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170 Comments

  • On September 12th, 2009, linuxcentre said:

    This won’t work because playlists sent to vlc etc rely upon knowing the full URL.

    • On September 12th, 2009, CraigR said:

      I have successfully downloaded 290 Horrible Histories in default mode, but can’t download in higher quality.

      I get the message ‘Required program flvstreamer/rtmpdump does not exist’

      I installed via the windows installer.

      • On September 12th, 2009, linuxcentre said:

        Do you have a file called: C:\Program Files\get_iplayer\flvstreamer.exe ?

        • On September 12th, 2009, CraigR said:

          yes, it was installed here by default.

          when searching for the file i tried absolute path and relative path, but no luck.

          i set up prefs as follows…

          get_iplayer –prefs-add –flvstreamer C:/Program Files/get_iplayer/flvstreamer.exe

          • On September 12th, 2009, linuxcentre said:

            if you remove that from your options file then reinstall it will work because by default it is all setup already.

            i.e. get_iplayer –prefs-del –flvstreamer=xxx

            • On September 12th, 2009, CraigR said:

              I unset all the preferences using

              now i get
              INFO: 1 Matching Programmes
              INFO: Checking existence of default version
              INFO: flashhigh1 modes will be tried for version default
              INFO: Trying flashhigh1 mode to record tv: Horrible Histories – Episode 1
              INFO: File name prefix = Horrible_Histories_-_Episode_1_b00jzwsf_default

              WARNING: rtmpdump >= 1.5 or flvstreamer is required – please upgrade
              INFO: skipping flashhigh1 mode
              ERROR: Failed to record ‘Horrible Histories – Episode 1 (b00jzwsf)’

              C:\Program Files\get_iplayer>get_iplayer –type=tv –get 290 –modes=flashhigh1
              –force

              • On September 12th, 2009, linuxcentre said:

                Download the latest installer and re-install.

                • On September 13th, 2009, CraigR said:

                  Reinstalled. Tried default location for flvstreamer-error.Tried moving flvstreamer to different location (root of d:/), still get same error.

                  Default mode works perfectly, but would like to improve on iphone resolution.

                  Thanks

                  C:\Program Files\get_iplayer>get_iplayer –type=tv –flvstreamer = ‘D:/flvstream
                  er.exe’ –get 290 –modes=flashhigh2 –force
                  get_iplayer v2.33, Copyright (C) 2009 Phil Lewis
                  This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details use –warranty.
                  This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain
                  conditions; use –conditions for details.

                  Matches:
                  290: Horrible Histories – Episode 1, CBBC, Audio Described,Children’s,Factual
                  ,TV, default,audiodescribed

                  INFO: 1 Matching Programmes
                  INFO: Checking existence of default version
                  INFO: flashhigh2 modes will be tried for version default
                  INFO: Trying flashhigh2 mode to record tv: Horrible Histories – Episode 1
                  WARNING: Required program flvstreamer/rtmpdump does not exist (see http://linuxc
                  entre.net/getiplayer/installation and http://linuxcentre.net/getiplayer/download
                  )
                  INFO: skipping flashhigh2 mode
                  INFO: Checking existence of audiodescribed version
                  INFO: flashhigh2 modes will be tried for version audiodescribed
                  INFO: Trying flashhigh2 mode to record tv: Horrible Histories – Episode 1
                  WARNING: Required program flvstreamer/rtmpdump does not exist (see http://linuxc
                  entre.net/getiplayer/installation and http://linuxcentre.net/getiplayer/download
                  )
                  INFO: skipping flashhigh2 mode
                  ERROR: Failed to record ‘Horrible Histories – Episode 1 (b00jzwsf)’

                  C:\Program Files\get_iplayer>

                  • On September 13th, 2009, linuxcentre said:

                    Did you download the latest installer before reinstalling? I also forgot to ask which exact OS you are using?

                    • On September 13th, 2009, CraigR said:

                      i installed the installer from this site, and also checked for updates.

                      using vista (sorry)

                      • On September 13th, 2009, CraigR said:

                        I suppose the most logical question for me to ask is, assuming flvstreamer.exe is within the iplayer folder, is the following command valid?

                        get_iplayer –type=tv –flvstreamer = ‘C:/Program Files/get_iplayer/flvstreamer.exe’ –get 290 –modes=flashhigh2 –force

                        • On September 13th, 2009, linuxcentre said:

                          Sorry – never used the vista – not sure what’s required in your case if it doesn’t work out of the box (I’m very surprised it doesn’t).

                          • On September 13th, 2009, linuxcentre said:

                            I just received a comment to say that the flvstreamer.exe downoad link on the flvstreamer site was broken. It’s just been fixed so I reckon that was the source of your problems! Just run the installer again and it’ll behave now I reckon.

