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Use EeePC 701 to watch Digital TV channels in HK

Monday, August 4. 2008

Although the processing power of EeePC 701 is low, it should be able to watch H.264 SD Digital TV program in HK. Someone claims it runs smoothly using Windows. But it seems no one tried this on the Xandros Linux platform. The reason why the program provided by Asus cannot playback the H.264 SD TV programs is because the codec is missing (Asus choose not to include it into EeePC).

So, if I can get a H.264 decoder, then the Linux version of EeePC should be able to watch H.264 SD programs too. After asking Google, I found that the VLC media player has build-in support for DVB. Thanks to FOSS :-)

Below shows the screen capture while watching TVB J2. I have use VLC's function to resize the screen output by half, such that I can watch the log and do the screen capture.

Watching TVB J2 on Linux version of EeePC 701

The sound is smooth but the screen sometimes slow/lag.

But for ATV channels, only sound is coming out. :-(


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