Keep down­loads for more than 30 days

Web User - - Beat Streaming Restrictions -

Reg­u­lar read­ers will no doubt see the ti­tle of this tip and think “I bet they’re go­ing to rec­om­mend Get_ iplayer ( bit.ly/geti­player446) again”. Well, yes we are, be­cause there’s never been another tool like it for down­load­ing BBC shows to keep for as long as you want. It’s cer­tainly bet­ter than the Beeb’s own iplayer Down­loads app, which not only lim­its your off­line view­ing to 30 days, but is slow and clunky to use. Get_ iplayer’s sur­vival is re­mark­able in it­self, con­sid­er­ing the num­ber of de­vel­op­ers it’s passed be­tween, but it still works per­fectly as an un­of­fi­cial PVR for record­ing iplayer con­tent, and is fre­quently up­dated to beat the lat­est re­stric­tions.

Some peo­ple are put off Get_ iplayer by its con­fus­ing, com­mand-line in­ter­face. For a friend­lier view, launch the Web PVR Man­ager from the Start menu (or from the Setup Wiz­ard), then ei­ther search for a pro­gramme to down­load or paste its web ad­dress from the iplayer web­site. Click Record and the show will be saved in Drm-free MP4 for­mat that you can watch in any me­dia player.

You’ll find full in­struc­tions for us­ing Get_ iplayer at bit.ly/getinstruct446. We’d rec­om­mend down­load­ing the lat­est EXE ver­sion of the pro­gram di­rectly from bit.ly/get­di­rect446. Note that it no longer works in Win­dows XP or Vista.

Get_ iplayer’s web ver­sion makes it easier to down­load BBC shows

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