TV-Maxe - Watch TV on your Linux PC streamed across the interweb

TV-Maxe (Sopcast player) is an application which provides the ability to watch TV stations and listen to radio via different streams, such is SopCast. Currently it has a large number of channels, both International and Romanian are officially supported, but you can add more streams.

There is a PPA to ease installation under Ubuntu/Mint/Peppermint (or any other Ubuntu based distro).

To install in Ubuntu/Mint/Peppermint, open a terminal and run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:venerix/pkg
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tv-maxe

(The PPA supports Ubuntu versions 13.04, 12.10, 12.04, 11.10, 11.04, 10.10 and 10.04)

PPA here:

Extra channel lists (and instructions how to load them) including:-

  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Hungary
  • Denmark
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • Ukraine

Can be found at the TV-Maxe Wiki:

.rpm and source code can be found at the TV-Maxe download page:

TV-Maxe homepage here:

Latest version (0.07) features:-

  • HTTP remote control: TV Maxe already had support for remote control via infrared, but the latest version also comes with HTTP remote control so all you need is a mobile phone or tabled with a working network connection to change TV channels, play/stop TV maxe and change or mute the volume.
  • Gstreamer support which is more stable than the Mplayer or the VLC backends
  • Separation of protocol engines and multimedia backends
  • Faster startup
  • Support for streams with multiple audio tracks
  • Added support for multiple Sopcast sources for the same channel
  • Channel list filtering
  • Deleted channels management
  • Extended support for RTMP streams


Not all the listed channels work … but worth a look if you’re into this kind of thing :slight_smile:

I’ve also found that occasionally when you select a channel, all you get is a black screen … clicking the “full screen” button (or double-clicking the main window) sometimes solves this, it then continues to play if you leave full screen :slight_smile: