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October 20, 2004

Hauppauge PVR350 Price Change?

It looks like the Hauppauge PVR350 might be lowering it's price from $199 to $149, at least on the Hauppauge online webstore. The store webpage currently has this comment next to the PVR350:

New! Lower price: $149.-

Unfortunately, if you select the "Add to Shopping Cart" button, it still has the price at $199, so you might want to wait until the dust settles if that deal floats your boat. Alternatively, you can buy a PVR350 and receive a free MediaMVP, which is a good deal as well.

The interesting aspect of the PVR350 is that it not only encodes MPEG2 streams as they are captured, but it also has a TV-out which will decode it on the fly as the well, greatly reducing the CPU needs and letting you use an older, less powerful computer.

Thanks for the tip, reader CT!

Additional Info:

TVHarmony Product Tracker: Hauppauge WinTV PVR 350

(Hat Tip: Reader CT)

Posted on October 20, 2004

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I've got a wintv PVR350 review up at byopvr (plug plug plug :)

The pairing of the media mvp with the pvr350 seems odd to me... as the pvr350 already has a TV out/mpeg decoder. What the pvr350/mediamvp bundle would be cool for is if you had your pc near your TV and had a 2nd TV close to an ethernet jack, you could stream content to two different PCs... and since both have mpeg decoders the strain on your PC should be limited to disk access/etc...



Posted by: rampy at October 20, 2004 07:23 AM

It seems odd to me too. The whole reason to buy the PVR350 is the TV out, and if you have a MediaMVP, that works like a tv out as well. It does work for a family with two televisions, but it seems like a bundle with the PVR250 would be an easier sell.

PS - I'm putting together a new feature called the "TVHarmony Product Tracker" and I've added a couple of your reviews to it. It should be out in a day or two.

Posted by: Will at October 21, 2004 06:19 AM

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