Supported TV tuner cards and TV tuner USB sticks?

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Supported TV tuner cards and TV tuner USB sticks?

Postby xeno74 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:33 am

Hi All,

We have added support for various TV tuner cards and TV tuner USB sticks to our Linux kernels. That means, it is possible to watch television and listen to the radio with Linux on your X5000 and X1000. It is also possible to record television programs onto a hard disk. There are many TV tuners available for the PCI and PCIe bus. Additionally you can use TV tuner USB sticks with your X5000 and X1000. With a Composite Video input (yellow) you can connect a lot of other devices like video game consoles, video recorders, receivers etc. In this thread, I would like to exchange with you some experiences about various TV tuner devices.

I tested the analog television PCI card WinTV Express with a BT878A chip with my AmigaOne X1000 last week.

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The installation was very easy because the new Linux kernels support this TV card without any configuration. Using is very simple with the TV programs TVTime and XawTV on Ubuntu and Debian. I can watch analog cable TV without any problems. I also connected my Nintendo N64 and my Nintendo GameCube via Composite Video to my WinTV PCI card. The performance is very well even if I play fast games on game consoles. You can use Teletext/Videotext with AleVT. It's very fast because it saves all text pages in a cache.

Here are some screenshots:

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Please test your TV device and share your experiences in this thread.

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Re: Supported TV tuner cards and TV tuner USB sticks?

Postby xeno74 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:08 pm

FYI: The modern digital PCTV tripleStick HD 292e TV Tuner stick (DVB-C/DVB-T2) is Linux compatible. You can watch television with Kaffeine on Linux.

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[    4.220437] em28xx 1-2:1.0: New device PCTV PCTV 292e @ 480 Mbps (2013:025f, interface 0, class 0)
[    4.220449] em28xx 1-2:1.0: DVB interface 0 found: isoc
[    4.220531] em28xx 1-2:1.0: chip ID is em28178
[    6.214766] em28xx 1-2:1.0: EEPROM ID = 26 00 01 00, EEPROM hash = 0xa81bf604
[    6.214778] em28xx 1-2:1.0: EEPROM info:
[    6.214784] em28xx 1-2:1.0:    microcode start address = 0x0004, boot configuration = 0x01
[    6.221401] em28xx 1-2:1.0:    AC97 audio (5 sample rates)
[    6.221414] em28xx 1-2:1.0:    500mA max power
[    6.221421] em28xx 1-2:1.0:    Table at offset 0x27, strings=0x146a, 0x1888, 0x0a7e
[    6.221635] em28xx 1-2:1.0: Identified as PCTV tripleStick (292e) (card=94)
[    6.221644] em28xx 1-2:1.0: dvb set to isoc mode.
[    6.221982] usbcore: registered new interface driver em28xx
[    6.324127] em28xx 1-2:1.0: Binding DVB extension
[    6.350975] si2168 2-0064: Silicon Labs Si2168-B40 successfully identified
[    6.350980] si2168 2-0064: firmware version: B 4.0.2
[    6.454257] si2157 3-0060: Silicon Labs Si2147/2148/2157/2158 successfully attached
[    6.454303] dvbdev: DVB: registering new adapter (1-2:1.0)
[    6.454314] em28xx 1-2:1.0: DVB: registering adapter 0 frontend 0 (Silicon Labs Si2168)...
[    6.454329] dvbdev: dvb_create_media_entity: media entity 'Silicon Labs Si2168' registered.
[    6.455426] dvbdev: dvb_create_media_entity: media entity 'dvb-demux' registered.
[    6.458404] em28xx 1-2:1.0: DVB extension successfully initialized
[    6.458418] em28xx: Registered (Em28xx dvb Extension) extension
[   17.088958] si2168 2-0064: downloading firmware from file 'dvb-demod-si2168-b40-01.fw'
[   17.294328] si2168 2-0064: firmware version: B 4.0.11
[   17.299239] si2157 3-0060: found a 'Silicon Labs Si2157-A30'
[   17.347679] si2157 3-0060: firmware version: 3.0.5
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Re: Supported TV tuner cards and TV tuner USB sticks?

Postby xeno74 » Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:17 pm

Hi All,

I tested the analog TV card Typhoon TView RDS + FM Stereo (BT878 chip) in my AmigaOne X5000 today. The automatic configuration doesn't work. You have to set card=53 for the bttv kernel module.

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sudo rmmod bttv


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sudo modprobe bttv card=53


After that it works without any problems.

If you add the following line to /etc/modprobe.d/tv_bttv.conf then you don't need the commands above.

sudo vi /etc/modprobe.d/tv_bttv.conf

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options bttv card=53


Screenshot of ubuntu MATE 16.04.4 LTS PowerPC with the RC7 of kernel 4.16 and with access to the Typhoon TView RDS + FM Stereo TV card:

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Re: Supported TV tuner cards and TV tuner USB sticks?

Postby xeno74 » Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:08 pm

It's also possible to listen to the FM radio with some TV cards. I tested FM cable radio with my Typhoon TView RDS + FM Stereo TV card today. You can capture the FM radio and save it as a file.

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Re: Supported TV tuner cards and TV tuner USB sticks?

Postby xeno74 » Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:41 pm

Hi All,

I added TV and FM radio support to the MATE PowerPC Remix 2017 today.

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- XawTV 3.103-4 added (X11 program for watching and recording television with a TV tuner)
- AleVT 1.6.2-5 added (X11 program for browsing and searching Teletext/Videotext)
- Radio 3.103 added (A ncurses-based FM radio application)
- tvtime 1.0.2 added (A high quality television application for use with video capture cards)


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Re: Supported TV tuner cards and TV tuner USB sticks?

Postby xeno74 » Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:12 pm

The MATE PowerPC Remix 2017 with a connected N64 to a WinTV PCI card:

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Re: Supported TV tuner cards and TV tuner USB sticks?

Postby xeno74 » Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:28 pm

Hi All,

I successfully connected a digital TV cable receiver via composite video to a WinTV Express PCI card today.

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Re: Supported TV tuner cards and TV tuner USB sticks?

Postby xeno74 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:04 am

Screenshot of ubuntu MATE 16.04.5 LTS PowerPC with the RC8 of kernel 4.18 and with access to the Typhoon TView RDS + FM Stereo TV card:

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Re: Supported TV tuner cards and TV tuner USB sticks?

Postby xeno74 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:19 pm

Some FRITZ!Box Cable models are equipped with an integrated DVB-C tuner. You can watch free cable television programs via network with the VLC Media Player.

ubuntu MATE 16.04.5 PowerPC with the RC2 of kernel 4.19 and with DVB-C via a Fritz!Box 6490 Cable:

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