[linux-dvb] Pinnacle 80e support: not going to happen...

Markus Rechberger mrechberger at gmail.com
Wed Dec 3 00:22:58 CET 2008

On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 12:21 AM, Devin Heitmueller
<devin.heitmueller at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 2, 2008 at 6:10 PM, Markus Rechberger <mrechberger at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Dec 2, 2008 at 11:55 PM, Devin Heitmueller
>> <devin.heitmueller at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> For those of you waiting for Linux support for the Pinnacle 80e, I
>>> have some bad news:  it's not going to happen.
>>> After investing over 100 hours doing the driver work, adding support
>>> for the Empia em2874, integrating with the Linux tda18271 driver,
>>> incorporating the Micronas drx reference driver source, and doing all
>>> the testing, Micronas has effectively killed the project.  They
>>> decided that their intellectual property was too valuable to make
>>> available their reference driver code in source code form.  Even
>>> worse, because I've seen the sources I am effectively prevented from
>>> writing any sort of reverse engineered driver for the drx-j.
>> Not so fast, even though I wasn't involved at knocking this down.
>> We have a custom player now which is capable of directly interfacing the
>> I2C chips from those devices. Another feature is that it supports all the
>> features of those devices, there won't be any need of different applications
>> anymore. There's also the thought about publishing an SDK, most applications
>> have problems of detecting all corresponding devicenodes which are required
>> for those devices anyway. i2c-dev is an already available and accepted
>> kernel interface
>> to userland just as usbfs is.
> Hello Markus,
> Yeah, I saw the screenshots for Empia eeeTV on your website a few days
> ago - it looks like a neat application and there is certainly a place
> for a well written application to watch TV.
> For those of you not familiar, Markus is working on his own dedicated
> TV watching application for Linux and BSD:
> http://mcentral.de/wiki/index.php5/ISDB-T
> I agree that it is certainly true that a closed-source application
> could be used with the Pinnacle 80e (since such application would be
> able to accommodate the Micronas binary-only licensing), however this
> approach does restrict access to those devices to that specific
> application and is not a more general solution that would work with
> whatever application the user wants to use (such as MythTV, Kaffeine,
> mplayer, etc).
> So for many people, this could be a viable approach.

that for the plan of the SDK exists, which can easily be adapted.


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