Black Friday was good to me. I visited about a dozen different stores and ended up getting better deals than I had originally expected. I tend to be one of those so-called “bad customers” who leverage price matching guarantees to their fullest potential. I ended up scoring a HDTV for under a grand less than I would have paid for it the day prior, and since they had to order it, no HDTV love for two weeks.
While inside a store, I found this little gem at a grand total of $30, after rebate.
“Not shabby, but does it work in Linux?” The answer is … yes. Sorta.
After following the instructions on Lunapark6, which are most excellent, I got busy installing TVTime, a live TV viewing application. Analog TV works like a charm, except no audio.
The following command fixed that right up…
sox -r 48000 -w -c 2 -t ossdsp /dev/dsp1 -t ossdsp /dev/dsp
except for a slight audio delay that’s just annoying enough to cause a panic attack. *sigh*
The bad news is, I’m about 32 miles away from the nearest HDTV broadcasting station. The extremely compact antenna included with half-a-telescoping-bunny-ear is useful for stations within 10 miles. Reception was in a word, terrible. And where’s the HD channels? TVTime doesn’t support Hi-Def Television signals. I had to upgrade to a full blown MythTV setup to take advantage of it.
But wait! This tiny device has both S-Video and Composite inputs via the included dongle. I had no problems hooking up a Nintendo, DVD player, and digital camera to view video from those devices.
For $30 and change, this device is fantastic. I doubt anyone would want to purchase this for the full retail price of $100. It works under Windows just fine. Hi-Def in such a small package never looked so good.
However, if you plan on using this for Linux, look elsewhere since even if you get it working, the audio delay is not conducive to a pleasant experience.
My only question after using the HVR-950 is when will Hauppauge decide that Linux support is important enough to pay some developers to provide half-decent drivers for their products?