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FS#60184 - [mplayer] dvb-t feature doesn't work anymore with mplayer

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by patrick (potomac) - Monday, 24 September 2018, 20:59 GMT
Last edited by Doug Newgard (Scimmia) - Monday, 24 September 2018, 23:35 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Extra
Status Assigned   Reopened
Assigned To Levente Polyak (anthraxx)
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 0%
Votes 1
Private No


since may~june 2018 mplayer archlinux package fails to display audio and video when I want to use my DVB-T TV tuner card,

I see no error message, no info in dmesg related to mplayer or DVB-T, all seems ok except that mplayer doesn't display a window for the video, and I hear no sound,

the only output in the console :

$ mplayer dvb://
MPlayer SVN-r38101 (C) 2000-2018 MPlayer Team
225 audio & 464 video codecs

Playing dvb://.
dvb_tune Freq: 482000000
TS file format detected.
VIDEO MPEG2(pid=120) AUDIO A52(pid=130) NO SUBS (yet)! PROGRAM N. 0

smplayer (which uses mplayer as backend) has the same problem, no video and no sound,

before may~june 2018 mplayer and smplayer worked without problems,

if I use another dvb player (like VLC and kaffeine) there is no problems, all is ok,

so I suspect a problem in mplayer package, I tried to create a bugreport in mplayer website but nobody has answered, so I don't know if it's an upstream bug or an archlinux bug (for example a missing dependency for mplayer, or a bad compilation)

Additional info:
* package version(s) mplayer 38101-2
* config and/or log files etc.

Steps to reproduce:
- you must have a DVB-T device (DVB-T USB device or a DVB-T pci/pci-e card)
- install mplayer 38101-2
- configure the TV channels (a configuration file for mplayer)
- then type "mplayer dvb://
- you will see no video and there will be no sound
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Comment by Doug Newgard (Scimmia) - Monday, 24 September 2018, 23:35 GMT
The timeframe you're talking about is around when ffmpeg was updated to version 4. Probably related. Does mpv work?
Comment by patrick (potomac) - Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 17:54 GMT
I tried mpv, it works (after putting a channels.conf file in ~/.config/mpv), I can see video and audio,

so ffmpeg seems to work with mpv for DVB-T, but mplayer seems to fail when I want to use my DVB-T tuner card
Comment by Doug Newgard (Scimmia) - Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 17:56 GMT
mpv is MUCH more active than mplayer, the latter probably hasn't been updated for any changes ffmpeg made.