Headquartered in Hauppauge, NY, about 40 miles east of New York City, Hauppauge has been bringing TV to the PC since 1992. The Company is the worldwide leader in developing and manufacturing PC based TV tuners and data broadcast receiver products. Hauppauge’s products allow PC users to watch television on their PC screens, videoconference and create both still video images and digital TV recordings. Hauppauge’s flagship product, the WinTV, is the leading branded TV tuner card for PCs.
Hauppauge Computer Works is a division of Hauppauge Digital Inc. In December of 2008, Hauppauge Digital Inc. acquired the Pinnacle PCTV product line from Avid, and now runs PCTV tuner products as a separate division. PCTV has their research and development labs in Braunschweig, Germany.
Hauppauge Inc. is the distributor of Hauppauge products in North America. Hauppauge Digital Europe Sarl. is the distributor of Hauppauge products in Europe. Hauppauge Digital Asia is the distributor of Hauppauge products in Asia.
The WinTV is a family of analog and digital TV tuners for PCs. All WinTVs allow PC users to watch TV on their PC screen, in a window or full screen. Some WinTV models include features such as FM radio, IR remote control and high performance TV recording. Although each model has distinct features, this family of products shares the same basic functionality: they all allow a PC user to have TV in a resizable window on their screen.
The WinTV is used by home users and business professionals. Business users use the WinTV to keep track of breaking news by watching a TV news channel in a small window of their PC screen. Home users like to be able to watch their favorite TV shows while they answer e-mail or surf the net.
One of the biggest growth markets for PC based TV tuners is for use in home entertainment centers which are based on Microsoft’s Windows Media Center. PC’s are evolving to be the center of home entertainment systems, and TV is an integral part of home entertainment. The WinTV is a natural part of any PC based home entertainment system.
Also, there is a worldwide shift from analog to digital TV. In a few years, analog TV broadcasts will be completely replaced by digital TV broadcasts, and PC based TV tuners such as the WinTV can take advantage of the benefits of digital TV broadcasts: better pictures and clearer sound.
In 2009, a new mobile digital broadcast television technology was launched in the U.S. Called “Digital Mobile TV”, this technology is based on the ATSC M/H transmission technology. Hauppauge launched several TV tuner products which receive ATSC M/H broadcasts in 2010.
It’s simple to upgrade your PC for digital TV: just add in one of the many Hauppauge digital TV tuners. If you already have an analog WinTV tuner installed, just add a new WinTV digital TV tuner. Or use one of our ‘hybrid’ WinTV-HVR’s which include both analog and digital TV tuners on one board!