HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hauppauge Digital, Inc. (Nasdaq: HAUP), a leading developer and manufacturer of digital video, TV, and data broadcast receiver products for personal computers, announced today the debut of its WinTV(R)-HVR series of Hybrid Video Recorder (HVR) products for sale throughout Europe. WinTV-HVR's give PC users the flexibility of watching and recording either DVB-T digital or traditional analogue TV on their PCs. Previous Hauppauge products such as the WinTV-NOVA and WinTV-PVR could support either DVB-T digital or analogue TV on a PC, but with the WinTV-HVR, a user has a universal TV receiver to support both types of broadcast TV standards in Europe. "While increasing numbers of Europeans are already receiving digital TV in their homes via the DVB-T standard, many still have the need or desire to watch traditional analogue television channels," said Ken Plotkin, CEO of Hauppauge. "Our new WinTV-HVR range is exciting because it lets people do both, as well as record any of their favorite programs using the high quality MPEG-2 recording standard. What's more, consumers who live in areas being transitioned from analogue to digital TV can use the WinTV-HVR and not have an obsolete TV receiver for their PC when the transition finally occurs." The WinTV-HVR series has a host of valuable features that include FM or DVB-T radio reception, software or hardware-based MPEG-2 video recording to the PC hard drive and more. Hauppauge's WinTV-HVR series also supports Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, allowing users to easily manage and access their entire collection of music, DVD and stored movies, TV programs, digital photography and more, all with easy remote control access. Hauppauge's first two products in the WinTV-HVR line, currently shipping to hundreds of retail locations throughout the UK and the European continent, are as follows: -- WinTV(R)-HVR 1100 (euro 99.00 MSRP) -- A hybrid video recorder that lets users watch both freeview digital DVB-T programs and traditional analogue TV from their PC screen, either in a window or full-screen. The software that accompanies the product's plug-in PCI board allows people to record programs to the PC's hard drive via the high-quality MPEG-2 compression standard, as well as to listen to FM radio or DVB-T digital radio. Infrared remote control included; -- WinTV(R)-HVR 1300 (euro 129.00 MSRP) -- Provides all the features of the WinTV-HVR 1100; however, MPEG-2 TV recording in the 1300 is accomplished via an on-board hardware processor, enabling the PC to run at full speed while recording programs to disk. The WinTV-HVR 1300 also includes DVD burning software, an MPEG editor, TV scheduler, and audio/video inputs to connect to set-top boxes such as satellite receivers or cable TV boxes. Up to two WinTV-HVR products can be installed in a Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 system at a time, allowing users to watch and/or record one program while also enjoying another. A future dual-tuner product in the WinTV-HVR line will support simultaneous viewing of two channels on a single plug-in board, with the ability to record one of the programs. Hauppauge anticipates a total of five products in the WinTV-HVR range; remaining offerings are to be unveiled later this summer. For more information about the WinTV-HVR 1100 or WinTV-HVR 1300, visit http://www.hauppauge.com . About Hauppauge Digital: Hauppauge Digital, Inc. (Nasdaq: HAUP) is a leading developer and manufacturer of digital TV and data broadcast receiver products for personal computers. Through its Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc. and Hauppauge Digital Europe subsidiaries, the Company designs and develops digital video boards for TV-in-a-window, digital video editing and video conferencing. The Company is headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, with administrative offices in New York, Singapore, Taiwan, Ireland and Luxembourg and sales offices in Germany, London, Paris, The Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Singapore and California. The Company's Internet web site can be found at http://www.hauppauge.com . Hauppauge and WinTV are registered trademarks of Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc. Other product or service names herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.
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