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Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner

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Product Highlights
  • ATSC
  • NTSC
  • Clear QAM
  • Analog Video Capture
  • Digital TV Antenna
  • Remote Control

The WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner from Hauppauge is an external USB TV tuner for Windows systems. It can handle analog NTSC signals, as well as digital ATSC and Clear QAM signals, which are often broadcast in 1080i HD.

Tunes analog SD (NTSC) and digital HD (ATSC and Clear QAM) TV signals
Captures video from S-Video and composite sources via included breakout cable
Credit card-sized remote control is included
Portable antenna is included
USB 2.0 interface
PVR software for Windows is included
Device Type USB 2.0
AV Formats
Video System ATSC, NTSC, Clear QAM
Video Formats SD, HD
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Audio Formats Stereo
Tuner
TV NTSC
FM None
DTV ATSC, Clear QAM
TV Options
Time Shift Yes
Closed Caption Support No
Channel Preview No
Connectors
TV Input 1x RF
Video 1x S-Video
1x RCA composite
Audio 1x RCA stereo
General
Agency Certifications FCC
System Requirements Computer: 2.2GHz Pentium 4 or 1.8GHz Centrino; 2.8GHz Pentium 4 or Core Duo for analog recording with MPEG-2
Operating System: Windows XP SP2, Vista
Memory: 64MB
Hardware: USB 2.0, CD-ROM drive
Dimensions (WxHxD) Not Specified by Manufacturer
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner
  • USB Extension Cable
  • AV Cable
  • Remote Control
  • Antenna
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    HauppaugeWinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner
     
    4.1

    (based on 56 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    87%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (45)
    • Easy to use (39)
    • Reliable (28)
    • Good graphics quality (27)
    • Quality output (5)

    Cons

    • Unreliable performance (7)
    • Difficult to use (4)
    • Poor graphics quality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Everyday (41)
    • Multimedia (15)
    • Movies (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (27), Power user (11), Professional (9), Cinephile (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great HD Image Quality ...

    I bought this item in order to view HD TV on my laptop. I own a DELL XPS M1710 running Windows Vista 32-bit with a screen resolution of 1920x1200 pixels. So my hardware...Read complete review

    I bought this item in order to view HD TV on my laptop. I own a DELL XPS M1710 running Windows Vista 32-bit with a screen resolution of 1920x1200 pixels. So my hardware is nice to view an support HD digital television which has on it's 1080i specification an equivalent resolution of 1920 x 1080 interlaced.

    I live in Mexico City and here we have over the air near 10 open and free channels.

    The main reason for the purchase was to be able to watch the free FIFA 2010 soccer World Cup match games while on the go. Here in house I do not own a HD TV and this WinTV-HVR-950Q USD adapter is my first experience with ATSC HD TV reception.

    The hardware installation can not be easier, just plug the item on a free USB and that's all. On the software side I went to the manufacturer web site and downloaded the latest drivers and the WINTV7 software application, just in case the drivers and software that came with the CD-ROM would not be up to date. Fast and easy to find. Installing the software was almost automatic and all I needed was a quick reboot. Not more than 5 minutes.

    Once installing the drivers and software I plug the portable antenna, open the WINTV7 application and run the channel scanner. All these steps indoors near a big window, where all channels were found at the first attempt.

    The experience and image quality was beautiful. I can not be happy. I could view any channel on a window of any size or at full screen. On full screen mode, since my laptop has a bigger resolution that the HD, two black bars are present at the top and bottom in order to use only the 1920x1080 pixels and not the 1920x1200 total.

    You can not be wrong with this purchase, specially if your target machine has the needed screen resolution. The best way to enjoy HD TV without buying a new TV set.

    The only con I can found is the power of the portable included antenna. If I try to watch TV indoors in a room to far for an open view to the sky or any windows, the TV signal goes weak or even some channels can be lost. That of course is expected, since the main intention of this kit is portability. If you need, a self powered and bigger ATSC antenna can be purchased. Outdoors and running on laptop battery powers there is no problem at all for reception and image quality.

    Hope this helps. Highly recommended.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    When it works, it works well.

    This tuner is small, discreet and easily set up. It includes an antenna which works well for some local TV stations that have strong broadcast wattage.

    I had downloaded updated...Read complete review

    This tuner is small, discreet and easily set up. It includes an antenna which works well for some local TV stations that have strong broadcast wattage.

    I had downloaded updated drivers from the Hauppauge website, and after simply plugging the device into a USB port, I installed the drivers and applications without any problems.

    However, the stability of the WinTV 7 application is very bad. As I increment through channels using the '+' key on my keyboard, it works well sometimes and changes to the next channel without issue. Other times the screen goes black and then the Windows "Application has stopped working" dialog pops up and I must close the application. I have not been able to determine a pattern to the failures.

