Hauppauge Computer Works

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Hauppauge WinTV GO TV Analog TV tuner card

Hauppauge Computer Works (/ˈhɔːpɒɡ/ HOP-og), or just Hauppauge, is a US manufacturer and marketer of electronic video hardware for personal computers. Although it is most widely known for its WinTV line of TV tuner cards for PCs, Hauppauge also produces personal video recorders, digital video editors, digital media players, hybrid video recorders and digital television products for both Windows and Mac. The company is named after the hamlet of Hauppauge, New York, in which it is based. It is sometimes misspelled as Happage, Happauge, or Hauppage.

In addition to its headquarters in New York, Hauppauge also has sales and technical support offices in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Spain and the UK.

Company history[edit]

Hauppauge was co-founded by Kenneth Plotkin and Kenneth Aupperle, and became incorporated in 1992.

Motherboards[edit]

During the late 1980s and early '90s Hauppauge produced motherboards for Intel 486 processors. A number of these motherboards were standard ISA built to fairly competitive price points. Some, however, were workstation and server-oriented, including EISA support, optional cache memory modules, and support for the Weitek 4167 FPU.

Hauppauge also sold a unique motherboard, the Hauppauge 4860. This was the only standard PC/AT motherboard ever made with both an Intel 80486 and an Intel i860 processor (optional). While both required the 80486, the i860 could either run an independent lightweight operating system or serve as a more conventional co-processor.

Hauppauge no longer produces motherboards, focusing instead on the TV card market.

Product lines[edit]

Digital Terrestrial/Satellite[edit]

Hauppauge digital terrestrial and satellite products capture DVB-T and DVB-S broadcasts respectively without the need to re-encode the streams. There are several benefits from this approach:

  • the cost of the TV card can be lower because there is no need to supply an MPEG-2 encoder
  • the quality of captures can be higher because there is no need to re-encode streams
  • ratio of file size to quality is higher due to the broadcasters' high-efficiency encoders

Until August 2004 all of Hauppauge's DVB products were badge-engineered TechnoTrend products. The first of the new Hauppauge-designed cards was the Nova-t PCI 90002 and the silent replacement of the TechnoTrend model caused confusion and anger among Hauppauge's customers who found that the new card didn't support TechnoTrend's proprietary interfaces. This rendered any existing 3rd party software unusable with the new cards. The new cards also came with a software packaged called WinTV2000 which lacked features that TechnoTrend's software had including 7-day EPG, Digital Teletext and LCN-based channel ordering. The new cards supported Microsoft's BDA standard but at the time this was at its infancy and very few 3rd party applications included support for it.

By 2005 all of the TechnoTrend products had been removed from the Hauppauge lineup, with the exception of the DEC2000-t and DEC3000-s which haven't seen a replacement.

Hybrid Video Recorders[edit]

The Hybrid Video Recorder (HVR) range capture a combination of different broadcast types. The majority of Hauppauge HVR models capture analogue PAL and DVB-T but there have been some more recent models which capture analogue NTSC and ATSC as well as a tri-mode card which supports analogue PAL, DVB-S and DVB-T.

HVR-9xx devices are bus-powered USB 2.0 sticks, not much larger than a USB flash drive. They have support for analogue and digital terrestrial TV. The HVR-9xx sticks are produced in Taiwan by Deltron, and are also sold for Apple computers by Elgato under the EyeTV brand.

HVR-1xxx devices are PCI-based products that receive analogue and digital terrestrial TV. They are similar to the HVR-9xx but have support for NICAM or dbx Stereo for analogue terrestrial on all models.

HVR-3xxx and 4xxx devices are tri-mode and quad-mode devices respectively. Tri-mode means support for analogue terrestrial/cable, digital terrestrial and DVB-S digital satellite. Quad-mode devices additionally support DVB-S2 HD digital satellite. The HVR-4000 marks a change in bundled applications in that instead of using Hauppauge's WinTV2000 package, it ships with Cyberlink PowerCinema.

Personal Video Recorders[edit]

The Personal Video Recorder (PVR) range uses an on-board MPEG/MPEG-2 encoder to compress the incoming analogue TV signals. The benefits of using a hardware encoder include lower CPU usage when encoding live TV.

The first WinTV-PVR product was the WinTV PVR-PCI, launched in late 2000 and not receiving any driver updates since February 2002. It was joined by the WinTV PVR-USB, which has two variants. The first variant supported MPEG-2 streams up to 6 Mbit/s and supported Half-D1 resolutions (320 × 480). This was replaced by an updated model supporting up to 12 Mbit/s streams and Full-D1 resolution (720 × 480).

