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Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-usb2

Looking for an alternative method of recording your favorite TV shows to your PC's hard drive while staying in the living room? Well, if you have a long enough USB 2.0 cable, the Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-usb2 adapter will let you watch, pause, and record live TV (free TitanTV electronic program guide included) or listen to FM radio directly from your television (see Figure 9). In addition, via the device's composite, S-video, and audio inputs, users can connect a VCR or camcorder to convert a collection of home movies or videos into high-quality MPEG-2.

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The WinTV-PVR's built-in TV tuner card is also a hardware MPEG-2 encoder, so the card itself (instead of your PC) does all the heavy lifting in encoding a TV/video signal into MPEG-2. Hauppauge has also bundled a bunch of productivity apps to make the most of the device:

  • WinTV application for live TV on your PC screen, plus pause and record

  • WinTV-Scheduler for scheduling TV recording

  • WinTV-Editor to edit home videos or TV recordings

  • Ulead DVD MovieFactory 2 for creating and burning DVDs, VCDs (video CDs), and S-VCDs (super video CDs)

The WinTV-PVR can also be used with SnapStream's Beyond TV or other popular third-party PVR apps (check for compatibility).

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