WinTV-HVR-1955

High performance USB TV tuner for ASTC, NTSC and QAM

WinTV-HVR-1955

WinTV-HVR-1955 Overview

Watch live TV on your PC or laptop

  • High performance TV tuner for your PC or laptop. Watch, pause and record analog cable TV and HDTV channels, at up to 1080i resolution.
  • Watch Analog TV by connecting to Cable TV.
  • Watch Clear QAM digital cable TV, or ATSC over-the-air digital TV.
  • View in full screen or in a window.
  • Remote control and IR blaster included.
  • Compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7 and Windows Media Center

Record your favorite TV programs

  • Record analog or digital TV shows to your computer’s hard drive with one click.
  • Digital TV programs are recorded in their original video quality. 1080i programs are recorded at 1080i, etc.
  • The built-in hardware MPEG-2 encoder is used when recording analog video. Record analog cable TV or video from S-video or composite sources using MPEG-2.
  • Use WinTV-Scheduler as a personal video recorder to record your TV shows daily, weekly, or only once.

Supports the following TV formats: NTSC Analog TV, ATSC Digital TV and Clear QAM Digital Cable TV:

NTSC is the analog cable TV standard for North America.

ATSC is the over-the-air digital HDTV standard for North America and typically requires an antenna for reception.

Clear QAM digital cable allows users to watch unencrypted HDTV stations from their cable TV provider without a set-top box.

Analog TV recordings typically consume 1.5GB of disk space per hour. High Definition TV recordings typically consume 5GB of disk space per hour.

Notes:

  • Clear QAM digital cable TV channels are not available on all cable networks. For more information, contact your cable TV provider.
  • To watch clear QAM channels, you should use either the Hauppauge WinTV v7 or v8 application or Windows Media Center from Windows 7.
  • For analog cable TV reception, you need an analog cable TV connection. If you have a digital cable set-top box or a satellite box, the WinTV-HVR-1955 can connect via either Composite or S-Video inputs. Channel changing will be done using the IR Blaster.
  • For ATSC over-the-air digital TV reception, a high-gain antenna is recommended. To check the ATSC TV broadcasts in your area, go to TitanTV.com and enter your postal code. Note: depending on the strength of your antenna, you might not be able to receive all broadcasts listed at TitanTV.
  • To use the WinTV-HVR-1955 for TV with the Windows Media Center application, a Media Center certified DVD or MPEG-2 software decoder should be standard in your Media Center PC. If you are building a Media Center PC, check Microsoft’s website for a list of Media Center certified DVD decoders. The Windows Media Center application is included with Windows XP Media Center, Windows Vista Ultimate, and Windows Vista Home Premium editions only. Note: the enclosed remote control is not MCE certified and does not replace the Media Center remote control.
  • ATSC TV recordings are not 100% compatible with DVD, and therefore you cannot burn them directly to a DVD.
  • For use with Windows 8, 1 and Vista, the WinTV-HVR-1950 can be used with Microsoft’s Media Center application. Not all included applications on the enclosed installation CD are currently certified for use with Windows Vista.

WinTV-HVR-1955 Features

High performance TV tuner for North America. New model! WinTV-HVR-1955 with improved digital TV reception!

Watch and record live free over-the-air ATSC HDTV or clear QAM or analog cable TV on your PC

Record your favorite TV shows to your computer in the original HD quality

Includes set of audio/video inputs for recording video from set top boxes, VCRs and camcorders

Includes high performance hardware MPEG-2 encoder for analog TV and video

Includes remote control and IR Blaster

TV Standards supported

  • NTSC Analog Cable, Over the Air TV
  • ATSC Digital Over the Air HDTV
  • Clear QAM Digital Cable TV

Features

  • Watch, pause and record TV on your PC or laptop, in window or full screen
  • Watch ATSC HD digital TV, up to 1080i format
  • Watch clear QAM digital cable TV up to 1080i format
  • NTSC analog cable TV, 125 channel cable-ready tuner
  • Record ATSC digital TV or clear QAM digital cable TV in the original digital quality
  • FM radio receiver built-in with radio support in WinTV v8
  • Schedule TV recordings with WinTV-Scheduler software

