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Old 04-11-2016, 05:51 PM   #1
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Hi, living in Australia I didn't think I had access to the BBC iplayer service. But, it seems I can stream BBC radio from their website. I then installed get_iplayer (Fedora 23, rpmfusion) to see whether I could "get" BBC radio programmes and, yes, I can.

I do receive pretty low spec versions of the shows - music at 48 kbps is okay but you think it could be better. I have tried "--modes=best" (see below) and that only provides the same as the default. Does anyone have any experience with get_iplayer? It would be good if I could change the bit rate I receive.

Recording Options:
--get, -g Start recording matching programmes. Search terms required unless --pid specified. Use --search=.* to force download of all available programmes.
--modes <mode>,<mode>,... Recording modes. See --tvmode and --radiomode for available modes and defaults. Shortcuts: default,good,better(=default),best. Use --modes=best to select highest quality available (incl. HD TV).
--pid <pid> Record an arbitrary pid that does not necessarily appear in the index.
--proxy, -p <url> Web proxy URL e.g. 'http://USERNAME:PASSWORD@SERVER:PORT' or 'http://SERVER:PORT'. Sets http_proxy environment variable for child processes (e.g., ffmpeg) unless --partial-proxy is specified.
--raw Don't transcode or change the recording/stream in any way (i.e. radio/realaudio, rtmp/flv)
--subtitles Download subtitles into srt/SubRip format if available and supported
--swfurl <URL> URL of Flash player used by rtmpdump for verification. Only use if default Flash player URL is not working.
--url "<url>" Record the embedded media player in the specified URL. Use with --type=<type>.
Old 04-12-2016, 09:06 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by timl View Post in Australia...
... I do receive pretty low spec versions of the shows - music at 48 kbps...
...any experience with get_iplayer...
The higher bitrate BBC radio streams are geo-restricted.
get_iplayer can't fix that.
@Xubuntu:~$ get_iplayer -h | grep -i "get_iplayer v"
get_iplayer v2.94
@Xubuntu:~$ get_iplayer --type=radio --pid=b0766g0k
@Xubuntu:~$ mediainfo Shipping_Forecast_-_12_04_2016_b0766g0k_default.m4a
Complete name : Shipping_Forecast_-_12_04_2016_b0766g0k_default.m4a
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Apple audio with iTunes info
Codec ID : M4A
File size : 11.1 MiB
Duration : 12mn 0s
Overall bit rate mode : Constant
Overall bit rate : 130 Kbps
Album : Shipping Forecast
Album/Performer : BBC Radio
Track name : 12/04/2016
Grouping : Weather,Bulletins
Performer : BBC Radio 4
Composer : BBC iPlayer
Genre : Weather
ContentType : Music
Recorded date : 2016-04-12T00:48:00+01:00
Tagged date : UTC 2016-04-12 18:35:36
Writing application : Lavf57.31.100

Last edited by bat999; 04-12-2016 at 02:21 PM.
Old 04-12-2016, 03:31 PM   #3
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thanks for the heads up. I grabbed the shipping forecast and I got 48 Kbps again.

That's life. At least I get the feed


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