    Because of this instability, this is not a product that I can trust to reliably watch TV. In my opinion, this product is designed for very casual TV watching, and not as a main TV device.

    I'm running Windows 8.1 64-bit with this TV tuner.

    Reviewed by 56 customers

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    1.0

    Pixelated and buffering

    By Ben

    from Orlando, FL

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Poor Graphics Quality
    • Unreliable Performance

    Best Uses

      Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner:

      Constant buffering and pixelated picture, disappointed.

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      3.0

      Works okay but you need to tweak it

      By Digs

      from novato

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Poor Graphics Quality
        • Unreliable Performance

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use

        Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner:

        I use it for my digital signage system and it tends to have problems with all sorts of virus protection and certain files. I did get it up and running if you are using for enterprise beware.

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        2.0

        Not very happy with the tuner

        By none

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Graphics Quality

        Cons

        • Unreliable Performance

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Movies
        • Multimedia

        Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner:

        The problem is I can't get local channels, which is the reason I wanted the tv tuner. I get messages that there is no signal on basic local channels such as KABC 7, 13, etc. - in Los Angeles using my zip code 90020. They advise attaching something to the roof antena; however, I don't know how to fix it to make it work. My television has very good reception using a roof antena for over 150 mile radius, but this tuner, which I wanted to use on my lap top computer to view live tv, can't do what I need it to do.

        It does get other channels, which is ok and they come in pretty clear; however, I did have to move the antena to get a good signal.

        It's a good antena; but it doesn't get the basic stations I want to view in my local area.

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        3.0

        Good Hardware - Disappointing Software

        By WelcomedRain

        from Litchfield, Connecticut

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Good Graphics Quality
        • Reliable Performance

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

          Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner:

          This is the second external USB tuner I've used. I'm using it with my local cable company's free ClearQAM signal (attaching the cable company's cable directly into my computer without cable box). The nice thing is that the signal is clear and reliable. Unfortunately my Windows Media Center has mistaken CBS for NBC and there doesn't seem to be a thing in the world I can do about it (I've tried everything from manually adding the stations to using virtual or actual channel numbers... nothing works). That means I have to rely of the software which comes with the device in order to record NBC shows. But there doesn't appear to be any ability to schedule recordings... only record live as it is happening. So on that front it is disappointing. There is a program guide which simply opens a web page to channel listings but that is all. Good device but not ideal or that easy to use. I haven't tried it was an over the air antenna but the ClearQAM signal comes in like a champ. I have contacted Hauppauge with no response so far.

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          5.0

          work well

          By hiro

          from SF, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use

            Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner:

            compact
            work as expected

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            4.0

            USB TV Tuner by Hauappauge

            By ashlefty

            from Parma, OH

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Freezes On Occasion
            • Runs Very Warm

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Multimedia

            Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner:

            use on an hp pavilion laptop. picks up cox cable channels. runs very warm and freezes on occasion.

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            4.0

            TV Tuner

            By ashlefty

            from parma, oh

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable Performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Multimedia

              Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner:

              Use this on an hp laptop. picks up cox cable channels. remote doesn't work all the time, hit or miss. unit is very warm to the touch.

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              2.0

              When it works, it works well.

              By Colm

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Power user, Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Poor Graphics Quality
              • Unreliable Performance

              Best Uses

              • Very Casual Tv Viewing

              Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner:

              This tuner is small, discreet and easily set up. It includes an antenna which works well for some local TV stations that have strong broadcast wattage.

              I had downloaded updated drivers from the Hauppauge website, and after simply plugging the device into a USB port, I installed the drivers and applications without any problems.

              However, the stability of the WinTV 7 application is very bad. As I increment through channels using the '+' key on my keyboard, it works well sometimes and changes to the next channel without issue. Other times the screen goes black and then the Windows "Application has stopped working" dialog pops up and I must close the application. I have not been able to determine a pattern to the failures.

              Because of this instability, this is not a product that I can trust to reliably watch TV. In my opinion, this product is designed for very casual TV watching, and not as a main TV device.

              I'm running Windows 8.1 64-bit with this TV tuner.

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              5.0

              Works like a charm!

              By Darryl

              from Minneapolis,Mn.

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Easy To Use
              • Good Graphics Quality
              • Reliable Performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use

                Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner:

                Plugged it in. Instantly recognized. Set-up and interface with Windows Media Center was very easy.I have yet to record anything but the quality of the HD video was impressive. I won't toss the old SVHS machine yet but this is definitely a great update!

