Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I was in the press?!?

Funny story:

So a few days ago somebody sent a question to the linux-dvb mailing list, asking about support for the Pinnacle PCTV Mini stick.

Since I did the Pinnacle 800e and Pinnacle 801e support, I replied to the post. What caught my attention was the person used the sentence "Here is the info Pinnacle gave me regarding the devices in the Mini-Stick..." I could hear the sound in my head - "Ding-ding-ding" - somebody with an engineering-level contact at Pinnacle.

So I emailed the person off list to see if he provide the info for his contact. It turns out, Doug is a reporter for the trade publication TV Technology Magazine.

I emailed the Pinnacle contact, and CC'd Doug as a courtesy, introducing myself and asking if they were interested in seeing the Pinnacle Mini Stick supported under Linux.

I figured I should look to see if any of the chipsets are already supported under Linux. So I put "DRX3933J" into Google, and what do I find?

DTV Tuner Briefs: Updates on Pinnacle, Dish, Xceive

Holy crap. It's an article by the reporter saying that I would write the driver if Pinnacle made available the hardware and datasheets.