Special Features

  • Record analog cable TV with the on-board MPEG-2 encoder, which allows your PC to run at full speed while recording
  • IR Blaster to control satellite and cable TV set top boxes
  • Complete built-in audio/video inputs for connecting to VCRs and camcorders

Model numbers

model 01192: WinTV-HVR-1955 with improved digital TV reception, for NTSC, ATSC and clear QAM TV. With FM radio receiver. With built-in hardware MPEG-2 encoder and IR blaster. English Quick Install Guide.

Included in the package

  • WinTV-HVR-1955 USB 2.0 external box, with built-in IR receiver and MPEG-2 hardware encoder
  • USB cable
  • Hauppauge Remote Control including batteries
  • IR Blaster Cable
  • Power supply
  • AV cable set for composite video, S-Video and stereo audio
  • FM radio antenna
  • WinTV Installation and Utilities Software CD-ROM
  • Quick Installation Guide

Specifications

  • Single tuner with the following broadcast formats supported:
    • NTSC analog TV, with built-in hardware MPEG-2 encoder
    • ATSC over-the-air digital TV, at video resolutions to 1080i
    • Clear QAM digital cable TV, at video resolutions to 1080i
    • FM radio
  • Audio/Video inputs:
    • S-Video, composite video
    • Left and right audio via RCA jacks
  • Hardware MPEG-2 encoder
    • Conexant CX23417 encoder
    • 2D comb filter
    • Datarates: 2 to 7.5 Mbits/sec
  • Size: 10cm wide x 10.4 cm deep x 2.8cm high
  • Power: 1V to 12V at 1.66 amps (supplied power supply is 6v at 1.66amp)
  • Weight: 6.5 oz

System Requirements

  • Processor Requirements (minimum):
    • 1.0 GHz Intel P4 or equivalent (for watching cable TV)
    • 2.2 GHz Intel P4 or equivalent (for watching high definition ATSC or QAM digital TV)
  • Windows 10, 8 and 7 (32 or 64 bit), Microsoft® Windows® XP, XP Pro or Windows XP Media Center Edition, with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista (32 bit)
    • WinTV-HVR-1955 is Windows Vista Premium certified* and has passed Windows 7 and 8 WHQL testing
  • Available USB 2.0 port
  • Graphics with 64MB memory (or greater)
  • Sound card for TV audio
  • Optional DVD burner for creating DVDs from your recordings

Note: High definition QAM and ATSC video is not compatible with DVD disks

What Operating Systems are supported by the WinTV-HVR-1950?

  • Microsoft Windows 10, 8 and Windows 7, 32 and 64 bit versions
  • Windows Vista (all versions), 32 and 64-bit
  • Windows® XP, XP Pro or Windows XP Media Center Edition, with Service Pack 2 (or greater)

System Requirements

  • Processor Requirements (minimum):
    • 1.0 GHz Intel P4 or equivalent (for cable TV)
    • 2.2 GHz Intel P4 or equivalent (for ATSC digital TV)
  • Microsoft® Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or Windows XP with Service Pack 2.
  • Available USB 2.0 port  (does not work with a USB 1.1 port)
  • Graphics with 64MB memory (or greater)
  • Sound card for TV audio

Specifications of the WinTV-HVR-1950/WinTV-HVR-1955

  • Antenna input for analog cable TV, over-the-air ATSC digital TV and clear QAM digital cable TV
  • FM radio input
  • Audio/Video inputs:
    • S-Video, composite video
    • Left and right audio via RCA jacks
  • MPEG-2 hardware encoder: Conexant -417 chip
  • Size: 10cm wide x 10.4 cm deep x 2.8cm high
  • Power: 5V to 12V at 2 amps
  • Weight: 6.5 oz

Can I use the WinTV-HVR-1950 with Media Center?

