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Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-950Q TV Tuner Stick/Personal Video Recorder with Clear QAM and Remote Control (Black)
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Product Description

WinTV-HVR-950Q brings over-the-air high definition ATSC digital TV plus analog cable TV to your PC or laptop! Watch and record TV, in a window or full screen. Use the WinTV-Scheduler to record your favorite analog or digital TV shows using high quality MPEG-2. Play your TV recordings back to your screen any time. Have you got Cable TV? Clear QAM digital TV channels are digital cable channels that can be watched on a TV set without requiring a cable TV set top box. Many cable operators transmit the local high definition ATSC channels using clear QAM. Some cable operators transmit additional non-premium TV programs using clear QAM, from standard definition to the highest 1080i definition. WinTV-HVR-950Q 's ATSC digital TV tuner also has automatic identification of channel names plus will record high-definition digital TV programs to your PC's hard disk in an MPEG-2 format without losing quality. ATSC digital TV typically requires an antenna for reception, and is currently broadcast in 200 cities, with over 1500 TV stations. Note: ATSC digital TV is NOT digital cable TV or digital satellite TV. The WinTV-HVR-950Q cannot receive digital cable TV or digital satellite TV. If you live in an area where you can't currently receive ATSC digital TV, the WinTV-HVR-950Q can still be used to watch and record analog TV from cable TV or a TV antenna. Just plug it into your PC or laptops' USB 2.0 port and connect a TV antenna (analog cable TV is also supported). In a few minutes you'll be watching analog or high definition ATSC digital TV on your PC or laptop screen. WinTV-HVR-950Q includes a portable digital antenna, so you can receive digital TV while you travel!

The Hauppauge 1191 WinTV-HVR-950Q Hybrid TV Stick External TV Tuner/Video Recorder will bring high-definition television directly to your PC. This handy device lets you watch your favorite TV shows through your computer, and record them digitally for future playback using high quality MPEG-2. More economical and versatile than a DVR, or digital video recorder, this PC Video Recorder, or PVR, gives you virtually unlimited options for saving and playing back your favorite TV broadcasts and clips.

The Hauppauge 1191 WinTV-HVR-950Q Hybrid TV Stick External TV Tuner/Video Recorder offers:
  • Ability to watch television on your PC in a window or full screen.
  • Portable, small size for on-the-go television viewing on your laptop.
  • Compatibility with digital and analog signals.
  • Acceptance of video feeds from a camera or satellite box.

The small, pocketable size lets you easily take it everywhere. View larger.
Play and Record Television Digitally
The WinTV-HVR-950Q is a simple-to-use device that brings over-the-air high definition ATSC digital TV as well as analog cable TV directly to your PC desktop or laptop. With the additional included antenna, it can also receive analog TV broadcasts, and it can also accept video feeds directly from a camera or satellite box.

More versatile than a DVR, the WinTV-HVR-950Q is a pocket-sized device that simply plugs into your PC's USB port. It features a built-in digital ATSC over-the-air TV receiver. If you live in one of the more than 200 cities in the United States that receives ATSC digital TV, you'll have immediate access to as many as 1500 digital TV stations. ATSC digital TV is the over-the-air HDTV standard for North America. ATSC broadcasts range in resolution from standard definition up to the high definition 1080i format. (To check the ATSC digital transmissions in your area, input your zip code at

A portable digital TV antenna, which can be used to receive digital TV up to 10 miles from an ATSC transmitter, is included with the PVR . (To check the ATSC digital transmissions in your area, input your zip code at If you live in an area where you can't currently receive ATSC digital TV, the WinTV-HVR-950 can still be used to watch and record analog TV from cable TV or a TV antenna. (The WinTV-HVR-950 cannot receive digital cable TV or digital satellite TV.) With the included credit-card-sized remote control, navigating all these channels is easy.

Watch Clear QAM Digital TV
The WinTV-HVR-950Q also has a built-in QAM tuner, allowing you to watch and record QAM programming. Clear QAM digital TV channels are digital cable channels which can be watched on a TV set without a cable TV set top box. are Many cable operators transmit the local high definition ATSC channels using clear QAM.. Some cable operators transmit additional non-premium TV programs using clear QAM. With the WinTV-HVR-950Q, you can watch these channels for free. Clear QAM channels range from standard definition to the highest 1080i definition.

Once the WinTV-HVR-950Q is connected, you can begin to record your favorite shows in high-quality MPEG-2 directly to your hard disk using the Hauppauge SoftPVR MPEG-2 encoder. Television recordings will typically consume 5 GB of disk space per hour for ATSC high definition, while analog recordings will typically consume 1.5 GB of disk space per hour. You can also use the included WinTV-Scheduler to program your compute to record your favorite analog or digital TV shows for play back at any time.

