It seems as though it’s becoming a trend to delay CableCARD tuners! Hauppauge and SiliconDust had both announced in July that they would be releasing their CableCARD tuners at the end of July. Unfortunately both companies have delayed the release of the tuners that we all desire so much.
Hauppauge’s dual-tuner USB WinTV-DCR-2650 tuner was supposed to originally ship by the end of July at the low cost of $129. They emailed customers who have pre-ordered the device to let them know that there has been a manufacturing problem with the plastic case. Now customers won’t begin getting their devices until the week of August 22nd.
Similarly, SiliconDust has delayed their CableCARD-packing HDHomeRun Primes. If you pre-ordered a 6-tuner HDHomeRun Prime then you may have your order fulfilled any day now. SiliconDust has been using their support forum to keep customers in the know. It seems as if the six-tuner version has made it through two batches of production, and once they’ve completed the third batch then all of the pre-orders will be fulfilled. If you opted for the $250 3-tuner version you’re going to be waiting a while longer though. They stated that that the expected delivery date for that one is August 22nd.
Hopefully this will be the last round of delays for these devices, especially considering the new CableCARD rules are about to go into effect.
Dear Hauppauge Customer,
Thank you for your order for the WinTV-DCR-2650. We are experiencing a delay in manufacturing due to an issue with the plastic casing, which has set back the delivery time to you by a few weeks. We are currently expecting to ship you your order by the week of August 22nd.
Again. We are very sorry for this delay and we appreciate your patience.
Hauppauge Computer Works US