Watching TV on the highway

Posted on November 1, 2012


That was the most important and critical security issue I have ever had! :-) I wanted to see the big jump, the Red Bull Stratos, but I was on the way home. I have tried to watch it on the road with my linux mint laptop.
I have already had a Geniatech DVB-T TV Stick and this works under Linux.

1. The current Linux Mint Version (13 Maya) does not have the driver for my dvb-t drive.
There is a web site for all DVB-T USB Devices supported under Linux:

1. Here i have found the firmware I need for my stick. I had to download it and copy it to the required folder:

sudo cp ./Downloads/dvb-usb-af9015.fw /lib/firmware/

2. install dvb-apps and w_scan from your repository of your distribution.

3. connect your card.
after connecting the usb driver I had the following logs:

[19462.038468] dvb-usb: found a 'Afatech AF9015 DVB-T USB2.0 stick' in cold state, will try to load a firmware
[19462.079037] dvb-usb: downloading firmware from file 'dvb-usb-af9015.fw'
[19462.147132] dvb-usb: found a 'Afatech AF9015 DVB-T USB2.0 stick' in warm state.
[19462.147688] dvb-usb: will pass the complete MPEG2 transport stream to the software demuxer.
[19462.148249] DVB: registering new adapter (Afatech AF9015 DVB-T USB2.0 stick)
[19462.165111] af9013: firmware version:
[19462.170737] DVB: registering adapter 0 frontend 0 (Afatech AF9013 DVB-T)...
[19462.189604] Quantek QT1010 successfully identified.
[19462.189614] Registered IR keymap rc-empty
[19462.189701] input: IR-receiver inside an USB DVB receiver as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:04.1/usb1/1-3/rc/rc0/input18
[19462.190178] rc0: IR-receiver inside an USB DVB receiver as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:04.1/usb1/1-3/rc/rc0
[19462.190181] dvb-usb: schedule remote query interval to 500 msecs.
[19462.190185] dvb-usb: Afatech AF9015 DVB-T USB2.0 stick successfully initialized and connected.
[19462.198886] usbcore: registered new interface driver dvb_usb_af9015

or you can check the modules loaded:

trinity@getawayfromhere ~ $ lsmod | grep dvb
dvb_usb_af9015         22397  0 
dvb_usb                23826  1 dvb_usb_af9015
dvb_core               94814  1 dvb_usb
rc_core                21263  10 ir_lirc_codec,ir_mce_kbd_decoder,ir_sony_decoder,ir_jvc_decoder,ir_rc6_decoder,dvb_usb_af9015,ir_rc5_decoder,ir_nec_decoder,dvb_usb

4. scan for the channels (I tried it in Germany in the near from München)

(its time to go outside, the antenna should be on the open air!)

sudo scan /usr/share/dvb/dvb-t/de-Bayern -o zap | tee ~/channels.conf


in Hungary:
w_scan -c HU -X > ~/channels.conf
in Austria:
w_scan -c AT -X > ~/channels.conf
in Slovakia:
w_scan -c SK -X > ~/channels.conf
in Germany:
w_scan -c DE -X > ~/channels.conf

4. Open the channels.conf file with vlc and enjoy.

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