If you want to record HD from a DirecTV HD receiver than this is what you want. The quality of the recordings is amazing and you will not be disappointed. The only 2 formats that you can directly record to is m2ts or ts.If Hauppauge wants to make this better than it should allow direct recordings to MP4 or MKV
User Review #3
by Anonymous on March 25th, 2009
Good: The hardware is excellent, and 720p and 1080i picture quality is outstanding.Bad: The packaged software is, for the most part, garbage. Plan on buying a copy of SageTV or Beyond TV ($80-$100) if you want to get full functionality out of this unit. You'll be spending days getting everything working the way you want, but the end result is well worth it.Verdict: It feels almost like buying a kit with some parts missing. But, if you're patient, it's the best PVR product on the market.
User Review #2
by dvwannab on February 5th, 2009
Have been using this unit for about 3 weeks now and has been a pleasant surprise. Works and performs as advertised. It captures AVCHD video in either a TS format or M2TS format. I recommend capturing with TS format as it has a more universal editing format. After loading download the updated drivers from the Hauppauge website so that you can record 5.1 surround Dolby. To record 5.1 audio you must use an optical audio cable (not supplied) but very inexpensive. If you intend to record from sattelite receiver and want to record the broadcast resolution (1080i or 720p), you must change this setting on your sat receiver. The PVR records at the resolution pushed out from your sat box. The bundled software is OK. Could give user a little more control of settings, but it is adequate to record and play back. can only cut recordings at begining and end without losing 5.1 audio which is converted to 2 channel. Cut commercials with H264 Cutter (free download). RECOMMEND.