DVB via USB

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Here is an (non-exhaustive) overview of DVB/ATSC USB devices sorted by their required LinuxTV driver (if supported - and yes - most of them are). Generally, when it comes to support for USB devices, it is a good idea to try the current Hg sources because some device drivers can be very new and thus may have not made their way into the mainstream kernel.

Please help to keep this list up-to-date so that it is useful for everyone!

Contents

Introduction

For all devices shown below you need to load (if not compiled into the kernel):

 - i2c-core
 - crc32
 - firmware_class
 - dvb-core.ko
 - dvb-pll.ko

and maybe others too. If the loading fails for any particular module you'll get a "unknown symbol"-message. Then take a look at dmesg to find out, which symbols (functions) are missing. After you've found out which module was absent, please come back here and add it to the list/device-entry.

Legend: the field type specifies the real USB-standard of the device

 - USB1.1: the device can be run on the USB1.1 and on the USB2.0 bus but only with USB1.1-speed. 
 - USB2.0: the device can only be connected to a real USB2.0 port and runs with USB2.0-speed. 
   (delivering the complete Transport Stream to the software demuxer.)
 - USB2.0/USB1.1: the device is actually USB2.0, but can also be driven on a USB1.1 port. (if not 
   mentioned elsewhere, these boxes can deliver the complete Transport Stream when running in USB2.0 mode)

Firmware

Most of the USB devices need a firmware to run. Some of the firmware files can be downloaded here: [1] or here: [2].

You need to copy the firmware to the correct place on your system. This will be /lib/firmware or a folder below it. Here is an example:

- $ cd /lib/firmware
- $ ls
- 2.6.15-23-amd64-xeon
- $ cd 2.6.15-23-amd64-xeon
- $ sudo cp ~/dvb-usb-umt-010-02.fw .

Now, you need to unplug your USB device. Plug it in again, and then take a look at dmesg.

- $ dmesg
- < ...... lines cut for clarity ..... >
- [ 4046.455924] usb 5-2: USB disconnect, address 3
- [ 4066.407381] usb 5-2: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 8
- [ 4066.521806] dvb-usb: found a 'Hanftek UMT-010 DVB-T USB2.0' in cold state, will try to load a firmware
- [ 4066.539796] dvb-usb: downloading firmware from file 'dvb-usb-umt-010-02.fw' to the 'Cypress FX2'
- [ 4066.571666] dvb-usb: Hanftek UMT-010 DVB-T USB2.0 successfully initialized and connected.
- [ 4066.701374] usb 5-2: USB disconnect, address 8
- [ 4066.701404] dvb-usb: generic DVB-USB module successfully deinitialized and disconnected.

In this case, I have success, because the firmware was loaded.

Additional technical information

This section starts describing devices which hit the market beginning of spring 2004. It does not cover TTUSB-based devices.

DVB-USB devices host-controlled

When first AC-Adapter-free USB devices (with the capability of receiving DVB Signals) hit the market, every vendor was using the generic USB-device-controller from Cypress (FX1 (AN2135/AN2235), FX2) as an interface between the DVB-hardware and the host.

As those controllers are very generic, one has to create (and download) an (small or not so small) embedded software to those controller to give vendor-specific and the wanted functionality. After downloading the so-called firmware vendors used the reboot-feature of the controller to re-enumerate with new USB Vendor/Product-IDs and a new USB-layout. On the host this looks like a normal disconnect and connect of an USB device.

Because the memory for storing the firmware was limited, vendors decided not to put any DVB-demodulator and RF-tuner specific code into the firmware, but only to implement interface functionality. At that time, the common way to control other components was I2C. The other necessary feature was data-streaming. With such a firmware, every functionality is done from the host - mainly the driving of the demodulator and the tuner.

Host-controlled devices are the ones based on DiBcom (dibusb, dib0700), Nebula (DigiTV), Hanftek and others. (see below)

DVB-USB device firmware-controlled

Another approach was coming later: When it started, that putting more memory on a board/into an IC with almost no increase of the BOM. Vendors started to put the demodulator and tuner-driver into the firmware. This was simplifying the host-part dramatically, because if you have a new hardware, you just need to modify the (platform-independent) firmware part and, as long as the firmware-interface is not changing, the host-driver stays the same.

Firmware-controlled devices: Twinhan VP7045/VP7021, Terratec Cinergy T2, Wideview and others.

To be continued.

DVB-T

Afatech AF9005

All devices below are fully supported by the LinuxTV driver. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - dvb-usb-af9005.ko
 - dvb-usb.ko
Device / Model Type Hardware Firmware URL / Pictures
Comments & quirks
Allnet all2006 USB DVB-T Stick USB1.1 af9005.fw [3]
The tuner sensitivity is less than impressive. The driver has trouble scanning channel lists with Kaffeine. If you use a channel list made with another DVB-T device, watching the channels isn't really a big problem (a few blocks are shown though). This could be a timeout problem.
Delock USB2.0 DVB-T Stick USB2.0/USB1.1 af9005.fw [4]
The case is insufficiently shielded.
Ridata USB DVB-T Stick T100 USB2.0/USB1.1 af9005.fw


Clarification/update needed for the following comments.

Comment: Not working at the moment: VT

Comment: Working but not in kernel yet, get CVS/Mercurial sources from linuxtv.org.

