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KatchTV

   0.91  

KDE Video Application

Score 82%
KatchTV
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KatchTV
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KatchTV
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Link:  Link
Depends on  PyKDE/PyQt
Downloads:  11035
Submitted:  Apr 30 2006
Updated:  Feb 18 2009

Description:

KatchTV is an "Internet TV" application for KDE, otherwise known as a broadcatcher. It makes it easy to subscribe to "TV" channels from all over the internet in the form of podcasts, so that you can browse channels, download shows, and watch them, all from one convenient interface.

Supported features include:

* Video podcasts ("vodcasts").
* Bittorrent-based broadcatching.
* Audio podcasts.
* Multiple background downloads of media and updates of feeds, all while you watch/listen to your favourite shows.
* Manages any media you download, so that you don't lose track of your disk space.
* Built-in KHTML-based web browser, with specific customisations for this application.
* Automatically subscribes to any feeds you click on while browsing.
* Uses KDE's default embedded media players, for flexible configuration and KDE integration.
* Supports Macromedia Flash movies, if you have a suitable plugin.
* Built-in bookmarks of major vodcast/podcast sites, so you don't have to look to hard for great content.
* Stores episode details along with downloaded media to make tracking easier.
* Allows manually adding any feeds (in case some site makes it awkward to add them
* Can also read standard RSS news feeds, if you prefer not to run separate media and news aggregators.
* Feed for KatchTV updates, so you never have to miss the latest features.

Installation is easy, as long as your distro has PyKDE, PyQt, and a movie player capable of playing videos inside Konqueror, such as Kaffeine or MPlayer. Just untar to some directory like /usr/local, and run the KatchTV program. You can also make a symlink to that executable from a directory like /usr/local/bin, and KatchTV will work out where to find its files. Oh, you seem to also need konsole for PyKDE, although that's probably a bug in PyKDE.

Comments welcome; let me know if you've any problems using it.




Changelog:

* Display feeds in reverse chronological (latest first) order always (fixes a regression)
* Separately track unseen/seen vs. new/old episodes
* Better coloring for new/old/downloaded episodes, so it's easy to see what's new
* Various small bugfixes and improvements
* (internal) improvements to code documentation

(latest update is just to change homepage and download links to KatchTV's new site)




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 OUTSTANDING!!!

 
 by nixternal on: May 30 2006
 
Score 50%

Thank you so much for your great work. I believe this runs smoother and cleaner then DemocracyTV, for me at least. It was way to easy to install, and the README file told me how to get my video working correctly with kaffeine. I have been using it for a couple of hours and have spent this whole time watching everything tech. keep up the good work, and I can't wait to see more from you!!!


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"The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid."

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 Re: OUTSTANDING!!!

 
 by jel on: May 30 2006
 
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Thanks; glad you like it :)


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 slider resize

 
 by bagpussnz2 on: May 30 2006
 
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Great app - however could the slider be fixed - it won't allow you to resize the left pane very much.


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 Re: slider resize

 
 by jel on: May 30 2006
 
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That's on my list of things to fix. It's just a small issue; shouldn't take long. Recently I've been concentrating on getting major features done, but I'll do that next.

There is a way to get more screen space, though I realise it's not always an ideal solution: when you shrink the side panel normally, it'll stop after a little while. However, it's just resisting because there is a minimum size set; if you keep trying to shrink, towards the left edge, the panel will be hidden. Note that for videos, you should resize before starting playback right now.


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 Download dir

 
 by chandraiitk on: Jun 1 2006
 
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hey, at first thanks for this nice app. Well, coming to the point, how can I set my download dir where the download files will b saved? I have quite less space in my linux partition and I use a another partition for downloading or storing data.


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 Re: Download dir

 
 by jel on: Jun 1 2006
 
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The easiest way is to move ~/.KatchTV to another partition, and then just symlink ~/.KatchTV to that new location. Something like:

mv ~/.KatchTV /newpath/KatchTV_Data
ln -s /newpath/KatchTV_Data ~/.KatchTV

I think this should work fine, but it's untested, so let me know if you have any problems with it :)


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 Re: Re: Download dir

 
 by chandraiitk on: Jun 4 2006
 
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Hey, thanks a lot. It worked.

