a few years now; I started with the PVR-350 cards, which lasted me about 3-5 years each. As they failed, I replaced them with these PVR-150 cards. I use the PVR-150 cards with Snapstream Beyond TV and they work great. The cards do tend to get a little hot, which I suspect contributes to a shorter lifespan, but $30 every 3 years isn't bad -- be sure to pick it up on sale. If you're buying it for the FM capability, watch out, it's not very good.
Pros Easy Linux install. Hardware mpeg2 = low CPU load
Cons No digital TV?
Summary Put the PVR 150 into a Linux MythTV backend box. Now have streaming TV and recorded video to any PC or laptop in the house. Fits in the small Apex M100 chassy with an Intel Atom mini-ITX board. CPU load while streaming or recording TV is a low 4-6%!
I was under the impression that north american PVR 150 would also receive off-the-air (standard def) digital TV, but that is not (yet) working for me. Maybe I have a too crappy antenna or there is something else I don't understand. Or NCIX decided to offload old versions cheaply.
Summary Got this at a bargain price. It works. Even under Vista Windows Media Center. I lost my cable so the only reception is air using the supplied wire antenna which is o.k. for 3 channels. Can't compare what picture quality is like if one had cable, or a better antenna.
Summary I would definitely purchase this again at $24.99. The software included is easy to use and set-up, although it is pretty basic and I will probably look for better software to replace it in the future.
This review was modfied by poster @ 12-05-08 09:10 AM
Summary Purchased this card on sale ($34.99) back in October to use in a HTPC. Currently running Win MCE 2005 and had no problems installing it. Simply installed the drivers (no bundled software) and Media Center was able to detect the PVR150 and take care of the rest. So far so good.
Works well under Windows...curious to see how this fares under Linux and Mythtv.
Cons -Not very good software bundled -64bit/4GB+ RAM issues still exist with drivers from Hauppauge.
Summary It's not a bad card by any means. A pain in the butt sometimes with Vista 64 bit and 4GB of RAM- Media Center has a horrible picture, so I'm stuck using the WinTV program, which has far less features and it's interface is pretty ugly.
All in all though for the money it works quite well.
Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 MCE (Media Center Edition)
TV Tuner: Yes FM Tuner: Yes Remote Control: No Interface: PCI Video Display: NTSC format* at 29.97fps: Full D1: 720x480 Audio: 44.1/48 KHz, 16bit stereo, 192/224/384Kbits/sec Operating Systems Supported: Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 System Requirements:
Processor requirements: Pentium® IV processor 1.2GHz or faster for TV pause with full screen playback Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Free PCI slot Sound card VGA card (PCI, PCI-e or AGP) which supports video overlay (NVidia, S3, ATI, etc.) Specifications:
2MBit/sec, 4MBit/sec, 6Mbit/sec, 8Mbit/sec, 12Mbit/sec. Selections for DVD Standard play (8MBitsec), DVD Long Play (4MBit/sec) and DVD Extra Long Play (2.5MBit/sec) NTSC format* at 29.97fps: Full D1: 720x480 PAL format* at 25fps: Full D1: 720x576, MPEG1: 352x288 Audio capture formats: 44.1/48 KHz, 16bit stereo, 192/224/384Kbits/sec Video digitizer: 10 bits Chroma sampling: YUV 4:2:2 Four line adaptive comb filter for both NTSC and PAL to remove dot crawl Fast video locking for security camera applications Video file format: .MPG MPEG file tested compatible with: MediaStudio 6.0, MyDVD and DVD MovieFactory DVD authoring applications
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