I have recently been configuring two different TV Tuner cards (DVB cards) to get my TV in Ubuntu Linux. Both Hauppauge cards:
The HVR-1600 has a separate input for Digital (ATSC), Analog (NTSC) , and FM Radio.
I used a splitter to feed the Digital and Analog inputs since I have only 1 antenna.
See picture to the right - Top is Digital tuner, Middle is NTSC, and bottom is FM tuner.
I am using them to tune over the air channels in North Vancouver (mainly the HDTV channels available).
The one thing that took a bit of playing was the channel file that holds the frequencies of the stations available.
I used w_scan to get a list of the local DIGITAL frequencies using the following:
w_scan -f t -A 1 -c CA -X > channels.conf
My channels.conf file looks like:
I the updated the Call signs to be more readable.
NOTE: I also had to change the 'VSB_8' to '8VSB' to make it understood by VLC.
My working Vancouver channels.conf file looks like:
CBC, CTV and Global are in High Def! Wow The Simpsons in Hi-def is awesome.
I use VLC to watch TV with the command
vlc -vvv channels.conf
To go straight to a channel from the command line use (CBC)
vlc atsc:// :dvb-frequency=737000000 :dvb-modulation=8VSB --program=8
The channels.conf to commandline syntax was found in the VLC forums post...
Basically if the channels.conf line is
The vlc commandlione is:
I also have MythTV 0.22 installed and recording fine!
Right now I am using a roof antenna, however I am planning to build a Modified Gray Hoverman.
Take a look at how easy and cheap it is to build. These people at digitalhome.ca really know their stuff and have shared a tonne of good info.
Lots of pictures.
I think I am going to build a GH8.
I will post pictures here when I get it built.