I am still using my quite old Pinnacle usb mini stick pro digital tuner/capture /pvr whatever its full title was. It uses the 800e or 800i type drivers and though happauge bought pinnacles interests out years ago I continue to have both of mine functioning well still. for the purposes of this forum, i use one on my Linux machine Mint 17.3 Mate x64 and up to kernel 4.2.something and going ahead up a step or 2 ,It is a box made from spare parts, all are 5yrs old or so, amd products. Phenom II x4 965be overclocked somewhat and i use a very old gpu in the box at present the gigabyte hd4670 1gb gddr3 i believe hdmi htpc or HDTV ready or something like that. it is slower than i like but really does handle streaming video well, and dvds i have as well as iso saved movies or videos i downloaded from public domain and onto a LG42" lc550 .put a 128gb ssd from crucial m4 i think too
as far as using the pinnacle/happague i found plenty of help here and at the linuxtv site mentioned a few posts above
i downloaded Me-TV and used those software settings to get the USA, where i live, frequencies and it works flawlessly. i put a new Leaf antenna on it and the tuner in this particular usb pro stick gets as strong receptions as a samsung p260hd 26" touch of color tv tuner gets in the same exact location. i left the antenna in the best spot here where i live and put it in the samsung for ota local stations and then put the pinnacle pvr in the computer and used the same Leaf antenna connection for testing. the tuner in the usb stick gets as many of the available stations at the same % power strength ,but better than that, I can see how great the picture quality is over that range of 20 channels , the tuner in my LG42ld550 in my living room has a pretty good tuner in it as well and with the same Leaf antenna i matched the pinnacle pvr device with Me-TV and downloaded frequencies back to back on the same screens as both my samsung and LG have built in tuners and monitor modes
So, I like the Me-TV software, i have tried the VLC since it came with the MInt17 installation but it was harder to set up and Me-TV was a breeze, after reading the information here and through linuxtv.org i think is the site,but noted above right here anyhow
i have zero complaints with Me-TV in mint 17.3 mate and i have used mint ltr since it came out as 17.1 and from Kernel 3.13,16 i think maybe a little higher, whatever it installed with that first month , or week , of it s release. I have undated kernels all along to 3.19.53 then up to 4.02 or .05,and now at 4.2. something. me-tv and the 8yr old or so, maybe even 10yr old almost forget really the combo of these things just works , i record, save and can convert videos and have a little bit of play with the kind of audio format
I use the other exact same device twin really , got with in a week of each other , but i use it on a windows7sp1 x64 professional box i use it with my digital cable box but use it with only channel 4 on the device and manually change the cox cable mini box to whatever channel i need to record. However, I actually get better pic quality with over the air but there are 3 or 4 cable channels that are not in over the air distance from my current location. and , on that windows box, i use a happauge final release beta that offers no guarantee of workability and some glitches do exist such as losing some settings now and then.no big deal, just custom folders to send the recorded shows and converted videos, plus they have pay for tiers for upgraded things, features, like audio codec upgrades and server functions for remote somethings or others, and the few upgrades available are about $10 ,and since i have no big interest neither have any idea of the extent of feature unlocks available nor costs. but there are a few i read and did get a short reply from some people or person at the support side. I have not updated, or upgraded the software package version,i do not think there have been any for my device or class in at least 3 or 4yrs.however, it works good enough to save a PBS movie or something while i am doing something else on other devices.
bottom line of that last bit is that i believe that the Linux -me-tv software is better , more stable and comprehensive than the made for happauge and pinnacle really stuff at this point in time at any rate. i find the end result of recordings is far superior in the ME-TV /Mint 17.3 machine and equal in each kernel I have used over the past year or however long Mint17 has been out. I am brand new to Linux anything stating with the release of Mint 17,so I had plenty of easy to understand help via forums such as this one and other Linux and/or Mint pages. I think i have exhausted the bulk of my information about Mint 17 , Me-TV and my Pinnacle usb pvr, tuner recording device , I wish I had better luck with the VLC OTA station set up. was over my brand new Linux user head at the time. I was able to get the me-tv via the package manager too, I believe it was on the software manager page as well, though i had no clue as to which was which or did what or when to use either