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A friend got hold of a USB device that seems to be a Sky TV receiver. It has a USB cable on one side and an antenna F connector on the other. The model number is S-IM25-700 and it shows up in lsusb as:

Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0bf0:c289 Pace Micro Technology PLC

Do I have any hope of watching broadcast TV in Linux with it?

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what is your kernel version? uname -r Can you list the relevant parts of dmesg. Do a dmesg -c (to clear previous messages) Plug the card in and do dmesg and report results. – cybernard Jan 19 '14 at 1:45
You may also need software for this - Its unlikely someone without the exact same piece of kit can answer this but this question might do better as a "How do I use this to watch TV on my computer" question, than a "Can I use this" question. – Journeyman Geek Jan 19 '14 at 3:12
@JourneymanGeek FYI: Linux has plenty of free software for viewing TV. I have struggled many long and hard hours and various tuners and it is always comes down to having the drivers if yes yay if no drivers your doomed. The kernel has a version of the linux-dvb drivers built-in, but are of course always behind. I don't know if there website hardware support list is current with the current drivers, but my gut instinct say no. All the failures I have had were because of no or poor drivers. – cybernard Jan 20 '14 at 5:46
Oh, naturally, My bigger point was the tone of the question, and trying to work out what the OP has tried so far. – Journeyman Geek Jan 20 '14 at 5:50

Hardware compatibility charts

I have no idea how well this list is maintained.

The best option is to see the results of dmesg.

Having the most modern kernel possible also significantly increases your chances for success as the kernel has a version of the drivers built-in.

IF your linux has a script/program called update-pciids and I suggest you run both reboot.

 **dmesg -c** clear hundreds of useless (to us) entries.

plug in device


report results.

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