FAQ: WinTV and HD PVR on Linux

How can I find out of my WinTV has Linux support?

Why aren't products officially supported under Linux?

Why aren't more products supported under Linux?

Notes on specific products

Do you know where I can find sources of information for TV under Linux?



How can I find out of my WinTV has Linux support?

Hauppauge provides support for third party developers who would like to develop Linux support for Hauppauge TV tuners. Resultant works are often distributed through the IVTV Project and the LinuxTV organization www.linuxtv.org.

In the interest of having a single authoritative list, Hauppauge helps maintain the product list on the LinuxTV Wiki page. Users should refer to the following page for the state of support for a given product:

http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Hauppauge

Why aren't products officially supported under Linux?

Due to the wide variances of Linux distributions as well as the current state of Linux applications, it is not practical from a support perspective to provide Linux desktop support for Hauppauge products. That said, commericial and OEM customers should feel free to contact Hauppauge if support for a product is desired.

It is worth noting that Hauppauge does make an active effort to merge into the mainline Linux kernel device support that commercial customers have required (so that all users benefit).

Why aren't more products supported under Linux?

Contractual agreements with the chipset vendors for components in Hauppauge products often prevent creation of an open-source driver. The lack of availability is not intentional on Hauppauge's part, but in most cases is prevented by the chipset vendor.

Notes on specific products:

HD PVR Linux support:

Please use the Windows driver for HD PVR - previous version for use with non-Windows systems

HD PVR driver version 1.1.5.7.0

WinTV-HVR-1600 Linux support:

The HVR-1600 has been supported since Linux kernel 2.6.26. For optimal QAM tuning performance, a Linux distribution that is based on 2.6.32 is strongly recommended.

Do you know where I can find sources of information for TV under Linux

LinuxTV Homepage http://www.linuxtv.org
LinuxTV.org Wiki http://www.linuxtv.org/wiki
MythTV Project http://www.mythtv.org/