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Hauppauge 1192 WinTV HVR-1955 External USB HDTV Tuner/Video Recorder
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- USB HDTV Tuner/Video Recorder lets you turn your PC into a virtual television and personal video recorder
- Compatible with 32 bit and/or 64 bit Windows 7
- Supports NTSC analog cable, over the air TV, ATSC Digital over the air HDTV, and Clear QAM digital cable TV; watch TV in window or full screen
- On-board MPEG-2 encoder allows PC to run at full speed while recording analog cable TV directly to hard drive
- Included remote control controls satellite and TV set top boxes
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The package also comes with an FM radio antenna, remote control, and IR Blaster to control channel changing on cable or satellite boxes.
My only complaint was over the initial setup. Although the instructions are fairly complete for XP and Vista OS they do not address Vista-64 issues thoroughly. For Vista-64 users only, if you receive a message about "No device attached or no driver installed" even after going through the driver installation, you need to download the driver specfically for Vista 64 bit OS for the HVR-1950. [...] I had to hunt this down on Hauppauge website but once that driver is downloaded, setup completed perfectly and installation was complete. It was a little work but well worth the results. I love the tuner and my Media Center!
Installion was a breeze, as easy as 1-2-3. You connect everything to HVR-1950, plug in your USB cable and vista does the majority of the work for you. The tuner comes with a driver/program cd that Vista will ask you to pop in after not being able to find the drivers online. At this point you can pop in the disk or go to the support site and download the latest version of the driver (which you should have done before hand anyway). Once its installed you can setup Media center or Wintv. I like media better so I can't say anything for Wintv because I haven't used it. Media center TV setup is so Barney style my 7 year old brother could do it on his computer if I'd let him. You follow the steps, read the screens, and push the pretty buttons. Once you've configured the device for MCE, and found all the channels your antenna, cable, or top set, and downloaded the t.v. guide your ready to watch some tv. Now here's where I'm seeing a few people get mush for brains, some stations are still broadcasting in ANALOG (usually the lower channels like 2,4,6,etc. at least in my area)!!! So your not going to get digital clarity from those channels!!! Its going to be fuzzy, have ghosting, etc. The higher channels are DIGITAL!!! So just go through the edit channel menu and delete all those nasty ugly analog channels cause you don't need them.Read more ›
CONs: If you have more than one window open, the Hauppauge player will occasionally overlap other windows by having a layering problem when you click on it to bring it to the foreground of your desktop. Tech support is virtually impossible to reach, and with long wait times before you discover nobody will answer, but they give a call-back message after 10 minutes if you want to leave your phone number. Each time to get the tuner to function each morning, I had to reboot my PC and/or turn the tuner ON and OFF several times. If you open another player or launch certain other video memory applications, the Hauppauge player will stutter or freeze, and the recording function will stop. Hauppauge admits that the Scheduler is broke; they claim to be working on a fix for this scheduling problem. You pay extra for the extra features, only to find out later that they don't work. I purchased two of these models (HVR-1950) and had the same issues with both units, so the problems are consistent.
Summary: I want to point out that the problems are with the product, not my computer, as Hauppauge may suggest. I have three PCs and experienced the same troubles on all of them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've put in several Hauppauge devices so I knew what to expect. Be aware that if you are planning on using WinTV extend the included disk does not provide that feature. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rich P
It took me a while to get it to display in my recording software, but once I got it I was very happy with it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chris
I have gone round and round trying to find the right product to transfer all my old VHS, VHSC, 8MM, and DV tapes. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jay S. Cole
Nice device, but if you're into DVRing a lot I suggest you consider a Dual tuner device. Also it's not 1080p which is sucks.Published 6 months ago by David B.
Works perfectly. I am using it with an over the air TV antenna and am now receiving beautiful clear tv of all my favorite network shows plus many others.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is based on my own experience. I never could get the device to produce color video. In fact, the output to my computer included two simultaneous video feeds to my screen. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Steve Sherman