Support: WinTV v8 TV watching application for Windows

WinTV v8.5 Download

WinTV v8.5 application and TV tuner driver download package

This download is a complete WinTV v8.5 installation package, including drivers for supported WinTV products plus utilities.

Installation notes:

A WinTV v8 Activation Code will be needed to install this WinTV v8.5 version.

If you do not have an Activation Code , but you have a WinTV v7 CD, you can install the WinTV v8 application.

If you do not have either an Activation Code or your original WinTV v7 CD-ROM, you can purchase a new WinTV v8 Activation Code and CD-ROM on the Hauppauge webstore for $9.95. This can then be used to activate WinTV v8.5.

If you have a WinTV v8 Activation Code for Extend, the latest version of WinTV v8.5 with Extend will also be installed.

WinTV v8.5 installer
For Windows 10, 8, and 7

File name: wintv85setup_35173.exe | File size: 108 MB | Date: June 22, 2017
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WinTV v8
To install the WinTV v8.5 software
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To install the WinTV v8.5 application

Note: You will need to have your WinTV v8 Activation Code to complete this installation. If you do not have a WinTV v8 Activation Code, you can either buy one on the Hauppauge webstore for $9.95, or if you have a WinTV v7 CD, you can download and install the latest version of WinTV v8.

  • Download the WinTV v8.5 installer. After downloading this file, it's normally saved in the Download directory on your PC
  • Run wintv85setup from the Download directory on your PC
  • At Activation required, Enter the Activation Code which is printed on your WinTV v8 CD or on the WinTV v8 activation card.

WinTV v8 Download

This download is a complete installation package, including drivers for supported WinTV products plus utilities.

Installation notes:

Activation for this version of WinTV v8 is done with your WinTV v7 CD-ROM.

If you have a WinTV v8 activation code, you can upgrade to WinTV v8.5

A valid WinTV v7 application CD-ROM will be needed to install this WinTV v8 version. If you do not have your original WinTV CD-ROM but would like to update to WinTV v8, you can purchase a new WinTV v8 CD on the Hauppauge webstore for $9.95. This can then be used to activate WinTV v8.

If you have a WinTV v7.2 CD-ROM with Extend, the latest version of WinTV v8 with Extend will also be installed.

WinTV v8 application and TV tuner driver download package

WinTV v8 installer
For Windows 10, 8, and 7

File name: wintv8setup_35159 | File size: 108 MB | Date: June 22, 2017
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This download is a complete installation package, including drivers for supported WinTV products plus the WinTV v8 application and utilities.

To install the WinTV v8 application

  • Download the WinTV v8 installer to your PC. After downloading this file, it's normally saved in the Download directory on your PC
  • Insert your original valid WinTV v7 CD
  • Run wintv8setup from the Download directory on your PC
  • At Activation required, click Check WinTV CD if you have a WinTV v7 CD

This will complete the driver and application installation for your WinTV.

To install WinTV v8 on a PC or laptop without a CD-ROM drive

If your PC or laptop does not have a CD-ROM drive, do the following:

  • At the conclusion of the installation a dialog box will pop up saying "Activation required"
  • Click Enter Product Code
  • You will find the Product code on your WinTV v7 Installation CD
  • Enter the Product code including dashes and dots

To find your Product Code

Look at the following guide for finding your product code

Release notes

  • Minimum window size is now smaller.
  • ATSC recordings in North America now show Now/Next program information.
  • Now showing the recording details and allowing editing of start/finish time, when scheduling from the TV Guide.
  • Added a text search field on the Favorites screen.
  • Now works with the PCTV 292e for DVB-T2/T/C television
  • Now for the WinTV-dualHD and WinTV-soloHD
  • Fixed bug with "open scheduler only" window not scheduling correctly.

WinTV v8 Beta

None at this time

Frequently Asked Questions

WinTV v7 Frequenty Asked Questions

Where can I find the manual for WinTV?

In WinTV v7, click on the [?] button in the upper right hand corner of the WinTV v7 application (near the "x" which closes WinTV).

In WinTV v8, you can find the manual on our website under the Manuals tab.

What do I need to upgrade the WinTV application from the Hauppauge website?

