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Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 External USB 2.0 TV Tuner

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Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 External USB 2.0 TV Tuner

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Product Highlights

  • ATSC
  • NTSC
  • Clear QAM
  • FM Radio
  • Analog Video Capture
  • Remote Control
  • Hardware MPEG-2 Encoding
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You Pay: $99.99

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The WinTV-HVR-1950 External USB 2.0 TV Tuner from Hauppauge is an external USB 2.0 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. Designed for desktop use, the tuner features hardware MPEG-2 encoding, and includes a remote control and IR blaster.

Tunes analog SD (NTSC) and digital HD (ATSC and Clear QAM) TV signals
Captures video from S-Video and composite sources
Includes remote control and IR blaster
Hardware MPEG-2 compresses video without putting a strain on your CPU
Tunes FM radio stations
USB 2.0 interface
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 Yes
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: 1GHz Pentium 4 (Analog TV); 2.2GHz Pentium 4 (Digital TV)
Operating System: Windows XP SP2, Vista (32-bit); 64-bit Vista supported through Microsoft Windows Media Center application only
Memory: 64MB
Hardware: USB 2.0 port, Sound card, CD-ROM drive
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.9 x 1.1 x 4.1" (10 x 2.8 x 10.4cm)
Weight 0.4 lb (0.18kg)
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 External USB 2.0 TV Tuner
  • USB Cable
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • IR Blaster Cable
  • Software CD-ROMs
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    HauppaugeWinTV-HVR-1950 External USB 2.0 TV Tuner
     
    3.5

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable construction (4)
    • Highly compatible (3)
    • Reliable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Computer equipment (3)
      • Everyday (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Quality oriented (7)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (9), Business (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Video quality is very good

      I bought this because it is compatible witha program called ORB. My current External USBTV Tuner was not. What I like about the tuner is the compatibilitywith ORB. Other than that I see...Read complete review

      I bought this because it is compatible witha program called ORB. My current External USBTV Tuner was not. What I like about the tuner is the compatibilitywith ORB. Other than that I see it's performanceno better than my existing tuner.What I don't like is and was confirmed with [...] people, it is not compatible with Windows Media Encoder 9.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      so so

      It does not really tell you on the box what kind of HDTV you will have. When you open the box and read the instructions, you find out that only certain people living in...Read complete review

      It does not really tell you on the box what kind of HDTV you will have. When you open the box and read the instructions, you find out that only certain people living in certain regions have the ATSC digital TV. In Manhattan we don't seem to have it. It's a nightmare to try to get the "IR Blaster" to work with the top box. In fact, it didn't work with Atlanta Scientific (Time Warner). So the extra for $$ and IR support was a waste of money. The instructions could be much better. They should give you an overall idea of the whole setting before the step by step. (I hav a gamer computer with i7 processor and dual video card and a great monitor, so you can't blame on them.)

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      5.0

      Simple and easy TV

      By bobbyinpa

      from Chocolate town, USA

      Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 External USB 2.0 TV Tuner:

      This connects to your PC quickly and the software installs without a problem. Great picture quality noted and win tv software is complete. I enjoy this so much.

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      3.0

      Good hardware Poor software

      By RJ

      from PA

      About Me High bandwidth user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Networks

        Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 External USB 2.0 TV Tuner:

        Great Picture. Some good features. Software could use some improvement.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        4.0

        Good Product

        By Ron

        from King of Prussia, PA.

        About Me High bandwidth user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Highly Compatible

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 External USB 2.0 TV Tuner:

            Great Hardware but not so great software

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

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            3.0

            Hardware great. Software? Meh.

            By Simon

            from Cary, NC

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable construction

            Cons

            • Poor Application Sw

            Best Uses

              Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 External USB 2.0 TV Tuner:

              Using with Win 7. Wanted to set it up as a head end for XBMC PVR. The Win TV software is a bit weird. I found that it will NOT co-exist with Skype if you have a video camera. I have to log off Skype if I want to record anything. Also, recordings are not very reliable unless you tune the channel manually.

              Hard to evaluate the hardware independant of the software. Hauppage is normally quality kit, and I see no reason to change that opinion.

