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

Record your home video tapes. WinTV-HVR-1975 has a built-in hardware MPEG encoder for recording video from old VHS tapes. Includes 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 recording

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


  • 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 video from VHS tape decks or 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

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. Over-the-air HD TV programs are recorded in the original HD format.
  • 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.


  • 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 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 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 box

  • 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 v8 application (download)
  • Quick Installation Guide


  • 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 or 3.0 port
  • Internet connection for application download and activation
  • Optional DVD burner for creating DVDs from your recordings
    • Note: High definition QAM and ATSC video is not compatible with DVD disks

WinTV-HVR-1955 installation guides

The types of connections you can make to TV

Here is a chart which shows some of the things you need to know about each type of connection.

Here are some common models (please order by model number or product code):
AntennaAntenna RF outputCable or satellite TV set top box
RF output
A/V outputCable or satellite TV set top box
A/V output
Cable TVCable TV wire from the wall
Which type of TV can this connection be used with? Over-the-air TV Cable or satellite TV box Cable or satellite TV box Cable TV
What types of video do I select when scanning for channels in the WinTV application (Device Setup Wizard)? Digital ATSC Analog TV External inputs (S-Video or Composite video) Digital QAM plus
Analog TV (if available in your WinTV tuner)
What remote control do I use to change channels? WinTV remote control Remote control from your set top box Remote control from your
set top box
WinTV remote control
Notes You can use a roof top antenna for best reception.

Most set top boxes allow you to switch to Channel 3 or 4. When you scan with WinTV, it will pick up the TV signal on the correct channel.

Some satellite receivers use channels 60, 70 or 73. But when you scan for Analog TV channels, WinTV will pick up whatever channel is being used by your set top box.

Most set top boxes have A/V connections on the back, which can go into the WinTV's A/V input.

Some cable TV networks transmit analog TV channels, so we recommend scanning for both Clear QAM and analog TV.

Not all cable TV networks transmit clear QAM. Check with your local cable TV operator for the availability of clear QAM in your area.