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Hauppauge 01200 WinTV-HVR-850 USB2.0 Hybrid Video Recorder 1200 (HAUP1200)

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  • Digital ATSC over-the-air TV tuner built-in. A portable digital TV antenna 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
  • 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
  • Host Interface: USB Functions: TV Tuning; Video Recording Video System: ATSC; NTSC
  • Video Formats: MPEG-2 Interfaces/Ports: 1x USB Connector; 1x F Connector Operating System Required: Microsoft Windows Vista or XP with Service Pack 2
  • System Requirements:2.2 GHz Intel P4 or 1.8 GHz Centrino or equivalent (minimum) 2.8 GHz Intel P4 or Core Duo or equivalent for analog TV recording with MPEG-2 (minimum)
  • Graphics with 64 MB of memory (minimum) USB 2.0 port (will not work with USB 1.1) CD-ROM drive (for Software installation)
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Product Description

Hauppauge 01200 WinTV-HVR-850 USB2.0 Hybrid Video Recorder

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Amazon.com Product Description The Hauppauge 1200 WinTV-HVR-850 Hybrid TV Stick External TV Tuner/Video Recorder will bring high-definition television directly to your PC. This handy device lets you watch your favorite TV shows through your computer and record them digitally for future playback using high quality MPEG-2. More economical and versatile than a DVR, or digital video recorder, this PC Video Recorder, or PVR, gives you virtually unlimited options for saving and playing back your favorite TV broadcasts and clips.

The Hauppauge 1200 WinTV-HVR-850 Hybrid TV Stick External TV Tuner/Video Recorder offers:
  • Ability to watch television on your PC in a window or full screen.
  • Portable, small size for on-the-go television viewing on your laptop.
  • Compatibility with digital and analog signals.
  • Ability to record your favorite shows with the WinTV-Scheduler software.


WinTV software makes it easy to record your favorite shows. View larger.


The small, pocketable size lets you easily take it everywhere. View larger.
Play and Record Television Digitally
The WinTV-HVR-850 is a simple-to-use device that brings over-the-air high definition ATSC digital TV as well as analog cable TV directly to your PC desktop or laptop. With the additional included antenna, it can also receive analog TV broadcasts.

More versatile than a DVR, the WinTV-HVR-850 is a pocket-sized device that simply plugs into your PC's USB port. It features a built-in digital ATSC over-the-air TV receiver. If you live in one of the more than 200 cities in the United States that receives ATSC digital TV, you'll have immediate access to as many as 1500 digital TV stations. ATSC digital TV is the over-the-air HDTV standard for North America. ATSC broadcasts range in resolution from standard definition up to the high definition 1080i format. (To check the ATSC digital transmissions in your area, input your zip code at titantv.com.)

A portable digital TV antenna, which can be used to receive digital TV up to 10 miles from an ATSC transmitter, is included with the PVR . If you live in an area where you can't currently receive ATSC digital TV, the WinTV-HVR-850 can still be used to watch and record analog TV from cable TV or a TV antenna. (The WinTV-HVR-850 cannot receive digital cable TV or digital satellite TV.)

Once the WinTV-HVR-850 is connected, you can begin to record your favorite shows in high-quality MPEG-2 directly to your hard disk using the Hauppauge SoftPVR MPEG-2 encoder. Television recordings will typically consume 5 GB of disk space per hour for ATSC high definition, while analog recordings will typically consume 1.5 GB of disk space per hour. You can also use the included WinTV-Scheduler to program your computer to record your favorite analog or digital TV shows for play back at any time.

Compatibility with Microsoft's Windows Media Center means that you can watch TV as well as your recordings with Windows Media Center. The included WinTV application also lets you watch your shows in a window or on full screen.

More about PVR Technology
PVR stands for PC Video Recorder. The WinTV-HVR-850 is a PVR that allows you to play television through your computer and record the broadcasts digitally. PVR doesn't use standard videocassettes; instead, it uses your computer's hard disk to store the broadcasts.

Once you record a television show to your PC's hard drive, you can burn a CD or DVD that will allow you to play the show back on another computer or on your television. With video editing software (not included with the WinTV-HVR-850), you can even edit the shows. This is a great feature if you want to save clips from movies or sitcoms, or keep your favorite player's grand slam or TD kick-off return for posterity.

And just like a typical VCR, the WinTV-HVR-850 offers you several recording options, depending on your play back needs. If you want the highest quality recording for playback through your HDTV, all you need is enough hard drive space to support high-quality recording. By using the lowest recording option, you can use your WinTV-HVR-850, along with an inexpensive video camera, as a low-cost on-site video surveillance system. In fact, the possibilities of how you can take advantage of the WinTV-HVR-850 are endless.