However, I am having a new problem while using it. Untill downloding videos from internet it is working quite well. However, when clicking play, it doesnt play anything. I have Kaffeine installed on my box. I located the downloaded video on the file-system and kaffeine could open the video. But, as I mentioned before, I could not open it after clicking the "play" button from the KatchTV window.


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 Re: Re: Re: Download dir

 
 by jel on: Jun 4 2006
 
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*Something* should happen for sure. Normally, you'll get a status bar message (at the bottom of the KatchTV window), which says that it's opening the media file. Then, after a moment, the page you're in should be replaced by the play page. If kaffeine (or another KDE player) can't show the media, you'll probably get a box with an explanation about this. If it's really breaking (which isn't unheard of right now, but is unusual) then you'll get debugging information on the command line. If nothing at all is happening, try just clicking play again -- sometimes it's a little tricky to press right now, due to the UI locking for a moment when it updates.


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Down

 
 by chandraiitk on: Jun 6 2006
 
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Hey, for testing I had downloaded one video-show and that was giving the following error on the Konsole. However, when i downloaded another videos, it worked quite with Kaffeine. Anyway, now I am using it without any problem.

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The error message on the Konsole
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Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/extras/KatchTV/code/KTVHTMLPart.py", line 702, in urlSelected
self.goToURL(unicode(url))
File "/extras/KatchTV/code/KTVHTMLPart.py", line 733, in goToURL
self.handleCustomURL(url)
File "/extras/KatchTV/code/KTVHTMLPart.py", line 694, in handleCustomURL
self._writeMedia(mediaItem)
File "/extras/KatchTV/code/KTVHTMLPart.py", line 587, in _writeMedia
miLocalPath = utils.mostLikelyMedia(miMediaFiles)
File "/extras/KatchTV/code/utils.py", line 404, in mostLikelyMedia
mFileSize = os.path.getsize(mFile)
File "/usr/lib/python2.4/posixpath.py", line 139, in getsize
return os.stat(filename).st_size
OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '['


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Down

 
 by jel on: Jun 6 2006
 
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Yep, I just discovered this problem myself the other day. It's intermittent, but might crop up for you again. Not serious though; I'll get it fixed soon :)


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 can't play the files

 
 by kronoz on: Jun 4 2006
 
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I'm having trouble playing stuff with it, it loads up kmplayer to play the videos but it never loads, this is odd because kmplayer can play the .mov files fine outside of katchtv.
is it possible to make it play the files in kaffeine instead?


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 Re: can't play the files

 
 by jel on: Jun 4 2006
 
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Yes, kmplayer seems to be broken somehow :(

If you read the included documentation (README.txt file, and the click on the help button in KatchTV), you'll find more details on this, and how to use kaffiene (or other KDE-compatible players, if you have some).


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 manifest

 
 by olimpiu on: Sep 27 2006
 
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you have 2 files with the same name under webstile dir!


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 PyKDE and PyQT

 
 by morristhecat on: May 26 2007
 
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I have Kubuntu Feisty with python2.5 installed, but when I do sudo apt-cache search pykde I get the following files:

libpythonize0 - Python packages to support KDE applications (library)
libpythonize0-dev - Python packages to support KDE applications (development)
pykdeextensions - Python packages to support KDE applications (scripts)
python-kde3 - KDE3 bindings for Python
python-kde3-dbg - KDE3 bindings for Python (debug extensions)
python-kde3-dev - KDE3 bindings for Python - Development files and scripts
python-kde3-doc - Documentation and examples for PyKDE
python-qt-dev - Qt bindings for Python - Development files
eric-api-files - API description files for use with eric


