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As you must tune your DVB device to the right [[frequency]] to be able to receive something, you will want to know which frequencies are in use at your place of residence. Note that the frequencies used for North America, Europe, Japan, etc. etc. all differ from one another.  Historically, the frequencies used under the older analog systems differed, and when countries began to make the transition to digial systems, most have opted to continue to use their
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In order to be able receive a particular signal with your TV tuner device you will need to tune/set it to the correct radio [[frequency]] used by that source transmission.  Therefore, you (or, at least, the viewing application you are using) will first want to know which frequencies are used for transmission and thereby are tunable for your receiver at your location of residence. Frequency scanning utilities, listed below, perform such signal detection and, generally, provide a list of the frequencies upon which content is discovered, with which higher level applications can then in turn use for tuning purposes.
old channel frequency schemes so as to make the switch from analog to digital systems as seemless as possible for the end user.  
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Note: Historically, the set of frequencies used under the older [[Analog TV|analogue systems]] have differed from one another, meaning that the particular frequencies used across North America, Europe, Asia, etc., etc., will differ depending upon the transmission standard adopted within each nation. When countries began to make the transition to [[Digital Video Broadcasting|digital TV systems]], most have opted to continue to use their old channel frequency schemes so as to make the switch from analog to digital systems as seamless as possible for the end user.
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==Frequency Scanning Utilities==
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===Analog===
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* scantv (part of xawtv package)
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* apps with built in scanning ... [[tvtime]], [[xawtv|xawtv/motv]] (which call upon scantv), [[kdetv]] ...
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===Digital===
 
One of the handiest tools for scanning frequencies is "[[Scan|(dvb)scan]]", a utility included within the [[LinuxTV dvb-apps]] package.  (dvb)scan parses the information from a pre-configured initial scan file that is specific to a particular country/region/location/service_provider (many of which are contained within the dvb-apps package as well as being available within the wiki or elsewhere), then tunes into the frequencies and lists the names for all available PIDs.  
 
One of the handiest tools for scanning frequencies is "[[Scan|(dvb)scan]]", a utility included within the [[LinuxTV dvb-apps]] package.  (dvb)scan parses the information from a pre-configured initial scan file that is specific to a particular country/region/location/service_provider (many of which are contained within the dvb-apps package as well as being available within the wiki or elsewhere), then tunes into the frequencies and lists the names for all available PIDs.  
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* [[dvbscan|dvbscan/scandvb/atscscan]]
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* [[scan]]
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* [[w_scan]]
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* apps with built in scanning ... [[kaffeine]], [[MythTV]], [[Me TV]]
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==External Links==
 
==External Links==
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'''Analog'''
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'''Digital'''
 
For some other general sources (which may or may not be that useful) for finding local channel frequency lists, see:  
 
For some other general sources (which may or may not be that useful) for finding local channel frequency lists, see:  
 
* http://www.vdr-wiki.de/wiki/index.php/Kanal_DVB-T - DVB-T channels in Europe
 
* http://www.vdr-wiki.de/wiki/index.php/Kanal_DVB-T - DVB-T channels in Europe
 
* http://www.wohnort.demon.co.uk/DAB/  
 
* http://www.wohnort.demon.co.uk/DAB/  
 
* http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/terrestrial/tuning/
 
* http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/terrestrial/tuning/

Revision as of 20:23, 19 April 2009

In order to be able receive a particular signal with your TV tuner device you will need to tune/set it to the correct radio frequency used by that source transmission. Therefore, you (or, at least, the viewing application you are using) will first want to know which frequencies are used for transmission and thereby are tunable for your receiver at your location of residence. Frequency scanning utilities, listed below, perform such signal detection and, generally, provide a list of the frequencies upon which content is discovered, with which higher level applications can then in turn use for tuning purposes.

Note: Historically, the set of frequencies used under the older analogue systems have differed from one another, meaning that the particular frequencies used across North America, Europe, Asia, etc., etc., will differ depending upon the transmission standard adopted within each nation. When countries began to make the transition to digital TV systems, most have opted to continue to use their old channel frequency schemes so as to make the switch from analog to digital systems as seamless as possible for the end user.

Frequency Scanning Utilities

Analog

  • scantv (part of xawtv package)
  • apps with built in scanning ... tvtime, xawtv/motv (which call upon scantv), kdetv ...

Digital

One of the handiest tools for scanning frequencies is "(dvb)scan", a utility included within the LinuxTV dvb-apps package. (dvb)scan parses the information from a pre-configured initial scan file that is specific to a particular country/region/location/service_provider (many of which are contained within the dvb-apps package as well as being available within the wiki or elsewhere), then tunes into the frequencies and lists the names for all available PIDs.


External Links

Analog

Digital For some other general sources (which may or may not be that useful) for finding local channel frequency lists, see: