Support: WinTV-HVR-1200

WinTV v10 Application Download

WinTV v10 application and Windows driver package

This download is a complete WinTV v10 application, including Windows drivers for supported WinTV products plus utilities.

Installation notes for WinTV v10:

A WinTV v10 Activation Code will be needed to install this WinTV v10 version. An Activation code for WinTV v8.5 or WinTV v8 cannot be used with WinTV v10.

If you do not have a WinTV v10 Activation Code, you can purchase a new WinTV v10 Activation Code on the Hauppauge webstore.

If you have purchased an Activation Code for WinTV v10 with Extend from the Hauppauge Webstore, the latest version of WinTV v10 with Extend will be installed.

Installation on multiple computers: the WinTV application can be installed on as many PCs as needed as long as you use the same Hauppauge device. We link the serial number of your TV tuner (sometimes it is the MAC address) with the Activation code. So as long as you use the same Hauppauge device, you can install on more than one computer.

WinTV v10

New feature: record to network drive (NAS drive). The latest version of WinTV v10 will automatically move your recordings to a network drive after the recordings are complete, freeing up space on your local disk

WinTV v10 installer
For Windows 10, 8, and 7 | Version: 39306 | File size: 151 MB | Date: Nov. 2, 2021
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WinTV v10 installation instructions

The WinTV v10 will install Windows drivers before installing the WinTV v10 application.

  • Step 1: Download the WinTV v10 installer by clicking the download button above. The WinTV v10 installer is normally saved in the Download folder on your PC
  • Step 2: Run wintv10setup from the Download folder on your PC. If you get a Windows message 'Windows protected your PC', click 'More info' and then 'Run anyway'. This is one of Microsoft's new 'features' to block new applications.
  • Step 3: Halfway through the installation, a message will pop up asking for you to enter the Activation Code.
  • Step 4: At the Activation required screen, click on Enter Activation code and enter the activation code which was emailed to you or is printed on the WinTV v10 activation card. You do not need to enter the dashes, and you can use upper or lower case characters.
  • Step 5: When the installation is complete, you will find the WinTV icon on your Windows desktop. Double click on this icon and the WinTV application will run. On the first run of WinTV, it will automatically go through the TV source selection and will scan for channels.

WinTV v8 Application

Note: to use the WinTV-HVR-930C with the Windows Media Center application (DVB-T only), click the Windows Media Center install tab above.

WinTV v8.5 application and Windows drivers

WinTV v8.5 application and Windows driver package

This download is a complete WinTV v8.5 application, including Windows drivers for supported WinTV products plus utilities.

Installation notes for WinTV v8.5:

A WinTV v8.5 Activation Code will be needed to install this WinTV v8.5 version.

You must use WinTV v8 if you have a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-930C (16xxx), the original Colossus, HD PVR model 1212, WinTV-HVR-1100, WinTV-HVR-1300, WinTV-HVR-1400, WinTV-HVR-3000, WinTV-HVR-4000 or WinTV-NOVA-HD-S2. WinTV v8.5 does not support these products.

If you do not have an Activation Code, but you have a WinTV v7 CD, you can install the WinTV v8 application.

If you have neither a WinTV Activation Code or your original WinTV v7 CD-ROM, you can purchase a new WinTV Activation Code on the Hauppauge webstore. This can then be used to activate WinTV v8.5 or WinTV v8.

If you have an Activation Code for WinTV Extend, the latest version of WinTV v8.5 with Extend will be installed.

WinTV v8.5 installer
For Windows 10, 8, and 7

File name: wintv85setup_37352.exe | File size: 101 MB | Date: Dec 27, 2019
Release notes | Backup download site | Previous version

To install the WinTV v8.5 application

  • Step 1: Download the WinTV v8.5 installer by clicking the download button above. The WinTV v8.5 Installer is normally saved in the Download folder on your PC
  • Step 2: Run wintv85setup from the Download folder on your PC. Halfway through the installation, a message will pop up asking for you to enter the Activation Code.
  • Step 3: At the Activation required screen, click on Enter Activation code and enter the activation code which was emailed to you, is printed on the WinTV v8 activation card or printed on your WinTV v8 CD. You do not need to enter the dashes, and you can use upper or lower case characters.
  • Step 4: When the installation is complete, you will find the WinTV icon on your Windows desktop. Double click on this icon and the WinTV application will run. On the first run of WinTV, it will automatically go through the TV source selection and will scan for channels.

WinTV installation video

The WinTV manuals can be found here


WinTV-HVR-12xx Windows driver

https://s3.amazonaws.com/hauppauge/drivers/driver85_1_59_37308.exe

Download WinTV-HVR driver version 37308
For the WinTV-HVR-1200, 1250, 1270, 1400, 1500, 1700, 1800, 1850, 3300, 4400, 5500, 5525 and Starburst boards

Name: driver85_1_59_37308.exe
Size: 9.9 MB
Updated: 12/1/2019

To install the latest Windows driver only:

Leave your WinTV-HVR plugged into your PC. Follow the following steps:

  • Download the Windows driver above.
  • Double click the downloaded driver. This will install the WinTV-HVR Windows driver.
  • At the completion of the driver install, you should see a message which says Drivers have been updated successfully.
  • At this point, the Windows driver will be installed.