AVerMedia AVerTV A800

All devices below are fully supported by the LinuxTV driver. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - dib3000-common.ko
 - dib3000mc.ko
 - dvb-usb.ko
 - dvb-usb-dibusb-common.ko
 - dvb-usb-a800.ko

These devices are clones of a DVB-T USB2.0 reference design made by DiBcom.

Device / Model Type Hardware Firmware URL / Pictures
Comments & quirks
AVerMedia AVerTV DVB-T USB 2.0 USB2.0/USB1.1 DiBcom 3000P dvb-usb-avertv-a800-02.fw [5]
Remote control handling is different to the one used in the other DiBusb clones and many essential keys do not work at all (with X.org and linux kernels 2.6.17 and 2.6.18).


DiBcom DVB-T

DiB3000M-B USB1.1 DVB-T devices

All devices below are fully supported by the LinuxTV driver. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - dib3000-common.ko
 - dib3000mb.ko
 - dvb-usb.ko
 - dvb-usb-dibusb-common.ko
 - dvb-usb-dibusb-mb.ko

Most of these devices are (sometimes slightly modified) clones of a DVB-T USB1.1 reference design made by DiBcom.

Device / Model Type Hardware Firmware URL / Pictures
Comments & quirks
AVerMedia AVerTV DVBT USB USB1.1 DiBcom 3000M-B dvb-usb-dibusb-5.0.0.11.fw [6]
ADSTech Instant TV DVB-T USB USB1.1 DiBcom 3000M-B dvb-usb-dibusb-5.0.0.11.fw [7]
ADSTech Instant TV DVB-T USB2.0 USB2.0, USB1.1 DiBcom 3000M-B dvb-usb-adstech-usb2-02.fw [8]
This device is dark blue.
Artec T1 USB2.0 USB2.0, USB1.1 DiBcom 3000M-B dvb-usb-dibusb-6.0.0.8.fw [9]
Compro Videomate DVB-U2000 USB1.1 DiBcom 3000M-B dvb-usb-dibusb-5.0.0.11.fw [10]
CTS Portable (Chinese Television System) USB1.1 DiBcom 3000M-B dvb-usb-dibusb-5.0.0.11.fw [11]
DigitalRise DVB-T USB 1.1 Ter USB1.1 DiBcom 3000M-B dvb-usb-dibusb-5.0.0.11.fw [12]
Grandtec DVB-T USB1.1 USB1.1 DiBcom 3000M-B dvb-usb-dibusb-5.0.0.11.fw [13]
HAMA DVB-T USB1.1 device USB1.1 DiBcom 3000M-B dvb-usb-dibusb-5.0.0.11.fw [14]
JetWay DTV DVB-T USB USB1.1 DiBcom 3000M-B dvb-usb-dibusb-5.0.0.11.fw [15]
KWorld V-Stream XPERT DTV DVB-T USB USB1.1 DiBcom 3000M-B dvb-usb-dibusb-5.0.0.11.fw [16]
TwinhanDTV USB-Ter (VP7041) USB1.1 DiBcom 3000M-B dvb-usb-dibusb-5.0.0.11.fw [17]
First DVB-T USB box on the market with DiB3000M-B built-in.
TwinhanDTV Magic Box (VP7041e) USB1.1 DiBcom 3000M-B dvb-usb-dibusb-5.0.0.11.fw [18]
Ultima Electronic/Artec T1 USB TVBOX USB1.1 DiBcom 3000M-B, variable dvb-usb-dibusb-5.0.0.11.fw or dvb-usb-dibusb-an2235-01.fw [19]
There are several clones of this device: some have the AN2235 USB controller instead of the AN2135; some use a Panasonic tuner instead of the default Thomson Cable tuner. Most of the Boxes have standard Cypress USB IDs which makes it very hard to identify them. A HOWTO for this devices can be found here.
VideoWalker DVB-T USB USB1.1 DiBcom 3000M-B dvb-usb-dibusb-5.0.0.11.fw [20]


DiB3000M-C/P USB2.0 DVB-T devices

All devices below are fully supported by the LinuxTV driver. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - dib3000-common.ko
 - dib3000mc.ko
 - mt2060.ko
 - dvb-usb.ko
 - dvb-usb-dibusb-common.ko
 - dvb-usb-dibusb-mc.ko

These frontend(s)/demodulator(s) can be found in various revisions of this device:

 - DiBcom 3000M-C
 - DiBcom 3000P

[FIXME: which for which devices?]

These devices are clones of DVB-T USB2.0 reference designs made by DiBcom. MOD3000P1 (FX2), MOD3000P1.2 (FX2-LP) and STK3000P.

