June 25, 2007

High Fidelity 2: High Definition

Filed under: Uncategorized — mhoye @ 1:45 pm

On the off chance that there’s another Linux pariah reading this: tell me, how does one watch HDTV in Linux these days?

I should start off by saying that I’ve got a Hauppauge HVR-950 USB dongle here, plugged in and working – a miraculous little widget, incidentally, which I will endorse at great length in the future – but I’m looking a program that will let me watch TV (both high- and standard-def) in a little window on my screen.

So far:

  • Mythtv isn’t the right answer. It doesn’t run in its own window, it runs full screen, or rather, starts to run full-screen for a quarter-second and then noisily dies, pulling X down with it. Crashy!
  • tvtime isn’t the right answer – no sound, standard-def TV only.
  • Xine-hd might contain the right answer within it, but the interface is such a goddamned crime scene that I have no way of knowing. Four years later it’s the same shitty skinned interface, designed by and for second-generation crack babies; not a damn thing has changed, as far as I can tell. Not a confidence-builder.
  • Anything that runs from the console is not the right answer, and
  • Buying a Mac is not the right answer.

But I can’t find anything else that isn’t in one of those categories, so all I have is a bunch of half-working semisolutions. Which is, I suppose, the Linux Way. Anyone? Beuller?


  1. I really think the best answer is to pipe the output of the Hauppauge (A company for which I also have love) in to hasciicam.

    Unless you include “terminal window” as a subset of your new-fangled “console” restriction.

    Also, xawtv v4 and mplayer both support HDTV as per

    Comment by Quotation — June 25, 2007 @ 2:38 pm

  2. I have nothing useful to add, other than to say that the title for this post scared me. For some reason my first thought was, “Oh, god no. Why would they make a sequel to that?”

    And after that it was nothing but nightmarish visions for the next 5-10 seconds until I saw that you were writing about HDTV on leenooks.

    Comment by Alex — June 25, 2007 @ 3:16 pm

  3. mplayer, good. I can work with that. xawtv… the Athena widget set? Christ.

    Comment by Mike Hoye — June 25, 2007 @ 6:12 pm

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