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

Nils Kassube kassube at
Fri Jul 30 12:51:13 UTC 2010

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 :-(
> .

Now the question is, why can't vlc and xine grow up and make that config 
file on their own? If they provide the possibility to receive DVB, there 
should be an option to scan for DVB channels. If the code to make the 
channels.conf exists already (w-scan), it shouldn't be too difficult to 
include it to vlc / xine.



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