How to Access a TV Tuner Card in Ubuntu Linux

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Having a TV tuner card connected to your computer allows you to watch television on your PC. You can use your computer's hard drive as a digital video recorder and save all of your favourite shows or movies to your machine. If your computer is running the Ubuntu Linux operating system, you can use a native program called VLC Media Player to access your TV tuner card at any time.

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  1. 1

    Select the "Applications" menu from your Ubuntu desktop.

  2. 2

    Open the "Sound & Video" folder. Open VLC Media Player by clicking its icon in this folder.

  3. 3

    Click "File" at the top of the VLC Media Player window. Select "Open Capture Device" from the "File" menu.

  4. 4

    Click on the "Video Device Name" drop-down menu to expand it into a listing of compatible hardware devices on your computer. Click the name of your TV tuner card from this list.

  5. 5

    Check the square box next to the "Stream/Save" option. This will cause the previously greyed-out "Settings" button to illuminate. Click "Settings." From the window that opens, click "Play Locally."

  6. 6

    Click "OK" in every window that is open on the screen until you are only left with the main VLC Media Player window. VLC Media Player will immediately begin displaying the audio and video stream from your TV tuner card.

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