any application that can read straight form a tv tuner device?

Anders Troback freebsd at
Thu Mar 8 20:42:53 UTC 2007

On Thu, 8 Mar 2007 14:46:42 -0500
"Jim Stapleton" <stapleton.41 at> wrote:

> i.e.
> $ SomeMpegViewer < /dev/cxm0
> would alow me to use my TV tuner? The application would be used ONLY
> for video/audio. Channel changing and such would be handled by another
> appliation on the command line.
> I tried mplayer since it was supposed to be able to handle mpg videos
> from stdin, however it gave me an error saying there was too much data
> per packet (I don't have it with me at the moment, so I can't say
> exactly what it is)
> I found that, if I have enough delay between the two commands,
> $ cat /dev/cxm0 > /tmp/tvfile
> $ noatun /tmp/tvfile
> does the job I need, but, it has some latency, which can be
> problematic (especially if I were playing a console game), also it
> tends to create a rather large file, unncecessarily.
> Thanks,
> -Jim Stapleton

I have be using Xine with great success, just do:

cat /dev/cxm0 | xine stdin://

With mplayer I had to make a lager cache like:

mplayer -cache 4000 /dev/cxm0


How many Microsoft employees does it take to screw in a light bulb?
None, they declare darkness a new standard.
Anders Trobäck

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