WinTV v7 TV watching application:
Watch, pause and record live TV on your Windows PC!

WinTV v7 is here!

WinTV v7

New! WinTV v7 and v7.2 are now Windows 8.1 32-bit and 64-bit compatible! (WinTV v7 2.7 or later)

WinTV v7 features:

  • A new, clear and intuitive interface
  • Digital parental control (North America)
  • Closed captions (North America)
  • Single configuration and scanning pop up menu
  • High Definition TV and video support (selected models)
  • Integrated TV recording scheduler
  • Instant time shift and recording
  • Multiple tuner support
  • Built-in video player, which supports a wide variety of video formats
  • Logical channel numbers
  • Signal strength monitor for digital TV channels

WinTV v7 currently supports the following products:

All WinTV-HVR digital TV tuners for North America, plus the WinTV-NOVA and WinTV-MiniStick products in Europe and Asia.
HD PVR, HD PVR 2 and Colossus are now supported with WinTV v7, plus the WinTV-DCR-2650 nows support WinTV v7 for all cable TV channels marked "copy freely".


WinTV v7 controls

TV mode buttons
Playback mode buttons
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Basic controls of WinTV v7:

  • To remove the TV toolbar, double click your LEFT mouse button in the live TV Window. This is called 'No Title' mode.
  • To watch TV full screen, double your LEFT mouse button again.
  • To exit full screen, double your LEFT mouse button again or hit the ESC key. You will then be in the Normal TV viewing mode.
  • You can also change the viewing modes from a drop down menu by a RIGHT click in the live TV window to bring up the Options menu. Click Viewing mode and select Normal, No tile or Full screen.
  • Changing TV channels: Click Channel Up or Channel down. You can also RIGHT click in the live TV window to bring up the Options menu and go to Channels. You will see the current TV channel list. You can also change channels by using the numbers on the keyboard or by pressing the letter on the keyboard for the channel name that you want to view.
  • To record TV: click the red Record button to start recording. When you are finished recording, click the stop button then click the TV button to return to live TV.
  • You can automatically schedule a recording by using the built in TV scheduler. RIGHT click in the live TV window to bring up the Options menu, and then click on Scheduler.
  • Playback a TV recording: Click the folder button to open your video folder to select the file for playback.
  • Audio settings (SAP audio): RIGHT click in the live TV window to bring up the Options menu and go to Audio stream. You can audio program (if available) of the current TV program that you are watching.
  • WinTV settings: RIGHT click the mouse button in the TV window to bring up the Options menu. Click Configuration and the WinTV settings will be displayed.
  • To change the size of the TV window , move the mouse pointer to any corner of the TV window. This changes the mouse pointer into a double arrow. Press and hold the LEFT mouse button and drag the window into the desired size, releasing the left mouse button when finished. You can set the size and position of the TV window separately in the normal WinTV viewing mode and the No Title mode.

 

WinTV v7 features overview

Works with multiple WinTV devices

Subtitles

Parental Control for digital TV

Monitor the signal you are receiving to allow you to improve antenna placement or correct signal problems on the fly!

Support for multiple file playback formats

Keyboard short cuts


Works with multiple WinTV devices:

WinTV v7 lets you control more than one WinTV device in your system. With the new "multi" feature, if you have dual tuners in your PC, you can have live TV from both on the screen at the same time.

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Subtitles:

WinTV v7 lets you display subtitles from your digital TV program on top of the TV window.

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Digital Parental Control

WinTV v7allows you to enable Parental Control on digital TV programs.
To enable Parental Control, click the Parental Control tab in the settings menu. Once you set a password in 'Unlock Code' and click on 'Enable Parental Control', you can set the ratings allowed for watching and recording TV.
Note: you cannot watch or record a TV program unless you have the correct Parental Control level.

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Monitor the signal you are receiving to allow you to improve aerial placement or correct signal problems on the fly!


Support for multiple file formats.

You can playback many different video files through WinTV v7 in addition to the MPEG-2 TV recordings. This allows WinTV v7 to be a general purpose video media player.

Keyboard short cuts for WinTV v7

 

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


WinTV v7 user guides

Download WinTV v7 users manual

IR Remote Blaster QuickInstall Guide

IR Blaster Configuration Guide
For the WinTV-HVR-1850 and WinTV-HVR-2250 built-in IR receiver/blaster

Download The IR Configuration Utility is used to configure the WinTV-HVR-2250 and WinTV-HVR-1850’s built-in remote control IR blaster for use with either WinTV v7 or Windows Media Center. These instructions also show how the Hauppauge IR blaster can "learn" your set top box remote control.

Setup of WinTV Extend - for live TV on your iPhone or iPad

DownloadHere are instructions on setting up Extend.

Setup of the TitanTV program guide (for the U.S. only)

DownloadHere are instructions on setting up TitanTV.

End user license agreement (PDF)

enduserlicenseagreement.pdf

Where can I find the manual for WinTV 7?

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

How do I install the WinTV 7 upgrade from the Hauppauge website?

In order to upgrade your present version of WinTV you need to have a Wintv 6 or Wintv 7 installation CD to validate the upgrade. After you download the update insert the WinTV CD in the CD Rom drive (if the CD autoruns and opens cancel the install.) then click on the WinTV 7 download to install.

How do I rescan channels?

Open 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. Here you can choose from analog digital or external inputs, or all three.

How can I save my 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.

How can I reorder or change the channel numbers in WinTV v7?

Open the Settings menu in WinTV v7 by clicking on the “gear” button in the lower left hand corner of the WinTV v7 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 7 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 v7, or I'm seeing choppy video images. What can cause this?

    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 accelartion 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”.

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    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 v7 record in?What video format will WinTV v7 record in?

    WinTV 7 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 v7?

    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 are approximately 1.7 Gigabytes per hour up to 8.3 Gigabytes per hour.

    Analog Broadcast.

    The WinTV application has to convert 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 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.

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    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