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Hauppauge 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.


Learn more about the Hauppauge 1191

Model

Brand
Hauppauge
Model
1191

General

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

Features

Features
Watch high definition ATSC digital TV or analog cable 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.

Includes Hauppauge's WinTV v6 application to watch and record TV in a window or full screen. With WinTV-Scheduler, so you can record your favorite TV programs daily, weekly or once only.

Digital ATSC over-the-air TV tuner built-in. A portable digital TV antenna is included, and can be used to receive digital TV up to 10 miles from a ATSC transmitter. Record ATSC digital TV programs to your PC's hard disk using high quality MPEG-2. TV recordings will typically consume 5 Gigabytes of disk space per hour for ATSC high definition.

Clear QAM digital TV tuner built-in. Watch, pause and record clear QAM cable TV channels.

Record analog TV shows to your PC's hard disk using our SoftPVR MPEG-2 encoder. Analog TV recordings will typically consume 1.5 Gigabytes of disk space per hour.

Media Center compatible. Watch and recording TV with Microsoft's Windows Media Center

System Requirements

Processor
2.2 GHz Intel P4 or 1.8 GHz Centrino or equivalent
2.8 GHz Intel P4 or Core Duo or equivalent for analog TV recording with MPEG-2
Graphics Card
64 MB of memory (minimum)
Available Slot
USB 2.0 port (will not work with USB 1.1)
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit), Windows Vista or Windows XP with Service Pack 2
Others
CD-ROM drive (for Software installation)

Packaging

Package Contents
WinTV-HVR-950Q USB 2.0 TV stick with cable TV or ATSC antenna connection
Hauppauge credit card remote control
Audio/video adapter cable
USB extension cable
Portable TV antenna
Installation software and WinTV v7 application on CD-ROM
Quick Installation Guide

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited
Labor
2 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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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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  • Harry S.
  • 4/7/2014 10:44:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It allows video to be displayed on a computer.

Cons: It has some delay. Changing channels in a menu on our roku is annoying.
Picture is fuzzy and has ghosting. It is most noticeable when using a tv connected to the monitor out port on the computer.

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  • Chad H.
  • 4/1/2014 8:49:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible. Plain and simple

Pros: None

Cons: There is nothing positive to say about this product or the software it uses

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  • Jesus G.
  • 2/25/2014 11:43:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHauppauge Customer Service

Pros: Nice product when it works.

Cons: Simple and straightforward.

Other Thoughts: Wow! Hauppauge wins the award. The rudest customer service ever. Congratulations. Now if I can only get this gizmo to work ... again.

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  • Matthew K.
  • 2/4/2014 3:39:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsworks great for me, on win7pro

Pros: Pros...
Hooked 2 up to usb2 on back of computer, win7pro recognized right away and installed drivers. good recording so far, even when running my design software.

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: My system is a dual video card, quad core cpu, 16gb, win7pro pc. I use snapstream beyondtv for viewing and recording, and use the link to view on my laptop... I wanted to get rid of my other pc which has 2 pci tv tuners and all I have left open in my big box is a pci express 2 slot... so far these have worked great, recording 2 shows at once, while running task heavy processes in my design software, no issues with the recordings... will update if issues start

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  • Karl J.
  • 1/29/2014 2:06:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot much good....

Pros: None I can think of.....

Cons: I can hardly know where to start... It loaded onto my Win 7 but it was downhill from there. It NEVER brought up the setup screen so everything else was useless. I tried calling and getting some tech support..... forget it... On hold forever.... Save your money..... (This is just MY opinion). It might work on your machine but do you want to take the risk with your money...... Just a thought....

Other Thoughts: I would rather watch paint dry then try this again.....so I sent it back (were it belongs) in a box that holds a useless item......

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  • Mark L.
  • 1/13/2014 5:29:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks perfectly in Win7 64bit + Media Center

Pros: Excellent picture. It found all my local channels using a cheap rabbit ears antenna.

I didn't' install the software that came with it. Lots of review saying it has problems, but it works perfectly with windows media center.

Recording programs is super easy to do, and easy to see what is being recorded and what was recorded.

There is one thing to know about getting it installed. You MUST do a Windows update after you plug in the device and it is recognized. (Windows update will find and install an update for it after it is plugged in. If you don't do the win update media center will hang when you do a channel search).

I bought this for my wife's PC.
I am back buying one my PC now!

You want great quality TV on your PC buy this!
No hassles at all.
Amazing.

Cons: No cons at all.

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  • Kristophe G.
  • 1/8/2014 8:59:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorks - Lots of Lag & Not the best quality

Pros: It includes unencrypted clearQAM and works for digital and analog.

I tried some of the others (Kworld, ATI) and this one did have the best clearQAM analog reception. Timewarner still provides their standard cable over unencrypted clearqam analog signal.

Cons: It has huge amounts of lag switching between channels. I just purchased a new HTPC Intel I5 3.4Ghz Quad-core with 8GB memory and it takes 5-10 seconds to switch.

As a comparison, I utilize HDPrime for HD channels and it switches in less than 1 second using IP.

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