Watch TV on Your Linux Computer


Every TV hardware that is Tv Tuner is installed in your computer but still your are not able to watch TV on it . so what Next ?
This Blog covers some of the Linux tools you can use to configure your TV tuner and watch TV with it from your Linux desktop.

i) xawtv
The most basic program you can use to watch TV under Linux is xawtv .
With xawtv installed, you could just immediately launch it; however, no channel frequencies for your particular tuner have been configured yet, so you won't be able to tune into a channel. It's possible to configure everything by hand, but xawtv includes a utility called scantv that scans the tuner for available channels (much like the scan function on many car stereos) and generates a configuration file for xawtv. Open up a terminal and type:

$ scantv -o ~/.xawtv

please select your TV norm
0: PAL
3: PAL-Nc
4: PAL-M
5: PAL-N
7: PAL-60
nr ? 1

please select a frequency table
0: us-bcast
1: us-cable
2: us-cable-hrc
3: japan-bcast
4: japan-cable
5: europe-west
6: europe-east
7: italy
8: newzealand
9: australia
10: ireland
11: france
12: china-bcast
13: southafrica
14: argentina
15: australia-optus
16: russia
nr ? 1

scanning channel list us-cable…
1 ( 73.25 MHz): no station

2) Zapping

xawtv works fine, but it doesn't have much of a GUI. Zapping is a TV viewing program designed for the GNOME environment, but it will work on either GNOME or KDE. Zapping is already packaged for a number of distributions, so check with your package installation tool first, and if it isn't there, download and compile Zapping from the source package at

To start Zapping, launch it from your desktop menu or type zapping in a terminal window. Zapping will automatically scan for valid video4linux devices and connect to the first one found. You must initially configure which video standard to use, so click Channels → Video standards and choose your standard from the list (I'm in the United States, so I would choose NTSC). If you have more than one video4linux device in your computer, click Edit → Preferences to open the preferences window, and then click Devices → Video. You can change the video device to use from this window, and click Devices → Audio to change your audio device. One nice feature of Zapping is that it supports OSS as well as ESD and aRts audio output. The preferences window also lets you configure a lot of other general options such as keyboard shortcuts and on-screen display settings.

Next you need to configure the channels for your tuner device. Click Edit → Channels to bring up the channel configuration window. Choose your region from the region drop-down menu, and then click "Automatic station search" to let Zapping search for channels for you. Alternatively you can have Zapping load the channel information from a xawtv configuration file. In this window, you can also assign names for each of the channels and a key binding so you can quickly switch to a certain channel.

You can change channels in the main interface either with the buttons on the toolbar, or by pressing PgUp and PgDown. The + and - keys control the volume. You can even take a quick screenshot with the s key.