and if I do sudo apt-cache search pyqt I get the following

pyqt-tools - pyuic and pylupdate for Qt3
python-kde3-dev - KDE3 bindings for Python - Development files and scripts
python-qt-dev - Qt bindings for Python - Development files
python-qt3 - Qt3 bindings for Python
python-qt3-dbg - Qt3 bindings for Python (debug extension)
python-qt3-doc - Qt bindings for Python - Documentation and examples
python-qt4 - Python bindings for Qt4
python-qt4-dbg - Python bindings for Qt4 (debug extensions)
python-qt4-dev - Development files for PyQt4
python-qt4-doc - Documentation and examples for PyQt4
python-qt4-sql - Python bindings for Qt4's SQL module
python-qtext - Qt extensions for PyQt
python-qtext-dbg - Qt debug extensions for PyQt
eric - full featured Python IDE
eric-api-files - API description files for use with eric
luma - gui utility for accessing and managing LDAP database
memaid-pyqt - memorization tool with optimal question scheduling
pyqt4-dev-tools - Development tools for PyQt4
python-qt3-gl - Qt3 OpenGL bindings for Python
python-qt3-gl-dbg - Qt3 OpenGL bindings for Python (debug extension)
python-qt4-gl - Python bindings for Qt4's OpenGL module
qtorrent - graphical BitTorrent client using Qt 3.x
treeline - versatile tree-like structured custom data manager

I really don't know what to install to get KatchTV work, any help?

Can I run KatchTV from any directory? or is it really necessary to store it as stated in the README file? Thanx.


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 Re: PyKDE and PyQT

 
 by jel on: May 26 2007
 
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> I have Kubuntu Feisty with python2.5
> installed, but when I do sudo
> apt-cache search pykde I get the
> following files:

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python-kde3 - KDE3 bindings for Python
...

> I really don't know what to install
> to get KatchTV work, any help?

Just apt-get install python-kde3 should do it (don't forget kaffeine).

> Can I run KatchTV from any
> directory? or is it really necessary
> to store it as stated in the README
> file? Thanx.

Honestly, I don't remember now :) It's been a while since I worked on that version. I have a new version ready to release, but have been hoping to get work done on an even newer version instead. I'll probably just release the version I have now, at some stage, but I want to reorganise the website for it first, too.

I made most (if not all) of KatchTV to run from any dir, but there may be some things that require particular locations -- not sure. For now, it's probably safer to install it according to the docs. I use a debian-like (debian itself actually) system too, so the location specified in the docs shouldn't be "bad" in any way, even if it doesn't suit your personal preference.


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 Re: Re: PyKDE and PyQT

 
 by morristhecat on: May 26 2007
 
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thanx for your reply, I'll try again, fingers crossed.
Regards.


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 Re: Re: Re: PyKDE and PyQT

 
 by jel on: May 26 2007
 
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Hi again,

I just posted the latest release -- you'll probably want to use that instead.


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 yay, you're back!

 
 by nixternal on: May 26 2007
 
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I am so glad to see that you are active on this again. Almost a year to the day I started using KatchTV and have loved it. Keep on rocking, and if I can ever be of any assistance don't hesitate to contact me! Rock on!!!!


Rich Johnson (nixternal)
"The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter the chance to do something stupid."

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 Re: yay, you're back!

 
 by jel on: May 26 2007
 
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Thanks for the encouragement nix' -- glad you're still enjoying it :)

Actually, this latest release has been 95% done for quite a while now. I just did a few final things and packaged it today. It was enough to get me in the coding mood though, so I started another project afterwards :)


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 KatchTV Error

 
 by k3nz0o on: May 26 2007
 
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[kenzo@ramadhian ~]$ KatchTV
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/local/bin/KatchTV", line 59, in <module>
mainFunc()
File "/usr/local/bin/KatchTV", line 23, in mainFunc
from kdecore import KAboutData, KCmdLineArgs, KApplication
ImportError: No module named kdecore


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 Re: KatchTV Error

 
 by k3nz0o on: May 27 2007
 
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Sorry ,Problem Solved Now
I forgot to install python-kde ,,
Now KatchTV Work fine ,,


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