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Hauppauge 1191 WinTV-HVR-950Q USB TV Tuner Stick/Hybrid Video Recorder with Remote Control

  • Nero LiquidTV | TiVo PC/SageTV/BeyondTV Compatible
  • Remote Included
  • Win7 Compatible
  • ATSC / ClearQAM / NTSC
  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • Remote Included

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Hauppauge thinks outside the box with their WinTV-HVR-950Q. 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.

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 and credit-card sized remote are included. 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-950Q 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 Portable Design The sleek, compact Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-950Q 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-950Q, 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-950Q encodes captured video in advanced MPEG-2 format for higher quality video while taking up less hard drive space.
  • 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.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
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  • Jamey S.
  • 1/20/2015 3:19:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggslove it

Pros: works great on my hp dv7 triple core phenom 2.2Ghz 8Gb memory and int. ATI video worked getting local digital channels with atenna they give you and with cable company. the usb adapter made it possible to digitalize old vhs movies from vcr to my pc lost disk and emailed company they mailed me new disk no problems remote control pretty chinsy and cheap

Cons: the remote

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  • craig S.
  • 1/12/2015 7:05:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWill not install Win 7 64bit

Pros: Works barely on an ancient Toshiba Win XP laptop.

Cons: Will not install on my Toshiba Win 7 pro 64bit laptop. On the XP, it records in custom ".ts" format, which is fine if you want to watch TV on your laptop. However, if you want to record it and watch it later on a TV, you must convert the .ts format to Mpeg, which takes hours, but it does do it.

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  • Kenneth R.
  • 1/4/2015 2:13:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsJunk no good as a full-time tuner

Pros: Once working (drivers installed) it works OK as a add on MediaCenter tuner, it's small has decent reception range once I figured out the antenna extended I don't think the owners manual indicated this?

Cons: Overheats with long term use I just started using it camping when I switched from cable to satellite TV, before I used it as a add on to MediaCenter since my Ceton Infinitv 4 was digital cable only and my cable provider only offered the first 100+ channels in analog only? Yes it was a FCC violation but they didn't care and I had to buy something like this to record the lower channels but it was only on long enough to record one show 30 - 60 Minutes now that I have tired to use it in my RV with a I7 laptop I found out it gets very hot and locks up after a few hours of use if I fall asleep with it on when I wake up I have a frozen laptop that needs a hard reboot ! I tested it on a few other desktops and laptops and the same thing happens on all of them, the remote control is useless I never needed it before since I was using a MediaCenter remote to Control my XBOX 360's that were only being used as extenders, I am disappointed in this tuner for its price it's not worth $9.99 unless you plan on using it for short periods then giving it time to rest/cool down or be prepared to hard reset your PC, I only tried it on Windows 7 X32 and x64 so I don't know how it behaves on other OS's? But with how hot I find it when it freezes I would expect it to have issues with any OS, I am surprised that it still works after recording 3-4 shows a week for over a year.

Other Thoughts: I have a few early pc digital tv tuners that are no longer made on the big East auction site that run cooler and don't lockup but they are huge in comparison to this usb stick about 6"×6"×2" if you really need a PC tuner I would look somewhere else.

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  • David H.
  • 10/17/2014 9:05:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot for linux... yet?

Pros: None.

Cons: Ordered the WinTV-HVR-950Q for my linux based HTPC. Received the 955Q. Wanted to return for a 950Q but never heard back from NewEgg if they had 950Q's in stock. A month later they updated the listing title to include "(WinTV-HVR-955Q)". If you are running linux, you should probably avoid for now (unless you know how to code a driver).

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  • Richard M.
  • 10/7/2014 8:07:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day


Pros: Works OK though slow.

Cons: I have the 850 version I bought about a year ago. The newest version of the software does not allow an upgrade because my CD is not a later version. So I either have to pay them for a newer CD or use the older and very unreliable software.

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  • Donald N.
  • 9/30/2014 11:15:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks better than my Toshiba TV tuner

Pros: This tuner is more sensitive than the tuners on both of my TV's. The free optional Signal Monitor software that's works great with this tuner helps a lot with antenna orientation, since a real signal level meter is really pricey.

Cons: The remote has not worked as easily as one would expect, but it might be me.

