Watch Live TV Channels On Ubuntu Or Linux Mint With TV-MAXE

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TV app TV-MAXE on Ubuntu 13.04There are several way to watch TV series on your desktop. Downloading torrents, watching episodes uploaded on You Tube or other such video sharing websites, several streaming sites and may be couple or other methods (such as using a TV tuner card). But today I am going to tell you about a program, TV-MAXE, that could be used for watching several TV channels such as HBO, BBC, AXN etc.

TV-MAXE is a GUI application that allows you to watch TV and listen to radio over internet. The interface doesn’t look nice, especially in Ubuntu. It has a bunch of Romanian and international TV channels. Romanian why, you may ask. It is because the developers are of Romanian origin. Lets see how to install TV-MAXE in Ubuntu 13.04.

Install TV-MAXE in Ubuntu 13.04:

Use the following commands in terminal (Ctrl+alt+T) to install TV-MAXE in Ubuntu:

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

If you want to uninstall, you can simply delete the PPA,

Is TV-MAXE worth a download?

Answer depends on you. If you are more accustomed to watch live TV channels, you can give TV-MAXE a try. Though I found that most of the TV channels in international section were not working so I am not sure how useful it would be for you. But the ones that work were of good watchable quality. I am not fond of watching TV. I prefer to watch TV programs at my own leisure. This is why I prefer to use Netflix, Hulu in Ubuntu. Even You Tube is a good resource for entertainment for me.

TV-MAXE also has option for internet radio, but I would prefer to use Radio Tray for streaming radio rather than TV-MAXE. Over all, it is a good enough application that could provide you some relief when you look for live TV streaming.

  • randy miner

    I tried to delete TV-MAXE via the “delete the PPA” instructions (because I could not get custom added stations to play audio) but your instructions are incomplete. I am using Ubuntu 13.10. First, none of the listings the the “Other Software” GUI, specify app names. I have several entries such as “Canonical Partners”, “Indepenent third-party software” or “… saucy main”. None of them contain any text that remotely clues me in that its associated with tv maxe.

    I can’t do the command line method because it requires a link (The URL of the PPA can be found in the Software Sources list.) and as I said above, I’ve got several things installed and the url for TV-MAXE is not specified. Why you didn’t provide that instead of sending people to a generic PPA removal page, is not clear. So I guess I’m stuck with this forever. Ug.

    • Abhishek Prakash


      There are 4 methods in that article on removing PPA. It enables a user to know more about handling PPAs.

      For your PPA here, you should look for “venerix/pkg” in Other Software tab in Software Sources.

      To easily remove it:

      sudo apt-get remove tv-maxe

      sudo add-apt-repository –remove ppa:venerix/pkg

      • randy miner

        thanks :)

  • Charles Mykid

    Hi, for some reason I only get the Audio, i’m using 14.04 64bit.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      for all channels?

      • Charles Mykid

        Yup, I tried HBO, AXN, BBC and a few more, all black screen