Device / Model Type Hardware Firmware URL / Pictures
Comments & quirks
Artec T14 USB2.0/USB1.1 MT2060 silicon tuner dvb-usb-dibusb-6.0.0.8.fw [21]
Grand DVB-T Pen USB 2.0 USB2.0, USB1.1 MT2060 silicon tuner dvb-usb-dibusb-6.0.0.8.fw [22]
LiteOn USB DVB-T TV Tuner USB2.0, USB1.1 MT2060 silicon tuner dvb-usb-dibusb-6.0.0.8.fw [23]
Leadtek WinFast DTV Dongle USB2.0/USB1.1 MT2060 silicon tuner dvb-usb-dibusb-6.0.0.8.fw [24]
MSI Digivox Mini SL USB2.0 MT2060 silicon tuner dvb-usb-dibusb-6.0.0.8.fw [25]
Typhoon TV Movie Stick USB2.0, (USB1.1?) MT2060 silicon tuner dvb-usb-dibusb-6.0.0.8.fw [26]
"Art. 50506"
YUAN PD300 DVB-T mobility USB2.0, USB1.1 MT2060 silicon tuner dvb-usb-dibusb-6.0.0.8.fw [27]


DiB0700 USB2.0 DVB-T devices

Note: Currently, at least two dib0700-based devices are known to have problems. The Nova-T 500 suffers from random disconnects after a few hours or days, and the Nova-T Stick, and possibly others using the same hardware, suffer from I2C errors. Updating to current Hg drivers and using new firmware should cure these.

All devices below will be fully supported by the LinuxTV drivers very soon. The following modules are needed for these devices:

 - dib7000m.ko
 - dib7000p.ko
 - dib3000mc.ko
 - mt2060.ko
 - dvb-usb.ko
 - dvb-usb-dib0700.ko

These frontend(s)/demodulator(s) can be found in various revisions of this device:

 - DiBcom DiB7000P, DiBcom DiB7000PC

Comment: In case someone is opening the device, one can find the DiB7700-chips (B/C/D), which is demodulator and USB in one silicon. The USB firmware used is the same for all devices.

The dvb-usb-dib0700 module has a parameter which forces the activation of LNAs (Low Noise Amplifier). If you have reception problems you can try to load the module with force_lna_activation=1 and see if it works better. Normally the LNA is controlled automatically by software so, in general, there should be no need to force activation. If a device has an LNA, it is shown in the table below; for those which have no LNA, this parameter has no meaning.

Device / Model Type Hardware Firmware URL / Pictures
Comments & quirks
AVerMedia AVerTV DVB-T Volar USB2.0 DiB7700P, MT2060 dvb-usb-dib0700-xx.fw [28]
Compro Videomate U500 USB2.0 DiB7700P, MT2060 dvb-usb-dib0700-xx.fw [29]
Hauppauge Nova-T 500 Dual PCI with embedded USB2.0 2×DiB3000P, 2×MT2060, LNA dvb-usb-dib0700-xx.fw [30]
A.K.A. "Bristol". The LNA needs manual activation.
Hauppauge Nova-T Stick USB2.0 DiB7700M or DiB7700P, MT2060 dvb-usb-dib0700-xx.fw [31]
Identical to the USB Stick Elgato is selling.

There are two known variants; see the main page for this device for identification and support details.

Leadtek WinFast DTV Dongle USB2.0 DiB7700P, MT2060 dvb-usb-dib0700-xx.fw
There exists another device with the same design and name but different internals. Both are supported by linuxtv.org.


HanfTek UMT-010

All devices below are fully supported by the LinuxTV driver. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - mt352.ko
 - dvb-usb.ko
 - dvb-usb-dibusb-common.ko
 - dvb-usb-umt-010.ko

The USB protocol which is used by this device is equal to the one used in DiBcom USB2.0 reference design. Thanks to Hanftek who especially wrote a firmware for easy Linux-Support.

Device / Model Type Hardware Firmware URL / Pictures
Comments & quirks
Hanftek UMT-010 USB2.0 Zarlink MT352 dvb-usb-umt-010-02.fw [32]
Stick-sized. Different colours (blue, grey, red).


Hauppauge WinTV-NOVA-T usb2

All devices below are fully supported by the LinuxTV driver. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - dib3000-common.ko
 - dib3000mc.ko
 - dvb-usb.ko
 - dvb-usb-dibusb-common.ko
 - dvb-usb-nova-t-usb2.ko

These devices are clones of a DVB-T USB2.0 reference design made by DiBcom.

Device / Model Type Hardware Firmware URL / Pictures
Comments & quirks
Hauppauge WinTV NOVA-T USB2 USB2.0, USB1.1 DiBcom 3000P dvb-usb-nova-t-usb2-01.fw [33]
It has a MAC address.


LifeView

Devices are starting to be supported.

See http://linuxtv.org/v4lwiki/index.php/LifeView

LifeView TV Walker Twin

Works well (two tuners).

The TV Walker twin contains a ULi M9206, which is, according to the website, a "versatile digital audio/video controller for various digital TV standards such as DVB and ATSC. M9206 supports Microsoft's latest Broadcast Driver Architecture (BDA), which offer customers design flexibility and broad market coverage to both DVB and ATSC standards." A pair of TDA10046A OFDM channel demodulators and TDA8275A Silicon Tuners provide the DVB-T functionality. There is also an IR receiver which is presumably controlled by the M9206. Note: this device's USB cable comes with 2 USB plugs. This is not one plug per tuner; plug in both of them together to supply adequate power to the device.

Nebula DigiTV USB version - DVB-T

All devices below are fully supported by the LinuxTV driver. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - mt352.ko
 - nxt6000.ko
 - dvb-usb.ko
 - dvb-usb-digitv.ko
Device / Model Type Hardware Firmware URL / Pictures
Comments & quirks
Nebula DigiTV USB USB2.0 Zarlink MT352 or NxtWave Nxt6000 dvb-usb-digitv-01.fw [34]
There is an SDK for download on the Nebula WebSite, which was used to improve the driver's quality. Was the first USB2.0 box on the market (late 2003/early 2004).