Compatibility with Microsoft's Windows Media Center means that you can watch TV as well as your recordings with Windows Media Center. The included WinTV application also lets you watch your shows in a window or on full screen.

The WinTV application offers an elegant interface to watch TV in a window or full screen. View larger.
More about PVR Technology
PVR stands for PC Video Recorder. The WinTV-HVR-950 is a PVR that allows you to play television through your computer and record the broadcasts digitally. PVR doesn't use standard videocassettes; instead, it uses your computer's hard disk to store the broadcasts.

Once you record a television show to your PC's hard drive, you can burn a CD or DVD that will allow you to play the show back on another computer or on your television. With video editing software (not included with the WinTV-HVR-950), you can even edit the shows. This is a great feature if you want to save clips from movies or sitcoms, or keep your favorite player's grand slam or TD kick-off return for posterity.

And just like a typical VCR, the WinTV-HVR-950 offers you several recording options, depending on your play back needs. If you want the highest quality recording for playback through your HDTV, all you need is enough hard drive space to support high-quality recording. By using the lowest recording option, you can use your WinTV-HVR-950, along with an inexpensive video camera, as a low-cost on-site video surveillance system. In fact, the possibilities of how you can take advantage of the WinTV-HVR-950 are endless.

What's in the Box
WinTV-HVR-950 USB 2.0 TV stick with cable TV or ATSC antenna connection; USB extension cable; portable antenna; software on CD-ROM; remote control; and quick installation guide.

  • TV tuner allows for viewing and recording of television on PCs via USB 2.0
  • Compatible with both digital and analog television signals
  • Accepts video feeds directly from a camera or satellite box
  • Small size makes it easy to carry and ideal for laptops
  • Includes Personal Video Recorder software for scheduled recording of programs and remote control

Customer Reviews:

  • Completely satisfied
    I read many reviews of this product before making my purchase. I find this product to be better than I expected based on the reviews I read.
    The software provided with the product is easy to use. The hardware works easily with Windows Media Center in Vista Premium....more info
  • What a waste of time!
    I could not get this thing to work correctly i spend around 6 hours total it was a waste of time. You can't change the channels it takes about a minute. I try XP, Vista, Win7 nothing worked the way i imagined it would have....more info
  • Hauppauge tuner
    Purchased this tuner to use as an over the air battery backup TV during
    the many power outages here in Florida. The tuner and the small antenna deliver a very good HD picture. The included WinTV/WinTV Scheduler software is marginally usable on my Vista laptop. I switched to using Windows Media Center, and now everything works as it should....more info
  • Decent Tuner for a very reasonable price
    Was pretty much what I expected. Connected effortlessly via the
    USB cable to my Compaq computer that's running Windows Vista Home Premium
    edition. Computer has 250GB HD and 2 Gigs or RAM.
    Connected directly from the incoming coax cable (which was previously just to connect to my cable modem, but I've had a splitter on it for a previous video tuner I used on my older computer that ran Win XP (It was an external ATI TV Wonder tuner, which did not work on my currect computer).
    Anyway, directions are simple and straightforward. After having my local cable company's channels downloaded in the program/computer, it ran fine right after that. It has its own viewer program, but I prefer using Windows Media Center and the Live TV function. With Media Center, you get to see channel, program name, brief summary of program, and program running time.
    My only problem was that it didn't download/recognize about 4-5 channels
    that I used to have with my old ATI TV Wonder tuner. Neither of these missing channels show up on the integrated viewer provided, or on Media Center. The only really notable one being TLC (The Learning Channel),
    which for some reason doesn't show up on its normal channel (28 in my area). It shows the other normal expected channels in my area (from 2-73), since the ones higher up require a digital cable box (which I have for the 3 TVs in my home), and wasn't expecting to get them anyway, since I alreadt knew from my last ATI TV Wonder Tuner, that these encrypted channels don't show up. All in all 4/5 stars for the price,
    ease of use and functionality. The included mini remote would work fine
    if my computer case wasn't under my desk, out of direct sight view needed to operate the remote. The Tuner stick needs to be in the open
    if you want to use the remote (which I have no need for). So, if those few missing channels were there, I'd rate it a 5/5. I'm happy since I don't watch TLC on my computer anyway, and the few other channels are ones I don't watch anyway....more info
  • No Clear Qam on Windows Media Center - WinTV Software is typical Hauppage
    Its a fine analog tuner and HD Clear-QAM works with WinTV, but Clear-QAM does not work with Windows Media Center (although I have heard rumors it will in the Windows 7 version). To be fair, that is a problem with WMC and not the tuner.

