Digital TV with Klear


Article from Issue 66/2006

If you are weary of configuration battles with software for digital TV, try Klear, a TV system for Linux that is easy to install and use.

Digital TV on Linux is commonly associated with time-consuming installation procedures. Setting up MythTV is a challenging experience, and the alternative VDR system is anything but trivial – unless you happen to use a specialized distribution such as LinVDR, that is.

Klear [1] is a GUI-based program that makes it much easier to play and record DVB programs. The program was written by Patric Bico Sherif, Omar El-Dakhloul, Manuel Habermann, and Marco Kraus at the Technical University in Berlin as part of a course in programming. Klear uses the Qt toolkit to provide a GUI and assumes a working DVB subsystem, although most current kernels should support DVB hardware without any trouble. The DVB-S/ T/ C devices sections on the LinuxTV wiki [2] tell you which PCI cards and DVB USB sticks are supported by Linux.

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