Let's see, what can I tell you? The stick itself says it's a Hauppauge WinTV HVR 950. (No "Q".) `lsusb` sees it - sort of:
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Bus 001 Device 003: ID 2040:6513 Hauppauge WinTV HVR-980
So that's a little wrong; I don't know if that needs to be fixed.
On Ubuntu, I used Kaffeine to record ATSC TV shows. So I installed it here. But Kaffeine does not see any TV tuners. So I decided to look for other programs. I found something called w_scan that's supposed to scan for channels. It reports:
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$ w_scan -c US
w_scan version 20111203 (compiled for DVB API 5.3)
using settings for UNITED STATES
VSB US/CA, DVB-T TW
frontend_type ATSC, channellist 1
output format vdr-1.6
WARNING: could not guess your codepage. Falling back to 'UTF-8'
output charset 'UTF-8', use -C <charset> to override
Info: using DVB adapter auto detection.
/dev/dvb/adapter0/frontend0 -> ATSC "LG Electronics LGDT3303 VSB/QAM Frontend": good :-)
Using ATSC frontend (adapter /dev/dvb/adapter0/frontend0)
-_-_-_-_ Getting frontend capabilities-_-_-_-_
Using DVB API 5.4
frontend 'LG Electronics LGDT3303 VSB/QAM Frontend' supports
FREQ (54.00MHz ... 858.00MHz)
But then after scanning that range in 8VSB it says, "ERROR: Sorry - i couldn't get any working frequency/transponder; Nothing to scan!!" Kaffeine on my older OS was able to pick up five major ATSC channels (each with several subchannels) with the same hardware.
Suggestions? I'm open to any free software as long as it can be scheduled to record video from this card - I don't have to watch it immediately.
OK, it's working! To summarize:
1. I followed these instructions to set up the driver.
2. I used the command "w_scan -fa -c US -X > channels.conf" (with the w-scan package) to get the channels in a format suitable for VLC Media Player. I can then view channels with "vlc channels.conf".
3. To record a specific channel, I take a line from that file, either place it in a separate file or turn it into a VLC command line this way, and use cvlc like this, optionally replacing the conf file with the command line instructions to tune the channel.
It's not Kaffeine. Fortunately, I like working with the command line.