TerraTec Cinergy T²

All devices below are fully supported by the LinuxTV driver. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - cinergyT2.ko
Device / Model Type Hardware Firmware URL / Pictures
Comments & quirks
TerraTec Cinergy T² USB2.0 Zarlink MT352 [35]
The programming of the MT352 is hidden behind the USB protocol defined within the firmware.


Twinhan DVB-T USB2.0

All devices below are fully supported by the LinuxTV driver. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - dvb-usb.ko
 - dvb-usb-vp7045.ko
Device / Model Type Hardware Firmware URL / Pictures
Comments & quirks
DigitalNow TinyUSB 2 DVB-t USB2.0 Zarlink MT352 dvb-usb-vp7045-01.fw [36]
DigitalRise DVB-T USB 2.0 Ter Beetle USB2.0 Zarlink MT352 dvb-usb-vp7045-01.fw [37]
dnt EuroMini 100 USB2.0 Zarlink MT352 dvb-usb-vp7045-01.fw [38]
Fujitsu-Siemens DVB-T Mobile TV Tuner USB2.0 Zarlink MT352 dvb-usb-vp7045-01.fw de en
TwinhanDTV Alpha USB2.0 Zarlink MT352 dvb-usb-vp7045-01.fw [39]
It seems that some TwinhanDTV Alphas need newer firmware. The symptoms are that they can not find any channels. Consequently, they are unusable at the moment. See these posts for more details: [40][41][42][43]
TwinhanDTV MagicBoxII USB2.0 Zarlink MT352 dvb-usb-vp7045-01.fw [44]


The programming of the MT352 is hidden behind the USB protocol defined within the firmware.

WideView/Yakumo/Hama/Typhoon/Yuan Boxes and Pens

All devices below are fully supported by the LinuxTV driver. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - dvb-usb.ko
 - dvb-usb-dtt200u.ko

These frontend(s)/demodulator(s) can be found in various revisions of this device:

 - Zarlink MT352
 - The new units use the Zarlink ZL10353 instead of MT352
 - for pentype design it is unknown (but it doesn't matter at all)

The programming of the MT352 is hidden behind the USB protocol defined within the firmware. These boxes can only deliver part of the Transport Stream (using a hardware PID filter); it is not known how to deactivate this. (The driver was completely reverse-engineered without the help of its real vendor (assuming WideView is the manufacturer). UPDATE: the vendor was so kind to provide information about unknown commands, hence the driver is complete.

There is apparently another Yakumo model not covered:

Hi, I've purchased a "Yakumo Quickstick TV easy" and it doesn't work after compiling and installing the modules. Its vendor and product id ara 0x14aa and 0x620, and it does not appear in modules.usbmap. So I think it's not defined... ßingen.

Firmware: The firmware for the new rev Freecom sticks (dvb-usb-wt220u-fc03.fw) can be obtained from here [45]

Warning: When checking the table below, check the USB ID to see if you have an old or new revision of the firmware.

Device / Model Type Hardware Firmware URL / Pictures
Comments & quirks
Yakumo DVB-T mobile USB USB2.0, USB1.1 dvb-usb-dtt200u-01.fw [46]
A.K.A DTT200U
Yakumo QuickStick DVB-T USB USB2.0, USB1.1 dvb-usb-wt220u-01.fw [47]
Pen-sized
Yakumo QuickStick Basic DVB-T USB USB2.0, USB1.1 dvb-usb-wt220u-zl0353-01.fw [48]
Pen-sized
Yakumo QuickStick Basic DVB-T USB USB2.0 dvb-usb-wt220u-fc03.fw [49]
Pen-sized.
USB ID 14aa:0225 (cold state, before firmware).
USB ID 14aa:0226 (warm state, after firmware).
Yuan DVB2GO UB300 USB2.0, USB1.1 dvb-usb-dtt200u-01.fw [50]
Yuan PD300 DVB-T mini USB2.0, USB1.1 MT2060 silicon tuner? dvb-usb-wt220u-01.fw [51]
Hama DVB-T Box USB2.0, USB1.1 dvb-usb-wt220u-02.fw [52]
Typhoon USB2.0 DVB-T Box USB2.0, USB1.1 dvb-usb-dtt200u-01.fw
Typhoon DVB-T USB Drive USB2.0, USB1.1 dvb-usb-wt220u-01.fw [53]
Pen-sized.
WideView USB2.0 DVB-T Receiver USB2.0, USB1.1 dvb-usb-dtt200u-01.fw [54]
WideView Pentype DVB-T-Receiver (WT-220U) USB2.0, USB1.1 dvb-usb-wt220u-01.fw [55]
Pen-sized.
Freecom DVB-T USB Stick USB2.0, USB1.1 dvb-usb-wt220u-01.fw [56]
Pen-sized.
Freecom DVB-T USB Stick (25451 rev3) USB2.0 dvb-usb-wt220u-fc03.fw [57]
Pen-sized.
USB ID (before firmware): 14aa:0225
V-Gear PocketDTV USB2.0 DVB-T TVBox USB2.0, USB1.1 dvb-usb-dtt200u-01.fw [58]
Small container.
V-Gear MobiDTV USB2.0, USB1.1 dvb-usb-wt220u-01.fw or dvb-usb-wt220u-02.fw [59]
Pen-sized.
dnt EuroStick USB-Stick DVB-T Receiver USB2.0, USB1.1 dvb-usb-wt220u-01.fw [60]
Pen-sized.
Redbell DVB-T USB Stick (TDT-2GO) USB2.0, USB1.1 dvb-usb-wt220u-01.fw or dvb-usb-wt220u-fc03.fw or dvb-usb-wt220u-zl0353-01.fw [61] [62] [63]
Pen-sized. Valid for PCMCIA version.
New revision of those devices with ZL0353 inside USB2.0, USB1.1 dvb-usb-wt220u-zl0353-01.fw [64]
Pen-sized.
USB ID (before firmware): 14aa:022a.

