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It would seem that, instead of re-inventing the wheel, the existing TV Related Software page is an ideal candidate to be reworked as the TV Software SubPage

TV related items/issues that should be addressed are:

  • scanning
  • tuning/zapping
  • watching/recording
  • teletex/CC
  • streaming

distinguish between tuner/tuning/to tune/receiver ... in contemporary dialogue/common language: the terms "tuner" and "receiver" are often used interchangeably ... but its more appropriate to call it a receiver, with the tuner being part of the receiver

tuning In electronics, tuning refers to a process in which, first, a specific RF signal is acquired and, second, is subsequently acted upon such that any underlying content (information/data) may be extracted.

One may "tune" to a specific frequency and find that there is no underlining content to be found -- in the context of radio or TV signal reception, this would be characteristic of static or white noise.

in which case the RF carrier signal list of known frequencies or obtained via a frequency scan

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TV Related Software:

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Examples of User TV Device Hardware and Software Configurations:

Still Having Trouble?:

Utility Suites and Standalone Tools

Analogue Utility Suites or Standalone Tools

DVB Utility Suites and Standalone Tools

Tools for testing tuning

Tools for performing frequency scans

Analogue Tools for performing frequency scans

DVB Tools for performing frequency scans

... also see Testing your DVB device (PCI, USB, ...) ... scan & zap stuff

Tools for tuning

Analogue Tools for tuning

DVB Tools for tuning

... also see Testing your DVB device (PCI, USB, ...) ... scan & zap stuff

Tools for signal strength

Analogue Tools for signal strength

DVB Tools for signal strength

Standalone Software to Watch & Record TV

Standalone Software to Watch Analogue TV

... also see V4L TV Viewing

Analogue capturing

Analogue Frame Grabbing Utilities

Standalone Software to Watch Digital TV

DVB Tools for unattended/headless recording

Misc Tutorials, Howtos, Usage Info & Guides:

Media Player Software

Media Center Software

In addition to offline playback of captured & downloaded media material, many will feature live TV viewing and capturing facilities


Media Center Distributions

Complete operating systems tailored for easy installation of everything required to have a media centre.


Standalone Media Players

i.e. for offline playback of captured materials


Network and Streaming Tools

Analogue TV Streaming Utilities

Network Tools for DVB Streams

Streaming Software for Digital TV

Tools to Show Videotext/Teletext/Interactive Content/Closed Captioning

Analogue TV Tools to Show Videotext/Teletext/Interactive Content/Closed Captioning

DVB Tools to Show Videotext/Teletext/Interactive Content/Closed Captioning

Electronic Program Guide / EIT tools

Analogue TV Program Guide Tools

DVB Program Guide Tools

Tools for Editing Captured TV content

Misc Tutorials, Howtos, Usage Info & Guides:


Just toying

Would like to try to setup a table for the chipsets using templates such that, with using logic to define relevant fields, we have all the data contained in one spot (I guess much like Henrik was doing with the DVB-T USB stuff), but can then parse the info for display in relevant articles, such that there isn't duplication. Present duplication example:

A Sortable List of Chipsets
Vendor Chipset Tuner Analog
Standard Modulation
Kernel Modules
Firmware Comments
Afatech AF9005 No No Yes DVB-T COFDM No No No Yes USB Yes Yes  ? Yes
  • A combo USB bridge & demod IC

Misc Info & ideas for me:


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  • Web colours
  • v4l --> style="background-color:#006600;
  • DVB --> style="background-color:#6289AB;


style="color:green; background-color:#ffffcc;"
style="background-color:# ;"

Icons wanted:

  • need to find or create a chain link icon for "links"
  • * terrestrial broadcast tower
  • sat dish
  • * pcmcia
  • pci
  • pcie
  • firewire

Special Links

Clickable Icons or Images using templates