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Old 04-30-2017, 05:41 PM   #1
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How to install new version of get_iplayer

get_iplayer has recently been broken - by system amendments by the BBC - and a new version has just been released. But I'm having trouble figuring out how to install the new version on my XUbuntu system.

The announcement of a new release is here:

But I can't find any easy way to remove the old get-iplayer and install the new one - short of very complicated instructions I can't remember having to follow when I installed get-iplayer before.

Is it that I just have to wait a few months for someone to release a packaged version? Is there no easy CLI way to install the updated version of get-iplayer?

Thank you for any advice you can give.

Old 04-30-2017, 06:08 PM   #2
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Version 2.99 was released on 11 Feb 2017 and the get-player PPA (see the Ubuntu/Mint section in released a deb package on 12 Feb 2017, the very next day.

Version 3.00, the latest version, was released today, 30 Apr 2017. If I were you, I would add that PPA to your repos, if you haven't done so already, and wait until the latest version of get-iplayer rushes down the pipe at you in the very near future.
Old 05-02-2017, 12:35 PM   #3
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Unfortunately, it's telling me that get_iplayer is already at the latest version. It seems a lot of information on their help forums is out of date, because version 3.00 only came out on 30 April.

The nearest thing to install instructions seems to be here:

... but it's out of date at the time of writing, so doesn't address the new version.

Perhaps the easiest solution is to wait for 3.00 to become the default version (although technically none of their previous versions should work now, after the BBC's change), or for so many get-iplayer users to realise their program doesn't work any more, and flood help forums with requests for help, that they have to issue detailed instructions on how to install.

Or after a time, I could search for the Windows version and run it under Wine. I can imagine the Windows version comes as a .exe installer - their users won't tolerate all this "compile it from source" nonsense.

EDIT: Ah, that was quick! At least there's the Wine option.

Thanks for your help.


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