The first WinTV-PVR to gain popularity was the PVR-250. The original version of the PVR-250 was a variant of the Sag Harbor (PVR-350) which used the ivac15 chipset. Although the chipset was able to do hardware decoding the video out components were not included on the card. In later versions of the PVR-250 the ivac15 was replaced with the ivac16 to reduce cost and to relieve heat issues. The PVR-250 and PVR-350 were joined by the USB 2.0 PVR-USB2 to complete their generation of devices.

Their successors, the PVR-150 and PVR-500, were released alongside the PVR-250/350/USB2 and while popular with both OEMs and the general public, there have been numerous driver issues as well as video quality complaints. The PVR-500 was released as a Media Center card and wasn't supplied with Hauppauge's WinTV2000 software. It was effectively two PVR-150s on a single board, connected via a PCI-PCI bridge chip. The PVR-USB2 was silently replaced with the PVR-USB2+ which is identical both visually and terms of features, but uses a Conexant chipset rather than the Philips chipset in the old model.

From its name and time of release, the PVR-160 appears to be newer than the PVR-150 but it is not. The PVR-160 is a repackaging of the WinTV Roslyn. The Roslyn is based on the Conexant Blackbird design and uses the CX2388x video decoder. This board was originally available only to OEMs and third-party software vendors such as Frey Technologies (SageTV) and Snapstream (BeyondTV). The board was sold under many names including the PVR-250BTV (Snapstream). This card is known to have color and brightness issues that can be corrected somewhat using registry hacks. Hauppauge received a large surplus amount of these cards from OEM and third party vendors. The cards were repackaged with an MCE remote and receiver and rebranded the PVR-160. The PVR-160 was often mistakenly referred to as the PVR-250MCE but is not related to the PVR-250.

High-Definition Personal Video Recorder[edit]

In May 2008, Hauppauge released the HD-PVR, a USB 2.0 device with an on-board H.264 hardware encoder for recording from high-definition sources through component inputs. It is the world's first USB device that can capture in high definition. The HD-PVR has proved to be a very popular device, and Hauppauge has been updating its drivers and software continually since its release. In addition to being able to capture from any component video source in 480p, 720p, or 1080i, the HD-PVR comes with an IR blaster that communicates with your cable or satellite set-top box for automated program recordings and channel-changing capabilities. In 2012, Hauppauge released the HD-PVR Gaming Edition 2, which features a much smaller design than its predecessor along with 1080p HDMI support. The PVR is not officially supported on Macintosh systems, but a variety of third party programs exist that allow it to function on OS X, including EyeTV by Elgato and HDPVRCapture. One drawback of the device is that it lacks the ability to pause, so the stop and start cycle can take up to 30 seconds. On occasion it can also suffer from audio and video sync issues and may be prone to overheating, causing video freezes.[citation needed] In 2013, Hauppauge released an upgrade for the existing HD-PVR 2 with the HD-PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus, which supports Macintosh systems.

WinTV Analogue[edit]

The standard analogue range of products use software encoding for recording analogue TV. The more recent Hauppauge cards use SoftPVR, which allows MPEG and MPEG-2 encoding in software provided that a sufficiently fast CPU is installed in the system.

MediaMVP[edit]

The MediaMVP is a thin client device that displays music, video and pictures (hence "MVP") on a television. It is based on an IBM PowerPC RISC processor specialized for multimedia decoding. The operating system is a form of Linux, and everything (including the menus) is served to the device via ethernet or, on newer devices, 802.11g wireless LAN from the server PC.

Various open source software products can use the device as a front-end. An example is MVPMC, which allows the MediaMVP to be used as a front-end for MythTV or ReplayTV.

