TV-Browser – Online Digital TV Guide in Ubuntu

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TV-Browser is a simple Digital TV Guide that supports more than 500 TV channels and 80 Radio stations. TV-Browser collects TV program information from different sources on the internet and presents it neatly as a Digital TV Guide with pictures where there possible (if there are no copyright issues).TV-Browser is a free opensource software licensed under GPL that can run on multiple platforms like Windows, Linux, MacOS & OS/2 as it is Java based and requires only the SUN Java runtime environment to work properly.

TV-Browser supports plugins to provide enhanced features and allows change look and feel of the software by providing various skins and icons. These can be and mostly are user contributed.

Requirement

Java Runtime Enviroment (JRE) 5.0 or Higher

Download TV-Browser

You need to download TV-Browser .deb package from here

wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/tvbrowser/tvbrowser_2.7.3-1_all.deb

Install .deb package using the following command

sudo dpkg -i tvbrowser_2.7.3-1_all.deb

This will complete the installation.

Using TV-Browser

You can Open TV-Browser from Applications--->Sound & Video--->TV-Browser

Starting up TV-Browser in progress


When you launch TV-Browser for the first time, it will take you through a quick wizard to configure the TV-Guide for you. If you want to skip the wizard simply click “cancel” on the welcome screen of the wizard to launch the application, else click next.

Configure your Network settings. Here if you use proxy, select the proxy option and enter the details of the Proxy server & the port details, user authentication (if any) and click Next.

This should then try to go onto internet and check connectivity and provide you with the results. Click Next.

Getting all the channels information in progress

Now you can select your country and you can see the list of channels

Choose the channel(s) and click the green arrow select the channels and click Next.

Confiruge channel option screen

Select your choice here click next

TV-Browser configuration completed

Your selected channels including programs list as follows

For extensive settings for your TV-Browser, click the TV-Browser menu and select settings.

This includes install and configure plugins, change theme and icons. Plugins can however be managed from the Plugins menu.

TV-Browser Version Details

Remove TV-Browser

Use the following command to remove

sudo dpkg -r tvbrowser

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18 thoughts on “TV-Browser – Online Digital TV Guide in Ubuntu

  1. I’ve downloaded the program but when I run through terminal, I get an error message:

    dpkg: error processing tvbrowser_2.7.3-1_all.deb (–install):
    cannot access archive: No such file or directory
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    tvbrowser_2.7.3-1_all.deb

    Any clue what I’m doing wrong??

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  2. Try the Add/Remove?

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    admin Reply:

    Use the following command to remove

    sudo dpkg -r tvbrowser

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  3. Was unable to install it – resulted in this error

    dpkg-deb (subprocess): short read in buffer_copy (failed to write to pipe in copy)
    dpkg-deb: subprocess paste returned error exit status 2
    dpkg: error processing tvbrowser_2.7.3-1_all.deb (–install):
    short read in buffer_copy (backend dpkg-deb during `usr/share/tvbrowser/plugins/CalendarExportPlugin.jar’)
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    tvbrowser_2.7.3-1_all.deb

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  4. anyone know of a real way to watch internet tv with this. Or know of a program that will let u watch tv from the channels it listed?

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  5. Nice app, but it appears to be pretty useless in the US. I presume this is because of the idiotic copyright issues we have here.

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  6. Nice app. Why Ubuntu though. I use Linux not ubuntu. Why not some instructions on how to install it in linux.

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  7. ” joe says:
    Nice app. Why Ubuntu though. I use Linux not ubuntu. Why not some instructions on how to install it in linux.”

    ^^^WTF?!!!!

    no seriously joe WTF?!!!!!!!!

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  8. chi says:
    July 4, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    anyone know of a real way to watch internet tv with this. Or know of a program that will let u watch tv from the channels it listed?

    http://www.tvcatchup.com – only available in UK. You can stream any of the Freeview channels.

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  9. hey, this package tries to install java as a dependency, but I already have java installed (Hardy). I don’t want this package to install its own java package and screw up my system. does anyone know how to install this package but without java (I already have java)???

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