    However, the included WinTV software is typical Hauppage crap that just barely does what you need it to. It amazes me that after all these years, they haven't bothered to spend $1 on a decent stock icon - the icon for this program has been the same for years, and looks like a gradeschooler made it for Windows 3.0.

    With 4GB of RAM and 2.4GHz Quad-core processor, the picture is fine and there is minimal stuttering with HD, channel changes take 3s but can take longer.

    Along with the icon, Hauppage has keep the same old configuration dialog boxes for WinTV, which are abysmal and sometimes unclearly labeled.

    Recently, when I have tried to edit the channel suite the dialog never comes up and the tv controls are unusable. Frustrating.

    Screenshots in HD come out skewed and unusable.

    Hauppage really needs to outsource WinTV to a different software company and rewrite it from the ground up.

    I did like that they included a short USB extension cable as the unit is to o big to allow other USB devices to plugin to any slots adjacent to it....more info
  • Love the tuner. The remote, not so much...
    Tuner is easy to set up and is very clear using a cable hookup. I have not used the supplied antenna though. 4 stars because the remote is pretty awful. Impossible to use in the dark. ...more info
  • Works as advertised
    Plugged it into a fresh Windows 7 RC build; drivers found automatically, Media Center was able to find ~20 channels right away with included antenna....more info
  • Great product
    Tuner works well with both my Windows XP and Vista notebooks. I'm especially amazed at how many stations I can pick up with the simple one-ear antenna that came with the tuner. Hauppauge recording software works well on XP but won't install properly on Vista. Hauppauge tech support was worthless. But the tuner works well with Windows media center, so I don't need the Haupauge software on the Vista computer....more info
  • Wish it had Hardware encoder
    I connected 950Q tuner to the HP MediaSmart Server (EX485) and it works ok just a few shutting issues every 25 - 30min (CPU usage 75%).

    Get Hauppauge 1192 WinTV HVR-1950 External USB HDTV Tuner/Video Recorder if your CPU is slow!...more info
  • Have Media Center (Windows), MythTV(Linux)? Then go ahead.
    The software bundled with the product is appallingly lousy. I initially bought it because its drivers were available in linux. It works with Media Center (Windows -- please beware, only specific editions have this), and MythTV (linux -- I tested it on Fedora).

    With antenna, it gets few channels, and even with good positioning, frozen frames, lost channels and frequent failures of detection by Windows is not uncommon....more info
  • NEED HELP!!!
    This item is great if it had a great software to go with it. But, it doesn't leaving me to give it the two stars it was given. The HD recording is awesome, "TRUE QAM!" But the software sells it short leaving you with glitches and gaps that can no longer be filled when recording digital cable/tv. ...more info
  • Hardware: Good; Software: Bad
    The Good: QAM Support for Windows Media Center, Analog and Digital Hybrid Support for WinTV or other compatible software.

    The Bad: WinTV software doesn't support EPG scheduled recordings. Windows Media Center is the next replacement, but they only support QAM/Digital Cable and not all cable companies are QAM compatible or they have their channels H.264 encrypted.

    The Alternative: Buy this or the HVR-1950; and purchase BeyondTV which is an excellent Hybrid EPG DVR software alternative that supports XP or Vista and can go between Analog and QAM/Digital Cable....more info
  • What a pile of junk
    Where to begin. First off, the remote (if you can even call it that) did not work out of the box. It uses a watch battery and I do not have another to test with. So forget that and lets move on. The WinTV software that ships with the unit works mediocre until you try to do anything at all (like change the channel or schedule a recording)then it freezes and loses signal. That was WinTV 6. So I went to Hauppauges site and saw there is a WinTV 7 available. I tried it, and what a sorry excuse for software. I think it was written by a group of eighth graders trying a computer lab project. It froze with exception occured errors, both on an XP machine AND a Vista machine. The few times it did work, I had to watch TV in a small window. Clicking on the full screen button resulted in choppy blocky artifacts that would not play. Hauppauge has a support forum, and if you go there you will see many asking for help but the employees are not even active on it's own forum. Regular users try to help! If this tuner device was $10 I might have kept it just to try and play with at a later date. At $70? No freaking way. Save yourself some money and headaches and skip this pile of junk all together....more info
  • Wish it had Hardware encoder
    I connected 950Q tuner to the HP MediaSmart Server (EX485) and it works ok just a few shutting issues every 25 - 30min (CPU usage 75%).

    Get Hauppauge 1192 WinTV HVR-1950 External USB HDTV Tuner/Video Recorder if your CPU is slow!...more info
  • Great Product; Easy to Set Up; Highly Recommended
    It's always hard to make a choice on items where reviews are clearly divided, but I took a chance on this USB TV tuner and was not disappointed. I wanted to watch broadcast television in my office and since analog signals are going away, I choose the Hauppauge WinTV tuner. Instructions were easy, installation was a breeze and I was up and running in less than 30 minutes. I took the supplied antenna and placed it near a window. The scan produced over 20 digital stations here in the Los Angeles area. Controls are easy and intuitive and the picture was much more than I expected, almost as good as my Sony HDTV at home.