Someone has three of these running just fine in parallel; USB IDs 14aa:0221 and 14aa:022b.

Club 3D ZAP-TV250mini USB2.0, USB1.1 MT2060 silicon tuner dvb-usb-wt220u-02.fw (dvb-usb-wt220u-01.fw untested) [65]
USB ID (before firmware): 14aa:0220
Gainward DVB2go USB2.0 dvb-usb-wt220u-01.fw or dvb-usb-wt220u-02.fw
Clone of YUAN PD300.
Bestbuy Easy TV USB2.0 dvb-usb-wt220u-02.fw
This is a WideView WT-220U PenType Receiver (Typhoon/Freecom). It works with newest linuxtv driver version.


Supported Em2880/Em2870 Based USB DVB-T devices

Official project site: Em2880

Device / Model Type Hardware Firmware URL / Pictures
Comments & quirks
Kworld 350 U DVB-T USB
MSI DigiVox A/D USB2.0 [66]
Hauppauge WinTV HVR 900 (rev. 1.0) USB [67]
Terratec Cinergy Hybrid T XS USB ZL10353 [68]
Terratec Cinergy Hybrid T XS USB MT352 [69]
Terratec Cinergy Hybrid T XS France} USB
Terratec Prodigy Hybrid T XS USB [70]
Terratec Cinergy T XS USB XC3028 [71]
Terratec Cinergy T XS USB MT2060
Pinnacle PCTV USB Stick USB Device notes [72]
DNT DA2 Hybrid USB [73]
Pinnacle PCTV Hybrid Pro Stick USB [74]
Empire USB 2.0 Pen Dual TV USB [75]
BestBuy Easy TV USB hybrid USB
USB ID EB1A:2881
Dazzle TV Hybrid Stick USB [76]
USB ID EB1A:2881


DVB-C

Technotrend TT-Connect C-1100 USB

Reported as working since long time. ALPS TDBE2(sp5659) tuner, ves1820 modulator.

 - dvb-ttusb-budget.ko
 - ves1820.ko
 - etc. 

Technotrend TT-Connect C-1200 USB

Reports say it works in Linux; stv0297 + Philips tdm1316; details here. Possibly has some frame-dropping issues? (See [77], though works somehow despite the warning in [78] so maybe the first is just missing firmware file or something else.)

As a side note, the Techno-trend USB IR works with patches (support for ttusbir included in lirc 0.8.2pre3).

DVB-S

SIEMSSEN & CO. - Opera S1

A similar device to the DVBWorld. Seems to be sold in Germany by one of the well-known discounters. Its German distributor is Siemssen under the name Opera DVB-S1. The card contains a Cypress CY7C68013A-56PCX to manage the USB part, which seems to control a Xilinx Spartan(R) XC3850 FPGA. The tuner box reads Sharp, but I cannot find out more about it.

I'm able to upload the firmware to turn the device from cold mode to warm USB ID but programming the FPGA still fails. For my card/driver: The cold USB ID is: VID 0x04b4 (CYPRESS) PID: 0x2830 The warm USB ID is: VID 0x695C (???????) PID: 0x3829


DVB-S cards in similar cases can be found on different Asian sites: [79] [80]

Despite the fact that all those devices look quite similar and have similar hardware, Siemssen still claims that they are built completely differently and their drivers are not interchangeable.

A driver fully supporting this device is available in 2.6.22 and later kernels.

TwinhanDTV StarBox II - DVB-S (7021A)

The following modules are necessary in order to get this device running:

 - dvb-usb.ko
 - dvb-usb-vp702x.ko

These frontend(s)/demodulator(s) can be found in various revisions of this device:

 - DST

Comment: The driver is still a little work in progress. If you want to help the development, please consult the linux-dvb Mailing list. The frontend-part of the DST-driver could be rewritten to be used by the USB driver. Currently it is hard-wired to the PCI-cards.

device/model type firmware name comments/quirks URL/pictures
TwinhanDTV StarBox USB2.0/USB1.1 dvb-usb-vp702x-01.fw - [81]
DigitalRise DVB-S USB Sat Starbox USB2.0/USB1.1 dvb-usb-vp702x-01.fw - [82]
TYPHOON DVB-S USB 2.0 BOX USB2.0/USB1.1 dvb-usb-vp702x-01.fw - [83]

Pinnacle PCTV 400e USB2.0 DVB-S

This driver is pre-Work-In-Progress. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - tda10086.ko
 - lnbp21.ko
 - tda826x.ko
 - dvb-usb.ko
 - dvb-usb-ttusb2.ko

These frontend(s)/demodulator(s) can be found in various revisions of this device:

