TV-Browser, a free and open-source digital TV guide software, has reached the 4.0 release a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Linux Mint 18.x and derivatives.
TV-Browser is a Java program that gets the daily TV program (more than 1000 channels) from the internet and shows it clearly aranged – like a printed TV guide. An internet connection is only necessary during the data update. Note that you can not use TV-Browser to watch TV.
TV-Browser 4 was released one year later since the last stable release, it was announced:
Due to many suggestions for improvement and the intensive work of the tester, we can present the newest TV-Browser to you. TV-Browser 4 contains many improvements like the new Reminder dialog or the highlighting of the channel column in the program table, when a channel was selected. Bugs were fixed also, so TV-Browser should be more stable than ever.
TV-Browser 4 now need a Java 8 runtime environment, but that also means that TV-Browser now uses the new functions of Java 8, which make TV-Browser 4, even though it has more features, smaller than the previous version.
How to Install TV-Browser in Ubuntu:
For Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, and Linux Mint 18.x users, do following steps to install the 4.0 release via GetDeb repository.
1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching “terminal” from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the repo:
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu $(lsb_release -sc)-getdeb apps" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'
For Linux Mint 18.x $(lsb_release -sc) in the code with xenial. Type your password when prompts and hit Enter.
2. Install the repository key to trust package updates from that repository:
wget -q -O- http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb-archive.key | sudo apt-key add -
3. Finally install TV-Browser either via Synaptic Package Manager:
or by running commands one by one in terminal:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install tvbrowser
To remove the GetDeb repository, go to system settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.
To remove the software, either use Synaptic Package Manager or run command:
sudo apt-get remove --autoremove tvbrowser