Table of products[edit]

Type Model Tuner Host Interface Analog Digital Other IR
Digital Terrestrial DEC2000-t Philips USB 1.x

TMX320AV7111

No DVB-T (TDA10045) Yes
DEC2540-t Philips USB 1.x

TMX320AV7111

No DVB-T (TDA10045) Yes
Nova-t PCI Grundig PCI

SAA7134

No DVB-T (LSI L64781) No
Nova-t PCI Philips PCI

SAA7134

No DVB-T (TDA10045) Yes
Nova-t PCI (90002) Thomson DTT7592 PCI

CX2388x

No DVB-T (CX22702) Yes
Nova-t PCI (90003) Thomson DTT75105 PCI

CX2388x

No DVB-T (CX22702) Yes
Nova-t USB Philips USB 1.x No DVB-T (CX22702) No
Nova-t USB2 Panasonic ENV57H USB 2.0

Cypress FX2

No DVB-T (DIB3000-P) Yes
Nova-t Stick (70001) Microtune MT2060 USB 2.0 No DVB-T (DIB7000-M) Optional
Nova-t Stick (70009) Microtune MT2060 USB 2.0 No DVB-T (DIB7700-P) Optional
Nova-TD-Stick 2× MicroTune MT2266 USB 2.0 No DVB-T (DIB7700-P) Optional
Nova-t 500 Microtune MT2060 PCI

VT6212L

No 2× DVB-T (DIB3000-P) Yes
Nova-TD 500 2× Microtune ???? PCI

DiB0710

No 2× DVB-T (DIB7070-P) ?? Yes
Digital Satellite DEC3000-s Unknown USB 1.x

TMX320AV7111

No DVB-S Yes
Nexus-s v2.3 Alps BSBE1-502A PCI SAA7146

TMX320AV7111

No DVB-S (STV0299) S-Video Out Yes
Nova-s PCI Alps BSBE1-502A PCI

SAA7146

No DVB-S (STV0299) No
Nova-s SE PCI Unknown PCI

SAA7146

No DVB-S (TDA8260) No
Nova-s USB Unknown USB 1.x No DVB-S No
Nova-SE2 Unknown PCI

CX2388x

No DVB-S (CX24123) Yes
Nova-S-Plus Unknown PCI

CX2388x

No DVB-S (CX24123) Composite In

S-Video In

Yes
Hybrid Video Recorder HVR-900 Xceive XC3028 USB 2.0

EM2881

1× TVP5150A

SoftPVR

DVB-T (ZL10353) Composite In (Opt)

S-Video In (Opt)

Optional
HVR-900 (Rev B2 & C2) Xceive XC3028 USB 2.0

EM2883

1× TVP5150A

SoftPVR

DVB-T (DRX3975D) Composite In (Opt)

S-Video In (Opt)

Optional
HVR-930 Xceive XC3028 USB 2.0

EM2881

1× TVP5150A

SoftPVR

DVB-T (ZL10353) Composite In (Opt)

S-Video In (Opt)

Optional
HVR-930 (Rev B2) Xceive XC3028 USB 2.0

EM2883

1× TVP5150A

SoftPVR

DVB-T (DRX3975D) Composite In (Opt)

S-Video In (Opt)

Optional
HVR-950 Xceive XC3028 USB 2.0 1× TVP5150A

SoftPVR

ATSC Composite In (Opt)

S-Video In (Opt)

Optional
HVR-1100 Philips FMD1216ME PCI

CX2388x

1× CX2388x

SoftPVR

DVB-T (CX22702) Composite In

S-Video In FM radio

Yes
HVR-1110 Philips 8275A PCI

SAA7134

1× SAA7131

SoftPVR

DVB-T (TDA10046a) Composite In

S-Video In FM radio

Yes
HVR-1300 Philips FMD1216ME PCI

CX2388x

1× CX2388x

1× CX23416

DVB-T (CX22702) Composite In

S-Video In FM radio

Yes
HVR-1600 Analog TCL Series PCI

CX2388x

1× CX2388x

1× CX23418

ATSC (CX24227) Composite In

S-Video In FM radio

Yes
HVR-1800 Analog TCL Series PCI-e Yes ATSC / Clear QAM Composite In

S-Video In FM radio

Yes
HVR-2200 2× Philips TDAxxxx PCIe

SAA7164

Yes DVB-T (2× TDA10048HN) Composite In

S-Video In FM radio

Yes
HVR-3000 Philips FMD1216ME PCI

CX2388x

1× CX2388x

SoftPVR

DVB-T (CX22702)

DVB-S (CX24123)

Composite In

S-Video In FM radio

Yes
HVR-4000 Philips FMD1216ME PCI CX2388x 1× CX2388x

SoftPVR

DVB-T (CX22702)

DVB-S2 (CX24116)