 - Philips TDA10086/93

Comment: It is using (an extension of) the TTUSB-USB-protocol.

device/model type firmware name comments/quirks URL/pictures
Pinnacle PCTV 400e USB - DVB-S USB2.0 dvb-usb-pctv-400e-01.fw It is using isochronous Data transfer. It is using Philips TDA10086 DVB-S frontend, Philips TDA8263 silicon DVB-S tuner and ST lnbp21 LNB Programming unit. [84]

Pinnacle PCTV Sat Pro USB DVB-S (PCTV450e)

USB ID : 2304:0222

Status : unknown

chips : TDA10086, LNBP21, Cypress µC CY7C68013,... (doc says it uses the TDA8263HN; ?no difference with 400e?)

photo

DVB-S2

PCTV Sat HDTV Pro USB (PCTV452e)

see #PCTV_Sat_HDTV_Pro_USB_.28PCTV452e.29_2

ATSC

Multi-purpose DVB/ATSC

Technotrend Budget USB1.1 (DVB-S/T/C)

All devices below are fully supported by the LinuxTV driver. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - stv0299.ko
 - cx22700.ko
 - tda1004x.ko
 - tda8083.ko
 - ves1820.ko
 - dvb-ttusb-budget.ko

These frontend(s)/demodulator(s) can be found in various revisions of this device:

 - STMicroelectronics STV0299
 - Conexant CX22700
 - Philips TDA10046
 - Philips TDA8083
 - VLSI VES1820

Comment:

device/model type firmware name comments/quirks URL/pictures
Hauppauge WinTV-NOVA-S usb USB1.1 - - [85]
Hauppauge WinTV-NOVA-T USB USB1.1 dvb-fe-tda10046.fw - [86]
Satelco USB-Box DVB-S/T/C USB1.1 dvb-fe-tda10046.fw - [87]
Technotrend TT-PCline USB family DVB-S/T/C USB1.1 dvb-fe-tda10046.fw - [88]

Technotrend DEC Budget USB1.1 (DVB-S/T)

All devices below(except the DEC1100-T) are supported by the LinuxTV driver. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - ttusbdecfe.ko
 - ttusb_dec.ko

These frontend(s)/demodulator(s) can be found in various revisions of this device:

 - DEC-specific

Comment: The DECs are Set-Top-Boxes equipped with a USB port and can be used without a PC. The TV-Out can't be used for PC-Output.

device/model type firmware name comments/quirks URL/pictures
Hauppauge DEC3000-S USB (DVB-S) USB1.1 dvb-ttusb-dec-3000s.fw - [89]
Hauppauge DEC2000-T USB (DVB-T) USB1.1 dvb-ttusb-dec-2000t.fw - [90]
Hauppauge DEC1100-T (DVB-T) USB1.1 - TV SetTop Box only - no PC output [91]
Hauppauge DEC2540-T USB (DVB-T) USB1.1 - Similar to DEC2000-T but with Conax(?) decrypt card slot. Decryption is not supported under GNU/Linux.Only sold in Netherland. -

TechniSat/B2C2 Sky/Air/Cable2PC USB (Flexcop-based) (DVB-S/T/C / ATSC)

Most devices below are fully supported by the LinuxTV driver. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - stv0299.ko
 - stv0297.ko
 - mt352.ko
 - mt312.ko
 - nxt2002.ko
 - bcm3510.ko
 - b2c2-flexcop.ko
 - b2c2-flexcop-usb.ko

These frontend(s)/demodulator(s) can be found in various revisions of this device:

 - STMicroelectronics STV0299
 - STMicroelectronics STV0297
 - Zarlink MT312
 - Zarlink MT352
 - NxtWave Nxt2002
 - Broadcom BCM3510

Comment:

device/model type firmware name comments/quirks URL/pictures
TechniSat/B2C2 SkyStar USB USB1.1 - - [92]
TechniSat/B2C2 SkyStar USB Plus USB2.0 - Linux support unkown [93]
TechniSat/B2C2 AirStar USB DVB-T USB1.1 - Not supported! See note! [94]
TechniSat/B2C2 AirStar USB ATSC USB1.1 dvb-fe-bcm3510-01.fw - [95]
TechniSat/B2C2 CableStar USB USB1.1 - Discontinued -

Note: I (W3ird_N3rd) bought the Technisat Airstar USB DVB-T because this page said it would be supported. It is detected perfectly but it is not capable of locking onto any channel, 0 channels are found. My antenna is fine and the device does work on Windows, so somehow support for this device is broken. Don't buy it till it's fixed.

Hybrid (DVB/Analogue)

Hybrid devices have a DVB-demodulator and a analogue capturing chip. Normally they share a tuner.

Medion MD95700 (DVB-T)

All devices below are fully supported by the LinuxTV driver. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - cx22702.ko
 - dvb-usb.ko
 - dvb-usb-cxusb.ko

These frontend(s)/demodulator(s) can be found in various revisions of this device:

 - Conexant CX22702

Comment: The analogue part (handled by a Conexant CX25842) is not supported yet. The cx25840-driver from ivtv can be used to implement support.

device/model type firmware name comments/quirks URL/pictures
Medion MD 95700 4in1 USB2.0 - The box also has a X10-remote (radio, not IR) included (supported by the atiremote-driver) and a USB2.0 hub (Tetrahub) (one additional USB port). Both of them are working without plugging the power adapter. -

Attention:

There is a new Firmware 1.0.2.14 for the MD 95700 from Medion available. You can download it directly from the Medion Webserver. [96]

Please read the Readme befor you flash the Box.

