To all those who have tried to use vlc to view TV channels on their computers

Stephen Michael Kuhn yank.down.under at
Fri Jul 30 07:16:33 UTC 2010

On Fri, 30 Jul 2010 04:55:32 pm Basil Chupin wrote:
> For years I have used xine (to view DVB-T television and DVDs) as well
> as kaffeine (to record most TV channels) and vlc to be able to view DVDs
> from a directory on the HD (because kaffeine lost that ability almost 2
> years ago).
> Today, I broke the "secret" of having vlc recognise and display TV
> channels on my DVB card! Not mentioned anywhere in the documentation but
> a casual read of a comment in the vieolan forum solved my problem which
> has been bugging me for a looooooooong, looooong time.
> I can now view DVDs, view TV (terrestrial in my case, but cable or
> satellite as well if you have either), record programs, capture
> snapshots, edit the files....
> The missing link which nobody could provide me with is: you need to use
> w-scan to create the same channels.conf file which xine uses and then
> start vlc with the command line "vlc %U
> <directory-where-channels.conf-is>/channels.conf".
> As simple as this - but this is not mentioned in the dox for vlc :-( .
> BTW, the version of vlc for Lucid, 10.04, is out of date - the latest is
> 1.1.1 (well, 1.1.2 actually).
> The vlc site states that what is in 10.04 is out of date and tells you
> to install the latest version manually.
> But try and find on the vlc site the latest version to manually install
> it...........forget it, sweetheart! :-( . You can find the files for
> Windows and MAC but not for Ubuntu - you need to jump thru hoops to get
> the one for Ubuntu.
> BC

Well, how cool is that? Cheers!
Now I can use vlc for more than pr0n! Far out! :)
(Not that either myself or the missus watches anything at all on the tellie - 
once in a while "Time Team" or "Big Bang Theory" - otherwise, we opt for 
computers/internet or that thing called "book".)

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