Composite In

S-Video In
FM radio

Yes
Personal Video Recorder PVR PCI Various PCI

Fusion 878A

1× Altera flex EPF6016 ATC144-3

1× Vision Tech Kfir

No
PVR USB Various USB 1.x 1× SAA7113H

1× iTVC12

No
PVR-150 Various PCI

CX2584x

1× CX2584x

1× CX23416

No Composite In

S-Video In

Yes
PVR-160 Various PCI

CX2388x

1× CX2388x

1× CX23416

No Composite In

S-Video In

No
PVR-250 Various PCI

SAA7115

1× SAA7115

1× ivac15

No Composite In

S-Video In

Yes
PVR-250 Various PCI

SAA7115

1× SAA7115

1× CX23416

No Composite In

S-Video In

Yes
PVR-350 Various PCI

SAA7115

1× SAA7115

1× ivac15

No Composite In

S-Video In/Out

Yes
PVR-500MCE Various PCI

PLX FastLane 6140

2× CX2584x

2× CX23416

No 2× Composite In

2× S-Video In
FM radio

No
PVR-USB2 Various USB 2.0

SAA7115

1× SAA7115

1× CX23416

No Composite In

S-Video In FM radio

Yes
PVR-USB2+ Various USB 2.0

Cypress FX2

1× CX2584x

1× CX23416

No Composite In

S-Video In
FM radio

Yes
High-Definition Personal Video Recorder HD-PVR Not Applicable USB 2.0 No No Component In/Out

Composite In
S-Video In
RCA Audio In
S/PDIF Optical Audio In/Out

Yes
WinTV Analog WinTV Express Various PCI

BT878A

1× BT878A No Composite In Yes
WinTV Go Various PCI

Fusion 878A

1× Fusion 878A No Composite In Yes
WinTV Go+ Various PCI

Fusion 878A

1× Fusion 878A No Composite In Yes
WinTV Go2 Various PCI

CX2388x

1× CX2388x No Composite In Yes
WinTV Primio FM Various PCI

CX2388x

1× CX2388x No Composite In

S-Video In FM radio

Yes
WinTV PCI-FM Various PCI

CX2388x

1× CX2388x No Composite In

S-Video In FM radio

Yes
WinTV Radio Various PCI

BT878A

1× BT878A or

1× BT848 or 1× BT88x

No Composite In

S-Video In FM radio

Yes
WinTV USB Various USB 1.x 1× SAA7113 No No
WinTV USB Live Various USB 1.x No No S-Video In

Composite In

No
WinTV USB2 Various USB 2.0

EM2840

TVP5150 No No

WinTV software[edit]

Hauppauge's principal software offering is a TV tuning and recording application called WinTV. A previous version was called WinTV2000 (WinTV32 without skins). It had companion applications, including WinTV Scheduler, which performs timed recordings, and WinTV Radio, which receives FM radio. It was modified towards a service-based software package, with card management and recordings taken care of by the "TV Server" service and EPG data collection by the "EPG Service", allowing WinTV2000 to work with multiple Hauppauge cards in the same PC.

In 2007 Hauppauge launched WinTV Version 6, followed in 2009 by WinTV7, current as of 2014. WinTV7, which is updated under the same name to, for example, WinTV7 v3.5, is supplied without charge to Hauppauge tuner users. There is a paid version, WinTV 7.2, which allows TV to be streamed to several portable devices such as smartphones, and PCs.[1]

wing[edit]

"wing", a recent supplemental software application from Hauppauge, allows the company's PVR products to convert MPEG recordings into formats suitable for playback on the Apple Video iPod and Sony PSP. The software also includes several DivX profiles that can be used for conversion as well.

Third Party Software[edit]

There are many 3rd-party programs which work with Hauppauge tuners as well. These include: GB-PVR, InterVideo WinDVR, Snapstream's Beyond TV, SageTV, Windows Media Center and the Linux-based MythTV.

Linux[edit]

Hauppauge offers limited support for Linux,[2] and doesn't offer Linux drivers on its web site. There are drivers available from non-Hauppauge sources for most of the company's cards (in IVTV and LinuxTV). It appears that some of these drivers (Nova and HVR) are written by a Hauppauge engineer.[citation needed]

The PVR-150 captures video on Linux, but there are reportedly difficulties getting the remote control and IR blaster to work. Also, a January 2007 product substitution of HVR-1600 in PVR-150 retail boxes forced many Linux users to exchange their purchases because the Linux driver has not been updated for the HVR-1600.[3][4][5]

SageTV Media Center for Linux supports PVR-150, PVR-250, PVR-350, PVR-500 and MediaMVP.

For ATSC and DVB applications, a list of Linux supported Hauppauge and other makes of TV cards can be found on the LinuxTVWiki page (see "Supported Hardware" section).

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