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Hauppauge WinTV-HVR USB TV Stick

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The WinTV-HVR-950 is a USB TV Stick with a Hybrid TV tuner receiver for both NTSC analog or over-the-air ATSC hi-definition digital TV. Watch, pause and record television on desktop or laptop computers. Its Pocket Size form factor makes it the perfect traveling companion for use with laptop computers. Ships with standing portable telescoping antenna.

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Please Note: The WinTV-HVR-950 will work under Media Center, but is not Media Center compliant. This is due to the fact that Media Center does not currently support a hybrid TV tuner configuration. The difference between 'hybrid' and 'dual tuner' (which Media Center does support) is that hybrid has one tuner which is shared between analog and digital TV, while dual tuner has two tuners, once for analog and one for digital. As the WinTV-HVR-950 features a single tuner, and Windows MCE in this situation requires instruction as to which type of signal to tune, this can cause incompatibilities. If you require the ability to shift quickly between analog and digital signals, please check out the WinTV-HVR-1600 which features a dual-tuner design.

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  • Parts - 1 Year(s)
  • Labour - 1 Year(s)

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ATSC Tuner Yes
NTSC Tuner Yes
Audio Input Yes
Component Input No
Composite Input Yes
HDMI Input No
S-Video Input Yes
FM Radio Stereo No
TV Audio (Mono/Stereo) Stereo
dbx Stereo Yes
Capture Details
MPEG-2 Decoder (Hardware) No
MPEG-2 Encoder (Hardware) No
PVR Software Yes
Raw AVI Capture No
Video CD Encoder (Hardware) No
Remote No
Other Accessories A/V Input Cable/Antenna
Warranty Labour 1 Year(s)
Warranty Parts 1 Year(s)



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  • from Toronto, ON
  • Feb 11, 2015

Not as advertised by Futureshop so 4 stars...

...I know that's not fair to the product, but so what, this is my review. Purchased this to use with the WD TV Live streaming box. The box is only compatible with the 950Q model. This description (at time of purchase) did not specify, but the picture showed the 950Q. Item came and POW it was the 955Q, which is not compatible. Ouch! Ugh! I own the 850 and so I tried it out anyway through my computer just to see the difference. WinTV software isn't very good so try Windows Media Centre as it is already on most computers. The picture is fine and it was a simple plug and play setup, but it wasn't enough of an improvement over the 850 for me to keep it. Purchased on sale [...].

  • from London, ON
  • Sep 28, 2012

Remote does not work

have my second unit, because 1st one remote control did not work - neither does this one. Get 6 channels on air only antenna. Crashes when changing channels. Worst product I have ever bought. DO NOT BUY!

  • from Chtown
  • Feb 15, 2012


This device will get u by, and works fine i suppose, but i dont find the quality that clear , and i cant figure a way to tweak it (like my previous 7 year old tuner that worked perfectly well u could easily tune the frequency of each channel and save it , but new pc has none of the old agp slots so bye old one) though it maybe sort of unclear because I have a 24 inch monitor but even with the program window small its still not as clear as id like. It isnt choppy, but one thing that annoys me terribly is the amount of lag when changing channels, it says "buffering" and takes about 2-3 seconds for the channel to change( i have 12 gb of ram on pc) this shouldnt be an issue, on my old pc it changed channels effortlessly(with 3 gb ram on a 6 year old pc and card). I feel like it should be working better than it is. Also for some reason, the program has renumbered some of my channels, the actual channel number is different on the pc than it is on regular TV, which is kind of annoying. another irritation is the window of the program the tuner runs on cant be sized to exact liking. Im no computer wiz , i think i may end up returning this because this cost more than the one i bought all those years ago but doesnt work nearly as well( you would think the price would decline on these things, instead of quality decreasing and price increasing ). This product is definitely not worth $89 , worth maybe $30. Also it hogs a usb port, ppl say its simple just plug it in, like i said im no genius but its not exactly hard to open up the pc and put in a pci tuner card which I think i will be trying. All in all it works great if you are willing to settle, but having a card in my pc for so long, I have just grown accustomed to the little things , and isn't that what life is all about ? I would never recommend this product to anyone . Rating 2/5 Hope this helps someone and good luck.

  • from Windsor ON
  • Aug 09, 2011


Read all the reiews on over a dozen different types. Picked this one up, plugged it in and Windows 7 64 Bit Media Centre set it up in minutes. I didn't need to install anything. I use it with basic cable and, at least on my system, the picture is great and runs without a hitch. I have not found any of the issues usually mentioned about USB tuners. Doesn't run hot, no flicker, no problems at all. I have two video cards running Crossfire and a healthy amount of ram and CPU horsepower which may have a positive impact on performance. The box contains all of the parts you need to use the product and it has a lot of flexability to work with any input. I strongly recomend this for people that have maxed out the slots inside their system. Buy it

  • from 0066
  • May 21, 2011

Plug & play on Windows 7

I got this up and running with Windows Media Center in minutes. You don't need to use the included disc. Plug in the device into an USB 2 port and configure TV in WMC. It can't get any simpler.

  • from Edmonton
  • Apr 30, 2011


It worked for awhile, but even after upgrading to the Hauppauge version 7 software, it now craashes at least once an hour. Rebooting the computer used to help. but no longer. I haven't found a TV tuner for a laptop that works for more than a few months. It isn't worth the frustration of trying to start the software three or four times, or losing it completely in the middle of a program.

  • from Kanata ON
  • Jan 04, 2011

Very Disappointing

I bought this in the morning and I'm returning it tomorrow morning. There were many error msgs (particularly about iertutil.dll). The software failed to install many times, although it was impossible to tell why, even after this error was fixed. SOMEthing finally loaded, and gave me about 6 channels, and a couple of hundred black screens. I know the cable was good because I tested it on a nearby TV. After 8 hours of this, I gave up.

  • from Union Bay, BC
  • Dec 27, 2009

Worth every penny.

Despite some previous lukewarm reviews I decided to try this USB Tuner. I couldn't be happier with my decision.Users with Windows 7 should think about installing WinTv 7 which rendered a much better picture than WinTv 6 that came as included software with the tuner, at least on my laptop. It is available free on Hauppauge's website.Installation was easy, scanning for channels took longer than anything else and that only took 10 minutes or so. I find WinTV easier to use than Media Center, although I have never liked Media Center so I may be biased. It works fine with both.I don't think you will be disappointed with this product. I am using a HP laptop with Windows 7, dual core 1.8 Ghz, onboard video, 2 G of RAM.

  • from Edmonton, Alberta
  • Sep 23, 2009

Awesome TV Tuner

Owned this for a year now. Excellent TV tuner. The program it comes with is crap, but using it with Windows Media player, it works like a charm. The quality is amazing. Had this for a year and haven't noticed any problems Definitely worth the price

  • from vancouver, BC
  • Jan 04, 2009

not bad for the price

Went shopping for a TV tuner for my laptop, wanted one that also decodes QAM digital signal. Found this at Futureshop, where the box states wintv-hvr-950, but the unit is actually a wintv-hvr-950Q, one that also decodes QAM digital cable signal. Got it just a few days ago, for a very decent price. Installation took some tweaking, and the wintv software is probably not well optimized, but it works. everytime you rescan the channels, you must reboot the system to watch the TV channels. Works well with windows vista media center. For the price, it is a decent unit for getting ATSC OTA and digital cable on a laptop. video was not choppy. My system is a 2.0Ghz P4 centrino core duo, with Intel 4500MHD graphics chipset.

  • from Toronto
  • Sep 15, 2008

Poor Quality

I purchased WinTV HVR 950 hoping it would be as good as my previous TV tuner card from Hauppaugel. Well first off tunning in analog channels was difficult. I had to reconfig software several times before all channels would show. Even though i have a dual core 2.2 Ghz processor with 4gb ram running vista the piture is very choppy. I am returning it tomoorrow

  • from Whitby, Ontario
  • Aug 14, 2008

Terrible Quality

I owned this stick once. It worked OK for reciving analog broadcasting NTSC but only displayed digital broadcasting ATSC for a few seconds before my computer froze. The composite S-Video input worked OK but I had to keep re-installing the software every few days or else the video would become very choppy. I returned it and bought another one a few months later. It was even worse. I installed the drivers and WinTv. I opened up WinTv and scanned for channels. It found a few NTSC channels but then my computer froze. I re-installed the software several times but still the same outcome. I've returned this stick. I have a 3.0 GHZ P4 with Win XP Pro and 1GB of RAM.