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                4.0

                Channel ReScan Failed

                By Lou

                from Californiz

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Difficult To Install

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use

                Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner:

                Planned to use for recording OTA TV programs in place of my DVR.
                Great Things: Compact size
                Not So Great Things: Unit worked well after first channel scan. Then, I tried to rescan channels and had a failure. Could not reload drivers and WinTV from the DVD for some reason. Now in the process of getting email help from Hauppauge.

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                5.0

                Totally worth it!

                By Miss P. aka The Glue

                from Austin, TX

                About Me Casual User, Power user, Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Easy To Use
                • Good Graphics Quality
                • Reliable Performance

                Cons

                • No complaints

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Multimedia

                Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner:

                I own 3 of these and I have told all of my friends how beneficial and fail proof they are. Don't just buy one, buy 3 one for you and one for each of your closest friends!

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                4.0

                Works Well

                By Alice from Dallas

                from Dallas, TX

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Easy To Use
                • Good Graphics Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use

                  Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner:

                  I use this everyday to watch OTA digital channels. Of course it depends on your signal, but I've had good luck receiving local digital channels, and they come in very clear. the software and hardware are both easy to install and use.

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                  1.0

                  don't be fooled like me

                  By joe

                  from mt union,pa

                  About Me High bandwidth user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner:

                      I got this product because it says it will connect with digital cable tv and hook up to your dish set top box. it will do that it just won't recognize your channels so all you have is video,so you can just get a 6.00 easy cap and it is about the same thing.waste of money.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      It works!

                      By BC

                      from Maumee, Oh

                      About Me High bandwidth user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Highly Compatible

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Highly Secure Networks
                        • High Volume

                        Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner:

                        Easy to install and IT WORKS! I can now watch / record any channels available on my cable, on my computer monitor. I have only had it for two weeks, but so far, it works great.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Works as advertised, and works well

                        By Magic Mike

                        from San Jose, CA

                        About Me Power user, Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Good Graphics Quality
                        • Reliable Performance
                        • Usb Is Great For Laptops

                        Cons

                        • Analog Portion Extraneous

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use

                        Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner:

                        I use this for over the air reception. I do *not* use the WinTV software. I am using MythTV on a linux box. The only negatives I found about the product before I purchased were all about the software, and I knew I wouldn't use it. (So can't confirm either way.) My calculation paid off, because the hardware is working great. I get essentially the same reception through it to my linux laptop as I do on my Sony Bravia 54" TV. (Utilizing a roof mounted antenna, not the one that is included.. never even tried it.)

                        Especially for the price, this was a great intro experience to PC based TV for me... and the USB interface is a wonderful solution for a laptop.

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                        5.0

                        Works well with WD TV Live Hub

                        By Revelation320

                        from Mechanicsburg, PA

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Graphics Quality
                        • Reliable Performance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner:

                            Got this to use with the Western Digital TV Live Hub. Works well using cable to get clear QAM channels. Antenna doesn't have much range & remote is so-so. I use the Hub remote to change channels on the tuner & it works well.

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                            4.0

                            works well enough with WD TV Live

                            By Carl

                            from Wintergreen, VA

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner:

                                I'm using this with a WD TV Live box. It's easy to install and works, though changing channels takes several seconds. It runs warm even when not being used, so I wonder how long it will last. The inclusion of a USB extension cable was a nice touch.

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                                5.0

                                Great product

                                By LampJefe

                                from Garden Grove, CA

                                About Me Gamer, Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Graphics Quality
                                • Interoperability
                                • Portability
                                • Reliable Performance

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use

                                  Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner:

                                  This is a replacement for my first unit which I broke somehow. The antenna input detached from the PCB. I like the versatility of having a USB connection so I can share it with multiple systems (as opposed to having a dedicated card in a desktop machine). I connect to an external roof antenna. I have not used the portable antenna so I cannot atest to its signal strength. The PVR feature is great for capturing programs to view later or even to edit.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Product

                                  By D-Man

                                  from Tampa Bay, Florida

                                  About Me Casual User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Good Graphics Quality
                                  • Reliable Performance

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday use

                                    Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner:

                                    Great product. I just puchased my second one. The wife has had one on her computer for a couple years now,and now I also have one.

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                                    4.0

                                    Answers the Mail

                                    By Critique Al

                                    from San Francisco, CA

                                    About Me Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Good Graphics Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Everyday use
                                      • Multimedia

                                      Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner:

                                      The Good:
                                      Super clear HDTV signal via QAM. Painless installation. DVR features are a nice plus.

                                      The Bad:
                                      Remote control is worthless; requires direct line-of-site and has a range of 5 feet.

                                      The Ugly:
                                      The software is horrible. Crashes periodically, especially when switching between monitors. Aesthetically unappealing, unintuitive UX.

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