Windows Media Center

Note to Windows Media Center users:

If you want to use WinTV-HVR-12xx to watch and record analog cable TV with Microsoft's Media Center application, do the following:

When you run Media Center, go to Tasks / Settings / TV / Set Up TV signal
At 'Set Up your TV signal', click Next
At "Regional settings', make sure your region is correct and click Next
At 'Download TV options', click Next.
At "TV Signal', click 'I will configure my TV signal manually' and click Next
You will then see: Cable / Satellite / Antenna. Chose the source of your TV signal (Cable for use with analog cable TV) and click Next.
Click through the rest of the settings, set up your Guide listings and click Finish. Then return to the main menu.

Go to TV + Movies and then live TV to watch and record TV.

Setting up your TV tuner in Windows 7 Media Center

Download

Here is a screen by screen view of the setup of Windows Media Center. It was based on the WinTV-HVR-1600, but the setup with other WinTV-HVR products will be similar.

Windows Media Center remote control receiver/blaster configuration utility

Use this utility to enable or disable the built-in IR receiver/blaster hardware on the WinTV-HVR-1850 and WinTV-HVR-2250 for use with Windows Media Center. You would disable the built-in IR receiver/blaster if you are using an external USB attached Windows Media Center remote control.

To use this tool:

  • Download, unzip and install the Hcwcirconfig tool
  • After installing the Hcwcirconfig tool, run the program. The tool will be located in Start / All Programs / Hauppauge WinTV / HCWCIRConfig Tool
  • To configure as a Windows Media Center remote control, put a check in the box labeled Hauppauge Consumer Infrared Receiver click OK – Save Changes
  • Your computer must be restarted for the changes to take effect.

Name: hcw_circonfig_tool_1.2.28165.zip
Name: 322KB
Name: 6/16/2010

Bug fixes for the Windows Media Center "Low bit rate" error message

Microsoft has released Windows Media Center patches for the "Low bit rate" error message.

Click to view the information from Microsoft.

Accessories

WinTV Digital Signal Strength Indicator

The WinTV Digital Signal Strength indicator displays information about the quality of the digital TV channel you are watching. This application is used with the WinTV v7 and WinTV v8 applications.

Click here for instructions on using this application.

IR Remote control version 30339

Remote control applet. After you run this applet, an icon will appear in your Windows device tray showing that the Hauppauge remote control is active..

Name: 2_68_30339_IR32.exe
Size: 443KB
Updated: Oct, 7, 2010


WinTV-Scheduler update for WinTV version 6

This TV program scheduler for WinTV version 6 allows 'background recording' on dual tuner WinTV products.

Name: sched25_26071.exe
Size: 3.8 MB
Updated: March 11, 2008

3rd Party Applications

NextPVR

Is a free Personal Video Recorder (PVR) and Media Centre application for Microsoft Windows.

WinTV-HVR-12xx installation guides

WinTV v7 users manual

WinTV-HVR-12xx Frequently Asked Questions

What Operating Systems are supported by the WinTV-HVR-12xx?

  • Windows 8 and 8.1, 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Windows 7 (all versions), 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Microsoft® Windows XP, XP Pro or Windows XP Media Center Edition, with Service Pack 2.
  • Windows Vista (all versions), 32-bit and 64-bit

System Requirements

  • Processor Requirements (minimum):
  • 2.2 GHz Intel P4 or equivalent
  • Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows XP with Service Pack 2.
  • Available PCI Express X1 or X16 slot
  • Graphics with 64MB memory (or greater)
  • Sound card

Can I use the WinTV-HVR-12xx with Media Center?

Yes, the WinTV-HVR-12xx can be used with Windows Media Center. Simply download and install the latest drivers from the Hauppauge website.

NOTE: You must set up an analog TV tuner in Media Center first before you can proceed to set up a digital tuner.

What type of channels will I receive with the WinTV-HVR-1200?

PAL Analog CableTV or over-the-air analog TV: You can use your cable TV from the wall to connect to the WinTV-HVR-12xx and receive PAL analog cable TV channels. You can also use a roof top antenna to receive "over-the-air" TV.

Freeview HD (DVB-T2) over-the-air digital TV: Supports Freeview HD or DVB-T2 TV channels.

Freeview (DVB-T) over-the-air digital TV: Supports Freeview or DVB-T TV channels
Note: For Freeview and Freeview HD DVB-T digital TV, a rooftop/out door antenna is recommended for optimal results and best signal strength.

