I have just gone to a dual boot win7 and Linux Mint17 Mate x64 . I have an old Pinnacle USB Pro stick I used for OTA broadcasts as well as working with a Cox digital cable tv as a recording device
I just attempted to set up one of these pro sticks in the linux side of the machine which already has a coax antenna and usb port position for the windows side. it uses the latest pctv drivers and set up for the 800e or 800i drivers
I use me-tv for my Mint with a process to download appropriate drivers through a google search and now , me-tv works fine; i get 26local ota channels and am limited only by the lousy antenna i use inside.
I was not able to make TvTime nor VLC carry the signals, yet.
I got rid of TV Time as it would not find any signals while me tv was able to locate 26. VLC is still a mystery to me as far as connecting it with tv ota watching. keeps giving off error messages.. I know the tv signals are there because i can watch via me tv. VLC cant connect yet, i am still new to Linux only a month or so. maybe i will come across something that will work as others have been able to
I can say though, that my very old Pinnacle USB Pro stick 800 will work well on Linux mint17 with only a little bit of effort and following some good , old, links since Linux has supported this driver/hardware for 8yrs(edit-prob.more like 6 or so). I found that there were 2 different types of the USB pro stick that is supposed to be important for Linux . i never had any troubles using only one driver update in windows prior to looking into Linux and i have never taken either of the 2 i have apart.
regardless, I was able to just use the software manager to get me tv and follow the links for the driver packages, i just copy pasted into the terminal and all works.
much easier than i had anticipated
Edit: July21, 2015
I recently put together a "new" box with older AMD/ATI parts a gigabyte 790xta ud4, phenom II x4 965be, HD 4670 with linux mint 17.2 64bit MATE--kernel 126.96.36.199 as of today.
I use my 6 or so year old Pinnacle USB HD pro stick with the 800e PCTV, i went to the suggested linux tv site and used the synaptic to open the deb file now the stick works better in the linux box than it did in the windows 7 x64pro, I had used the terminal to get frequencies by following the links i got through linux tv got the stable me tv which is great. I decided to compare windows and mint -for some reason the linux version has a better capture of the local ota signals. i tested using the antennas, the one that came with the pctv , magnetic single thing and a special wingaard digital antenna which is only marginally better than the 2' telescoping metal thing. but the same locations with the same stations yields better capture and hold and a little better sensitivity regardless of which antenna. ME-TV worked for me and thanks to this thread and links on MINT 17.2
i was pleasantly surprised.(I had used ME-TV and the pinnacle usb pro stick in my dual boot wind7/mint 17.2 new system successfully too before making the spare parts build)
Last edited by johnniedoo
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:22 pm, edited 1 time in total.