- TV tuner install with PPA
- Plex and Hauppauge Tuners
- TV tuners for NAS
- Raspberry Pi TV
- HD PVR 2 for Ubuntu
- Android Live Channels
- Linux for Colossus 2
- Kaffeine TV
- Linux videos
TV tuner install on Ubuntu with PPA
PPA makes it easy to install Hauppauge TV tuners with Ubuntu. PPA's are the only way to ensure you get the latest fully updated Hauppauge drivers, no matter which Ubuntu you are running. Hauppauge's engineering team developed and maintains the PPA for our TV tuners.
Hauppauge's PPA has support for the following models of Hauppauge TV tuners
- WinTV-HVR-955Q, WinTV-HVR-935C and WinTV-HVR-975 (including analog TV)
- WinTV-dualHD (all models, both tuners)
- WinTV-quadHD (both PCIe and USB models)
- WinTV-soloHD (DVB T/T2/C)
- WinTV-HVR-1255 and WinTV-HVR-1265 (including analog TV)
- ImpactVCBe video capture (PCIe)
- USB-Live2 video capture (USB)
- Starburst 2 satellite TV receiver
- PCTV 292e triple mode TV receiver
- PCTV 461e Satellite TV receiver (both old and new models)
- WinTV-NOVA-S2 Satellite TV receiver
PPA supported Linux versions
The Hauppauge PPA supports Ubuntu versions (on Ubuntu desktop and server with 64-bit Intel and AMD processors):
- 220.04 Focal with kernel 5.4
- 219.10 Eoan with kernel 5.3
- 218.04 Bionic HWE with kernel 5.3
- 218.04 Bionic with kernel 4.15
- 216.04 Xenial HWE with kernel 4.15
- 216.04 Xenial with kernel 4.4
- 214.04 Trusty with kernel 4.4
For other versions of Linux, you can install the Hauppauge drivers directly.
See this page for instructions.
PPA installation instructions for TV tuner driver on Ubuntu
Open Terminal in Ubuntu The easiest way to open terminal is to right click on desktop and select Open Terminal. You can also click Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard.
In Terminal, type the following or copy and paste the following lines, one by one, then click enter.
First, determine the version of Ubuntu you are running
To do this, run this command:
dpkg -l | grep linux-image-generic-hwe
If a line is displayed beginning with "ii", then you are running the HWE version of Ubuntu. You will need to know if you are running HWE this in a moment when you install the mediatree.
Download the PPA
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:b-rad/kernel+mediatree+hauppauge
After this first line, click enter when prompted to add this PPA.
sudo apt-get update
If you are running an HWE version of Ubuntu, use this command:
sudo apt-get install linux-hwe-mediatree
If you are NOT running HWE, use this command:
sudo apt-get install linux-mediatree
Note: at this point, you also need to install TV firmware if you are using one of the following TV tuners:
- a Hauppauge DVB TV tuner in Europe, Australia or New Zealand (example: WinTV-soloHD, WinTV-dualHD, WinTV-quadHD, WinTV-HVR-5525, Starburst 2, etc.)
- 461e or WinTV-NOVA-S2
- WinTV-quadHD USB for North America
To download and install Hauppauge TV tuner firmware, run this command:
sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-hauppauge
Close Terminal and restart your computer.
You can now connect your Hauppauge WinTV TV tuner to your computer and it should be available for use by your Linux TV watching application.
If you'd like to see the latest directions from the GIT repository, click here
Plex and Hauppauge TV tuners
This support is for Plex running under Ubuntu
Our PPA supports the following Ubuntu versions:
- 16.04 Xenial with kernel 4.4
- 17.10 Artful with kernel 4.13
- 18.04 Bionic with kernel 4.15
Xenial available here http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/releases/16.04.1/.
We do not currently support LTS Enablement Stacks under Ubuntu Linux 16.04.2 Xenial. For more information about LTS Enablement Stack please visit this page https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel/LTSEnablementStack
nVidia Shield and Plex with the Hauppauge WinTV-dualHD
You can use the Hauppauge WinTV-dualHD (North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand) on the nVidia Shield for live TV in Plex. You will need the latest version of nVidia Shield firmware (5.2 or later).
The Hauppauge PPA
Hauppauge has created a PPA to simplify adding TV tuner drivers into Linux. Using the Hauppauge PPA will allow easier installation of Plex with Hauppauge TV tuners. The current Hauppauge PPA has support for the following tuners:
- WinTV-HVR-955Q for North America: single tuner
- WinTV-soloHD for Europe/Australia/New Zealand: single tuner
- WinTV-dualHD for North America, Europe and Australia/New Zealand: dual tuner
- WinTV-quadHD for North America, Europe and Australia/New Zealand: quad tuner
nVidia Shield and Plex with the Hauppauge WinTV-dualHD
You can use the Hauppauge WinTV-dualHD on the nVidia Shield for live TV in Plex. You will need the latest version of nVidia Shield firmware (5.2 or later).
If you have any questions, you can contact Hauppauge support at: email@example.com
NAS Support for Hauppauge TV tuners
Some NAS drives have support for Hauppauge TV tuners. While currently the WD NAS has the best Hauppauge TV tuner support, coming is support for Synology and the QNAP TS-235.
WD NAD drives
- Plug your Hauppauge WinTV-dualHD, WinTV-HVR-955Q or WinTV-HVR-935C into the back of a WD NAS drive (see list below for tested drives).