What's in the Box
WinTV-HVR-850 high-speed USB TV stick with cable TV and ATSC antenna connection; USB extension cable; portable antenna; software on CD-ROM; and quick installation guide.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches ; 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00169CDUY
  • Item model number: 1200 (HAUP1200)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

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Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By The Amazon Shopper VINE VOICE on December 3, 2008
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I just received this product 10 minutes ago, and now I am watching TV on my computer!

First of, install is a breeze. This is the content of the package:
- The external tuner
- A digital antenna
- A USB extension cord (It is really nice for them to include this because this would have been the first thing I'd buy if it didn't come with it.)
- Software CD

I run Vista Home Basic. The install was a breeze, the manual was very detailed. Plug the tuner in first, and then follow the prompt.

After installing the software (the installer doesn't look that professional, but does work), I booted it up. It asks whether it should scan for channels. I said yes.

After about 10 minutes, this is what it found: 8 analog channels, and a whopping 9 digital channels. Obviously your results may vary, but I'm impressed with just the included antenna out of the box. It's basically picked up all digital broadcast channels (FOX, 2 PBS, 2 ABC, NBC, 2 CBS, and CW). Once these digital channels are picked up, they look super sharp. I doubt I'd touch those analog channels at all.

Channel switch has a bit of delay, esp between analog channels. But it's tolerable. With 9 channels, channel surfing isn't a big problem.

Now, in terms of computing power, it's taking about 90 MB of RAM right now, and <40% of my CPU (Dual Core 2.1 GHz; it's keeping both cores busy.) There's certainly enough room to work run a couple of browsers to multitask.

Highly recommended!
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By RG on November 13, 2009
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=======Update - Mar 2010 -
With Windows 7, the Media Center/Operating system recognizes the tuner without the need to use the horrible software that Happauge provides and makes this product much more worthwhile. ================

I decided to disconnect cable TV to save a bunch of money, and since I was an early adopter of flat-screen TV it was "HDTV-ready" meaning it has HDMI, and can display HDTV but does not have a digital tuner. I decided to do all this after the government sponsored coupons for converter box ended.

So, I decided instead of paying about the same price as this device for a converter box, why not get this. I had gotten really used to the DVR (digital video recorder) from the cable company, and the software with the WinTV promises to do the same with PVR (personal video recorder) capabilities.

The hardware itself is functional - although it gets really really HOT! But, like the hardware the software is also probably made in China and it really shows. The software is absolutely horrible. Beyond bad. All my comments are based upon Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, with all Microsoft Security Updates.

First off, the CD that it comes with has the old software (WinTV version 6), and you can get the new version on the Hauppauge website (WinTV version 7), but both versions are really horrible. You will get crashes of the program all the time, and even worse, at times it will crash the entire PC (Blue Screen of Death/ or a freeze up from which you can't even shut down). Simply installing the software will cause problems with Skype and Yahoo Messenger (if you want to make a VoIP call over the phone network).

The initial program run from the CD - or the setup.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 25, 2009
Hauppauge 1200 WinTV HVR-850 HDTV Tuner Stick I am taking a Vista OS class, and found myself interested in the capability to watch and record TV on my computer. I am very pleased with this product; I was surprised to see how well it works for me. Using it with cable, the picture quality is very good, but not very good using the antenna. Ease of use and installation can be measured by the fact that I am a 71-year old grandma.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Schmitt on January 12, 2009
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This is an amazing product. I ordered to be able to capture video off of old VHS tapes. Not only does it do that well, it also can tune 22 digital stations off of my rooftop antennae and I am 40 miles from downtown Chicago where most of the transmissions occur! Digital reception is extremely clear and no stutter on my HP laptop.

Pros: Easy to install. Very good analog VHS picture. Excellent digital ATSC picture using a rooftop antennae.

Cons: Included antennae only picked up 1 digital station.

For the price and Amazon's usual excellent service, this is a toy to have for PC TV lovers.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Compaq User on April 3, 2009
I bought this to replace a Hauppage PCI TV tuner card. The USB unit was 100 percent easier to install and seems to be more stable. Picture quality seems to be better, too.

I'm using it for analog TV -- not HDTV -- with a cable signal.

I've installed it the software on a couple of different computers -- desktop, laptop, netbook. All work fine.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Probasco on May 29, 2009
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I wanted to use my laptop as a second TV so I bought this tuner. I hooked it up to my cable and it worked just fine. Then I tried the tiny antenna and, to my surprise, I got 28 HD channels. They came crystal clear although the over the air analog channels were pretty bad, but I don't care about that.
The only thing I don't like is that I have to reprogram it to switch from cable to antenna. There may be some technical reason for that and it's not a big deal.
It does what I want and it was easy to set up. That's all I need.
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