Receiving DVB-T broadcasts and SDR on MacOS

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  1. Ant says:

    Thank you, this saved me a heap of wasted time trying to get it working natively under OS X!

    I was using a WandTV DVB-T USB tuner (VendorID:ProductID 1b84:1001) that I bought years ago and had been using on Winblows machines. A couple of tips for whomever else goes down this path:

    1. VirtualBox ships only with USB 1.1 device support by default. You’ll need to go to Virtual Box > Preferences… ⌘, > Extensions and install the VirtualBox Extensions Pack appropriate to your version to get USB 2.0 support.

    2. In the Ubuntu guest’s Settings > Ports > USB you’ll need to select “USB 2.0 (EHCI) Controller” instead of the default “USB 1.1 (OHCI) Controller”

    3. Also in Settings > Ports > USB it’s helpful to add a new USB Filter for your DVB-C/S/T tuner.

    4. “dmesg” is your friend! I couldn’t get Me TV/w_scan to recognize my tuner if it was inserted before starting the Ubuntu guest. If I waited until it got to the desktop before inserting the tuner then dmesg would show the HID driver detecting the tuner and downloading its needed firmware into it correctly. Then w_scan and Me TV could use it.

    HTH,
    Ant.

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