Pinnacle PCTV 200e

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A DVB-T USB 2.0 device from Pinnacle.

It is currently not supported in the LinuxTV tree, however, drivers do exist (see below).


The PCTV 200e was first presented at CeBIT 2005, and is still available for about EUR 40. It is identical to some other Pinnacle models; the PCTV 260e, the PCTV 60e and the "PCTV DVB-T Pro USB". It comes with a detachable active antenna.

Components Used


The output of lsusb -v provides that that it has a subsystem ID of: 2304:020e

Making it Work


None required.


Currently there is no in kernel drivers for this device.

However, experimental support does exist. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - dvb-usb.ko
 - pctv200e.ko

Drivers aren't in the official tree yet. So you will have to add them manually. Files and instructions are included in the following file:

Current Status

The drivers work, but the code itself needs some cleanup and further testing before it can be backported into the offical developement tree. Everyone who wants to help can do so. Just contact the LinuxTV mailing list, or contact the developer directly.

Since the developers of this driver have virtually no time (and aren't using this adapter anymore), no further development is being planned for now. So if you want the driver to be integrated into the official v4l-dvb tree, you are welcome to do it yourself.

Development ToDo List

  • handle debug output
  • integrate into official v4l tree
  • do intensive testing
  • support the remote control

Sample kernel output

dvb-usb: found a 'Pinnacle PCTV 200e DVB-T' in warm state.
pctv200e: pctv200e_i2c_func: entering, done nothing
i2c-adapter i2c-6: SMBus Quick command not supported, can't probe for chips
dvb-usb: will pass the complete MPEG2 transport stream to the software demuxer.
DVB: registering new adapter (Pinnacle PCTV 200e DVB-T)
pctv200e:  attaching and initializing mt352frontend attached.
pctv200e: PCTV200e initialized mt352
pctv200e:  frontend attached.
DVB: registering frontend 2 (Zarlink MT352 DVB-T)...
Juan 02: entered mt2060_attach, going for kzalloc.
Juan 07: mt2060_attach, going for mt2060_readreg.
mt2060 calling I2C transfer
Juan 08: mt2060_attach, PART_REV = 99.
MT2060: successfully identified (IF1 = 1220)
Juan 02: just before fe->tuner_priv = priv.
Juan 02: mt2060_attach, going for calibrate.
Juan 09: mt2060_calibrate: just entered.
Juan 09: mt2060_calibrate: written 1st reg.
Juan 09: mt2060_calibrate: written 2nd reg.
Juan 09: mt2060_calibrate: clock output initialized.
mt2060 calling I2C transfer
saa7146_i2c_writeout: timed out waiting for end of xfer
mt2060 calling I2C transfer
MT2060: calibration was successful: 137
Juan 02: mt2060_attach, calibrate done.
pctv200e: tuner mt2060 attached.
dvb-usb: Pinnacle PCTV 200e DVB-T successfully initialized and connected.
pctv200e: usb_device_init sucessfull.
usbcore: registered new interface driver dvb_usb_pctv200e
pctv200e: usb_register successfull. 

Remote Controll Support

IR sensor included on the adapter, but not supported by the driver.

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