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Installation and Channel Setup

1. Install the package
Instructions on doing so will vary by distribution. For example, with Debian GNU/Linux and Debian-derived distributions (such as Ubuntu), one can install from the GNOME desktop using Synaptic or from the command-line with one of these commands:

 aptitude install {{{frontend}}}
 apt-get install {{{frontend}}}

2. Channel Setup
Next, create the channels list using the scan utility from the LinuxTV dvb-apps:

 mkdir ~/.xine
 scan /path_to/initial_tuning_file >~/.xine/channels.conf

The initial tuning files are typically stored in /usr/share/dvb; if there's no suitable file, you should use w_scan instead.


Now start up {{{frontend}}} and choose DVB from the menu. Alternatively, you may accomplish this on the command line with:

{{{frontend}}} dvb://

You should now see a broadcast TV channel.


Methods of changing channel other than the previous/next keys will cause a channel list to be displayed; this will display some now/next information, depending on what's been received on the current multiplex and any previously visited (this information is not remembered when you quit {{{frontend}}}).


  • Xine appears to only tune DVB-S channels via the channels.conf file if you are using a Universal type lnbf. That is one with an LO: 9750/10600. C-Band LO: 5150 and Ku band LO:10750 commonly used in North America seem to be unsupported as yet unless Deadfly missed something.
  • xine-lib 1.2 will follow the XDG Base Directory Specification; by default, it will use ~/.config/xine-lib/channels.conf.

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