              Basically, buy this, but find something better than Win TV.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              4.0

              Win TV - HVR - 1950

              By mgrubb

              from Indianapolis, IN

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable construction
              • Highly Compatible
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Computer Equipment

                Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 External USB 2.0 TV Tuner:

                We have used this product for over 4 years with no regrets. The Tuner has worked flawlessly. We had a concern recently and purchased another to see if the tuner was the issue and it was not. I would recommend this product.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                so so

                By Rocser

                from New York, NY

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Limited Compatibility
                  • Unreliable

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 External USB 2.0 TV Tuner:

                    It does not really tell you on the box what kind of HDTV you will have. When you open the box and read the instructions, you find out that only certain people living in certain regions have the ATSC digital TV. In Manhattan we don't seem to have it. It's a nightmare to try to get the "IR Blaster" to work with the top box. In fact, it didn't work with Atlanta Scientific (Time Warner). So the extra for $$ and IR support was a waste of money. The instructions could be much better. They should give you an overall idea of the whole setting before the step by step. (I hav a gamer computer with i7 processor and dual video card and a great monitor, so you can't blame on them.)

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

                    Share this review

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Hardware Good, Software Did Not Work

                    By Flystar

                    from Sparta, NJ

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable construction

                    Cons

                    • Limited Compatibility

                    Best Uses

                    • Computer Equipment

                    Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 External USB 2.0 TV Tuner:

                    This hardware is nice and works fine. However, I was unable to install the software on any of my three Windows XP PC's. It just will not install, all sorts of different errors. So, if all you want is the hardware, this is a fine unit. If you want to use the DVR software as supplied on a Windows PC I would not recommend this choice.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Can't say enough good things about WinTV

                    By Harry

                    from New Hamphshire

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable construction
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Reliable
                    • Strong Connection Points

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Computer Equipment

                    Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 External USB 2.0 TV Tuner:

                    Can't tell you how refreshing it is to find a product that works as advertised, right out of the box.

                    Add to that the one settings question I had that got answered by tech support, almost immediately, and it makes a fella want to find out what other great stuff these guys make.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    still couldnt make it to work

                    By Christian

                    from Montevideo, uruguay

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 External USB 2.0 TV Tuner:

                          I dont have cable tv...only antenna, but yet couldn't make it work properly.
                          I'm in contact with support to see if we can solve it out...
                          Guess it could be easier to install and configurate, and also a troubleshooting list would help a lot

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Alright

                          By TBR

                          from Winston Salem, NC

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 External USB 2.0 TV Tuner:

                                I use this tuner in conjunction with SageTV. When I first connected it to my computer it had all kinds of issues. Took 30+ seconds to change channels and then just stopped work altogether, but resetting it fixed both issues. The remote is great. Video quality is about the same as my old HVR-950Q, but channel switches are much quicker, and it is much less hardware intensive.

                                A relevant side-note: My old HVR-950Q did quit working (no audio) which is why I purchased the new unit, but I did get a good 2 years out of it.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                PC based DVR and then some

                                By geoana

                                from Anaheim, CA

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Quality Output
                                • Reliable Performance

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Multimedia
                                  • Replaces that old VCR

                                  Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 External USB 2.0 TV Tuner:

                                  What a great little USB/PC device. Easily allows all forms of TV (cable, sat dish or antenna), FM Radio (with included FM antenna) and even video from any external source (camera, VCR (std viceo or S-VHS) to be recorded and ultimately burned to a DVD. Has a IR 'blaster' to control a cable or sat box and programmable to record selected channels as desired.
                                  Don't think they missed 'anything' 'video to DVD' with this little device!

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Video quality is very good

                                  By KK

                                  from Chepachet, RI

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday use
                                    • Multimedia

                                    Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 External USB 2.0 TV Tuner:

                                    I bought this because it is compatible witha program called ORB. My current External USBTV Tuner was not. What I like about the tuner is the compatibilitywith ORB. Other than that I see it's performanceno better than my existing tuner.What I don't like is and was confirmed with [...] people, it is not compatible with Windows Media Encoder 9.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

                                    Share this review

                                    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    2.0

                                    Not For Me

                                    By doctorphipps

                                    from Albion, NY

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                      • Difficult To Install

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Everyday use

                                      Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950 External USB 2.0 TV Tuner:

                                      I set up this unit on windows 7 os with Dell 22 inch monitor. TV plays fine. However, inside I could not find the correct connections for using the Remote Blaster, and included was a CD-ROM titled "Ulead DVD MovieFactory". When I placed it into the CD/DVD Drive, the CD-ROM would not boot. Opening the computer icon, the DVD Drive showed nothing inserted. It was a blank DVD, I guess. All in all, I wouldn't buy this if I were you.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal

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