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Hauppauge WinTV HVR850 USB HDTV Stick Adapter

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Hauppauge WinTV HVR850 USB HDTV Stick Adapter + August DTA206 Digital TV Extendable Antenna - Portable Indoor/Outdoor Aerial for USB TV Tuner / Digital Television / DAB Radio - With Magnetic Base and Extendable Rod
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  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B001DERXV6
  • Item model number: 1230
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-850 TV Tuner 1230 TV Tuners

Customer Reviews

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samantha c. bolte
Glad I opted for this tuner, it works perfectly with my windows media center system.
Dan Orlic
For the most part, it worked very well with only a very rare freeze up.
rob-d

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Menelaos Symeonides on September 4, 2009
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I bought this solely based on the fact that it is meant to be compatible with Windows Media Center 7. It IS compatible and works quite well, however it has the following faults:
- There is a very thin line at the top of the screen that looks like the encoded audio stream that is interfering with the video. You sometimes saw this line in VHS tapes that were not "tracked" correctly. This line does not appear if you use the Hauppauge provided TV software, only in WMC. I have not been able to find a way to eliminate this line.
- Changing channels is quite slow. It could take 3-4 seconds to change channel. Perhaps this is true for all PC TV tuners, I wouldn't know, but I find it fairly annoying.

Another point, which is mentioned fairly clearly in the feature list on the Hauppauge website, is that this tuner WILL NOT GIVE YOU CLEARQAM. This means you CANNOT view digital cable using this tuner, so no HD cable. It will only pick up analog cable. This tuner will also pick up ATSC, which is digital over-the-air signal using the provided small antenna. You can also plug in your own antenna if you wish. The provided antenna is not really powerful enough to pick up weaker signals, for me it could only really pick up the CBS HD signal.

That said, this is a good product that for the most part does what it says on the box and does it well. I get a decent picture from analog cable and a very nice picture from the ATSC antenna (when it picks something up). I don't regret buying it, but I was willing to pay a little extra to get a brand name product and am not sure whether it fully delivers. I would like Hauppauge to address the above mentioned WMC issues, especially since they make a big deal of advertising that this tuner is WMC7-compatible.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 9, 2012
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I love these Hauppauge tuner sticks and have owned a few of them. They work great for the non digital channels I get from Charter cable. The stick comes with a short USB extension cord which is usually necessary since the body of the stick is too fat to sit next to other USB plugs on the back of your computer. I have used these with laptops and desktop and they seem to work great. Picture quality if good (not fantastic but fine for me) and the price isn't bad. A regular coax cable screws onto one end and the other inserts in the USB extension. I did not need to use the CD as my Windows 7 rig identified the stick just fine. I use this with SAGE TV software but I know from past experience it works with Windows Media Center and with the DVR software that comes with it. Also has connection for FM but I don't use that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Denise M Dias on March 7, 2013
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I have two of these and they are awesome. This was purchased for the bedroom computer/tv, but my first has been in use in the living room for 2+ years. I highly recommend for anyone that doesn't want to be tied to cable or satellite tv...FREE TV is always better!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JeffW on January 20, 2014
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Haupauge is a great brand. I get 15 channels. Follow the directions on linuxtv.org. Its always good to read the reviews when buying hardware for linux.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TP Reitzel on March 21, 2014
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I already own TWO different USB ATSC tuners. One manufacturer originally supported one of those tuners for GNU/Linux, but stopped supporting it after one year. The other tuner was developed for Microsoft's Windows, but a beta driver for the tuner was developed by a third party for GNU/Linux which still hasn't been included in the kernel at this point in time. So, after a few years of dealing with such nonsense, I decided to buy a USB ATSC tuner supported by the GNU/Linux's kernel. Hauppauge's HVR-850 is a good choice and works well. Now, I don't have to worry about the functionality of this tuner if I upgrade my GNU/Linux operating system to a newer kernel. Undue stress has been eliminated for which I'm thankful. Your choices of an USB ATSC tuner for GNU/Linux are limited unfortunately, but the HVR-850 is a good choice. I ordered my HVR-850 from Ocean Reef which sent me model 72301.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pasquale on November 15, 2012
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I have two of these connected to my Home theater PC.
Work beautifully with windows 7 media center.I recommend this product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Matot on June 25, 2014
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Been using this for years now on both the Mac OS and Win 7.x and 8.x. There's a world of difference between the software and performance for the two versions. The USB receiver module itself is the same and fully inter-changeable.

The Mac version of WinTV is far far more graphic and user friendly than the PC version. Aside from being slow converting recorded TV shows to mp4, my experience with the Mac would get this device a 4-star rating.

For the PC in 7.x and 8.1 I would rate the performance and software a 2-star rating. The interface locks up easily, slow to respond, just simply quits working, takes a while to change channels, the interface is awkward, counter-intuitive and looks very old. The PC version is unreliable and unstable. I am currently running it on three machines, two are 8.1 one is 7.x, the performance is the same, poor.

For the Mac this device works very well but slow, otherwise it's fine. I would recommend it for Mac OS but not PC. The software for PC and functions very differently from the mac version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dane Powell on March 3, 2014
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I am using this with an Ubuntu 13.10 / MythTV / XBMC media center, and it works great. My only complaint is that the setup process was horribly painful. I'm not sure if it's a problem with the tuner or with MythTV, but basically, scanning for channels in MythTV rarely detects any stations. You have to manually enter the transport frequencies of every station, and scan for them one-by-one. Again, this could just be a fault of MythTV, so I don't want to dock too many stars from the tuner, but it's hard to say for sure.

Also, it was nice that an antenna is included, but the gain on it is so low as to be basically useless. I could only pick up about half of my local channels, and switched to a window antenna.

For reference, the hardware id of this tuner (as reported by lsusb) is 2040:7240. Note that any other hardware revisions might not be compatible with Linux.
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