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Hauppauge Unveils Dual CableCARD Tuner with Pricing and Dates

Hauppauge Unveils Dual CableCARD Tuner with Pricing and DatesHauppauge announced way back in 2009 that they intended to release their own CableCARD tuner, then later said that they were working with SiliconDust to produce a CableCARD tuner of their own. While most of the CableCARD tuner news this year has been dominated by the partner company, Hauppauge has now revealed their device, and they’ve even given us a price and dates!

The Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 is a dual tuner CableCARD device that will connect to your Windows 7 Media Center PC via USB. Being USB could be a huge incentive to those who are craving CableCARD for their home theater PC (HTPC) but perhaps don’t have the room for an internal card (such as Ceton’s InfiniTV 4) in a small form factor PC.

Price has always been a big concern around CableCARD tuners in the past, so pricing it competitively was immensely important. Hauppauge has priced the dual tuner device at a paltry $129! That is $120 less than the three-tuner SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime, and $170 less than the four-tuner Ceton InfiniTV 4.

Hauppauge Unveils Dual CableCARD Tuner with Pricing and DatesObviously all of these devices cater to different needs. Ceton’s device offers the most tuners, and has been out the longest, with tested reliability. SiliconDust’s offering provides native network tuner functionality, and Hauppauge’s WinTV-DCR-2650 wins on cost and has the benefit of being external.

Hauppauge’s announcement on their Facebook page says that they will begin taking orders on Monday July 18th and they will be shipping units at “the end of July.”

All of the cards have been laid on the table. Which way are you going for your CableCARD-based home theater PC?

Source: Facebook via Missing Remote

 

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    Josh has been writing software since his parents brought home their first computer. His love for gadgets and technology eventually spurred a passion for home theater technology. After starting the DMZ, he received Microsoft’s MVP award for Windows Media Center. Even though the beloved home theater PC platform is all but dead he continues to tinker with consumer entertainment technology. He’s a life-long gamer and DIY smart home enthusiast. He co-hosts the Entertainment 2.0 podcast with Richard Gunther and the DMZ’s gaming podcast, Story Players, with Joe DeStazio.

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Josh Pollard

Josh has been writing software since his parents brought home their first computer. His love for gadgets and technology eventually spurred a passion for home theater technology. After starting the DMZ, he received Microsoft’s MVP award for Windows Media Center. Even though the beloved home theater PC platform is all but dead he continues to tinker with consumer entertainment technology. He’s a life-long gamer and DIY smart home enthusiast. He co-hosts the Entertainment 2.0 podcast with Richard Gunther and the DMZ’s gaming podcast, Story Players, with Joe DeStazio.