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Hauppauge unveils USB world's first tuner stick at CES

Written by Dave Horvath @ 07 Jan 2008 16:12 User comments (12)

Hauppauge unveils USB world's first tuner stick at CES The Consumer Electronics Show is well known for showing off innovative and creative new gadget that eager consumers can get their hands on, and this year is proving to be no different. New York based Hauppauge, well known for TV tuner cards for PCs has introduced what appears to be a very handy device. The world's first USB TV tuner, the WinTV-HVR-950Q.
The new USB tuner stick can be used as a portable TV tuner and can be used to watch and record clear QAM digital cable TV on a laptop or desktop PC. Not only that, it can also be used to watch and record NTSC analog cable TV and over-the-air ATSC high definition digital TV.

Bundled with the USB stick is a credit card sized remote control so you dont have to fumble with keystrokes or mouse clicks to switch channels on your television stream. If the size of the remote is a problem, there is an optional full size remote control as well.

The new WinTV-HVR-950Q supports Hauppauge’s SoftPVR and SoftMCE software MPEG-2 encoders. SoftPVR and SoftMCE are software based MPEG-2 encoders which allow the recording of analog NTSC cable TV onto a PCs hard disk in a compressed format without needing a expensive hardware MPEG encoder. These encoders enable WinTV-HVR-950 to be compatible with Windows XP, Vista Home Basic plus Vista Media Center.

MSRP looks to be in the ballpark of $99 and the stick with remote bundle should be available later this month.


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12 user comments

17.1.2008 16:36

thats fantastic :)

27.1.2008 16:42

What?

I must be going crazy or something....

this is not news >.>

They already sell these versions at radio shack actually.

The pinnacle HDTV sticks do the exact same thing and I could have got one in october!

Is this the right article?

37.1.2008 16:44

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The world's first USB TV tuner, the WinTV-HVR-950Q.

Pinnacle has been making USB Tuner sticks with high-def capability for a while now. I have on of these for my laptop:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?...d=1186005934618


47.1.2008 16:56

Well I must say the Radio Shack one doesn't look like a USB stick. yes it uses the USB port, but ewww it's ugly. Either way kewl stuff.

57.1.2008 16:56

Is that a TV tuner in your pants or are you happy to see me? lol

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67.1.2008 17:10
OzMick
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Umm... I've had a USB digital TV tuner for years... So old they don't even sell it anymore, they've replaced it with a dual tuner: http://www.digitalnow.com.au/product_pages/TinyTwin.html (and that's Australian dollars delivered, so not much difference in price, and I get a 10% discount for being a return customer...)

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77.1.2008 17:48
ali2007
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usb tv tuner is old like stone age technology

87.1.2008 23:00

Quote:
Bundled with the USB stick is a credit card sized remote control
I'm confused as I don't see the CC remote listed on H! webpage.
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98.1.2008 0:40

I have the WinTV-HVR 950 usb tv tuner stick by Hauppage. Not sure what the "Q" is in the model number. Mine didn't come with the remote though, maybe that's what the "Q" is for. It works excellent! I use it all the time with my laptop and even comes with a tiny black antenna about 4 inches high that extends to about 20 inches. It picks up the HD digital signals perfectly!! Mine cost $28.00 after mail-in rebate. It normally costs between $60.00 to $85.00 depending on if it's on sale at Fry's Electronics.

108.1.2008 9:35

This is certainly not the "world's first" stick tuner. Not even Hauppage's first. Sorry. These have been around for quite some time now. Here's another pinnacle tuner:

http://www.pinnaclesys.com/documents/Con..._Stick_360.html

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118.1.2008 10:40

The HVR-950 was announced at the 2007 CES not 2008.

The Q must be the smaller remote. Not quite a "first".

129.1.2008 6:23

I love this. I will go out and get one when it for sure comes to Australia. I find for lappys and desktops for that matter the less room it takes up the better. I am going to send this article to my cousin he will love this new innovation in this field. I just wish this was out before he bought his tv card.

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