DVBrowse is an application for browsing digital video recorded by certain digital TVs.

Some TV models and brands, such as Polaroid or Technika have the facility to record digital TV to USB storage devices. You will know if you have a suitable model by examining the file structure created on the USB device. If your TV creates the directory structure shown below on your USB device then you probably have a suitable TV.

   + RECS

The TV stores DVB-T (MPEG transport streams) from Freeview in the UK directly onto the USB device, alongside some meta information. I have determined most of the important data from hacking the file format. Some information is still missing so please contact me if you have this file format specification.



Browsing a thumbdrive


File Platform Size MD5
DVBrowse-2.0.dmg macOS 19 MB 38f7548124070bceaeb16ef761dc9c6e
DVBrowse-2.0-x86_64.AppImage Linux 31 MB 3baede6d85ecd33c96642ffbfc5b7c6a

To install the macOS version, open the dmg file and drag the DVBrowse icon to the applications folder. For the Linux version download the file, rename it to DVBrowse, make it executable using chmod a+x DVBrowse and run.

Changes in Version 2


This software is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence (CC-BY-NC-ND).

This project uses FFMPEG libraries under the LGPL.