Yes, the WinTV-HVR-1950 can be used in Windows 7, Windows XP or Vista Media Center.
Please note: you will only be able to configure WinTV-HVR-1950 as either a Digital tuner or an Analog tuner. You will not be able to switch between Digital and Analog channels.

What type of channels will I receive with the WinTV-HVR-1950?

NTSC Analog CableTV or over-the-air analog TV: You can use your cable TV from the wall to connect to the WinTV-HVR-1950 and receive all of your basic Cable TV channels. You can also use a roof top antenna to receive "over-the-air" TV.

Note: After June 2009, most areas in the United States no longer broadcast over-the-air analog signals.

ATSC over-the-air digital TV: Supports all ATSC formats, up to the high definition 1080i format!
Note: For ATSC digital TV, a rooftop/out door antenna is recommended for optimal results/signal strength.

ClearQAM cable TV Channels: Clear QAM digital cable TV channels are unencrypted digital cable TV channels. Clear QAM allows users to watch unencrypted digital TV channels from their cable TV provider without a set-top box.
Note: WinTV v7, WinTV v6, Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows TV Pack 2008 for Vista are required for clear QAM reception
Note: Check your local cable TV provider for clear QAM reception over your cable TV network

Can I get HD with the WinTV-HVR-1950 through my Cable or Satellite box?

No. The WinTV-HVR-1950 has an ATSC over-the-air digital TV receiver built-in and supports all ATSC formats, up to the high definition 1080i format . The WinTV-HVR-1950 will support ATSC broadcasts that are currently being transmitted over-the-air. It will not be able to decode HD broadcasts that come through your cable or satellite box. The WinTV-HVR-1950 also will support clear QAM cable TV channels through your direct cable TV line if available from your cable TV provider.

What type of recordings can I make with the WinTV-HVR-1950?

Using the WinTV 7 application the WinTV-HVR-1950 will record in a transport stream (TS)
For ATSC and Clear QAM digital TV recordings, the recording format and bit rate is exactly the same as the broadcast format (i.e. ATSC 1080i is recorded at 1080i).
For NTSC analog cable TV recordings, our HardPVR is used to create Transport Stream files (TS)

Note: TS files can be converted to MPEG files using options in the WinTV 7 configuration menu.

Note: The WinTV 6 application recording are in MPEG format for both digital and analog.

Note: Not all recordings made with ATSC/QAM signals are DVD compliant.

Can I Record One Channel while watching another with the WinTV-HVR-1950?

No, the HVR-1950 is a single combo-tuner, so it will only record and allow you to view one channel at a time.

Black video window or choppy video when watching a digital TV channel

If you are watching a digital TV channel and you see choppy video, no audio or a black screen, then it is possible your PC is not fast enough to decode and play the digital TV channel you are watching. Please verify that your system meets the minimum requirements for using the HVR-1950

Digital TV, especially ATSC high definition digital TV, is very CPU intensive. Many graphics cards have special built-in hardware to speed up decoding of high definition TV channels.

On graphics cards without special video decoding features, you can often improve the playback performance by using the Video Renderer settings located in the settings menu of WinTV 7. To open the setting menu click on the “gear” button located in the lower left of the WinTV 7 screen.

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The default mode is EVR. The other modes are VMR9, VMR7 and Overlay. Each mode uses a different process to render video. Try each mode and use the one which gives you the best results. To use hardware acceleration put a check in the box “use hardware acceleration when possible. This will allow your graphics system to use hardware acceleration for video decode. Note: graphics hardware acceleration does not work on all systems. After making a change in video rendering settings Wintv must be restarted to take effect.

If you are using WinTV 6 then the render options are part of a separate program called Primary.  Changes in the Primary applet must be made with the WinTV application closed.  Open the Primary program by going to Start – All Programs – Hauppauge WinTV – Primary.  After making changes close the Primary applet and open the WinTV application.

Connector overview for the WinTV-HVR-1950

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I receive a "Low bit rate" error message when using Windows Media Center in Windows 7.

Microsoft has released Windows Media Center patches for the "Low bit rate" error message.
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