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WinTV-HVR-950 Hybrid USB TV Tuner stick

  • USB 2.0 Interface
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Hauppauge thinks outside the box with their WinTV-HVR-950. This external TV tuner connects to your computer with a USB 2.0 connection so you don't have to open your case to get TV on your PC. The hybrid tuner can handle NTSC analog signals along with ATSC digital signals up to 1080i.

Since the tuner has been condensed to the size of a USB thumb drive it's easy to take with you on the road. A portable antenna is included for use on the go. Just slip it into your carry case and enjoy the show from wherever you are.

  • newegg Enjoy HD/SD TV on Your Computer The Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-950 turns your computer into a true media center that receives worldwide analog TV and digital ATSC (up to 1080i), complementing your digital multimedia experience.
  • newegg Portable Design The sleek, compact Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-950 is fully powered via USB without the need for a power cord or a bulky power adapter for the ultimate portability.
  • newegg Your Personal Digital Video Recorder With the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-950, capture live TV shows directly to your PC's hard disk, or schedule your recordings on a daily, weekly or once only basis. The WinTV-HVR-950 encodes captured video in advanced MPEG-2 format for higher quality video while taking up less hard drive space.

Learn more about the Hauppauge 1139

Model

Brand
Hauppauge
Model
1139

General

Type
USB TV Tuner Stick
TV Tuner
Hybrid Tuner
TV Standards
ATSC / NTSC
FM Tuner
No
Remote Control
No
Interface
USB 2.0

Features

Features
WinTV-HVR-950 hybrid TV stick features:
Watch analog cable TV or the new ATSC HD digital TV on your PC or laptop screen! ATSC HD is the over-the-air high definition TV standard for North America.
No need to open your PC: just plug into your USB 2.0 port.
*Note: will not work with USB 1.1
Includes Hauppauge's WinTV2000 application to watch and record TV, in a window or full screen. If you live in an area where you can receive both digital and analog TV, you can switch between analog and digital channels automatically.
Includes WinTV-Scheduler, so you can record your favorite TV programs on a daily, weekly or once only schedule.

Digital ATSC HD TV features:
ATSC over-the-air digital TV receiver built-in. Supports all ATSC formats, up to the high definition 1080i format!
Record ATSC digital TV to your PC's hard disk using high quality MPEG-2. ATSC digital TV recordings will typically consume from 1 to 5 Gb of disk space per hour, depending upon the TV broadcasters ATSC format.

Analog TV features:
Analog cable TV receiver built-in. Will also work with TV antenna.
Record analog TV shows to your PC's hard disk using our SoftPVR MPEG-2 encoder. Analog TV recordings will typically consume 1.5 Gb of disk space per hour.

WinTV-HVR-950 brings analog cable TV and over-the-air ATSC digital TV to your PC or laptop!

Specifications

Specifications
Watch and record cable TV or over-the-air ATSC HD TV, on your PC or laptop screen!
Schedule your analog or ATSC digital TV recordings, using the high quality MPEG-2 video recording format!
Pocket size, easy to install on USB2.0 The perfect traveling companion for laptops

System Requirements

Processor
2.2 GHz P4 or 1.8 GHz Centrino or equivalent (minimum).
2.8 GHz processor for analog TV recording with MPEG-2 (minimum).
Graphics Card
Graphics with 64MB of memory (minimum).
Available Slot
USB 2.0 port (will not work with USB 1.1).
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows XP, XP Pro or Windows XP Media Center Edition, with Service Pack 2.
Others
CD-ROM drive (for Software installation).

Packaging

Package Contents
WinTV-HVR-950 with ATSC and NTSC tuners
Driver Disk
USB Cable
Portable antenna

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited
Labor
2 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 720 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 720 days


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  • Anonymous
  • 12/2/2008 10:00:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: works well for what i use it for. records cable, HD, and backs up my old VHS tapes with no problems. the included antenna is decent.

Cons: as some other people have said, the included software isn't very good, and analog has mono audio only. also, it uses a LOT of your processor.

Other Thoughts: over-the-air HD stuttered a bit on my old computer, though that was a Dell Dimension 2350 with no video card. it works perfectly on my new desktop. i replaced the antenna with a $5 pair of rabbit ears from the Salvation Army, and now i get channels that I had no idea existed, both NTSC and ATSC.

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  • Loren S.
  • 11/28/2008 10:55:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSoftware Terrible, Hardware Rocks

Pros: This little USB stick does exactly what it claims. It tunes a crystal clear 1080i signal over the air (over the air signals are currently only available up to 1080i).

Cons: The software is total garbage! Do not load it. Just load the drivers, or find the latest drivers online and load only those drivers. I use Snapstream instead of the software included.

Other Thoughts: This unit takes more CPU power to run than a comparable PCI or PCI-E card but it does the job. I does get VERY hot, so don't try and cover the little thing or it will probably burn out. I've been using it for almost a year and it's functioned perfectly.

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  • John A.
  • 10/16/2008 4:39:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot Working with Vista 64 bit

Pros: It works with Vista Premium 32 bit

Cons: It does NOT work with Vista Premium 64 bit

Other Thoughts: Without adequate software/drivers it is useless.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/4/2008 2:59:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEasy HD on your PC

Pros: Installed easily and uses little CPU, 6 to 14% depending if the channel is HD (14%) or not. Recognized a couple of hundred COMCAST channels. You'll want to have good cable (RG6) going to this unit to get the HD as RG59 doesn't pass the bandwidth. The Titan TV website shows the right channels for COMCAST and makes it a snap to setup recording for a show.

Cons: Records OK. The PC did crash once when recording a 2.5 hour movie, but I can't pin that directly on the tuner software.

Other Thoughts: Didn't try the antenna yet as I'm in a weak signal area. I struggled a bit with the terminology until I poured through the PDF'd manual.
FYI, the PC has an ASUS M3a-H/HDMI mobo which uses the AMD 780G for video, with a Athlon X2 4850e CPU.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/10/2008 6:36:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsIt works

Pros: It works. I watch tv using the hookup of my choice (cable, antenna, or digital converter). I can manually add any local channels that aren't detected when using an antenna. I like it.

Cons: At install the software said my processor was only 1.3Ghz which isn't true. It used 100% of my processor. It doesn't have a internal hard drive so anything I record from tv is put on my small hard drive.

Other Thoughts: My laptop has a Pentium M 1.6Ghz processor . The device used 100% of the processor which stalled my pc until I added a Gig of Ram. I now have 1.5 GB instead of 512MB. Now it uses between 60%-90% of the processor and I can operate the tv interface with no problems.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/9/2008 1:32:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsdecent.

Pros: clear picture when hooked up to analog cable, now i can actually get ATSC. the antenna pics up a pretty good number of channels, especially when coupled with an old rabbit ears/bow tie antenna

Cons: the most annoying part of this is only having mono with analog video. this makes for poor recordings from TV. i haven't tried recording ATSC yet. also, there's no way that i've found (yet) that will let me be connected to cable TV and the ATSC antenna

Other Thoughts: i bought this mostly for backing up old home videos, so in that respect the mono isn't too bad. still, why would anyone make a device that won't do stereo?

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/4/2008 1:56:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood for HD, bad for SD.

Pros: GREAT HD viewing. The software that comes with it is adequate. HD picture is crisp and lively.

Cons: Uses MASSIVE processor cycles. Impossible to use more than one in a single PC, even with multiple cores. Runs pretty warm. Standard definition is grey and washed out with little color.

Other Thoughts: I purchased two of these initially, thinking I could run them together in my quadcore DVR I built... No such luck. Recording or viewing from ONE of the two caused 100% CPU usage. Attempting to view/record the second channel resulted in jerky picture/audio and just wasn't viable. Additionally, Standard Definition signals are fuzzy/grainy and washed out. No way to adjust this without causing tint and color abnormalities. On the flip side, HD signals are bright, clear, crisp and great color.

I'm knocking off a star because of the SD issues, and another star for the processor usage. If you only want this for HD... then 4 stars!

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/2/2008 12:34:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsWhat happened to their quality?

Pros: ~6" USB extension cable so you can avoid blocking other USB ports.
Seems like it would have nice ATSC HD and SD pictures. Included antenna does OK bringing in ATSC channels in my area (Las Vegas)

Cons: Awful analog quality; no stereo sound for NTSC TV or analog cable.
ATSC SD performance is nice but still occasionally choppy; HD is choppy every 10-15 seconds.

Terrible slow buggy software. I tried the version that came on the CD and then the latest version on the website-both are very sluggigh and crash almost at random. Channel changing is slow when it works; when it doesn't, the application freezes.

Hauppauge quality has gone down-I remember when everyone I knew treated them as the gold standard of PC/Laptop TV tuners.

Other Thoughts: I have a P4 3.2Ghz, 2GB ram, Vista Enterprise, Nvidia Gforce 6600GT 256MB AGP. I can play Blu-Ray discs just fine, so I don't think the video card is the cause of my issues.

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  • Winston W.
  • 5/24/2008 7:17:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood,

Pros: This is good in many ways, Like It has an ease of installing without opening your computer.

Cons: The picture is kind of chalky, The S-video makes it look better but that still looks grainy.

Other Thoughts: Overall its a very good Product, I'll recommend buying for typical use and ease.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/24/2008 11:56:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWinTV-HVR950

Pros: Fits in my laptop bag
Works with Vista Home Premium (with or without SP1)

Cons: None that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: Like another reviewer said,it does get a little warm during use,so use the included USB extension cord (plus the cord lessens the weight on your USB jack).Yes,it's also true that you have to go the Hauppauge website to get a codec in order for it to work with Windows Media Center,but you won't be disappointed.This is a great little device.

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