author Darren Salt <>
Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:57:28 +0100
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     2 xine Digital TV (DVB)
     3 =====================
     5 xine can be used to watch digital television.
     7 xine supports Digital TV (Digital Video Broadcasting - DVB) cards using the
     8 Linux DVB drivers in your kernel or from
    10 Many DVB-S (direct satellite reception), DVB-C (Cable) and DVB-T and ATSC
    11 (Terrestrial) devices are supported via these drivers.
    14 Driver download and installation
    15 --------------------------------
    17 You may need to download and install drivers for recent hardware. See the
    18 "Getting Started" section at .
    20 You will probably need to add yourself to group "video". With a DVB device
    21 installed and recognised:
    23   $ ls -l /deb/dvb/adapter0
    24   total 0
    25   crw-rw---- 1 root video 212, 4 2007-08-07 15:33 demux0
    26   crw-rw---- 1 root video 212, 5 2007-08-07 15:33 dvr0
    27   crw-rw---- 1 root video 212, 3 2007-08-07 15:33 frontend0
    28   crw-rw---- 1 root video 212, 7 2007-08-07 15:33 net0
    30 This shows that you need to be either root or in group "video" to be able to
    31 use the DVB device.
    33 You can find out if you're already in this group by using the "groups"
    34 command in a terminal. If you aren't, then trying to use the DVB plugin will
    35 cause a "no input plugin" error: this is somewhat misleading because the DVB
    36 plugin was actually found but it failed because it couldn't open the device
    37 nodes.
    39 Adding yourself to group "video" is the best way; one of
    41   # adduser fred video
    42   $ sudo adduser fred video
    44 will do the job for a user named "fred". Note that the change won't take
    45 effect until after fred has logged out if he's currently logged in.
    48 Install a channel list
    49 ----------------------
    51 xine-lib's dvb input plugin needs a channel/transponder list that fits your
    52 dvb equipment. xine-lib uses the channels.conf format of szap, czap and tzap
    53 as appropriate for DVB-S, DVB-C and DVB-T. It will search the channel list
    54 file in ~/.xine/channels.conf.
    56 channel list format for DVB-S: (satellite)
    57 -------------------------------------------
    58 NBC         :11053   :h  :1        :27500      :550 :551 :1  :8008
    59 station name:freqency:h/v:sat no   :symbol rate:vpid:apid:sid:????
    60 -------------------------------------------
    62 channel list format for DVB-T (terrestrial):
    63 -------------------------------------------
    66 station name:frequency:config options go on seemingly forever ...         :vpid:apid:serviceid
    67 -------------------------------------------
    69 You scan for all available channels using the scan utility which comes with
    70 the dvb-apps package (also known as dvb-utils). See
    71 for more information.
    73   $ scan /usr/share/doc/dvb-utils/examples/scan/dvb-t/uk-PontopPike >~/.xine/channels.conf
    74   $ scan Hotbird-13.0 >~/.xine/channels.conf
    76 This can take a while. In a DiSEqC environment, use the -s N switch to
    77 select different satellites to scan and paste the results in one big
    78 channels.conf file. As always, please be sure to read the man page for the
    79 version of the tool you are using.
    81 HINT: you might want to manually sort the channels.conf file to have your
    82 favourite channels at the top and maybe remove any scrambled channels to
    83 which you don't have access.
    86 Using xine to watch digital television
    87 --------------------------------------
    89 Make sure you have a recent libxine and front end installed, then simply
    90 start something like
    92   $ gxine dvb://
    94 or, perhaps, click on the DVB button in xine-ui. You should be able to zap
    95 around using the NumPad-9 / NumPad-3 keys, the xine playlist, or using the
    96 next/previous chapter buttons in your gui.
    98 An OSD menu is available too. Press NumPad-8 / NumPad-2 to scroll through
    99 the channels, then press NumPad-Enter to switch to the channel you have
   100 selected. The channel list can be brought up and scrolled through via the
   101 mouse wheel. Use the left mouse button to switch to the channel you've
   102 selected. The side buttons (6 & 7) can be used to rapidly switch to
   103 previous/next channels, if they are available on your mouse.
   105 You can use MENU3 (F2 in xine-ui, F3 in gxine) to zoom into the centre of a
   106 videostream. This will allow you to view 4:3 content that has been embedded
   107 into a 16:9 stream in fullscreen (no more black borders). Press the key
   108 again to return to normal viewing. There is also an option in the xine
   109 preferences to zoom automatically when using xine to view DVB.
   111 MENU7 (F6 in xine-ui or F7 in gxine) will toggle viewing of the current
   112 channel's Electronic Program Guide (information on the current/next program)
   113 on the OSD, if available.
   115 HINT: if audio or video is stuttering, pause (space key) shortly to give
   116 xine-lib a chance to fill its buffers. If watching a large HDTV stream, you
   117 may need to increase the xine video & audio buffer size - increasing audio
   118 buffers to 300 and video buffers to 700 has been known to work with streams
   119 up to 1920x1088 in size.
   122 Recording digital television
   123 ----------------------------
   125 There is a very simple VCR-like feature built into the xine engine. just
   126 press MENU2 (that is F2 in gxine, or F1 in xine-ui for example) to
   127 start/stop recording the currently displayed program to your local disc. A
   128 small OSD message in the upper left corner of your screen will tell you the
   129 file name the recorded stream is being written to. You can select the
   130 directory to save to in the xine configuration under the MISC tab, otherwise
   131 the plugin will record to your home directory. You can pause the recording
   132 at any time by pressing MENU4 (F3 in xine-ui, F4 in gxine). An OSD in the
   133 top left hand corner will notify you of the status of the recording.
   134 Pressing MENU4 again will resume recording.
   136 Have fun.