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Hauppauge 1653 Cordcutter Wi-Fi Network TV Tuner for iPhones, iPads, Android Phones, Tablets and Media Players

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  • Dual ATSC and clear receivers in one small box. Stream two TV channels to two devices at once
  • Stream live HD TV to smartphones, tablets and media playing devices like Roku. Cord cutter TV streams wirelessly over W-Fi
  • Two built-in hardware transcoders are included for the best optimization of your Wi-Fi network
  • Download our 'myTV' app from the Apple or Google app stores. Allows you to watch and pause live HD TV

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General information

Cordcutter TV

High performance network TV tuner with Wi-Fi and dual transcoders

The Cordcutter TV is a Wi-Fi network TV tuner for over-the-air ATSC HD digital TV and clear QAM digital cable TV*. It streams live, free over-the-air HD TV to iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets plus media players like AppleTV, Roku and FireTV. Cordcutter TV has two built-in TV receivers and two transcoders, so you can watch live TV on two devices from two TV channels at the same time. You can also record live TV on your phone or tablet, or schedule recording on a USB storage device plugged into the Cordcutter - none of your favorite content will be missed. Plus, installation is easy and clean, thanks to its dual-band (2.4GHz/5GHz) Wi-Fi capability.

* Not all cable TV networks send clear QAM channels. Please check with your local cable operator for the availability of clear QAM digital cable TV.

Recording of live TV locally is only available on iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets and the AppleTV.

Scheduled recording on Cordcutter TV requires a USB thumb drive plugged into the back of the Cordcutter TV. One hour of TV requires approximately 4 Gbytes of USB storage.

General information

Dual Tuners: Watch Live TV on Two Devices at the Same Time

Cordcutter TV has two TV tuners and two transcoders, so you can watch on two devices at the same time.

Completely Wireless!

Cordcutter TV has dual band, high performance 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi built in. So you don't need any wires from your antenna to your home router. Just add an antenna, connect Cordcutter TV to your home Wi-Fi network, and start watching free HD TV on your iPhone, iPad, Android device or media player.

You can use Cordcutter TV attached to your TV antenna in one room, and stream wirelessly to your home router in another room!

Dual Transcoders for the Best Operation with Mobile Devices

Save your mobile device's battery life! The built-in dual transcoders in Cordcutter TV convert over-the-air HD TV into H.264. This is the video format used by the built-in hardware acceleration in mobile devices, and reduces power consumption and extends your battery life.

Hauppauge's myTV App for TV Watching, Pause and Recording

The Hauppauge myTV application is available on Apple, Google and Amazon app stores for download. myTV gives you live TV and a free 24 hour channel guide.

Watch Live Over-the-Air ATSC HD TV and Clear QAM Digital Cable TV

ATSC Is Free HD TV - ATSC is free over-the-air digital HDTV standard for North America and typically requires an antenna for reception. There is no monthly fee for ATSC HD TV.

Clear QAM Is Digital Cable TV - Clear QAM allows users to watch unencrypted HDTV stations from cable TV without a set-top box. Clear QAM does require a cable TV subscription. Clear QAM TV is not available on all cable networks, so check with your local cable TV operator for clear QAM availability.

Learn more about the Hauppauge Cordcutter TV (1653)

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Return Policies
    • Return for refund within: 30 days
    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
  • This item is covered by's Standard Return Policy.
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Could have been a Good Product

Pros: Easy to connect to a wired network

Cons: Plugged the 1gb Ethernet connection to wired network for best performance. When selecting any channel, it will freeze after 1 second on any device even hard wired Android Kodi boxes that are hard wired. Antenna signal on the channels is perfect. Will not recognize any SD card inserted into SD card slot. Unable to install Hauppauge My Tv app on Fire Stick which is the main reason for purchasing this product. On the product description it is listed as a supported device.

