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Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 Dual Tuner Digital CableCARD Receiver


  • US Digital Cable
  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • Dual Tuners
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A perfect gizmo for extending your PC capability, the Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 CableCARD receiver allow you to watch and record basic and premium cable TV channels such as HBO and Showtime on computer. Dual tuner design delivers unmatched record flexibility: you can watch one channel while recording another, or record two channels at the same time, so you'll never miss your favorite shows or plays. The content is recorded in original quality - you can enjoy the programs the way it is intended to be. Installation is easy via the USB.

* WinTV-DCR-2650 can not function as a standalone, it needs a PC to work. Currently, only a PC with Windows 7 Media Center is compatible with the WinTV-DCR-2650. There are a few applications besides Windows Media Center which will work with the WinTV-DCR-2650. These programs will allow you to watch and record cable TV programs which are marked as "copy freely" by your local cable operator. Most of these programs are your network TV channels including CBS, NBC and Fox. Click on the Third Party apps button above to see an up to date list of these programs.


  • newegg Dual Tuner Design WinTV-DCR-2650 has two tuners, so with Windows 7 Media Center you can record two TV programs at the same time, or you can watch one TV program while recording another.
  • newegg Uncompromised Recording Quality WinTV-DCR-2650 records in the original transmitted quality. For example, if you record from an HD channel, the recording will be HD.
  • newegg Computer-Based Storage WinTV-DCR-2650 does not have any internal disk storage, it uses your PC for storing recorded TV programs. The nice thing about using your PC for storage is that if you fill up your hard drive with TV programs, you can easily add a new hard drive to your PC.
  • newegg Purchase Once, Use forever There is no monthly fee for the WinTV-DCR-2650. Once you buy it, it's yours to use forever. But you still need to sign up for cable TV service, and you will still need to rent a digital cable card from your local cable operator.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 720 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 720 days

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  • 10/30/2014 3:18:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsI Like

Pros: The setup was not too daunting. The big thing is getting the Cable Card from Verizon and they tell you how to do that and Windows Media Center tells you what to do to activate it. I had the card in upside down at first but after flipping it over, everything went without a hitch. All the stations I get on the Verizon supplied DVR I can now get on the computer.

I really like the channel changer they supplied with it. Does everything I want. I wish there was better software than Windows Media Center. It's functional but not as nice as the DVR. Hauppauge does have their own client that you can use, maybe I'll give that a try. It's $10.

I'm sorry I waited so long to get one of these, they're a great convenience.

Cons: None really. I could have given it a five but I'd need some more time using it to be sure it's perfect.

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  • 10/13/2014 11:25:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCheck with your provider

Pros: Easy to use with Windows 8. Has two tuners so you can watch and record separately. Easy to watch a program that hasn't finished recording yet.

Cons: Very finnicky. Resets and requires one to go through set up again when you turn off your computer. Computer cannot be in "sleep" or "suspend" mode if you want to set it to record while you are not home.
Comes with no instructions other than how to physically set it up.

Other Thoughts: You really need to check if this is on your cable provider's approved list. It was not on mine, but worked fine for the first 6 - 8 months until the provider migrated more and more channels to switched-digital. At first, those channels were just finnicky and sometimes required a reset to get them to work. But on the most recent update, I lost access to all channels using that technology, I still had to pay for a cablecard, but could only access plain digital channels. I returned the cable card and disconnected the device since I couldn't watch most of the channels I frequented.
It would be great if the manufacturer could come up with a new driver that would do a better job with switch-digital technology.

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  • 9/8/2014 5:12:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsworks with frontier fios

Pros: Still going strong after 2 years.

Cons: Needs a cold boot every few months but I think the cable providers boxes do too so I shouldn't complain.

Other Thoughts: Overall I'm happy. Every channel works but on demand. However I'm told nothing works with on demand.

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  • Hobbitt97
  • 11/18/2013 1:02:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsHauppauge DCR-2650

Pros: High definiton. Does play HD channels and HBO. Inexpensive when compare to other CableCard tuner manufacturers.

Cons: OK here goes. I have had this for about 2 years. Expect to cold reboot it evey other day. It causes my pc to freeze up at times. If you have a long event to record, don't count on it. (I am a NASCAR fan and rarely can I record an entire race). I don't know if it the USB interface or my computer. I have tried to reinstall the unit and lose old recordings whenWindows Media Center (WMC) wants to re-recognize the tuner. Many times I get subscription required blue screens and have to reboot the unit and do end program on all Windows Media Center services in Task Manager. Hauppauge blames Comcast and Comcast blames Hauppauge., I have had my coax rewired by Comcast and had multiple home visits from Comcast. They refused to do anymore trouble shooting with me. If you don't know the functionality of Windows, WMC and task manager you are in for hair pulling.

Other Thoughts: I am going to try Silicon Dust HD Homerun Prime for 3 turnes and it is connected to the router. I hope I have better luck..

