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Screenshot of DVBViewer running on Windows 7.
Original author(s) Bernd Hackbart
Developer(s) Christian Hackbart, Lars Gehre
Initial release 2002 (2002)
Stable release 5.3.1[1] / 29 May 2014 (2014-05-29)
Development status Active
Written in Delphi
Operating system Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Size 5.23 MB
Available in 21 languages
Type HTPC, Television, Digital Video Broadcasting
License Proprietary
Website .com.dvbviewerwww

DVBViewer is proprietary, commercial software for viewing & recording of DVB TV & Radio using a TV tuner card or box and a Media Center for viewing Music, Video and Pictures. Among its other features are an electronic program guide (EPG), remote control support, on-screen display, teletext, time shifting and picture-in-picture. Besides the support for BDA adapters, there is also the ability to use the Hauppauge MediaMVP with DVBViewer. The software also allows Unicable, DiSEqC and usage of CI-Modules with most adapters. The worldwide charge for the application is 15 euro or 22 US Dollars. Additional functions such as video on demand, TV series and movie management, home network distribution of TV to network devices including iPod Touch, iPhone & iPad & Android devices (with additional remote control features), and a recording service with web interface are provided by free plugins. A plug-in offering MHEG-5 and HbbTV support is available for a license fee of 12 euros.

DVBViewer was the first windows application with HDTV support, right after the Euro 1080 started its transmission via satellite.[2] It also was one of the first alternative applications supporting the DVB-S2 broadcast standard and being compatible to most tuner cards supporting this standard using BDA, a standardized driver interface for digital video capture developed by Microsoft. Therefore it presented itself as a valuable replacement for the manufacturers bundled software, often only providing fundamental functionality.[3] The current version allows to use Sat>IP on the client- and also on the server side.


  • Editions 1
  • Reviews 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


There are three editions of the DVBViewer available, an OEM edition, a commercial one, DVBViewer Pro and an alternative edition, DVBViewer GE, mainly aimed at German speaking customers of the commercial edition. An OEM edition is included with products by various manufacturers:


A comprehensive review (in German) of the software can be found at DVBMagic,[15] or in English in the UK's best selling computer magazine, Computeractive.[16] DVBViewer is also mentioned in 16 hardware reviews on techradar,[17] Future plc's UK Tech magazine.


  1. ^ Release announcement for DVBViewer 5.3.1 in official forum
  2. ^ Marco Kaiser (2004-01-01). "HDTV europea". AF Digitale. Archived from the original on 2004-04-01. 
  3. ^ Jörg Knitter, Scharfe Sache - HDTV am PC, PC Magazin, 10/2006, p. 60.
  4. ^ Skystar USB HD datasheet
  5. ^ Skystar S2 datasheet
  6. ^ Terratec S7
  7. ^ TerraTec DVB devices
  8. ^ Technotrend TT Budget S2
  9. ^ TechnoTrend GmbH is now part of the Kathrein-Firmengruppe
  10. ^ FireDTV Viewer for FireDTV/FloppyDTV based on DVBViewer
  11. ^ DVBSky DVBViewer OEM download
  12. ^ TBSViewer Download
  13. ^ DVBShop sells a special DVBViewer Version
  14. ^ RF Central part of Vitec Group
  15. ^ DVBMagic Software Review
  16. ^ Review: DVB Viewer Pro 3.5.0 digital TV software
  17. ^ techradar reviews

External links

  • Official Website
  • DVBViewer Wiki
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