Other Thoughts: I had contacted support Via website and selecting technical support. It took only a minute for a rep to join the chat. The rep mentioned the SD card slot is not supported. You cannot record from the guide you have to use VCR type interface from the MyTV app and select the start and stop times. To record you have to use a usb stick and the usb slot on the back which I had tried and my device was not recognized. The rep said lot of fixes are in the latest firmware update which is selected from the my TVApp. I used my ZTE Zmax phone and the MYTV app to flash the unit and it crashed at 8%. After rebooting several times, I was able to view TV again however in order to keep any connected device even one hard wired to watch local channels from locking up after 1 second of viewing TV I had to set the picture quality in the app to the lowest quality.
I have a Linksys AC WRT3200 and have used Silicon Dust Home Run and all 3 connections running with no issues.
This product had potential seeing it had an ability to store recordings on the device without having to attach network storage device or fill up a portable device with large files and two built in tuners. Unfortunately, it has fallen way short of expectations.

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1/ 5
Terrible Customer Service

Pros: none

Cons: worked for 1 day. contracted support and they could not provide instructions on how to fix issue. they kept telling me to perform the same steps to get the product into adhoc mode, then connect to WIFI. I explained multiple times I have attempted to do this.

Other Thoughts: Do not buy. Try Silicondust or tablo instead.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Bien, mais pas merveilleux

Pros: Reçu à temps, facile à brancher, permet comme prévu de streamer la télé captée par une antenne. Ainsi, il est possible de regarder la télé sur mon iPhone, iPad et Appletv.

Cons: Appareil semble instable. Ne fonctionne pas de facon constante. La programmation d’enregistrements est vraiment terrible. Le guide télé n’apparaît pas nécessairement pour toutes les émissions. Donc on se retrouve avec une liste interminable d’enregistrements sans nom... très difficile de s’y retrouver. De plus, l’apparreil n’est pas sur la bonne date car si je programme un enregistrement pour mardi de la semaine prochaine qui est le 6 novembre, la date d’enregistrement est le 5. Il faut donc bidouiller avec les dates et journées. J’ai branché un disque externe de 3to sur le port USB. Il est parfois reconnue, parfois non... la recherche de postes de télé est très longue. Plusieurs minutes. Je l’utilise en réseau filaire car j’ai été incapable de le faire fonctionner en wifi.

Après une semaine, je n’ai toujours pas eu de retour du service après vente de Hauppauge. J’ai compris que le conflit d’horaire est dû au changement d’heures en automne. Je n’ai toujours pas réussi à enregistrer les émissions. J’ai acheté une clé USB de 256g car j’ai pensé que l’utilisation d’un disque HDd externe pouvait causer problème. Ça ne fonctionne toujours pas avec une clé USB.

J’ai dû rebouter au moins 25 fois pour essayer d’en faire fonctionner correctement l’appareil. Quand je programme certaines emissi9n, j’obtiens un message d’erreur disant que l’heure programme doit être plus grande d’au moins 1 minutes...pourtant la programmation est pour dans 3 jours...

L’application plante régulièrement en live stream.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Promising but failed to deliver

Pros: Form Factor... that's pretty much it...

Cons: Since I've upgraded my new unit from firmware 403 to 408 release, things went from ok, to bad to worst.

Firmware release 403, which came with the unit, was stable but did not allow streaming except with Hauppage myTV mobile app.

Release 408, provided by Hauppage Support, does enable to use the product with a Plex server as a network PVR. However, it only worked for a day. The product seemed to freeze so I did a power off/on operation to restore it back to normal. For some reasons, the unit reverts randomly back to version 403 (former one...). I did a second firmware updated based on the manufacturers instructions.. I did everything by the book but I had to go through a few hiccups but managed to get it back to the latest release.

To top it off, now the product is unable to stream video, even if I delete it from my Plex Server, reboot the whole thing and use Hauppage myTV Android app to view live tv. Regardless of what I do, I can't see video anymore :(

Simply put, now that box is as good as a brick...

Other Thoughts: A good product is both hardware AND software, which isn't the case here.

Unpredictable behavior from a product will cause a very predictable outcome to consumers : refunds

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