[linux-dvb] Pinnacle USB TV tuner sticks

Devin Heitmueller devin.heitmueller at gmail.com
Mon Dec 22 19:44:06 CET 2008

Hello Matt,

On Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 1:27 PM, Matt R <mattr121 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Avermedia's "Hybrid Volar Max" has all four (ATSC/QAM/NTSC/FM) tuning
> features (and one can buy a remote from aver directly, completing its
> feature set nicely except for recording). I noticed that some of their
> non-US models from a year ago declared support for linux (and I even
> downloaded some sources for them!). Do you know if their US models have
> either Aver-provided or OSS support for linux?

Just to be clear, some of the problems are not that the hardware
doesn't support all four - it is the Linux driver support that is the
issue.  For example, the 801e hardware supports all four, but because
of issues in the framework I wouldn't have been able to get the analog
working without a ton of work (several weeks of development).

Hmm....  I don't know much about the Avermedia products.  However, if
they are making source available and we aren't already integrating it
then I should look into that...  Could you send me a link including to
where you are getting the source?

> It looks like if this "Hybrid Volar Max" is a no go, the best options for
> now might be:
> 1. Hauppauge's 950Q

Bear in mind the 950Q has no analog support currently in the Linux
driver.  But the ClearQAM support I am sure is better tested and known
to work.

> 2. Pinnacle 800e

Bear in mind the 800e hardware has no ClearQAM support so if that's
important to you then that's a showstopper.

> with 801 potentially working in the future. Do you agree?

Certainly if people don't see ClearQAM working for this device then
it's my fault and I should spend the cycles to figure out what is
going on there.  There's probably only a few hours of work required
once I get the environment setup.

> If I go ahead and keep the 801e, I will be glad to help you with some
> testing (and if more time is available, perhaps some coding as well,
> although I would have to learn the ropes first on these devices and device
> programming in general.)

I've got access to cable now so I should be able to get the ClearQAM
working.  I just never got around to testing it and nobody said they
were having problems so I assumed it worked.

Out of curiosity, what application are you using?



Devin J. Heitmueller
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