Everything works fine after installing DVB related firmware, when using Linux mint, you should be offered to install it via the "additional drivers" application.
The device also has a built in IR reciever (for remote controls) however i have not needed to try it as of yet, and hasn't been tested here.
|What doesn't work:|
The included software/driver shipped with the device itself... obviously it is for windows only.
I personally have not tried running their TV guide/player through wine, because it seems pointless to me. However it may possibly work.
|What was done to make it work:|
Installed a more recent version of 'w-scan' which has support for creating a VLC compatible playlist. (old version exists in the repo, and doesn't have VLC playlist creation)
Here's what i used to install the up to date version:
$ wget http://wirbel.htpc-forum.de/w_scan/w_scan-20111011.tar.bz2
$ tar -xvf w_scan-20111011.tar.bz2
$ cd w_scan-20111011
$ make && sudo make install
Ran the command:
w_scan -c GB -L
Put the xml output into a file named 'channels.xspf'
Opened the playlist file in VLC, and now able to select all detected channels from the playlist menu.
There is probably an easier way to scan/watch channels, but it seems i have not found it yet.
The hardware depends on the firmware: dvb-usb-af9015.fw
It also loads the kernel module named dvb_usb_af9015.