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== Also See:==
== Also See:==
* [[First steps with a DVB device]]
* [[Testing your DVB device]]
* [[Commented software list]]
* [[Commented software list]]

Revision as of 02:44, 27 April 2007

This page provides examples of working hardware and software system configurations that may provide guidance for readers as to what can be accomplished on or with their own system.

If you believe you have a PVR / Linuxtv box that works well, please post a description that may be beneficial for others to read [such as your system hardware (mobo/chip/video), what TV tuner device you have (ideally with a link to the manufacturer's product page or to the device's entry here in the wiki) and with what kernel, drivers and software applications you operate on your system].

In order to be most useful for the reader, this page is divided into three sections:

  • setups for DVB cards that rely on "software decoding" (aka budget cards ... DVB cards without hardware decoders)
  • setups for DVB cards with hardware decoders (aka full featured cards)
  • setups for analog TV cards (hey, shouldn't that sort of stuff rather be in the video4linux wiki?

Each of the three sections can, in turn, be subdivided into categories covering the different standards (DVB-{C,S,T}, ATSC) for that type of hardware. Please add to the appropriate one, or create a new one if need be.

Readers should note that the suggestions found here are just that -- suggestions. For a more complete listing of available software programs, see the commented software list page. Likewise, for more complete listings of supported hardware, consult the [Hardware & Components] section of the wiki.

A sample solution for a system with a budget DVB card

My system is a Twinhan DTV Mini Ter on a cheap HP Pentium 4 1.2GHz. The graphic card is only an on-board Intel 82810E with shared memory, so nothing fancy.

After installing the card drivers, I tried several solutions. I didn't get the VDR Software Decoder Plugin working so I tried xine -- which worked on the first trial and provides much functionality (for watching) on an easy and intuitive interface.


I use a Twinhan Express compatible card Axtrom which works great with linux. So far kaffeine is the best choice to use with a budget card. Since xine does not let you to record and it's interface is buggy and VDR is very hard to setup and startup I decided to stick to kaffeine. It lets you record un-attended. you can even record and watch multiple channels within same transponder.


DVB-T example
Nova-T stick

Via SP13000 epia system Fedora Core 6

kernel: 2.6.18-1.2869.fc6

Drivers extracted from hg

Works reasonably well, records about 8 TV programs a day using freevo. Get kernel ops requiring reboot about once a month, can be slow to tune and sometimes doesn't tune at all.

A sample solution for a system with a full-featured card

DVB-C example
My system is a MythTV pc installed with Fedora Core 6 following this howto. I use the TechnoTrend Premium C-2300 hybrid DVB-C card, which I bought from Dvbshop in Germany. I was thinking buying the TechnoTrend Budget C-1500, but it was out of stock from Dvbshop at that time. I am going to document in the MythTV Wiki how to use the Norway - Grimstad channels.conf file for setting up channels in MythTV. Also see, the Grimstad Cable TV use example.

A sample solution for a system with an analog card

requires an example description

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