Kaffeine

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Kaffeine is a very versatile KDE media player that, by default, utilizes Xine as its backend. It has a simple but intuitive interface (example screenshot) and is easy to setup. Amongst its list of supported formats are CDDA, VCD, DVD, .... and, since versions >0.5, it also provides full DVB support:

  • TV and Radio
  • Time Shifting
  • Recording -- including unattended recording
  • Network streaming (transmission and reception)
  • EPG, EPG-driven recording timers, OSD EPG now and next.
  • AC3
  • DVB subtitles
  • HDTV (mpeg2). Kaffeine will display HDTV delivered over DVB-S (e.g. BBC HD on Astra 2 at 28.8 degrees East). To use multithreaded ffmpeg decoding set the xine option video.processing.ffmpeg_thread_count equal to the number of CPUs, ie. 2 for a Dual-core or 4 for a Quad-core (in the GUI it is in Settings/Xine engine config/Video/Advanced). BBC HD -- working with occasional crashes. LUXE HD -- audio only, but recorded files are playable with mplayer.
  • Remote control
  • Handles multiple devices of any type (DVB-{C,S,T} and ATSC1 ).... and even if you have only one DVB device, Kaffeine can simultaneously play and record different channels within a same transponder).
  • Handles mutiple frontends on a single device (for example a multi-standard card supporting say DVB-S and DVB-T).
  • Channel scanning on multiple devices/frontends, and multiple satellites.
  • Channel favourites lists.
  • DiSEqC 1.x switches, DiSEqC 1.2 rotors and USALS type goto longitude feature.
  • Supports both Low and High level CI.
  • KDE application style, rather than set top box (like MythTV or VDR)


Kaffeine is currently a KDE3 application although it runs with no problems under KDE4. No code (even alpha) has been released for the KDE4 port, and the authors claim that they require new features in Phonon, although this has been disputed by none other than Aaron Seigo. See http://dot.kde.org/1166377123/1166385374/1166438293/ and http://hftom.free.fr/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=18.


Note 1: Scanning with ATSC hardware is supported since version 0.8.7. For older versions, to configure tuning support for ATSC devices, refer to the directions contained in this thread.


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