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Hauppauge WinTV DCR-2650 - QAM receiver - USB - External

$125 online
WinTV-DCR-2650 is a cable TV set top box which you which you can purchase. WinTV-DCR-2650 has two tuners, so you can record two TV programs at the same time, or you can watch one TV program while recording another.

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86 reviews
  • Good when it works
    By TheBated - August 10, 2013 -
    Pros: Windows Media Center is great interface for watching and recording. When this works it has a great picture.

    Cons: Tuners often don't start up. Constantly restarting, and that isn't always successful. Was difficult to setup, and the cable company doesn't know what to do half the time - they rarely see these. By the time I was sure I had it setup correctly the warranty is out so I can't return something that doesn't work despite many hours of messing with it. Customer service is not helpful, they just tell you to reinstall the firmware.

    really wish this thing wasn't such a piece. wish customer service was good enough to send out a new one when you get a dud. Read full review

  • Mail-In-Rebates a Hoax
    By LouMM - February 4, 2013 -
    Pros: The unit works flawlessly with my Windows 8 Pro Media Center and 2 Xbox's as Media Center Extenders. (no more cable boxes for me!)

    More in [Other Thoughts]

    Cons: I purchased this as a Black Friday deal and with a large mail-in rebate. It was almost too good to be true! Over the years I have done 100's of mail-in rebates and have had good luck with them, but Hauappauge has been the worst thus far. I sent in the rebate, even took a picture of doing so, a couple weeks after purchasing it and I have yet to hear back from Hauppauge. I emailed their, but received an SMTP error back: # #SMTP#

    I also tried calling, and after transferring me 3 times they finally were able to tell me they didn't have my mail-in. Luckily i have a copy of the UPC and the rebate, but they told me I needed the original. well I SENT THE ORIGINAL in with the rebate and it got "lost" by Hauppauge. What's the point to a mail-in rebate if I have to send it certified mail that may cost MORE than the rebate?
    Anger and Frustration are the feelings I am having. It almost seems like they make it really difficult to get your money, so they don't have to pay out.

    I don't recommend you buying Hauppauge

    Only 2 tuners make it difficult to record a bunch of things, but that is really the only normal limitation to this device. You should have a really good switch to ensure clean streaming of HD content, but other than that there are no issues. Read full review

  • Looks good so far
    By rustyk123 - February 2, 2012 -
    Pros: It is small, very nice looking. It decodes digital cable (no more cable box, just a cable card, which is cheaper), built-in IR Receiver, comes with MCE remote, and Dual HD Tuners.

    Cons: Requires a Power adapter. System Requirements (see below).

    Does get a little warm, not as bad as other reviews make it sound. If you touch your current cable box and feel how warm that is, it will probably be cooler than that, likely because the cable box case is metal this is plastic.

    First off, when I installed this, it did not work, I read the directions (who reads them anymore), and found out I had to run a adviser to check if my computer is compatible, no one said this. The requirements are high for most people that buy an pre-built computer. The only part I can remember was 4GB of RAM. For me I am running this on a Foxconn NetBox system and it just barely made the requirements.

    I have not actually seen any picture on my screen yet. Verizon decided to place the order on the 2/8/12 instead of when i picked it up from them so they cant activate it until then. Nothing to do with the device. Will update on quality once they finally activate my cable card. Read full review


Device TypeQAM receiver
CompatibilityMS Windows 7 Media Center compatible
Enclosure TypeExternal
Interface TypeUSB