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Final Clearance Hauppauge WinTV-HVR USB TV Stick

  • Model #: N/A
  • Web Code: 10081833
3.3
(19 ratings)
$89.97

Overview

The WinTV-HVR-950 is a USB TV Stick with a Hybrid TV tuner receiver for both NTSC analog or over-the-air ATSC hi-definition digital TV. Watch, pause and record television on desktop or laptop computers. Its Pocket Size form factor makes it the perfect traveling companion for use with laptop computers. Ships with standing portable telescoping antenna.

More Information

Please Note: The WinTV-HVR-950 will work under Media Center, but is not Media Center compliant. This is due to the fact that Media Center does not currently support a hybrid TV tuner configuration. The difference between 'hybrid' and 'dual tuner' (which Media Center does support) is that hybrid has one tuner which is shared between analog and digital TV, while dual tuner has two tuners, once for analog and one for digital. As the WinTV-HVR-950 features a single tuner, and Windows MCE in this situation requires instruction as to which type of signal to tune, this can cause incompatibilities. If you require the ability to shift quickly between analog and digital signals, please check out the WinTV-HVR-1600 which features a dual-tuner design.

Manufacturer's Warranty:

  • Parts - 1 Year(s)
  • Labour - 1 Year(s)

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  • Tuners
  • ATSC Tuner
    Yes
  • NTSC Tuner
    Yes
  • Inputs/Outputs
  • Audio Input
    Yes
  • Component Input
    No
  • Composite Input
    Yes
  • HDMI Input
    No
  • S-Video Input
    Yes
  • Audio
  • FM Radio Stereo
    No
  • TV Audio (Mono/Stereo)
    Stereo
  • dbx Stereo
    Yes
  • Capture Details
  • MPEG-2 Decoder (Hardware)
    No
  • MPEG-2 Encoder (Hardware)
    No
  • PVR Software
    Yes
  • Raw AVI Capture
    No
  • Video CD Encoder (Hardware)
    No
  • Accessories
  • Remote
    No
  • Other Accessories
    A/V Input Cable/Antenna
  • Warranty Labour
    1 Year(s)
  • Warranty Parts
    1 Year(s)

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Customer Reviews

3.3 / 5
Based on 19 ratings,9 Reviews
Ratings & Reviews
Rating Attributes
Performance
3.4
Ease of Install
4.2
Value
3.3

Positive vs. Critical Reviews

Positive 68%

7 Reviews

Critical 31%

2 Reviews

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  • from Toronto, ON
  • Mar 03, 2015
1.0

Useless for what I wanted

It's not that this is a bad product, it's that it's useless with Rogers (but that's Rogers fault, as always). If you want to use this with an antenna, that's fine. The antenna supplied with this is ok for local stations, or if you're near the CN tower it's quite nice, but getting a better external antenna is recommended. If you plan on buying this to set up a Home Theatre PC (HTPC) to use instead of a PVR, you're out of luck. There are restrictions implemented by cable companies which block you from using such devices. THIS WILL NOT REPLACE YOUR PVR. If you want to back up/digitize your old VHS tapes, family videos, etc...you can do that! As I said, it's not that this is a bad device, but it's useless when paired with Rogers. I sadly didn't do my research before buying, which is my fault. I still give it a low rating because it's basically useless for anyone who has cable television.

  • from Ajax, Ontario
  • Oct 16, 2014
5.0

Works great with external tv antenna DB8e

This ATSC tuner works great. Easy to setup, however I don't use the little antenna that goes with it. I have an external antenna DB8e mounted on a tower with a pre-amp hooked up to 4 tv's. I was able to split the signal from one and keep the signal strong enough to run to the USB tuner. Able to record shows and watch them later. The stick does heat up when its running. When its in use, it cools down.

  • from Mississauga, ON
  • Sep 23, 2014
4.0

Excellent product; does what it says!

I used this along with an antenna I bought separately (the included antenna is next-to-useless) to get HDTV OTA channels. Works flawlessly; just make sure you use the latest version of the WinTV software from the Hauppauge website, and make sure you have the included CD in the drive when installing so it installs all the codecs.

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Jun 24, 2014
4.0

Nice solution for my HTPC

Overall it is O.K. No support from the manufacturer for using it on Linux, but you can get it from the community of LinuxTV. It worked pretty much out-of-the-box in Linux with TVHeadend. You just need to upgrade the firmware. I didn't notice any problem with the dongle heating up to the point you can barely touch it, as I read in other reviews. It is slightly warm, which a think it is normal. I didn't test the remote control since there is not support for Linux. I haven't tested dongle on Windows at all. The included antenna (as any other indoor antenna) get some channels but just if you are close to the tv station or if the tv station is powerful. I recommend and outdoor antenna.

  • from Montreal, QC
  • Apr 26, 2014
4.0

OK overall

I've been using this 950Q stick with a Windows 8 laptop and a HDTV outdoor antenna. The Win TV software works well most of the time. Yes, it crashes occasionally. Changing channels is slow. Takes a few seconds for the program to appear and play at normal speed. Overall, it's ok. Good to have during a rare power failure or when the cable goes out & there is a game is on. I recommend you buy it when on special though.

  • from Sudbury, ON
  • Dec 28, 2013
3.0

Good for Windows / Not so good for Linux

This is a decent piece of hardware for digital cable on Windows and Linux. If you want this for an analog NTSC signal for Linux, keep looking for something else. This item does not have a hardware MPEG encoder, which is required for Linux V4L / IPTV. Linux based PVR servers like MythTV, TVHeadend, VDR will render the HVR-950Q useless with NTSC. If you are using this item for Windows, then it is extremely easy to set up, and get running. After installing codecs through the WinTV-7 software, you can open the door to a number of other PVR options, such as NextPVR, which also works great with XBMC. Up North, where I have Eastlink, there are only 3 channels that are Clear-QAM, other than the Galaxy Music channels.

  • from Cobourg ON
  • Mar 22, 2013
2.0

Ok but!!!!!!

Worked well with windows and digital channels but could not get my local analog off cable TV. Ran into the same thing with linux OS. Will be returning it if possible.

  • from Calgary, Ca
  • Jun 18, 2010
3.0

mediocre, yet cheap

The software bundled with this product can be omitted when installing the drivers. Use Windows Media Center for improved performance, especially when browsing through the channels. The unit does overheat, but it does not present any issues to the product or the TV reception. As the title says, for a cheap TV experience on the PC, this product is ... adequate.

  • from London, ON
  • Feb 19, 2010
5.0

Excellent product

First of all I had purchased the ATI USB 600 TV Tuner card - after reading reviews on other sites I thought it would be a great product - unfortunately it did not work under Windows 7 (64 bit version) - I emailed ATI as to when drivers would be available and they said not for two months (March or April), if I had gone to ATI's site and done some reading on their products listed I would have discovered that information. So I went back and picked up the Hauppauge Win TV HVR USB Stick 950Q last night. Install was easy (Windows 7 picked it up), the CD had WinTV 7 on it - there is a additional download on their site for Windows Media Center - installed no problem. Windows Media Center setup the channels and the interactive program guide works great - able to record all your shows. I wasn't able to use the antenna though - I had to connect my cable directly to the USB device (requiring me to go get a splitter to go from my Internet cable modem and the USB tuner) but again very simple to set up. The WinTV software doesn't seem to work very well - couldn't get a guide to show - I haven't set up the remote yet so I'm not sure how well it does work - but using WMC is all you need. Worth purchasing in my opinion