Keep downloads for more than 30 days
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