Receiving DVB-T broadcasts and SDR on MacOS
Update July 2020: Check out the comments for newer solutions using Xubuntu and Kaffeine app.
The advice provided here is getting a bit old, but may still work with Ubuntu 14.04. For an updated version of MeTV check out the GitHub repository here: https://github.com/Me-TV/Me-TV and latest compiled executables at Bintray here. An interesting exercise would be to compile MeTV into a Docker container/image (not something I have any specialism in, but please add a comment + link if you are doing this) – it might make it a whole lot easier.
UberNerdy tip-of-the-day: If you want a super-cheap TV on your MacOS computer (along with EPG & PVR) – install Ubuntu Linux on a Virtual Machine (e.g. Parallels/Virtual Box) and install Me TV (link: https://launchpad.net/me-tv/) software (or from the Ubuntu software repository if available) and buy a cheap rtl2832u/r820t chipset DVB-T USB stick (example) and an mcx to PAL co-ax adapter (example). It works fine under Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (DVB-T standard countries only). Note – I haven’t tried the examples I’ve linked to on amazon, but Wiltronics no longer seem to sell the models listed here previously, so do some research. Your mileage will vary: good luck!
It saved me hundreds of dollars after looking for equivalent stuff for a Mac – there is no open source MacOS TV software I could find. In fact, if I had used Virtual Box rather than Parallels, the only cost would’ve been the USB TV tuner. Plus the amazingly cheap USB stick I used is great for Software Defined Radio (SDR) – you can monitor a huge range of frequencies using http://gqrx.dk (directly in MacOS – no need for a Linux VM) – as well as listen to normal radio & emergency frequencies, aeroplanes, maritime radio, satellites etc etc. There’s a fascinating world of radio and data out there! The USB stick uses the RealTek RTL2832U chipset – as does a bunch of others.
Naturally, installing a whole VM OS is probably overkill for one application if you’re just after a desktop TV – I use Linux a lot for research purposes, so the best of both worlds. Smaller Linux distros like PuppyLinux might also work.