This update fix some Videoproblems. But the new Firmware is incompatible with the old dvb-usb Driver's. You need the new dvd-usb drivers (cxusb.c >= V1.5 and cxusb.h >= 1.2) Have a look to the cvs-tree dvb-kernel/linux/drivers/media/dvb/dvb-usb [97]

Btw: If you use your Box under Windows, dont forget to update the Windows-Drivers too.

Suse 10.1 users might also want to see the distro specific notes in the Medion MD95700 (DVB-T) article.

DViCO FusionHDTV USB

This class of usb devices is codenamed, Bluebird.

All devices below are fully supported by the LinuxTV driver. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - lgdt330x.ko
 - mt352.ko
 - zl10353.ko
 - dvb-usb.ko
 - dvb-usb-cxusb.ko

These frontend(s)/demodulator(s) can be found in various revisions of this device:

 - LG Electronics DT3303
 - Zarlink MT352
 - Zarlink ZL10353


device/model type firmware name comments/quirks URL/pictures
DViCO FusionHDTV 5 USB Gold USB2.0 dvb-usb-bluebird-01.fw [98]
DViCO FusionHDTV USB DVB-T USB2.0 dvb-usb-bluebird-01.fw There is a working Mac driver written by John Dalgliesh. http://www.defyne.org [99]
DViCO FusionHDTV DVB-T Dual USB USB2.0 dvb-usb-bluebird-01.fw [100]

Work-In-Progress

Pinnacle PCTV 200e USB - DVB-T

This driver in beta stage, soon available for testing. Search this wiki for Pinnacle 200e. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - dvb-usb.ko
 - pctv200e.ko

These frontend(s)/demodulator(s) can be found in various revisions of this device:

 - Zarlink MT352

Comment: The driver is almost written. There is a version that has started to work, which we hope to release for testing soon. If you want to help to test the driver, or you want to help to develop the driver, please consult the linux-dvb Mailing list.

http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Pinnacle_PCTV_200e

What we know:

 - MT352-frontend (i2c addr: 0x3e)
 - Microtune MT2060 tuner (i2c addr: 0xC0)
 - has a pid filter
 - no firmware needed
 - implements a I2CoverUSB bus
 - USB protocol is invented by Pinnacle
device/model type firmware name comments/quirks URL/pictures
Pinnacle PCTV 200e USB - DVB-T USB2.0/USB1.1 - (no firmware needed) - [101]

Pinnacle PCTV Dual DVB-T Diversity (PCTV 2000e USB) - DVB-T

( idVendor = 2304 idProduct = 022c )

Terratec Cinergy DT XS Diversity

( idVendor =0ccd idProduct = 005a )

Hauppage Nova-TD Stick

( idVendor =2040 idProduct = 9580 )


These three devices features two tuners, and have two antennas. You'll have adapter0 and adapter1 in /dev/dvb, which you can use separately. There is a driver at http://www.chez.com/treza/mt2266.htm.

It should work, but it can (will) be enhanced.

The issues remaining in the third release are :

  • The diversity cross-feed between tuners is not handled.
  • Some AGC settings may be wrong, so the quality may be lower than with windows.
  • The behavior with VHF frequency channels is unknown.
  • Maybe other things

So it is useable, at least on my computer, but I would not yet recommend anyone to buy it as a "Linux compatible" device.

As the cross-feed is not handled yet, you will probably NOT get better reception compared to other DVB-sticks, and you won't have any better reception during movement either.

PCTV Sat HDTV Pro USB (PCTV452e)

USB ID: 2304:021f

This driver is pre-Work-In-Progress. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - stb0899.ko
 - stb6100.ko
 - lnbp22.ko
 - dvb-usb.ko
 - dvb-usb-pctv452e.ko

These frontend(s)/demodulator(s) are found in this device:

- stb6100
- stb0899

This USB Controller is used:

- CY7C68013

What we know:

 - uses parts/all of the ttusb-USB-protocol
 - isochronous Data transfer (whole TS only)
 - no firmware is needed (budget device)

Unspecified/Unknown/Unsupported devices

If you own one or more devices from the following list and you want to help the development, please contact the linux-dvb Mailing list.

Afatech 9015

http://www.afatech.com.tw/product/e_product_AF901x.htm

GeniaTech T328B DVB-T http://www.geniatech.com/pa/t328b.htm

Tvisto USB DVB-T http://www.t-visto.com/productos/tratamiento_video/tv_stick.htm

Anysee E30 (Plus) DVB-T USB2

The design of DVB-T E30 seems to be similar to the Twinhan Alpha Stick (same Tuner and Demod), but it doesn't work with the alpha-driver (vp7045) and firmware. Possibly some help from the new Opera DVB-S1 support, which also uses a Cypress CY7C68013 chip for USB microcontroller ([102]) (just an idea)? dvb-usb-vp7045 reported to load at [103] (an old message).

Note: It has been reported that Anysee has not been willing to help open source developers to write a Linux driver by handing out specifications. Any further information on communication with Anysee would be welcome.

