TV Related Software

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TV Related Software:

Here, we aim to provide useful information about software applications that are directly related to or which are generally useful in some respect to the reception and manipulation of TV signals on Linux based computer systems.

In order to be most useful for the reader, this page is divided into two sections:

  • A categorical overview of software
  • An alphabetical listing of software
Note: If you're new to this aspect of computing, rather than trying single programs one after another, you might be more interested in how to quickly get a fully working system as described in the "Example setups" page. Or perhaps instead you may simply want to perform some quick tests on your system, such as like those outlined in the "Testing your DVB device" article.

Contents

A Categorical Overview

Utility Suites and Standalone Tools

Analogue Utility Suites or Standalone Tools


DVB Utility Suites and Standalone Tools


Tools for performing frequency scans

Analogue Tools for performing frequency scans

DVB Tools for performing frequency scans

... also see Testing your DVB device (PCI, USB, ...) ... scan & zap stuff

Tools for tuning

Analogue Tools for tuning

DVB Tools for tuning

... also see Testing your DVB device (PCI, USB, ...) ... scan & zap stuff

Tools for signal strength

Analogue Tools for signal strength

DVB Tools for signal strength


Standalone Software to Watch & Record TV

Standalone Software to Watch Analogue TV

... also see V4L TV Viewing

Analogue Capturing / Frame Grabbing Utilities

Standalone Software to Watch Digital TV

DVB Tools for unattended/headless recording

Misc Tutorials, Howtos, Usage Info & Guides:


Media Player Software

Media Center Software

In addition to offline playback of captured & downloaded media material, many will feature live TV viewing and capturing facilities

...

Media Center Distributions

Complete operating systems tailored for easy installation of everything required to have a media centre.

...

Standalone Media Players

i.e. for offline playback of captured materials

...


Network and Streaming Tools

Analogue TV Streaming Utilities

Network Tools for DVB Streams

Streaming Software for Digital TV


Tools to Show Videotext/Teletext/Interactive Content/Closed Captioning

Analogue TV Tools to Show Videotext/Teletext/Interactive Content/Closed Captioning

DVB Tools to Show Videotext/Teletext/Interactive Content/Closed Captioning


Electronic Program Guide / EIT tools

Analogue TV Program Guide Tools

DVB Program Guide Tools


Tools for Editing Captured TV content

Misc Tutorials, Howtos, Usage Info & Guides:

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Examples of User TV Device Hardware and Software Configurations:


An Alphabetical Listing

A Overview of Software Applications which are useful in regards to TV on a Linux based Computer System
Software
Application
Supports
Analogue
Supports
DVB
Recording
Capabilities
Offline
Playback
Editing
Capabilities
Channel
storage
Language Comments
AleVT y y Program to use Teletext/Videotext on analog and digital TV
Antenna DTV n y y n n t channels.conf format Python Watch, record and monitor signal level of digital TV
dvbd y C++ Traditional UNIX daemon for DVB
dvbice n y y C Recompress and stream audio and video to Icecast/HTTP in Theora/Vorbis
dvbsak n y
dvbshout n y Stream radio to Icecast/multicast
dvbsnoop n y C
dvbstream n y y n n a streaming utilitity. Part of the DVB tools project
DVBStreamer n y sqlite,
XMLTV format
C PSI/SI tracking and correctly streams all PIDs including PCR
dvbyell n y n n n A DVB streaming service.
gdvb
GeeXboX
getstream n y
GStreamer n y
Gv4l A GUI frontend for Transcode's V4L functions
Kaffeine n y y y n own text format C++ Desktop TV Solution
KaxTV obsoleted
Klear y
LinuxTV dvb-apps n y y  ?  ? {a,c,t,s} channels.conf formats C contains dvbscan, {a,c,t,s}zap ...
MEncoder y y y n y C encoding suite of tools
Me TV n y y n n SQLite C++ GNOME based DVB TV viewer
Mini DVB Linux y Distribution with live-CD
MPlayer y y y y n channels.conf C multi-functional media player
mumudvb n y n n n Stream multiples channels in multicast (each channel in different group)
MythTV y y y y y mysql C++ Media Center
pluto
ProjectX
RedButton MHEG Engine MHEG-5 engine
scan-s2 n y n n n C frequency scanning utility which supports DVB APIv5 (for DVB-S2)
showtime C OpenGL-based media player
szap-s2 y y C tuning utility which supports DVB APIv5 (for DVB-S2)
tv_grab_dvb y XMLTV format C dumps DVB EPG info in XMLTV format
HTS Tvheadend y y y y y XMLTV format C TV streaming server
VDR y * y y y y VDR format
channels.conf
C++ analogue with plugins only
DVB APIv5 since 1.7.2
VLC media player
w_scan n y n n n VDR channels.conf
kaffeine
zap/xine
tuning data for scan
C ATSC/DVB-C/S/S2/T frequency scanner
xawtv y y * y y n * only v4 supports DVB
XdTV y y y TV viewing app. Development stopped
xine y y y multi-functional media player
ZapDvb
Personal tools