Monday, 28 June 2010

get_iplayer update

So the BBC turn out to be a bunch of arses. They got grumpy about open source software accessing the iplayer media. So the nice man who made the get_iplayer software, and who didn't want to lose his house, stopped.

Helpfully, because this happens in the world of open source, someone has picked up the torch. You can now install the wonder that is get_iplayer as follows (in ubuntu):
sudo apt-get install git-core build-essential

This installs a program called 'git' which is used for distribution and collaborating of and on open source projects. It also installs the essential software for compiling programs from source code. Should have probably mentioned that before.

It's best then to make yourself a temporary directory, just in case anything goes wrong. Once there you run the following command:
git clone git://

and that should download the latest version for you. You then change to the new get_iplayer directory and run:
cd get_iplayer

This downloads the latest version of the actual download software. Uncompress it and build as follows:
tar -xzvf flvstreamer-2.1c.tar.gz
cd flvstreamer
make flvstreamer
make streams
cd ..

Then configure the software settings:
./get_iplayer --prefs-add --modes=flashhd,flashvhigh,flashhigh,flashnormal,iphone
./get_iplayer --prefs-add --flvstreamer "./flvstreamer/flvstreamer"

And the job should be done.

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