[linux-dvb] Confused Air2PC owner

Kevin D Fowlks fowlks at msu.edu
Fri Feb 25 22:24:09 CET 2005

Hello, Reg.Clemens 

If your intrest is in testing out the Air2PC card WITHOUT using MythTv
then i'd suggest using the cvs version of dvbstream. Below are some simply 
instructions for getting it going. 

A simple application to view a MPEG2-TS stream or capture it to disk is <a 
In order to use it with a ATSC DVB device you need to grab the latest copy 
from CVS, this can be done by issuing the following commands. 

( when prompted for a password just press enter )
cvs -d:pserver:anonymous at cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/dvbtools login
cvs -z3 -d:pserver:anonymous at cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/dvbtools co -P 

You need to set the path in the Makefile to that of the dvb-kernel typically 
located in /usr/src/dvb-kernel
now your ready to make dvbstream. 

In order to view an incoming stream you’ll need a video player capable of 
Mpeg2-TS streams such as <a href=” 
http://www.mplayerhq.hu/”>mplayer</a>. You'll need to read the
information on their homepage to see how to compile and install MPlayer. 
Once, installed you can
view a station by executing the following command. 

dvbstream -o -vsb 8 8192 | mplayer -vo xv - 

*Note: the 8192 is not a valid PID it will return the entire TS stream to 
mplayer. To find other streams in a TS stream run mplayer with the -v 

Kevin D. Fowlks
fowlks at ais.msu.edu
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Michigan State University 

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