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November 2nd, 2008, 05:01 PM
Hy, for a long time I wondered how to access my dvb-t card using vlc. Recently I stumbled about the answer. It's amazingly simple yet undokumented therefore I want to share my knowledge.

vlc .tzap/channels.conf
opens vlc and presents all channels in a play list. That's it -- you don't need to juggle with frequencies and transponders.

If you don't have a channels.conf, check with linuxtv.org and use scan in the dvb-apps package to create a channels.conf (http://www.linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Scan).

I guess it works the same for dvb-s and dvb-c but I have not the equipment to verify that.

Yours ansicplusplus

January 29th, 2010, 12:09 PM
hi! what do you mean with "code"? you put that in a terminal or what?


January 29th, 2010, 12:17 PM
I tried it with a terminal and this is what I got;

vlc .tzap/channels.conf
VLC media player 1.0.2 Goldeneye
[0x8b20140] main libvlc: Running vlc with the default interface. Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.
libdvdnav: Using dvdnav version 4.1.3
libdvdread: Using libdvdcss version 1.2.9 for DVD access
libdvdread: Can't stat .tzap/channels.conf
No such file or directory
libdvdnav: vm: failed to open/read the DVD
[0x8e29818] access_file access error: cannot open file .tzap/channels.conf (No such file or directory)
[0x8e36cc0] main input error: open of `.tzap/channels.conf' failed: no suitable access module

are you using ubuntu 9.10?


July 5th, 2010, 09:49 PM
Thanks marcellux that worked for me!


your error output when you ran the command contains:

libdvdread: Can't stat .tzap/channels.conf
No such file or directory

so vlc couldn't find a file called channels.conf at that location. So you need to tell vlc to look wherever you saved your channels.conf file and it should work, ie:

vlc /path/to/folder/containing/channels.conf