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Tune into DVB-S, DVB-T, analog cable and FM radio on a single card

Hauppauge has released a new addition to its WinTV product lineup: the WinTV-HVR-3000. The new WinTV-HVR-3000 can tune into three different video sources.

The  new tri-mode TV tuner can decode DVB-S satellite, DVB-T terrestrial and regular analogue cable sources.  The new tuner also supports FM, DVB-S and DVB-T audio broadcasts.

In terms of recording the WinTV-HVR-3000 can store audio and video in MPEG2 or MPEG1 formats. Hauppauge bundles its own WinTV application with WinTV-Scheduler for automated recording features. Automated recording features are also backed by a 7-day electronic program guide too. An IR remote is also included for use with the Hauppauge WinTV software as well.

Expect the WinTV-HVR-3000 to be available for European consumers very soon.

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By Griswold on 12/20/2006 7:17:55 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder if they finally updated their software. Its really aging and it shows. Also, I would like to know how well it works with Vista. The latest version available for download doesnt work too well with Vista and my humble PVR-150. I guess they still have some time to make it good...

By keitaro on 12/20/2006 7:27:26 AM , Rating: 2
Depending on the type of hardware components they used, they might not have updated the base drivers to support Vista. But I do share the concern of their aging drivers and WinTV application. I do not mind that it's old since it works under XP. But I hope that they'll give the finishing touch so they'll have immediate support for Vista on launch day.

By DEMO24 on 12/20/2006 11:28:51 AM , Rating: 2
Not to worry, Vista auto detects pretty much all hardware out there and gives it the correct drive. Most tuner cards are included, if not then you can often download them through windows update.

I've tried it out on a media center pc with two tuner cards in there. vista picked them both up just fine, and btw the new media center rocks!

By Wwhat on 12/21/2006 5:58:45 AM , Rating: 2
HAHA, all hardware out there, nice one, I asked the local toothfairy and she confirms, also I called up jesus to be sure and he also says so, vista is GREEEAT.

By DEMO24 on 12/21/2006 11:19:34 AM , Rating: 2
not really, vista pretty much is a waste. However it is convenient that it detects around 90% of the hardware for you. I haven't had a machine yet that has had a driver vista doesn't know about.

By Wwhat on 12/22/2006 2:12:36 PM , Rating: 2
Windows XP also came with a large cache of drivers, then a month after it was out all it did was take up space since all the new products released obviously are not supported.
Plus I do hear from people that tried vista and all of them had at least one device for which there were no vista drivers, not in vista's driverscache either.

By Enoch2001 on 12/20/2006 9:27:08 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder if they finally updated their software. Its really aging and it shows.

Hauppauge's software has always been a piece of crap, IMHO. An afterthought. In fact, the only reason I bought a PVR250 was for Snapstream's Beyond TV, and most other people used there's for other third-party recording software which was much more superior (Beyond TV, Myth, Sage, hell - even the Media Center software in Windows MCE)!

A digital TV tuner card - especially PCI - is worthless to me. Why not an HDTV tuner? And why not PCIe???

Hauppauge only irritate me at this point...

By keitaro on 12/20/2006 11:40:28 AM , Rating: 2
If you think Hauppauge is bad, then you better stay away from ATI/AMD tuners with a 100km pole.

The last ATI TV tuner I got lasted me for perhaps 10 years. I did not count the length I had the card for but I do know that it was rock solid. I figure I'd give their HDTV tuner a try, seeing that there's always the off-chance that I may get some OTA HDTV signals. I installed the softwares and tried to be as minimalistic as I can. Analog tuning worked until suddenly it borked out. It wasn't a hardware failure but a software issue. I called up ATI's techie hoping that I'd get some advice on how to deal with the problem. He claims something is using my overlay, which I call BS. I've ran MPC, WMP, DScaler, and various other applications that is likely to use an overlay for video. Everything ran perfectly fine... except ATI's software.

I got fed up with the dumbass support guy at ATI and returned it. My alternative? The Hauppauge PVR-150. Installed, fired it up, scanned the channels... and played with it. No issue. No hiccup. No problem. Drivers installed and updated to the latest. Apps installed and updated to the latest. No problem with overlay. Nothing at all. I never had to reformat or do anything drastic. It just ran.

By Wwhat on 12/21/2006 6:02:03 AM , Rating: 2
"I installed the softwares and tried to be as minimalistic as I can."
So how do you know you did not simply in your efforts omitted a vital piece of software?
Besides, just because one person has an issue does not mean a product it flawed, we'd have to see a number of similar complaints.

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