- Go to the WD app store and install "TV/Media Device Drivers" on the WD NAS.
- You will need to install the Plex server, Emby or TVHeadend on the NAS drive too.
- On your client computer (examples: Windows PC, AppleTV, AndroidTV, Roku), you will need a TV watching application. If you have installed the Plex server on the NAS, you can use Plex on your Windows or Linux computer which is networked to the WD NAS drive.
Tested WD NAS drives
- WD PR2100/PR4100/EX2100/EX4100/EX2Ultra
Raspberry Pi Support for Hauppauge TV tuners
Hauppauge technical support has been testing with the Raspberry Pi 3 and 4, which work "out of the box" with Raspbian OS 4.19 or later with these Hauppauge TV tuners: WinTV-dualHD (North America and Europe), WinTV-HVR-955Q, 461e/WinTV-Nova-S2.
Here is a video showing the installation of the
WinTV-dualHD on a Raspberry Pi 4
Click to play video
The WinTV-dualHD drivers come with the latest Raspbian OS, so all you need to do is plug your WinTV-dualHD into your RPi 3 or 4, install a TV application like Kaffeine, connect an antenna and scan for channels.
Firmware is needed for some Hauppauge TV tuners
Some Hauppauge TV tuners need additional firmware to be install on your Raspberry Pi. Here are the command lines to add Hauppauge firmware for those tuners which need it. You can load the firmware at any time, but it needs to be installed before you use the TV tuner.
Firmware install instructions for the WinTV-dualHD and WinTV-soloHD (European or Australia/New Zealand DVB only)
md5sum dvb-demod-si2168-b40-01.fw # verify first couple and last couple chars match b267...8f6e
sudo cp dvb-demod-si2168-b40-01.fw /lib/firmware
Firmware install instructions for the 461e (revision B7H9/B8H9) or WinTV-Nova-S2:
md5sum dvb-demod-m88ds3103b.fw # verify first couple and last couple chars match 2c12...a285
sudo mv dvb-demod-m88ds3103b.fw /lib/firmware
Firmware install instructions for the 461e (revision B6H9 or earlier):
md5sum dvb-demod-m88ds3103.fw # verify first couple and last couple chars match b310...3e03
sudo mv dvb-demod-m88ds3103.fw /lib/firmware
Firmware install instructions for the WinTV-quadHD USB:
md5sum dvb-demod-mxl692.fw # verify first couple and last couple chars match 4862...e156
sudo mv dvb-demod-mxl692.fw /lib/firmware
Firmware install instructions for the WinTV-HVR-1950
md5sum firmware_1900.fw # verify first couple and last couple chars
sudo cp firmware_1900.fw /lib/firmware
Use the PCTV 461e (new and old models) Satellite TV receiver with your Raspberry Pi
Click to play video
Satellite TV for your Raspberry Pi
Use the PCTV 461e (new and old models) Satellite TV receiver with your Raspberry Pi. Here is a video on how to install the drivers and how to use the 461e with Kaffeine to watch satellite TV.www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-tpNMx-05s
The current version of OpenELEC 6.0.1 Kernel also has support out of the box for the WinTV-dualHD (both North America and European versions) plus the WinTV-HVR-955Q. All Hauppauge drivers and firmware are included as part of the OpenElec distribution, so you don't need to add the firmwer. Just plug your Hauppauge TV tuner into a USB port and fire up OpenElec.
OpenElec also includes Kodi, which you can use as your TV viewer.
OpenELEC can be downloaded from http://openelec.tv/get-openelec
Please check the OpenELEC community on how to install and run an operating system on the Raspberry Pi.
All you need to do is connect the HVR-955Q to a USB port on the Raspberry Pi.
The firmware is already included nothing else needs to be done to get the HVR-955Q detected.
Running the HD PVR 2 under Ubuntu
Ubuntu installation video
Ubuntu installation instructions for the HD PVR 2
Note: Please check on the bottom of your HD PVR 2 for the 6 digit 157xxx model number. Download the correct package for your model below.
Android Live Channels
We have tested with Live Channels version 1.14.012
Supported Hauppauge TV tuners include the WinTV-HVR-955Q and the WinTV-dualHD for North America. At this time, there are no DVB TV tuners supported in Live Channels.
Note: if you are getting TV video but no audio with Live Channels, most likely your video monitor is missing an AC3 decoder. With Live Channels, you need to have a video monitor connected to your Android system which has an AC3 decoder built in. Unlike Plex (which decodes AC3 and turns it into two channel audio if needed), Live Channels does not decode the AC3. If you are using a video monitor which does not support AC3 surround sound audio, you can use a sound bar (which normally have AC3 decoders built in).
Linux for Colossus 2
Linux support for Colossus 2 is through a user mode application. You can get the application from the link below.
Ubuntu installation video (for Colossus 2 and HD PVR 2)
Ubuntu installation instructions for the Colossus 2 and HD PVR 2
Download the Linux Colossus 2 application:
MythTV and the Colossus 2
John Poet has created Colossus 2 support for MythTV, including AC3 audio support:
Pal from Snap.TV has forked the MythTV Colossus 2 support and has added support for analog PAL composite video.
Kaffeine TV application for Linux
Use Kaffeine to watch live TV on your Linux system with a Hauppauge WinTV TV tuner