In order to upgrade your present version of WinTV to the newest version, you need to have a WinTV v6 or WinTV v7 installation CD to validate the upgrade. Note: to upgrade to WinTV v8, you must have either you activation code or either a WinTV v7 or WinTV v8 CD.
After you download the WinTV update from our website, insert your WinTV CD in your CD-ROM drive (if the CD autoruns, cancel the install) then click on the WinTV v7 or v8 download to start the installation. During the installation, you will see a message Activation required. If you have a WinTV v7 CD, click Check WinTV v7 CD. If you have a WinTV v7 or WinTV v8 activation code, click Enter Serial Number. The installation will now proceed to completion.

How do I rescan channels?

Open WinTV v8 or WinTV 7 and click on the setting button (Gear) in the lower left of the application. Then click on the Devices tab and highlight your Wintv device and click Tuner Setup. You will see a list of TV formats which your Hauppauge TV tuner can support. Choose from analog, digital or external inputs. Or select all formats and let the WinTV application show you what it finds in each format (if anything).

How can I save my WinTV Channels database?

To save your channel database go to:

C:\Users\Public\WinTV\Channel Database (Windows 7 and Vista)

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Shared Documents\WinTV\Channel Database (Windows XP)

Copy the  hcwChanDB_5 file to a place  for safe keeping. To replace saved Channels just copy HcwChanDB_5 back to Channel Database Dir.

I scanned for channels, and some were found, yet I do not see any channels listed in WinTV's channel list. What did I do wrong?

If you see channels during the scan, but no channels are listed in WinTV channel list (to see the channel list, right click your mouse on the live TV window, then select Find Channel), then something went wrong in the WinTV TV channel database.

Solution:

  • Uninstall WinTV completely: go to start/control panel/ and look for Program and feature and uninstall Hauppauge WinTV.
  • After that please restart the computer.
  • When the system comes back up please browse to the following folders and if you see a WinTV folder, delete the folder.
    • C:\Users\Public\
    • C:\Program Files or Program Files (x86)\
    • Also please go to this folder which is a hidden folder and delete the Hauppauge folder: C:\ProgramData\
      Information on how to show hidden folders in Windows: Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 7, 8.x, 10, or Vista http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/show-hidden-files-and-folders-in-windows-vista/
  • Once you do this you can reinstall Hauppauge WinTV with latest version from website.
  • Now if you scan for channels, you should see them in the WinTV application.

How can I reorder or change the channel numbers in WinTV?

Open the Settings menu in WinTV v8 or WinTV v7 by clicking on the “gear” button in the lower left hand corner of the WinTV application. Then click on the “All Channels" tab  and right click on the channel you wish to edit. Click Details. Change the Preset number to the number you want. You can also change the channel Name.

Example:
You will need to follow this procedure if you are scheduling recordings with Titan TV online program guide. For example, if you scan for TV channels in WinTV v7 and find that channel 2704 is WNBC but in the TitanTV electronic program guide WNBC is on channel 702, then do the following:

  • click your right mouse button on 2704 in the All Channel list
  • change the Preset to 702
  • change the Name of the the channel to WNBC

    Then, when you select WNBC (channel 702) in TitanTV, it will tune to channel 2704, which is WNBC.

     

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Where can I find my recorded files?

The default directory for recorded files is: 

C:\Users\Public\Videos

You can change the default directory by clicking on the settings icon in WinTV 7 (gear) then the capture tab. Here you will see the recoding directory you can click on browse and pick a new directory. 

In Windows XP, files are recorded to:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Shared Documents\My Videos\

Can I record TV shows with subtitles or closed caption?

Yes.
If the program you are watching has subtitles when you record you will also get the subtitles as part of the recording. When playing back recorded files in Wintv 7 you can use settings menu to turn the subtitles on or off. ( recorded sub titles can only be seen when using the wintv v8 or v7 application for playback.)

Can I view and record my game play from external game sources with WinTV?

Yes, as long as you can connect the game system to either S-Video or composite video on your WinTV product. If so equipped, you can view and record the game action using the WinTV application software. For close to real time video, and to eliminate the normal delay, go to Settings/Advanced options and put a check mark in Game mode. Restart the WinTV application for the change to take effect.