                            • On September 14th, 2009, CraigR said:

                              thanks for the update.

                              i tried reinstalling, same problem.
                              i also tried on another laptop (xp home), same thing, so I am sure it is something I am doing wrong. basic ccommand is flawless, just when i try higher quality.

                              can you confirm, is the following command valid ?
                              get_iplayer –type=tv –flvstreamer = ‘C:/Program Files/get_iplayer/flvstreamer.exe’ –get 290 –modes=flashhigh2 –force

                              thanks

                              • On September 14th, 2009, linuxcentre said:

                                That command could (also) well be the problem. In the get_iplayer command window you should NOT specify the flvstreamer option – nor should you have it in your prefs – just use the installer default – it’s a bit picky.

                              • On September 14th, 2009, CraigR said:

                                You, my friend, are a star.
                                Thanks for the tip. I simplified the commend line and RESULT!!

                                Thanks again

                    • On September 13th, 2009, Stan said:

                      Hi.
                      Been using this great script on Fedora for several months. All of a sudden itv seems to be completely borked. There are suggestions that they have changed to flash. Does that mean that get_iplayer needs to be amended or do we need to use different parameters? At the moment every attempt to d/l from itv fails in the following manner (a random example):-

                      Matches:
                      100008: Airline – Wed 19 Aug 2009, ITV Catch-up, TV,

                      INFO: 1 Matching Programmes
                      INFO: Checking existence of default version
                      INFO: itv modes will be tried for version default
                      INFO: Trying itv mode to record itv: Airline – Wed 19 Aug 2009
                      WARNING: No programme stream URLs were found, skipping
                      INFO: skipping this programme
                      ERROR: Failed to record ‘Airline – Wed 19 Aug 2009 (100080)’

                      MTIA

                      • On September 13th, 2009, Anthony said:

                        Hi there looks very much to me like a revamp of ITV player had killed support on Friday they where messing around with the site and then it stopped working.

                        Also the player has a different look if you watch it on website now.

                        • On September 14th, 2009, Stan said:

                          OK, so can anyone confirm that they are currently able to d/l anything from itv (preferably on Linux) and if so would they kindly share their command and settings with me?
                          Thanks for any help!

                          • On September 14th, 2009, jay said:

                            I get the same problem here on Windows “no programme stream urls found, skipping”. It did retrieve the ITV index feeds successfully.

                            • On September 14th, 2009, Stan said:

                              Hmmm.. I now find I can get a limited number of progs, e.g. very old Heartbeat classics, which have been released in the last 19 hours (according to get_iplayer), so it looks to me that itv are rebuilding the whole database (for the umpteenth time since Thursday) and we can only hope they’ll eventually finish it.
                              http://www.itv.com/ITVPlayer/ITVPlayerhelp/default.html has said, for some days I believe,
                              “WEBSITE UPDATE

                              We’re currently upgrading ITV.com. If you’re experiencing technical difficulties, this may be due to these changes. Our team is working to resolve these issues. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.”

                              Ha ha ha ;-)

                        • On September 13th, 2009, linuxcentre said:

                          OK I think you just needed to use –thumbsizemeta=N when recording – that does the trick but is not intuitive, –thumbsize only changed what got into the cache… I’ve made this more obvious in v2.34. –thumbsize will do what you originally wanted and I will rename the old –thumbsize option as –thumbsizecache

                          • On September 14th, 2009, CraigR said:

                            Now i have got it working really well, can i ask, is it possible to record a previously downloaded file? as i got a file last week which is no longer available and would like to keep it.

                            thanks for any help

                            • On September 14th, 2009, linuxcentre said:

                              If it isn’t available then you cannot record it. If you recorded (downloaded) it last week then it’ll be on your hard disk somewhere.

                              • On September 14th, 2009, CraigR said:

                                Hi, I got it on my harddisk, but can I use get_iplayer to convert it to a format i can keep ?

                                • On September 14th, 2009, linuxcentre said:

                                  I’d say it is in a format you can keep already. get_iplayer doesn’t convert the video files.

                            • On September 19th, 2009, AndyK said:

                              Anyone had a play with player.stv.tv, it seems to have a similar interface to the itv one bit some different programmes available?

                              • On September 20th, 2009, Dink said:

                                Somewhere between versions 2.26 and 2.36 there was a change in mode_ver_download_retry_loop() that altered the timing of the thumbnail download. As of 2.36, the thumbnail isn’t downloaded until after any user command has been run on the associated program, whereas it used to be downloaded before the user command was run. It is handy to have the thumbnail available for user commands (e.g., my iTunes importer script). Any chance of reverting to previous behaviour?

                                • On September 21st, 2009, linuxcentre said:

                                  Ah yes, I’ve fixed that in 2.37 out at some point soon.

                                • On September 30th, 2009, Jo said:

                                  How do I get get_iplayer to run from a USB pen drive?

