The WinTV HVR-4000 can receive all UK TV broadcast formats including analogue, Freeview digital, satellite, and high definition satellite.
It requires fairly beefy PC to run well: either a 3.2GHz processor or Intel Core Duo processor, with 512MB of RAM. It works happily with XP or Vista, and requires a free PCI slot, and an AGP or PCO-Express graphic card with 128MB memory.
It comes with an infrared remote control transmitter and receiver, and the CyberLink PowerCinema 4.7 software application.
Users can record DVB-S2 programmes in their original high definition H.264 format, and DiSEqC 1.0 is supported, allowing switching between four satellite sources.
“High Definition is becoming reality for UK consumers, but at present is only available with a subscription,” said Yehia Oweiss, UK Managing Director of Hauppauge Digital. “The BBC is leading the way with its free-to-air HD programming over satellite. With our new receiver, owners can watch that HD content without subscription.”
Available from mid-March priced £179.