PCTV Systems nanoStick T2 290e

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PCTV nanoStick T2 with demodulator/controller PCB facing up

This is a DVB-T2 and DVB-C USB device by PCTV Systems.

It has experimental support since May 2011 in the media tree Git repository for v2.6.40. It is supported in kernel 3.0 and later.


"Sandwich" style dual PCB. Top board contains EEPROM and NXP TDA18271 tuner. Bottom board has Sony CXD2820R DVB-T/T2/C demodulator and Empia em28174 controller.

The current Linux driver presents two frontends, one for DVB-C, the other for DVB-T/T2. T2 multiplexes are automatically detected and provided through the same API as DVB-T, giving maximum user-land compatibility. Support for T2 specific features are in development, but it's unclear whether broadcasters are making use of such features.

DVB-C does not seem to be fully supported with Linux, especially QAM256 (Windows officially only supports DVB-T and T2), according to mailinglist DVB-T2 LNA(?) damages DVB-C signal.

Be aware that some kernels broke the PCTV nanostick T2 290e. bugzilla.kernel.org