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Hauppauge's New HD PVR 2 Models Capture Your HD Streams

Hauppauge's New HD PVR 2 Models Capture Your HD Streams

When it comes to PVRs, there's hardly a more recognizable name than Hauppauge. The company is back this year with yet another new product, the HD PVR 2 video recorder. In fact, there's two new models -- one is geared toward home media enthusiasts, while the other is designed for advanced gamers. The new model for home media users is called HD PVR 2 model 1512. HD PVR 2 users can create a library of their favorite cable TV or satellite TV programs in HD. It has a built-in high definition video recorder plus an IR blaster to control channel changing on a set top box. HD PVR 2 is connected to both a set top box with supplied component video cables and to a PC, using the PC's disk drive for storing the recordings. With the supplied Hauppauge WinTV v7.2 application, the HD PVR 2 can be programmed to change the channels on the set top box using the IR blaster at a designated time.

The new model for advanced gamers is the HD PVR 2 GE Plus. This guy adds SPDIF and full surround sound audio to game recordings. Designed to be used with Xbox 360, PS3 and PC game systems where SPDIF and surround sound audio are used, it can record the surround sound audio along with the game play in HD. For gamers who use home theater A/V systems for an incredible audio/video experience, the HD PVR GE Plus also has full surround sound audio pass-through.

Both new models will be available beginning February 1, 2013 and will be distributed through retailers in North America and Europe. As for pricing? Expect each to run around $150.
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I know Hauppauge very well (though I still have trouble with the spelling) and use to use their cards on the HTPC's I would build. Great products and the box is attractive.... but I don't like that you must have it connected to your PC for storage..... Why isn't adding an external HDD an option? Why isn't an internal storage in the unit itself an option... It just seems inconvenient for anyone who doesn't own a laptop and their desktop and TV's aren't in the same room. Even with a laptop I wouldn't want to have to set it up by my TV every time I wanted to watch something recorded.

Since it doesn't have any storage of itself there should definitely be a pci-e version for those of us who have a desktop and don't want yet another glowing box sitting on our desks or media stands.

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I like Hauppage, but when I see HDMI I think HDCP, so I doubt this works very well (if at all) with Linux - unlike many other Hauppage products.  DRM:  Locking you out of the content you own!

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