  • from Vancouver Island
  • Apr 01, 2008


I don't even meet the requirements posted on the side of the box I have a 2 ghz single core laptop, 1GB RAM, 128MB vid card running XP MCE and it performs amazing. Install was simple, TV is not in the least choppy, Recording and pausing is easy. Even without MCE I would love this stick, but with MC just makes it more complete. Very Satisfied.

  • from lethbridge
  • Dec 22, 2007

good little stick

with a new mobo, i was faced with a challenge with only 2 pci slots and wanting to use my soundcard and have 2 pvr devices, not being happy with onboard sound. i replaced a pvr 150 hauppauge card with this stick to do that. it works fine for the most part. it's too bad it doesn't hardware encode like the card does. i'm experiencing the occasional little jitter on playback of recorded files. it may well be how i installed the drivers as i installed the updated versions from the hauppauge site, not realizing they are updates, meant to overlay the cd versions, not clean install them so i'll have to do the process again. cable delivers mono so do your research as if you use cable, you're going to get mono, you're going to get mono. the workaround for this is to have a soundcard that will encode stereo and decode dts or dolby as i have. i have a bluegears enspire that does just that and while it maybe pseudo effects, it does a very good job of simulation. the other thing you can do is have a pvr card receiving stereo from a set-top box dedicated to your digital movie you really care if a regular tv show is stereo for the most part i don't..movies, for sure. if you understand this stick's capabilities for over the air hd reception or analog channels it's great

  • from windsor
  • Oct 31, 2007

not good

this Tv tuner kept freezing up my laptop,,,,,and even my house desk pc,,,,,for no reason,, I tried for two days to get it to work.I gave up,,,,,,time to bring it back

  • from Markham
  • Aug 30, 2007

ATSC Okay, Analog Poor

The ATSC tuner is does what it should. Beware that Vista Media Center does not support ATSC tuning when your location is set to Canada. Included software is poor.

  • from Mississauga, ON
  • Aug 29, 2007

NTSC audio is mono only

Not a bad little device, except for the glaring omission of stereo audio in the NTSC tuner. Other than that, the ATSC tuner does a perfect job for me, when pulling in Toronto stations. It does a decent job as an NTSC tuner as well except for the lack of stereo.

  • from Winnipeg
  • Feb 22, 2007

Good for what it is designed for

I had been waiting for some time for a device such as this to come along. I was looking for something smaller than the other USB tuner type products out there, preferably something that could be powered from the USB port itself. This unit fit the bill nicely, being about the size of a very fat USB flash drive. The fact that it does both analog and HD OTA reception is a bonus since I spend a certain amount of time in the US. I was pleasantly surprised how well this little unit performs picture quality is good with a strong source and the software is easy to use. The included antenna is pretty well useless however, although the guide does mention that it's really only intended for ATSC reception within 10m of the transmitter. I tried a simple set of bunny ears and was able to get everything local that one would get with something like that. When I tried it with an amplified antenna performance was on par with a portable TV I had been using. I did stack this unit up against my ATI all-in-wonder card that I use in my computer and found the card to outperform this unit in terms of picture quality, however my card has no HD capability and isn't very portable either.In conclusion, if you want something truly small and portable for use with a laptop I would recommend giving this unit consideration. For fixed installations you may want to consider one of the larger but more feature rich and perhaps better picture quality units available.

  • from Montreal
  • Dec 18, 2006

Nice for Digital ATSC

Hi everyone,Just to let you know that for such a small device, it works extremely well for ATSCDigital OTA bradcasts. With a decent UHF antenna forget about the one distributed in the box unless you live in the Toronto Buffalo area you can get many HD SD digital station.As to the performance of the regular analog tuner, you get what you pay for... quality is OK but not impressive unless you hook it up to cable.Also, this device is not yet supported in MCE2005 as of the time of this writing.

  • from Calgary
  • Dec 06, 2006


Hauppauge WinTV USB 2.0 Personal Video Recorder vs. Hauppauge Win TV HVR USB StickI have purchased both of these products and I have to say that Im very impressed with the first one. Ive been using it for a few months now and enjoy watching TV on my laptop while I multi-task. The picture quality is great. This evening I purchased the newest Stick and was very disappointed in the video quality. The picture is grainy, not to mention very difficult to install on my laptop compared to the first one. Needless to say, Ill be returning this product first thing in the morning. If I were you I would fire the people who designed this Stick. It totally sucks. The only reason I bought this was that I really liked the small size of the unit compared to my first one. Now I know better. I give the first unit a 1010, and I give the Stick a 210.

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