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  • Kurt J.
  • 9/15/2014 8:12:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood hardware, mediocre software

Pros: Scans in NTSC/ATSC/ClearQAM channels just fine. ATSC tuner sensitivity is equal to that of my TV. I use it with Windows Media Center to DVR shows from the antenna (primarily PBS).

I had the original 950 for a couple years, then when I fried it (shorted the antenna amplifier it was plugged into) I replaced it with the 950Q. It's served me reliably ever since.

Cons: Included software is pretty bad. I only use it for the composite in from the VCR to back up old tapes. WMC is faster at changing channels than the WinTV software.

The provided antenna is alright, but I'd recommend an actual antenna (even rabbit ears are better)

Because I have it on the 12" USB extension, sometimes it sags juuuust enough to disconnect from the rear USB port. It will NOT work if you plug it back in until you restart the computer (at least in Windows 7 x64).

Other Thoughts: Be sure you have hard drive space since it records the video/audio exactly as received. A 1080 ATSC broadcast is around 6-7GB per hour. My DVR folder is around 500GB so far.

Also, be sure you hold onto the install CD if you want to update the software (it may have been improved in the last year or two). I'm pretty sure you can install the drivers alone from their website, but updating WinTV requires having the old CD in the drive.

Using Windows Media Center you cannot capture video using the A/V connection, but that's how Microsoft designed WMC.

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  • chris r.
  • 8/2/2014 4:31:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDont do it

Pros: You cant get rid of your tv and record straight to your hard drive.

Cons: Ive had this since 2008 and its nothing but problem. Every once in awhile my computer wont see the wint tv so I cant install. It just wont run on. But when I do it on other computers it will. Then after weeks it will decide to work. Ive done everything they recommend several times and it doesnt work. Some of the channels are very snowy and None are HD. I live in Phoenix and we have great cable here. I have a cheap tuner from another company that picks up many HD channels. But in a pinch I turn this on to record things I dont care about the quality (when it works). IMHO pay for a cheaper one, the software may not be as good but it will be more reliable and clearer picture. This is not worth the money.

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  • Jason G.
  • 7/31/2014 3:18:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsPerfect so far

Pros: I purchased this mainly to watch the news or primetime tv while I worked at my computer. It was able to get a few QAM digital tv from RCN (which turned out to be city programming) and all my local OTA ATSC channels. The reception is so good that I don't even need to extend the antenna or move it around to get reception. The picture is also perfect and so far I haven't experience any kind of lag, freeze, distorted, or jerky video. Any kind of slow video might mean that your computer system is not fast enough to decode the tv signal you're trying to get.

Cons: The remote is a piece of trash. Sometimes it would stop working. Some buttons wouldn't work, and others would work as a different function. Taking off the battery and putting it back in would fix the problem though.

I wanted the drivers to be up to date so I went to the Hauppauge website to download the software and drivers instead of using the included cd. Apparently, you need the cd to download the application and driver package from the website. If you lose the cd, you would need to buy a new one which is a complete ripoff.

Other Thoughts: It looks like Hauppauge updated this product. The model is the same (model 1191) but I received the WinTV-HVR-955Q. It looks like everything stayed the same (by comparing mine to online pictures of the 950Q) but according to the box, the USB has an "improved over-the-air TV reception".

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  • Robert F.
  • 7/1/2014 10:39:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than the rest

Pros: It brings the wonder of television to you PC so you don't have to have your TV and PC running at the same time.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Let's face it, there are not many good TV tuners that will make everyone 100% satisfied. Of the ones available, Hauppauge is the lesser of all the evils and works more reliably and better than others. The picture is not as clear as I would like it to be, but that's largely a function of the analog cable service rather than the device itself.

The unit I purchased went bad about 14 months after I purchased it. I RMAed it and there were no problems getting a replacement from Hauppauge even though I reside in the lightning state, and it's very possible that a lightning storm was the cause of the failure . It is under warranty for 2 years, and Hauppauge does honor their warranty on this tuner.

In case anyone is looking for alternatives to the WinTV7 software that comes with the tuner, I downloaded and installed NextPVR as a backup to WinTV7 and it does work with the tuner once it is configured correctly. It also works with XBMC.

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