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For information about supported devices, see an article under the appropriate device category (e.g. DVB-T, ATSC,...)
and then classification (USB) section. For USB:
* DVB-T USB Devices * DVB-C USB Devices * DVB-S USB Devices * ATSC USB Devices * Work-in-progress and new USB Devices

Here is an (non-exhaustive) overview of DVB/ATSC USB devices sorted by their required LinuxTV driver (if supported - and yes - most of them are). Generally, when it comes to support for USB devices, it is a good idea to try the current Hg sources because some device drivers can be very new and thus may have not made their way into the mainstream kernel.

Please help to keep this list up-to-date so that it is useful for everyone!


For all devices shown below you need to load (if not compiled into the kernel):

 - i2c-core
 - crc32
 - firmware_class
 - dvb-core.ko
 - dvb-pll.ko

and maybe others too. If the loading fails for any particular module you'll get a "unknown symbol" message. Then have a look at dmesg to find out, which symbols (functions) are missing. After you've found out which module was absent, please come back here and add it to the list/device-entry.

The Type field specifies the USB standard(s) supported by the device.

The device supports USB 1.1 only, and will work at 1.1 speeds when attached to a USB 2.0 port.
The device supports USB 2.0 only, and will not work when attached to a USB 1.1-only port. Such devices are normally capable of delivering the complete Transport Stream to the software demuxer.
USB2.0, USB1.1
The device supports USB 1.1 and USB 2.0, and will work at any speed supported by 1.1 or 2.0. When running in USB 2.0 mode, such devices can deliver the complete Transport Stream (unless specified otherwise).


Most of the USB devices need firmware to run. Some of the firmware files can be downloaded from here or here.

You need to copy the firmware to the correct place on your system. This will normally be /lib/firmware or a folder below it. Here is an example:

- $ cd /lib/firmware
- $ ls
- 2.6.15-23-amd64-xeon
- $ cd 2.6.15-23-amd64-xeon
- $ sudo cp ~/dvb-usb-umt-010-02.fw .

Now, you need to unplug your USB device. Plug it in again, and then take a look at dmesg.

- $ dmesg
- < ...... lines cut for clarity ..... >
- usb 5-2: USB disconnect, address 3
- usb 5-2: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 8
- dvb-usb: found a 'Hanftek UMT-010 DVB-T USB2.0' in cold state, will try to load a firmware
- dvb-usb: downloading firmware from file 'dvb-usb-umt-010-02.fw' to the 'Cypress FX2'
- dvb-usb: Hanftek UMT-010 DVB-T USB2.0 successfully initialized and connected.
- usb 5-2: USB disconnect, address 8
- dvb-usb: generic DVB-USB module successfully deinitialized and disconnected.

In this case, I have success, because the firmware was loaded.

Additional technical information

This section starts describing devices which hit the market beginning of spring 2004. It does not cover TTUSB-based devices.

DVB-USB devices host-controlled

When first AC-Adapter-free USB devices (with the capability of receiving DVB Signals) hit the market, every vendor was using the generic USB-device-controller from Cypress (FX1 (AN2135/AN2235), FX2) as an interface between the DVB-hardware and the host.

As those controllers are very generic, one has to create (and download) an (small or not so small) embedded software to those controller to give vendor-specific and the wanted functionality. After downloading the so-called firmware vendors used the reboot-feature of the controller to re-enumerate with new USB Vendor/Product-IDs and a new USB-layout. On the host this looks like a normal disconnect and connect of an USB device.

Because the memory for storing the firmware was limited, vendors decided not to put any DVB-demodulator and RF-tuner specific code into the firmware, but only to implement interface functionality. At that time, the common way to control other components was I2C. The other necessary feature was data-streaming. With such a firmware, every functionality is done from the host - mainly the driving of the demodulator and the tuner.

Host-controlled devices are the ones based on DiBcom (dibusb, dib0700), Nebula (DigiTV), Hanftek and others. (see below)

DVB-USB device firmware-controlled

Another approach was coming later: When it started, that putting more memory on a board/into an IC with almost no increase of the BOM. Vendors started to put the demodulator and tuner-driver into the firmware. This was simplifying the host-part dramatically, because if you have a new hardware, you just need to modify the (platform-independent) firmware part and, as long as the firmware-interface is not changing, the host-driver stays the same.

Firmware-controlled devices: Twinhan VP7045/VP7021, Terratec Cinergy T2, Wideview and others.

To be continued.

DVB-T / DVB-C / DVB-S / ATSC / WIP / Unkown sections MOVED.

Hybrid (DVB/Analogue)

Hybrid devices have a DVB-demodulator and a analogue capturing chip. Normally they share a tuner.

Medion MD95700 (DVB-T)

All devices below are fully supported by the LinuxTV driver. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - cx22702.ko
 - dvb-usb.ko
 - dvb-usb-cxusb.ko

The analogue part (handled by a Conexant CX25842) is not supported yet. The cx25840 driver from ivtv can be used to implement support.

Device / Model Type Hardware Firmware URL / Pictures
Comments & quirks
Medion MD 95700 4in1 USB2.0 Conexant CX22702
The box also has a X10 remote control. This is radio, not IR, and is supported by the atiremote driver. It also has a USB2.0 hub (Tetrahub) with one additional USB port. Both of them are working without mains power.

There is a new firmware, version, for the MD 95700 from Medion. You can download it directly: [1] (in German). Please read the Readme before you flash the box.

This update fixes some video problems, but it is incompatible with the old dvb-usb drivers (i.e. kernels from 2005). If you use your box under Windows, don't forget to ensure that the Windows drivers are up to date too.

Suse 10.1 users might also want to see the distro-specific notes in the Medion MD95700 (DVB-T) article.


This class of usb devices is codenamed, Bluebird.

All devices below are fully supported by the LinuxTV driver. The following drivers are needed for these devices:

 - lgdt330x.ko
 - mt352.ko
 - zl10353.ko
 - dvb-usb.ko
 - dvb-usb-cxusb.ko

These frontend(s)/demodulator(s) can be found in various revisions of this device:

 - LG Electronics DT3303
 - Zarlink MT352
 - Zarlink ZL10353

Device / Model Type Hardware Firmware URL / Pictures
Comments & quirks
DViCO FusionHDTV 5 USB Gold USB2.0 dvb-usb-bluebird-01.fw [2]
DViCO FusionHDTV USB DVB-T USB2.0 dvb-usb-bluebird-01.fw [3]
There is a working Mac driver written by John Dalgliesh. http://www.defyne.org
DViCO FusionHDTV DVB-T Dual USB USB2.0 dvb-usb-bluebird-01.fw [4]