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Dual Tuner board for use with Microsoft's Windows Media Center application in Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate, and Windows XP Media Center Edition.

WinTV-PVR-500 MCE brings TV watching with background recording to Windows Media Center

Also compatible with third party TV applications such as BeyondTV or SageTV

Watch one channel while recording another with the WinTV-PVR-500 MCE and Windows XP Media Center Edition or Vista Home Premium or Ultimate. WinTV-PVR-500 MCE contains two complete TV tuners, each with their own hardware MPEG encoder!

Ever want to watch the ball game while your favorite late night TV show is on? Well, with WinTV-PVR-500 MCE, you don't have to chose which show to watch. Just set the Media Center Edition to record that late night TV show while you continue to watch the ball game, with full PVR capabilities. Pause live TV, replay and skip forward, all while your other TV show continues to be recorded to your PC's hard disk .

For Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate or Windows XP Media Center Edition users:

Watch TV with the MyTV button in Media Center

Watch one TV show while recording another using WinTV-PVR-500's built-in dual hardware MPEG encoders.

Record two TV shows at once.

WinTV-PVR-500 MCE includes:

Dual 125 channel cable ready TV tuners, each with a dbx-TV stereo decoder (Nicam stereo decoder in Europe)

Dual high quality MPEG2 video and audio encoders based on the Conexant -416 MPEG encoder

One back panel composite/s-video plus stereo audio inputs to connect to cable or satellite set top boxes

Two on-board A/V headers, to connect to two more A/V sources
One A/V back panel set with S-Video, composite and left/right audio input connectors
One FM radio receiver
Note: the WinTV-PVR-500 MCE does not come with a remote control or a software DVD decoder. If you are building Media Center systems, please check with Microsoft for a list of MCE certified remote controls and DVD decoders.
Important message regarding analog TV receivers in North America:

This Hauppauge WinTV product has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009 to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna in the United States because of the transition to digital broadcasting in North America. Analog only TV receivers will continue to work as before with cable TV and satellite TV receivers, plus other video devices such as camcorders and VCRs.
For more information, visit the U.S. FCC website on the digital TV transition at If you have any questions on which Hauppauge models support digital TV reception, please contact us at

Model numbers

model 01081: WinTV-PVR-500 MCE: dual NTSC tuner boards with dual A/V inputs

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dual hardware encoders

System Requirements:

Processor requirements: Pentium® IV processor 1.2GHz or faster (or equivalent) for TV pause with full screen playback

Windows®XP Media Center Edition 2005, WindowsXP Home or WindowsXP Professional
Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate with Microsoft's Media Center application

Note: when using the WinTV-PVR-500 MCE with WindowsXP or Vista Home Basic, you need a third party TV application such as SageTV or BeyondTV

Free PCI slot

Sound card

VGA card (PCI or AGP) with Vista certified driver or Windows XP Media Center 2005 certified driver
DVD decoder certified for use with Media Center 2005. Windows Vista comes with a DVD decoder built-in.

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