Anysee E30 Plus DVB-C USB2

Looks like support for DVB-C version should be added to cxusb, since from the photos it looks like Conexant USB 2.0 reference design (source: IRC logs). Has two firmware files, anyseeAUDB.ROM and anyseeAUDC.ROM, which are needed for analog video (cx2584x/MAKO) only.

The device hardware might be similar to those supported by dvb-usb-cxusb, but the firmware API is different.

DVBWorld DVB-S 2102 USB2 Box

DVBWorld DVB-S 2102 USB2.0 (USB ID 04B4:2102) [104] contains:

  • Cypress CY7C68013 USB chip
  • Sharp BS2F7VZ0194A tuner with integrated STV0299B

DVBWorld DVB-S 2102 USB2.0 have clones:

[108]

LifeView TV Walker DVB-T (P/Q/Hybrid)

P Stick

  • Now it doesn't exist in the Lifeview's page, not in discontinued products and not in External TV solutions, only a P Plus but i supuose that is different like the Q (now unsupported) and the Q PLus in External TV solutions. ¿Somebody can confirm this and also put info about the new product of lifeview if they're different?

Q Stick [109]

  • USB 2.0 stick. USB ID: idVendor 0x10fd Anubis Electronics, Ltd : idProduct Unknown anyone can post it?
  • Chips visible on card:
    • Frontend: TDA10046A OFDM channel demodulator
    • Tuner: TDA8275ASilicon Tuner

There is a DVB-T-only box: [110] I'm not able to find it in the discontinued products and correct the url to a new working one.

There is a DVB-T/Analogue box (with external power): [111]

Other dvb-t usb cards same as lifeview ones but different brand:

  • Zaapa USB DVB-T Model: LR523 - (I can't find the lr523 in their web page) This one seems to be exactly the same LifeView TV Walker DVB-T Q LR506, lsusb also reveals (idVendor 0x10fd Anubis Electronics, Ltd) and the idProduct is 0x0513 I don't know if is the same id product that the LifeViews Q stick but is the same that the Lifeview TV Walker Twin (this make an issue triying to make it work because the Walker Twin is different, the last two paragrafhs of this point explain this issue), anyone can post here the idProduct of lifeview's (if it's the same the issue of this stick will also apply to the Lifeview Q stick). I say this based on http://www.bandaancha.st/foros.php?temid=592815#633106 the post #44 says that in spanish, and also tell windows users with problems in channels reception, to use the driver and also the aplication from lifeview for the lr506, and seems that most of the users have their problems solved.
In a kernel-2.6.22-gentoo-r1 with the firmware supplied by the ebuild linuxtv-dvb-firmware and DVB_CARD="tda10046lifeview" only, the usb is detected as a TV Walker Twin insted of a TV Walker DVB-T Q LR506 and the result is to fail triying to load the wrong firmware. This was with a similar to Q LR506 zaapa LR523 and also with the tda1004x module also in use by a saa7134_dvb, don't know if this can cause problems when i could load the correct firmware.
Somebody can make mechanism to detect this card as is and not as a TV Walker Twin? This is caused by a similar vendor and product ids.
  • In the zaapa web page I found one the ZT- LR 506Q http://www.zaapa.co.uk/Public/ficha_producto.asp?CPRO=636 this one have also the same name that the lifeview ones, the image of this tunner is the same that the zaapa LR523 except that the 523 have the anthena connector oposite to the usb side.

Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick

  • USB2 stick. USB ID: 2304:0227.
  • Device identifies itself as a "PCTV 800e".
  • The USB stick consists of two boards: one with the USB and A/V connectors, the other with the RF connector. The two boards are joined(soldered) together with two 7 pin headers, one on each side of the board. I( User:Emeitner )am unwilling to unsolder the pins and risk damaging the

device, so whatever is inside the "sandwich" is still unknown.

  • Chips visible on card:
    • Frontend: lgdt3303
    • Tuner: xc3028ACQ
    • There is also a CPLD: lc4032v

Manufacurers product page

Turbosight (TBS) USB DVB-S Q-box

USB ID is: VID:0x734C, PID:0x2601.

Chips:

  • Cypress FX2 (CY7C68013A)

Tuner:

  • Samsung with integrated STV0299 fronend and STB6000 pll

[112]

Tongshi DVB-S/C/T USB

Is this just a reference design?

[113]

TwinhanDTV Twister (7049) DVB-T

In germany a similar device seems to be sold as dnt EuroMini200 [114].

We tried to get information about the usb interface at Twinhan, but there was none avaiable. The chip vendor Uli [115] refuses to open all relevant information.

Maybe the same applies for the TwinhanDTV Hurricne (704D) [116].

TwinhanDTV MagicBox Pro (DVB-T/Analogue)

A hybrid USB2.0 box based on the ULI M9207 chipset. Also based on this chipset is the Pinnacle PCTV 310e and Gericom USB 2.0 Hybrid Box sold by Aldi (Germany) and Hofer (Austria).

VBox DVB-S USB1.1

Search the archive of the linux-dvb-mailing. A developer of VBox once mentioned that they have a Linux-driver. Maybe they are willing to provide information for a OpenSource-driver.

[117]

WideView DVB-T/CATV USB2.0 Hybrid

[118]

YUAN UB701 (DVB-T/Analogue)

A hybrid USB2.0-only box. Maybe it is a clone of the Conexant Hybrid Reference design? It has an em2880 and a xc3028 tuner. USB id eb1a:2881 [119]