I am getting a black screen in WinTV, or I'm seeing choppy video images. What can cause this?

TV Signal strength:. If the TV signal strength is on the edge of being too low, you might see either a black screen where the live TV picture should be, or your live TV picture might be choppy. Also, be sure that the incoming signal from your video source is working properly.

Graphic display adapter related: The video graphics acceleration mode can cause choppy live video or possibly cause a black screen where the live TV picture should be. To optimize the video graphics mode, in the WinTV v7 application go to Settings and look under Video Renderer. EVR is the default setting. Try VMR 7, VMR 9, or overlay for better results. You may also try placing a check mark in “Use hardware acceleration when possible”.

 

 

video settings

If there is still no improvement, enabling extended logging in WinTV and emailing the log files to tech support will help in troubleshooting the problem. (To obtain extended logs, first go to Settings/Advanced options. Enable extended logging, exit WinTV and reopen it for the change to take effect).  

What video format will WinTV record in?

WinTV will save the recordings in a transport stream format (.TS extension). These files may be converted to MPEG2 using options in the WinTV Configuration menu.

What software can I use to edit & burn the recorded files from WinTV?

When recording digital TV, all recordings are made in whatever format your digital TV is being transmitted in. For example, ATSC is transmitted as MPEG-2 and therefore WinTV recordings will be MPEG-2. The files will be .TS files.

When recording from analog video or analog TV, WinTV will record MPEG-2 video using a .TS format. To edit your videos, you can use any software editor that can work with .TS files or MPEG-2 files. Here are a few examples.

Ulead DVD MovieFactory
Womble MPEG-VCR
ArcSoft Total Media Extreme
VideoReDo TVSuite

What file size will the recorded videos be?

Digital Broadcasts (ATSC or QAM)

The file size of a digital signal capture depends on the bitrate of the digital signal.  The bitrate is set by the broadcaster and cannot be user configured. Bitrates for digital signals can range anywhere from about 1.2 Mbits/sec up to 19.3 Mbits/sec. Most of the time these bitrates are variable and not constant. Capture sizes for ATSC & QAM recordings range from approximately 1.7 Gigabytes per hour up to 8.3 Gigabytes per hour.

Analog TV or analog video

The WinTV application converts analog signals to digital in order to record. There are four recording profiles. The following list shows recording file sizes for burning to 4.3Gb DVD:

Best - Approx 1 Hour+
Better - Approx 1 1/2 Hours
Good - Approx 2 Hours
Fair - Approx 3 Hours

How do I scan for FM radio channels? And once I have scanned for FM radio, how do I find these radio stations in WinTV v7?

On those WinTV products with FM radio, you can scan for FM radio channels by clicking the Setup button (gear button) and then clicking on the Device tab. Choose your WinTV product, and then click Tuner setup. Click Analog FM radio and then Scan.

Once you have scanned for and found FM radio stations, you can listen to FM radio in WinTV v7. To select a channel, Right Click on the live WinTV v7 window to bring up the Option menu, and then click Find channel. Your FM radio channels can be found at the bottom of the channel list.

How can I see the WinTV v7 channel list all the time?

You can display the TV and FM radio channel list all the time by Right Clicking on the live WinTV v7 window to bring up the Options menu, and then clicking Find channel. You will see the Channel list (see picture below).

In the upper right hand corner of the Channel list is a small "pin" icon. Click this icon to "pin" your channel list to the WinTV v7 window.

channel list

Keyboard shortcuts

  • Ctrl A Aspect ratio
    Ctrl D Display the video and audio format of the TV program
    Ctrl F Freeze the video
    Ctrl Z Open TV Scheduler
    Ctrl O View program details (digital TV program, where provided in the broadcast)
    Ctrl S Display subtitles
    Ctrl W Full screen toggle
    Alt F Open File menu for playback
    Alt M Open the Task Menu
    Alt P Previous channel
    Ctrl Q Pause
    Ctrl P Play
    Alt R Record
    Alt S Stop
    Alt T Start TV
    Ctrl C Catch up
    Ctrl > Skip ahead
    Ctrl < Skip back