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It was mentioned near the start of the thread that you have 'get_iplayer'
In that case you might be able to download the iplayer media files without using Firefox.
'get_iplayer' is a command line substitute for the BBC iplayer.
It downloads the files so that they can be played in your own player, such as vlc or mplayer.
(Note: 'get_iplayer' needs 'flvstreamer' to be installed to access some media types.)
I use 'get_iplayer' in Mandriva 2010.2:
get_iplayer -V # Output the program version:
get_iplayer v2.78, Copyright (C) 2008-2010 Phil Lewis
The following command creates a large text file (approx. 1.7MB) containing a list of all the available downloads with their index numbers (it also prints the list to the terminal window). The index numbers can be used to download the files. The index numbers keep changing, so you have to make sure that you are using the latest ones.
get_iplayer --refresh --type all | tee get_iplayer_refresh_all.txt
Another way to get the index numbers is to search for the program name:
get_iplayer --type radio 'Through the Night'
# There could be some screen output here while get_iplayer updates its caches. Then
12847: Through the Night - 26/09/2011, BBC Radio 3, Classical,Music,Radio
12848: Through the Night - 27/09/2011, BBC Radio 3, Classical,Music,Radio
12849: Through the Night - 28/09/2011, BBC Radio 3, Classical,Music,Radio
12850: Through the Night - 29/09/2011, BBC Radio 3, Classical,Music,Radio
12851: Through the Night - 30/09/2011, BBC Radio 3, Classical,Music,Radio
12852: Through the Night - 01/10/2011, BBC Radio 3, Classical,Music,Radio
12853: Through the Night - 02/10/2011, BBC Radio 3, Classical,Music,Radio
INFO: 7 Matching Programmes
Thank you Kenhelm. Your info re 'Linuxcentre' and the downloading is great, but did you actually stream the programme and listen to it? I omitted to instruct above to choose one of the seven(?) programmes available and THEN to 'Listen Now. This will bring up the BBC iPlayer as per my grabs above. That's when it just hangs.
I appreciate your instructions re downloading and recording. But I just want to listen to the programmes in 'Listen again' mode,-- or 'Live' mode; which is what I did in Windows today. I understand that here in Aust.-land we cannot get BBC TV, but that doesn't worry me.
Thank you for your help... can you stream as above ?
I think I must retire now it's getting late here. Will check again ASAP.
I have ffmpeg and flvstreamer installed, as well as mplayer and vlc.
The ffplay media player is part of the ffmpeg package.
The external programs required are given here http://linuxcentre.net/getiplayer/download
though it's best to install them from your distributions official repositories.
Last edited by Kenhelm; 10-02-2011 at 10:56 AM.
Reason: Added the last paragraph.
Kenhelm, THANKS again -- I have installed 'gnash' using: sudo apt-get install gnash; and also 'adobe-flashplugin','mplayer', 'vlc' using the same command. Some of these I found in a "Ubuntu-Lucid-Guide" which I had downloaded some time ago. Prior to that I had installed 'ffmpeg' (including 'ffplay media'), 'vlc' and 'mplayer' via the Ubuntu Software Centre.
Then I tried to get a BBC programme using F/Fox as per attached. Still the same silence!
Incidentally I have also tried using Google Chromium with same result.
Then I tried your Terminal command: "get iplayer --stream 12583....etc" as you see in the grab attached. It ran for a while (approx.30 secs) with the cursor flashing back &forth between "0.00%" and "0 bytes" on one line in the middle of the Terminal window - then exited, apparently at end of file. BUT NO SOUND, I fear.
I had previously tested my audio system (hardware) on this laptop -- I discovered it, also, had a problem earlier - but OK now. I notice that 'flvstreamer' is not in the list above, but checking shows it is already installed. Can anybody tell me why I can't just click on "LISTEN NOW" like others in that "hanging-prone" Windoz ?? PLEASE.
I see a line
"error opening file for writing"
in your screenshot.
Do you have the correct permissions and ownerships on your /home partition or directory?
Do you allow cookies?
Any addons which could cause problems?
What happens if you use another browser?
Here's food for thought... I have run the command "get-iplayer -- get 12853" as per previous Kenhelm page. It seems something is happening, but I still can't hear anything ! Refer attached for detailed listing.
To Repo... Yes, as far as I know, I allow cookies. I have not barred them. I have tested with "Chromium" (Google's Linux Chrome) -- same result. As for permissions/ownerships... how do I find out. In short -- Don't know.
EDIT.. Re verifying ownership - no. Not sure how to.
And NO FIREWALL !
Last edited by Groware; 10-03-2011 at 07:12 AM.
Reason: answer question
But I still cannot get the BBC iPlayer. Is there anybody out there that CAN ??
The latter (WCPE) sends out several formats, this is MP3, I also received them on "Ogg Vorbis" (which may be MP3 also); both via "Media Player". They offer choices from their web-site. How can I find what protocol BBC uses in iPlayer? It should be handled by Adobe-Flash Plugin, but even the latest version doesn't. I have '10.3.183.10-0natty1' installed. This is as recommended by BBC.
I repeat... can anybody out there receive a BBC Radio program... "Live" or "Listen Again" ???