                                  • On October 1st, 2009, linuxcentre said:

                                    Assumng win32, In theory you could install it on a pen drive then set the get_iplayer.cmd to add the –profile=”path to .get_iplayer” (if you care about the settings folder). You might then have to change some of the prefs like output in the options file.

                                  • On October 8th, 2009, boki said:

                                    here what is happening in my case:
                                    http://i34.tinypic.com/160bkf7.jpg
                                    did i made wrong something or problem is because i am out of uk!?
                                    thanks

                                    • On October 8th, 2009, linuxcentre said:

                                      That’s what you get when you are outside UK.

                                    • On October 8th, 2009, boki said:

                                      so what to do how to watch any other way?

                                      • On October 21st, 2009, George said:

                                        Is there any way to get get_iplayer to add id3 tags to the mp4 files it creates with flvstreamer?

                                        • On October 21st, 2009, linuxcentre said:

                                          You *could* but then you’d have an invalid mp4 file. ID3 tags are for mp3 files.

                                          • On October 21st, 2009, George said:

                                            Ok, maybe I’d using the wrong terminology but I’m looking for some way to attach the sort of tagging information that can be read by itunes to tell it show, season, title & episode.

                                        • On October 23rd, 2009, Jimmy said:

                                          I’ve made some changes to allow mp4 tagging using ‘AtomicParsley’ I’ll send them on to you and you can see if they’re worth integrating. The updated tags and artwork are recognized by iTunes and look good there.

                                          • On November 13th, 2009, RobinE said:

                                            What’s the story with some “In Our Time” programmes which can be listened to on the BBC Iplayer, but don’t show up when searched for with get_iPlayer? An example is the programme at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00nkqrv (well, it was there at noon on 13Nov09), along with a series of others on the IOT programme site:
                                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qykl.

                                            • On November 13th, 2009, linuxcentre said:

                                              That item has been moved out of the radio listings feed because its > 7 days old. It is probably still on the programme site archive. Try the usual get_iplayer –url http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00nkqr

                                            • On November 29th, 2009, liam said:

                                              when is itv download coming back ?

                                              • On December 10th, 2009, Jon Frear said:

                                                Receive error message saying no specified modes, I am using a proxy server and understand I need to tell get_iplayer to use it, can you tell me how to give that instruction?
                                                Thanks

                                                • On December 16th, 2009, Special-K said:

                                                  Hi

                                                  I’m using Get_iPlayer v2.49 on Windows XP and as of Tues 15th December I’ve noticed it no longer works. It can’t see any of the Beebs programmes, a similar problem occurs with iPlayerDownloader so I guess the Beeb have changed something at their end (again)! :-(

                                                  • On December 18th, 2009, Andy D said:

                                                    I use get_iplayer extensively on XP and Ubuntu, almost entirely for radio programmes. Great utility, thanks. Version 2.49 won’t download iphone versions any more since the BBC changed things – it will still work for realaudio however. I hope Phil can find some time during his holiday from development to fix this.

                                                    • On January 14th, 2010, Joshua Calvert said:

                                                      Hello! I just wanted to say thank you for an excellent pice of software!

                                                      It does have a nack of stalling a tiny bit too often tho, having me ctrl+c and use command promt history to resume. Isnt there a way to let the program know it has stalled and let it resume itself so that you can be away from comp for longer periods of time?

                                                      • On January 14th, 2010, linuxcentre said:

                                                        Hmm, that has never happened to me at all. What versions of get_iplayer, and flvstreamer are you using? What OS?

                                                      • On January 15th, 2010, Duncan said:

                                                        A couple of questions:

                                                        1. Is there a reason why flvstream is used rather than RTMPdump? You even comment that flvstream doesn’t do RTMPE, which is what ITV use for their player.

                                                        2. I can’t seem to find much ITV code on the repository, can you tell me a revision number that contains some ITV code? I think I might have come up with a way of getting it to work, but it all relies on being able to get RTMPdump to work with RTMPE.

                                                        • On January 15th, 2010, linuxcentre said:

                                                          1) get_iplayer does not need rtmpe support unless someone fixes/rewites the itv plugin :-) – I personally don’t have the will power to do so (IOW I don’t watch ITV anyway!). rtmpdump was dropped last year because no-one was developing it . That all changed in November but flvstreamer is still kept in sync and released because some Linux distros frown upon rtmpdump and the legal difficulties it brought last year.

                                                          2) http://getiplayer.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/getiplayer/trunk/plugins/?pathrev=352 was the last version. If you can get it working that’d be great!

                                                          • On January 15th, 2010, linuxcentre said:

                                                            BTW: User rtmpdump 2.1a if you want a tested version. (i.e. uses same version suffix as flvstreamer).

                                                          • On January 19th, 2010, linuxcentre said:

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