    I am certainly happy with this little device and for the price you won't believe what it can do. I give it my highest recommendations. ...more info
  • Works OK, but software is mediocre
    The tuner itself works ok. In fact there are 2 separate tuners, 1 analog and 1 digital.
    The software (windows only) works, but is not very good.
    Had to fight with Vista UAC, since I am running with a non priviledged user account....more info
  • It works OK
    This was purchased as a replacement for a flimsy PCI Express TV card. I don't use the included software. It works fine with my Media Center....more info
  • Excellent purchase
    Easy to install, very good picture quality when connected to cable, and excellent HD picture quality for the available clear QAM channels (basically all the broadcast channels). The antenna that comes with it is very basic, so unless you have a good digital signal you will probably need to get a better antenna. Overall an excellent purchase at a very reasonable price. ...more info
  • Not as good as it sounds
    This product worked well on analog cable (NTSC) and digital HD from an antenna, but that is not what I wanted.

    I purchased this because it was advertised to receive Clear QUAM on cable. Clear QUAM is a well kept seceret where lots of HD digital channels are unscrambled and available for free via cable. My Slingbox PRO-HD gets more than 30 channels with at least 10 in HD. I pay for digital cable from Comcast and use their converter box on my main HDTV.

    The HVR-950Q did not work in this mode out of the box. Tech support said they were having problems with Comcast cable and gave me a link to a software patch. That didn't work either. Their website had WinTV7 which kind of worked, but the channel numbers were something obscure and I had to guess which channels is which program. The slingbox lets me tune to over-the-air channel numbers which make sense, but not HVR-950Q. I keep looking for software updates from Hauppauge but none of them made this mode work.

    I now have it kind of working on a Windows Vista desktop with the obscure channel numbers. It sometimes crashes where the video interface disappears. It sometimes fails to recognize the USB unit and I need to unplug the HVR-950Q and plug it in again to get my computer to see it.

    I have not been able to get it working on a Windows XP Pro laptop. It only finds two channels -- one a shopping network and the other in Spanish....more info
  • Did not work properly
    This product did not work as advertised. Only once did it pick up digital
    stations. I am running Vista with 4GB of ram. Plenty of horse power.
    Amazon refunded my money quickly and did a good job of customer satisfaction....more info
  • A great little device
    I bought this tuner for travel - the military was sending me far far away, though they were nice enough to provide cable TV to my room. I didn't want to mail myself a TV, plus as a longtime TiVo user I don't think I know how to watch a TV show when it's actually scheduled. Since I was bringing a laptop I figured this would be the perfect combination of TV tuner and DVR yet take up little space.

    Before I left I hooked up the antenna and found I was able to received HD channels right off the air. So far so good, though it wasn't a very useful discovery to me personally since we already get HD through our FiOS connection.

    In the far far away land to which I was sent, one of the first things I did was hook up the cable and fire up the software. In just a couple of minutes the software had identified the dozen or so channels available to me and I was ready to go.

    The hardware piece is small - just slightly larger than a USB drive. The included USB extension cable is about 18 inches long and is a nice convenience - with it you don't have the coaxial cable pulling directly on your USB port.

    The included software, while usable, is not too friendly. It's straightforward to use but requires a lot of clicking around to set up the channels and programs to record. The software's only redeeming feature is it records shows as MPEG files (extension mpg), so they can be played back with any software, or even edited using a movie editor.

    I prefer to use Windows Media Center, which plays nicely with this unit. It's easy to use with a friendly user interface. The recordings are in a proprietary format, however. This doesn't matter to me since I just watch the shows and delete them.

    Others have complained about CPU usage, speed of channel changing, and the heat the unit puts out.

    I haven't experienced any issues with recording or playback, but my laptop is new and has a dual core processor. CPU usage runs between 25-40%. Channel changing is slower than my TiVo, but not greatly so. When I'm watching live TV or recording a show the unit does get warm but that's not unexpected considering the amount of circuitry packed into this little device. Not long ago you'd need a much larger box or a card installed in your computer to receive video signals - now you can watch HD tv on your computer using a device the size of a cigarette lighter - how cool is that?

    I'm glad I got the 950Q - it does everything I need. I've got no complaints about the hardware, but the software could be better....more info
  • Runs hot
    The unit does pick up the usual tv channels but after running over 2 hours the usb tuner gets hot & several of the tv channels scramble. Unplug it, cool it down,& its works for another 2 hours. Not so good....more info