DVB-C cable TV Channels: DVB-C digital cable TV channels are unencrypted digital cable TV channels. Clear QAM allows users to watch unencrypted digital TV channels from their cable TV provider without a set-top box.


Note: Check your local cable TV provider for DVB-C TV channel reception over your cable TV network.

Can I get HD with the WinTV-HVR-12xx through my Cable or Satellite box?

The WinTV-HVR-1200 has Freeview HD support for over-the-air HD. It can also receive HD TV from a DVB-C source.

But the WinTV-HVR-1200 will not be able to decode HD broadcasts that come through your cable or satellite box.

If you have an HD cable TV or satellite box and want to record HD TV, you can use Hauppauge's HD PVR.

Note: not all cable operators broadcast DVB-C channels which can be received by the WinTV-HVR-12xx. Contact your local cable operator to check if they provide clear digital cable TV channels.

What type of recordings can I make with the WinTV-HVR-12xx?

Using the WinTV 7 application the WinTV-HVR-12xx, will record in a transport stream (TS)
For Freeview HD, Freeview and DVB-C digital TV recordings, the recording format and bit rate is exactly the same as the broadcast format (i.e. Freeview HD 1080i is recorded at 1080i).

Note: TS files can be converted to MPEG files using options in the WinTV 7 configuration menu.

Note: The WinTV7 application recording are in MPEG format for both digital and analog.

Can I record one show while watching another with the WinTV-HVR-12xx?

The WinTV-HVR-1200 only has one TV tuner. But if you have two WinTV-HVR-1200's in one PC, you can record one TV program while viewing the other, or even record both simultaneously. While recording a digital TV channel, you can be watching an analog TV channel or visa versa.

If you have two WinTV-HVR-1200's in one PC, You can also use Windows Media Center to record one program and watch (or record) another program.

Black video window or choppy video when watching a digital TV channel

If you are watching a digital TV channel and you see choppy video, no audio or a black screen, then it is possible your PC is not fast enough to decode and play the digital TV channel you are watching. Please verify that your system meets the minimum requirements for using the WinTV-HVR-1200

Digital TV, especially ATSC high definition digital TV, is very CPU intensive. Many graphics cards have special built-in hardware to speed up decoding of high definition TV channels.

On graphics cards without special video decoding features, you can often improve the playback performance by using the Video Renderer settings located in the settings menu of WinTV 7. To open the setting menu click on the “gear” button located in the lower left of the WinTV 7 screen.

The default mode is EVR. The other modes are VMR9, VMR7 and Overlay. Each mode uses a different process to render video. Try each mode and use the one which gives you the best results. To use hardware acceleration put a check in the box “use hardware acceleration when possible. This will allow your graphics system to use hardware acceleration for video decode. Note: graphics hardware acceleration does not work on all systems. After making a change in video rendering settings Wintv must be restarted to take effect.

Can I use the WinTV-HVR-1200 with Linux?

There is some support for the WinTV-HVR-1200 under Linux. More information can be found here: LinuxTV.org

I’m receiving a flickering video image using my WinTV product installed on a Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P motherboard?

To correct the flickering video issue, from the BIOS, disable the "C1E Support” option and restart the system.

How do I add an S-Video or Composite video source in the WinTV application?

You can bring video into the WinTV from an external audio/video source such as a cable TV or satellite set top box. Depending upon which model WinTV you have, you might need to connect the A/V breakout cable included with your TV tuner.

In the WinTV v7 application, click the Setup menu (Gear button in the lower left corner of WinTV v7).

Then click on the Devices tab.

In the Device Setup Wizard, select External Inputs (S-Video/composite) and click Next.

You will be presented with the option to add a Composite and an S-Video Input. Please select your country (if not correct) and click Next.

If you wish to connect a source not normally designed for operation in your country, you can configure the Video Format manually from the drop down list. Change the value from “AUTO”.

Note: Pal BGHIDK is the commonly used format in Europe. NTSC is the broadcast format used in North America.

I receive a "Low bit rate" error message when using Windows Media Center in Windows 7.

Microsoft has released Windows Media Center patches for the "Low bit rate" error message.
Click to view the information from Microsoft.

What file size will the recorded videos be?

Digital Broadcasts (DVB-T)

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 Freeview (DVB-T) & recordings are approximately 1.7 Gigabytes per hour up to 8.3 Gigabytes per hour.

Analog Broadcast.

The WinTV v7 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

Making connections to your WinTV

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.

Remote control

Note: this remote control is supplied with some TV tuner models

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Prodinfo: get information on your Hauppauge TV tuner

Prodinfo.exe is a program you can run which will extract information about the WinTV product you have installed such as model and serial number, MAC address, revision, and features which can be used to identify the exact model of your product. The driver for the device must be installed in order to run Prodinfo.exe

HCWClear: remove all driver and files that were installed

HCWCLEAR.exe is a program you run to remove all driver and files that were installed with the installation of the WinTV application.