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7 June 2009

Watching TV under Ubuntu with Totem

Filed under: Linux, Ubuntu — r761 @ 10:54 pm

How to watch TV under Linux with Totem and a USB DVB dongle.

  1. Insert USB DBV card. In my case lsub reports it as “Bus 001 Device 059: ID 0b05:171f ASUSTek Computer, Inc.”, while dmesg says “dvb-usb: found a ‘ASUS My Cinema U3000 Mini DVBT Tuner'”.
  2. Run totem. Select the menu item “Movie -> Watch TV on ‘DVB Adapter 0′”. Totem them complains that:

    Totem is missing a channels listing to be able to tune the receiver.
    Please follow the instructions provided in the link to create a channels listing.

    The trouble is that “the link” is not provided. Googling unconvers this suggestion:

  3. Get the channel list by running:

    w_scan -X > ~/.gstreamer-0.10/dvb-channels.conf

    This takes about 4 minutes to run.

  4. Go back to totem and select “Movie -> Watch TV on ‘DVB Adapter 0′” – you should now be able to watch TV.

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