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Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 USB 2.0 Hybrid TV Box with Hardware MPEG-2 Encoder

  • Record TV on PC/Laptop
  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • Supports VCRs & DV Input
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Hauppauge thinks outside the box with their WinTV-HVR-1950. 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 and Clear QAM digital signals up to 1080i. There is also an FM tuner so you can listen to the radio while you work.

The tuner is compatible with Windows Media Center so it's easy to control. A remote control lets you control the unit and Media Center from across the room. An IR blaster lets you use the included remote to change the channel of a compatible video source.

  • newegg Enjoy HD/SD TV on Your Computer The Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 turns your computer into a true media center that receives worldwide analog TV, unencrypted digital ClearQAM cable TV and digital ATSC (up to 1080i), complementing your digital multimedia experience.
  • newegg Your Personal Digital Video Recorder With the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950, capture live TV shows directly to your PC's hard disk, or schedule your recordings on a daily, weekly or once only basis.
  • newegg Hardware Video Encoding The Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 features a built-in MPEG-2 hardware encoder to record high-quality analog cable TV without occupying CPU resources.
  • newegg Additional Video/Audio Inputs The Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 provides S-video, Composite and RCA Audio inputs so you can capture video or audio sources from other AV devices such as your VCR, game console, camcorder and more.
  • newegg Easy Operation with Remote Control A multi-function remote control is provided so you can access every feature simply at a press of a button.


Learn more about the Hauppauge 1192

Model

Brand
Hauppauge
Model
1192

General

Type
External TV Tuner Box
TV Tuner
Hybrid Tuner
TV Standards
ATSC / ClearQAM / NTSC
FM Tuner
Yes
Remote Control
Remote Included
Interface
USB 2.0

Features

Features
Watch, pause and record TV over USB

Watch ATSC HD digital TV, up to 1080i format

Watch clear QAM digital cable TV up to 1080i format

NTSC analog cable TV, 125 channel cable-ready tuner

Record ATSC digital TV or clear QAM digital cable TV in the original digital quality

Recording analog cable TV with the on-board MPEG-2 encoder, which allows your PC to run at full speed while recording

Dolby-TV stereo decoder

IR Blaster to control satellite and cable TV set top boxes

Schedule TV recordings with WinTV-Scheduler software

Complete built-in audio/video inputs for connecting to VCRs and camcorders

Specifications

Video Encoding
Hardware MPEG-2 encoder
Specifications
Single tuner with the following broadcast formats supported:
- NTSC analog TV, with built-in hardware MPEG-2 encoder
- ATSC over-the-air digital TV, at video resolutions to 1080i
- Clear QAM digital cable TV, at video resolutions to 1080i
- FM radio

Audio/Video inputs:
- S-Video, composite video
- Left and right audio via RCA jacks

Hardware MPEG-2 encoder
- Conexant CX23417 encoder
- 2D comb filter
- Datarates: 2 to 12 Mbits/sec

Size: 4.0" wide x 4.1" deep x 1.1" high

Power: 5V to 12V at 2 amps

Weight: 6.5 oz

System Requirements

Processor
1.0 GHz Intel P4 or equivalent (for watching cable TV)
2.2 GHz Intel P4 or equivalent (for watching high definition ATSC or QAM digital TV)
Graphics Card
Graphics with 64MB memory (or greater)
Available Slot
Available USB 2.0 port
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows XP, XP Pro or Windows XP Media Center Edition, with Service Pack 2, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit) and Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit)
Others
Sound card for TV audio
Optional DVD burner for creating DVDs from your recordings

Packaging

Package Contents
WinTV-HVR-1950 USB 2.0 external box, with built-in IR receiver and MPEG-2 hardware encoder
USB cable
Hauppauge Remote Control Including batteries
IR Blaster Cable
WinTV Installation and Utilities Software CD-ROM
Ulead DVD Movie Factory Software on CD
Quick Installation Guide

Consumer Alert

Consumer Alert
Clear QAM digital cable TV channels are not available on all cable networks. For more information, contact your cable TV provider.
Windows Media Center does not currently support clear QAM. To watch clear QAM channels, you should use the Hauppauge WinTV v6 application.
For analog cable TV reception, you need an analog cable TV connection. If you have a digital cable set-top box or a satellite box, the WinTV-HVR-1950 can connect via either Composite or S-Video inputs. Channel changing will be done using the IR Blaster.
For ATSC over-the-air digital TV reception, a high-gain antenna is recommended. To check the ATSC TV broadcasts in your area, go to TitanTV.com and enter your postal code. Note: depending on the strength of your antenna, you might not be able to receive all broadcasts listed at TitanTV.
To use the WinTV-HVR-1950 for TV with the Windows Media Center application, a Media Center certified DVD or MPEG-2 software decoder should be standard in your Media Center PC. If you are building a Media Center PC, check Microsoft’s website for a list of Media Center certified DVD decoders. The Windows Media Center application is included with Windows XP Media Center, Windows Vista Ultimate, and Windows Vista Home Premium editions only. Note: the enclosed remote control is not MCE certified and does not replace the Media Center remote control.
ATSC TV recordings are not 100% compatible with DVD, and therefore you cannot burn them directly to a DVD.
For use with Windows Vista, the WinTV-HVR-1950 is certified for use with Microsoft’s Media Center application. Not all included applications on the enclosed installation CD are currently certified for use with Windows Vista.

