Sunday, October 23, 2011

Free WebTV and Radio Player: FreetuxTV for Linux

FreetuxTV is a free WebTV and Web Radio player for Linux. It uses the engine of the popular media player VLC as its backend.

  • Play channel TV and radio:
  • French ISP: Free, SFR, Orange, Alice, Bouygues...
  • Web TV: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spain
  • Web Radio: English, French, German
  • Play in full screen mode and miniature mode.
  • More than 365 logos of TV channels.
  • Support for keyboard multimedia keys.
  • Add custom groups of channels from M3U playlists.
  • Time shifting.
  • Recording live channels with ability to set duration.
  • Ability to create favorite channels groups.
  • Multi-language interface: English, French, German, Portugese
Features in future releases:
  • Programming Record
  • Program Management TV
  • Multi platform support
Ubuntu Installation

For installing the latest version in Ubuntu Oneiric or older, you need to add the development PPA and install through it. From Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:freetuxtv/freetuxtv-dev
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install freetuxtv vlc


For installing the stable (not the latest) version in Ubuntu, you can use the stable PPA. However, it doesn't yet include packages for Oneiric. From Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:freetuxtv/freetuxtv
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install freetuxtv vlc


Once installed, search the Dash for 'FreetuxTV' and start it.

Note: FreetuxTV won't work unless you install VLC media player.

I noticed a minor bug in the latest version 0.6 that it wasn't displaying the channel logos for some of the channels as you can notice in the screenshot above.

On first run, it would offer you to choose your desired channel list based on your language. You can also add/remove channels later from FreetuxTV > Preferences dialog.

Other Linux

Those using any other Linux can download the tar.gz packages from here:

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