get_iplayer Feature Overview
JUST SOME OF THE THINGS GET_IPLAYER CAN DO...
First and foremost, get_iplayer does not allow you to get around the BBC's DRM or geo-location checks. You need to have a UK IP address to use get_iplayer, just like you would if you were using the BBC iPlayer website. It will also remove content after 30 days - just like BBC iPlayer Desktop.
get_iplayer is a tool for legitimate UK based license fee payers who, for what ever reason, cannot use the BBC's website or apps to stream content.
get_iplayer has a comprehensive set of features and capabilities that allow you to enjoy all the content made available through the BBC's iPlayer service. A list of it's 'headline' features is given below but jump on over to the wiki page for a complete explanation of what it can do for you.
- Recording/Streaming of TV, Radio and Podcasts from BBC sites
- Recording/Streaming of Live BBC iPlayer TV & Radio
- Recording/Streaming of Embedded media in BBC Learning Zone, Archive and News sites
- PVR functionality allows predefined searches to be recorded from a scheduler such as cron or Windows scheduler
- Queuing of programmes for batched recording or for recording off-peak
- Resume recordings of partially recorded content
- Stream iPlayer or podcast content via mplayer or xine while recording it
- Allow multiple programmes to be recorded in one command
- Indexing of all available programmes
- Script update capability
- Advanced Searching on programme name, episode, description, channel or category, etc
- Limit search by programmes made available after a specific number of hours
- Removal of recorded content which is more than 30 days old
- Meta-tagging of recorded iPlayer iPhone/H.264 and mp3 files for importing into iTunes
- Plug-in based architecture to allow new channels and sites to be added by 3rd-parties
Why would you use get_iplayer?
get_iplayer is primarily intended for use for recording and playing back TV and Radio content on devices that cannot support adobe Flash/Air/Silverlight or systems which run entirely on open-source software (i.e. no Adobe flash/air or Silverlight).
It is also used to record content for mobile devices that have no access to broadband/wi-fi or running on devices that have such limited memory that running a browser with a flash player or AIR is not possible (or not permitted).
One of get_iplayer's most popular uses is in enabling users with poor internet connections to download HD content that would otherwise be impossible for them to stream live.
get_iplayer allows you to download such content slower than 'real time' for offline viewing at a time of your choosing, allowing you to access and enjoy more of the BBC's content.
Original source: linuxcentre.net