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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  • Alan S.
  • 2/15/2013 8:18:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAnother Hauppauge Great

Pros: Fast Install,Works

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Bought this for the living room laptop after I owned a pci tuner by haupauge for my desktop, These things work great and turn your pc into a DVR , I'm not a fan od the Win tv program that comes with it so I just installed drivers for the remote and the tuner and use windows media center .

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  • Robert M.
  • 2/8/2013 9:51:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsTroubles!

Pros: When it works, it works good! Nice resolution etc.

Cons: When opening the program, many times cannot find a channel. Have to close program, unplugged the power and plug it back in. Start the program again to see if it works. May require redoing the same procedure more than once. Very slow at switching channels and sometimes may freeze. Must use "Task Manager" to close the program and start all over.

Other Thoughts: Have emailed their Support 5 different times and have NOT received ONE single response!!

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  • Jesse R.
  • 7/28/2012 8:40:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt's a shame....

Pros: Watch and record tv. Listen to FM radio.
Record composite video to your computer in .mpeg format.

Cons: Barely lasted two years.

Other Thoughts: This is the 2nd Hauppauge USB device I have been through. Both lasted around two years, then crapped out. This is a really great device, but it's longevity should be questioned.
Too bad it's one of the better devices out there, as far as options go at least...

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  • Rick S.
  • 4/2/2012 10:08:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Easy install on Win 7. Very little CPU usage with Windows media center.

Cons: Video quality is very poor compared to PCTV 801e. All video from this device appears compressed. HD doesn’t appear in HD quality artifacts all over.

Other Thoughts: I would not buy it again.

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  • Richard O.
  • 3/23/2012 6:28:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDO NOT BUY WORTHLESS

Pros: Plays cable to well when it actually works

Cons: NOTHING BUT deadweight
constantly have to either reset or reinstall the drivers whenever I turn my computer off or on
there is almost nothing good about this device

Other Thoughts: DONT BUY

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  • christopher c.
  • 1/22/2012 1:44:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLow Qual Video

Pros: Composite and SVideo inputs, FM Radio, Digital TV, External antennas for FM and TV, Copying VHS tapes over to the PC works well once you figure it out. Works on Windows 7 64bit. TV and DVR works great. FM tuner works great.

Cons: Composite video is very grainy and slow interlaced. If you're trying to copy VHS over to your system. Not shielded well from outside interference. Keep away from Routers, Cordless phones, cell phonse or anything else putting out a signal, otherwise you'll see the interference on the display. Have to turn off the prerecording if you want to use the composite inputs to plug an older condole into it aka Wii. Still the picture quality is very weak. No HD Radio.

Other Thoughts: Still need a fast PC if you want to convert the videos in to AVI, Divx, MP4, or somethign other than mpeg2 (DVD format). Upgrade the software often. The latest upgrades fixed some issues I was having. No AM radio, but does anyone listen to that still?

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  • Howard H.
  • 11/29/2011 9:23:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo Not Buy

Pros: Can't think of any pros at this time after using for a year.

Cons: Buggy software, even the updated versions. IR Blaster not compatible with Windows Media Center, even though it's advertised as such and contains a MCE remote. Basically, if you are like most people and use a set top box (STB) don't buy this device as it's support is very limited. I have not tested with an antenna, as I have cable. $130 for limited OTA channels or basic cable is a complete waste.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking to integrate TV into your MCE experience, move on as this device will require you to buy ANOTHER IR Blaster as the one on the device is not compatible with MCE.

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  • Andrew B.
  • 9/22/2011 10:32:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsWeak, Slow Tuner

Pros: Builtin IR Blaster
Works with mythbuntu

Cons: Channel changes are slow.
A low dollar RCA tuner from Walmart consistently pulls in weaker OTA signals.
Does not recover quickly when minor signal dropouts occur.

Other Thoughts: I would not recommend this device to anyone trying to receive OTA signals and is more than 20 miles from the transmitting tower. I switched to a competitor's device and found that it excels at everything the 1950 struggled with. I guess you could call the competitor's device a (hint) "homerun" when it came to meeting my expectations.

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  • Steve W.
  • 5/19/2011 9:52:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThis box is worthless!!!!

Pros: None

Cons: The box does not work with Windows XP Pro. Many hours were spent trying to get the drivers installed correctly. and I finally threw in the towel. I do not usually write negative reviews, but this box demanded some feedback.

Other Thoughts: Hauppauge has really lost it.

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  • Brandon C.
  • 3/11/2011 10:31:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHas problems

Pros: works well enough once you get it working

Cons: have to reset the power to the unit every time I power my computer on for it to unscramble analog signals. This is apparently a widespread issue.

Other Thoughts: if you leave your computer on 100% of the time, you shouldn't have any problems.

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