BBC iPlayer

(15-02-2024, 01:03 PM)RhysJR Wrote:  Technical support for the desktop application possibly? To download anything on desktop, you need to download 'BBC iPlayer Downloads' to then be able to download programmes, whilst it is within the standard iPlayer app on mobile devices.
I wonder if the with the desktop apps it was easier to then rip the files using a third-party app to make them DRM-free. I'm guessing that the number of users downloading to PC/Mac is considerably lower than when the feature was first launched, which I think was in the fairly early days of the iPlayer.

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(15-02-2024, 05:04 PM)Keith Wrote:  I wonder if the with the desktop apps it was easier to then rip the files using a third-party app to make them DRM-free. I'm guessing that the number of users downloading to PC/Mac is considerably lower than when the feature was first launched, which I think was in the fairly early days of the iPlayer.
All still possible with an old Sky+HD STB and 'something dodgy' off eBay to by-pass DRM for everything.

Nothing is 'unrippable', really. Dodgy

(Not that I suggest any of that)
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There's also a very well-known third-party Windows app which makes it extremely easy to get things from iPlayer as regular MP4 files. Again, not naming names...!
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I’m probably missing something here, but is illegal pirating of BBC shows really a big problem? When programmes are available free on iPlayer, I can’t imagine there’s a significant market for blokes down the pub flogging knock-off DVDs of Panorama.
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A rare occasion of something I regularly use being discontinued for not being used enough! Was always a nice alternative to craning my head to watch on a mobile on a train.
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Guess I’ll be increasing my use of [REDACTED NAME OF COMMAND LINE TOOL] then.

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(16-02-2024, 12:40 AM)IanJRedman Wrote:  There's also a very well-known third-party Windows app which makes it extremely easy to get things from iPlayer as regular MP4 files. Again, not naming names...!
And stopping official downloads won't stop that. I've heard of similar things for YouTube.
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