get_iPlayer downloads BBC iPlayer TV and Radio programmes – so that you can retain and view them for posterity.
As time ever marches on, stuff changes and my original article on get_iPlayer could really do with a major update – and, yeah, yeah, yeah, I’ll get round to it one day – so if you are coming to get_iPlayer for the first time please do this:
1. Read the original article that explains how to install and use get_iPlayer, but PLEASE DON’T install it from the links on that page.
2. Install the latest version of get_iPlayer from here – and catch up with the forum and discussions etc. The Square Penguin folk have done a really great job and are to be applauded.
3. Read this article for those who are having trouble recording and/or finding programmes in the iPlayer feeds.
July 2015 Update: Please read this article FIRST.
For those trying (and failing) to download radio programmes via get_iplayer, Peter has very kindly responded with a solution here.
This is a very swift blog entry (and an experiment in blogging direct from OneNote…) for those folk who are having trouble with get-iplayer (see my original article)
Starting 30th Oct 2014, the BBC removed the previous way they published iPlayer RSS and Feeds to make way for a new API called Nitro – and it has broken a lot of third party apps (including the iPlayer plugin for XBMC). This has naturally caused a LOT of upset.
The good news, is that the folk over at Square Penguin seem to have managed a workaround and have now released an update: V2.90
If the V2.90 update doesn’t work for you, try this:
Presume that you want to record “Rule Britannia! Music, Mischief and Morals in the 18th Century:
Copy (CTRL-C) the iplayer programme URL (ringed in red) which is: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b041m4rl/rule-britannia-music-mischief-and-morals-in-the-18th-century-episode-3
Paste (CTRL-V) the URL into the Quick URL box in get_iplayer PVR and then hit Record
Once the download is complete, RIGHT CLICK on the file in Windows Explorer and select Properties (should be right at the bottom of the drop-down box that appears).
Click on the Details tab and click in the title box to edit it to be the name of the downloaded programme. This will enable it to show up with the correct name in whichever video player you use.
Note: That this article is now deprecated. Please see the replacement article on get_iplayer and continue to comment at that new page.
Woody 4th July 2013
If, like me, you listen to a lot of BBC radio – and are frustrated that unlike iPlayer videos – which you can download for viewing later (on a PC, iPod, iPhone, Sony Walkman, Zune etc) there is no way to download BBC radio programmes from iPlayer. All you can do is listen to them within the iPlayer interface – but if you want to save them to a portable device for listening to later on the tube – forget it!
There are some very complex kludges that you might try – but nothing as elegant as Radio Downloader by a guy called Matt Robinson.
This is an absolutely superb application which, iPlayer like, displays all possible Radio programmes that are available at iPlayer – by genre, alphabetic listing etc. Simply click the one you want, hit “Download” and Radio Downloader downloads the programme as an MP3 – ready for you to write to your favourite portable media device.
This one is such an incredible gem – and if you have found this article because you have been searching for a solution to the iPlayer radio problem – you will really, really appreciate it. So please, show your appreciation to Matt Robinson by donating him a couple of quid.