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  • srm5446
  • 10/6/2013 2:29:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsit works with comcast

Pros: works with comcast and windows media center

remote control works from across the room

record and pause live TV

Cons: This was slightly hard to setup with getting the hardware serial numbers through windows media GUI, calling comcast support for activation, and figuring out how to use the two tuners. One tuner seems to be HD, the other regular. The comcast tech gave me the impression they hate dealing with customers who have cable cards because they can be hard to setup and use. The technician told me to wait an hour before watching TV (probably so his shift would be over before I could call back). But, the card worked immediately.

the directions can really only take you so far. every cable company is different and hauppuage gives the customer a choice of media programs. if you are not good with computers, you may want to stick to a traditional cable box.

Other Thoughts: This device would take a long time to pay for itself. I have to pay $8 per month for the cable card which is $2 cheaper than the $10 monthly cable-box rental. This device offers the ability to pause and record live TV, though.

Looks like HD quality on my monitors.

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  • JK in CC
  • 8/14/2013 6:36:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Very Nicely

Pros: Surprisingly easy to install. Comes with very good, step by step instructions.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Having read some of the previous reviews, I was a little concerned about the installation and activation of this tuner. However, the entire process went very smoothly. My cable provider is Verizon FIOS in the Los Angeles area. I was able to go to their "Verizon Plus" store in the San Fernando Valley and pick up my cable card instead of paying $20 to have it mailed to me. Once I got home I just followed the very detailed step by step instructions that come with the DCR-2650. The instructions state you must use Windows Media Center on Windows 7. My computer is a self-built unit with a Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H motherboard, Intel I5-2500K cpu, and 8 gb of Corsair 1600 memory, running on Windows 7 SP1. Once I got to the point of activation, Media Center provided me with 3 numbers: the cable card ID, the Host ID and the Data ID. These numbers are needed for activation. I called the number provided by Verizon and entered the activation number given to me when I picked up the cable card. I also entered the 3 numbers provided by Media Center. As it turns out, I could have used Verizon's activation web site and entered the numbers more easily using their web site instead of a phone keypad. After entering the numbers, I rebooted my machine and started Media Center. I was then able to set up the TV Guide to get my channels and set various storage options.

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  • TheBated
  • 8/10/2013 4:42:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsGood when it works

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.

Other Thoughts: 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.

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  • AlaskanDad
  • 7/5/2013 1:56:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBig hill to get over but it'll be worth it.

Pros: I am very pleased with how well this does exactly what I want: watch and record every station that I've subscribed to all on my HTPC. Never thought I'd need two tuners due to conflict in recording but after you get hooked on the idea of recording just about anything you want, conflicts arise quickly.

Cons: Getting this to work was not for the faint of heart. I went through three CableCards, two visits to Charter, hours of on-the-phone time with both Hauppauge and Charter technicians, and one final in-house Charter visit. I'll cut to the chase in Other Thoughts because I never found this solution with hours of my own research.

It is only due to the complexity of my installation that I didn't give this five eggs.

Other Thoughts: In spite of the printed directions, here is what works for me: coaxial cable from the wall is split so that one goes directly to the MTR-700 Tuning Adapter (Charter furnished one to me free of charge with the CableCard that I'm renting from them for $2/month) and the other goes to the Hauppauge receiver. There is no cable going from one device to the other. USB's go from both devices directly into the HTPC. Downloaded the applicable drivers from Hauppauge's Support Page. Tech called to pair the CableCard to the device and voila!

I surely hope this can save someone some headache.

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  • Casey
  • 6/2/2013 9:40:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: I paid $60 after $40 manufacturer rebate. However, I feel this is a great product even at full price. It works extremely well. My HTPC stays on or in sleep mode almost 24/7--the only times I've ever had issues with this is when I've turned the computer off or had a power outage. And by issues, I'm talking very minor things like the remote not working until the computer was restarted. It only very rarely fails to record something, and I'm almost positive that's on my cable company's end.

Cons: There aren't many. If I had to pick something I'd say I'm not a big fan of the lights on the unit because the big, dull green lights clash with the crisp, blue led's on my HTPC. But that's obviously minor and has nothing to do with how this product performs.

Other Thoughts: Even at full-retail I feel like this is a great deal. I never paid for DVR service prior to building my HTPC due to the high cost, but the price difference between having DVR through my cable company and using this tuner is $25/month. This thing pays for itself in a matter of months. I would (and have) recommended this to people that have inquired about my DVR setup.

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  • Notso
  • 5/23/2013 1:36:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPiece of Cake

Pros: Very easy setup with Comcast. As Isilvest stated in the review before me "FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS! Included Windows Media Center Remote in the box, which wasn't shown in the product image gallery or listed as an item in the package contents!

Cons: People that rate themselves as "High" Tech Knowledge when they haven't a clue what they are buying (in re "Worst product ever". If people would do a little investigation prior to purchase (Click on Manufacturer Product Page under Details) they would save themselves a lot of grief as well as denigrating a very good product.

Other Thoughts: I am very pleased with this purchase. Bought this using $10 off Promo Code and a manufacturers $40 rebate. I am a person that doesn't count on receiving a rebate check or cash card. If I do its gravy. If not, oh well, AIN'T NO THING.

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