ssh terebi mkfifo pipe ssh terebi cat pipe | mplayer -
then in another window
ssh terebi mencoder -oac lavc -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=100:acodec=ac3:abitrate=64 /dev/video0 -o pipe
gives me watchable live tv.
I think I should really be using some variety of vlc but that's another day's work