Pinnacle PCTV nano Stick (73e)

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This is a very small USB stick for DVB-T reception, made by Pinnacle. It comes with a small thin antenna and a remote control.

It is advertised as specially sensitive and thus able to capture weak signals, but not in moving environments such as cars. My experience is that the sensitivity of reception/reception quality is comparable to PCI DVB-T cards such as the TwinhanDTV Digital Terrestrial TV Card Ter.

In any case it's a neat device - very compact, which is also true for its remote control. It does not work with standard Linux distribution kernel drivers, but installation of v4l-dvb is not difficult (see below).


First check we're talking about the same piece of hardware:

$lsusb -v
Bus 006 Device 003: ID 2304:0237 Pinnacle Systems, Inc. [hex]
Device Descriptor:
  idVendor           0x2304 Pinnacle Systems, Inc. [hex]
  idProduct          0x0237

Driver Compilation and Installation

You have to download and compile the driver v4l-dvb to get it running, but that's only a few command lines.

Install mercurial and linux-kernel-headers. In Debian-related systems like Ubuntu this is:

sudo apt-get install dvb-utils mercurial build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)

And then in any system:

hg clone
cd v4l-dvb
hg update -C 4501
sudo make install

You can now restart your computer, but for me it worked to just do:

sudo modprobe -v v4l-dvb 

You can test whether the driver is running with

ls /dev/dvb*

where you should get something, and not a "No such file...".

Now go and watch DVB-T with programs like Kaffeine or play around with the hardware, see Testing your DVB device.

More info

Sources: This is where I got these tricks from -- thanks guys:

According to this documentation on a french speaking ubuntu wiki, this device contains the DiBcom 7000 chipset and works as expected with the corresponding drivers.

Also here from Linux-dvb mailing list, probably works