Hauppague card with free (or pc) bsd

Bernhard Fröhlich decke at bluelife.at
Sun Jan 10 20:20:54 UTC 2016

Am 10.01.2016 6:52 nachm. schrieb "Brad Alexander" <storm16 at gmail.com>:
> Hi,
> I'm new to the list and new to BSD, having come over from Linux. I just
> converted my wife's machine over to pcbsd, which is a spork of freebsd.
> machine has a Hauppague card plugged into the cable box, so I have the
> system loading the bktr driver. According to dmesg:
> bktr_mem: memory holder loaded
> bktr0: <BrookTree 878> mem 0xeb000000-0xeb000fff irq 19 at device 1.0 on
> pci5
> bktr0: [GIANT-LOCKED]
> bktr0: Hauppauge Model 44801 D110
> bktr0: Hauppauge WinCast/TV, Philips NTSC tuner.
> What app do I set her up with to watch live TV? Is there a HOWTO on doing
> this? On Linux, I was using tvtime, but that was a little long in the
> tooth, the last update was in 2005, plus the FAQ states:
> 7. Does tvtime support FreeBSD or NetBSD?
> Currently, tvtime will not work on BSD-based systems, but the code to get
> it to work should not be too difficult.
> There is a driver for bt848 and bt878-based cards under BSD called
> *bsdbt848*. The API for this driver is different from Linux's video4linux
> that tvtime was written for, so the first job would be to do the input
> in tvtime to handle this driver. See mplayer <http://mplayerhq.hu> for one
> example of some code that uses this driver.
> The only other Linux-specific feature that we use would be the /dev/rtc
> code to do high performance timing (I assume there is a BSD equivalent of
> this).
> So I was planning on using Kodi and TVHeadend, but did not see TVHeadend
> the repos. So what is the best way to set this up and what end app can i
> use to get TV in a windowed session on her desktop?

multimedia/tvheadend is there but it only supports the v4l api like most
other ported applications. In FreeBSD we have v4l only for USB devices
provided by cuse4bsd/webcamd.

So to go forward if you only need to display the raw stream then it's
possible to do that but if you want to use some shiny
tvheadend/mythtv/vdr/kodi/vlc/... then you'd better buy a USB device which
is supported by webcamd. There are some wiki pages on wiki.FreeBSD.org
which can give you some overview about that.

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