Beeb downloader
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Beeb Downloader.app was hacked together by modifying the Webkitty Applescript from Joy of Scripting to call the excellent iplayer-dl Ruby shell script.

Tested on an Intel Mac running OS 10.5+ (Leopard) & 10.4+ (Tiger).

As with the iPlayer service, this will only work if you are in the UK and have paid your Licence Fee.
What's New
Version 1.20: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later







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Beeb downloader User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Kosovar1 commented on 02 Mar 2009
Disregard the worthless muppet-hater below who has nothing to offer except his wortless opinions. Here's an informative comment: It's apparently pointless to download any of these BBC program downloaders (including Beeb downloader) if your ISP is not based in the UK. Because of BBC licensing restrictions, these programs only work if you're viewing them from inside the UK. Hey worthless, do you know of any way around this restriction and would you like to share that with the rest of us?

???
[Version 1.14]


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stravinsky reviewed on 27 Feb 2009
I have been waiting for this for a long time, and it really does work on Tiger. Unfortunately for me, many videos are now gone...

How it works: you basically enter the entire BBC web address of the video and wait for "download completed". It did not work for me a few times at the beginning, but then it started working very well (with the same videos), so I would advise anyone to try more than once. I have had some "script errors", but then it worked fine (sometimes I just wait for a day or so).

A few suggestive features:

1) Downloading in high quality?
2) Downloading multiple files at once or one at a time automatically
3) A status bar
4) In case no. 2 is not possible: once download is complete, rather than closing down, the application could ask if one wants to download another video (and/or "open file location")
5) Preference to choose download folder

I'm not a developer, so forgive me if what I am suggesting is not possible.
Thanks again a lot for making this available to Tiger!
[Version 1.14]


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Kosovar1 commented on 23 Feb 2009
Many thanks to MacUpdate for showing me where to find the BBC iPlayer utility and thanks to Tony Crawford for explaining the licensing fees blurb and which URL to input into the Beeb installer. No thanks at all to DDUK (who apparently doesn't know how to spell DI*K) for his totally worthless muppet comment.
[Version 1.14]


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DDUK commented on 23 Feb 2009
Bloody Brilliant, This App actually works! Pay no attention to the First Comment, obviously a muppet....
[Version 1.14]

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Kosovar1 replied on 23 Feb 2009
Regardless of what you think, I am NOT a muppet, thank you very much! But you are worthless and so was your bloody comment. Thanks to another commenter, he answered my questions about what URL to input and what the licensing fee blurb pertained to.
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8bitwintermute replied on 23 Feb 2009
You're right, definitely a muppet.

Happy to finally see a download for 10.4
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Kosovar1 reviewed on 22 Feb 2009
Junk. There has been so much hype about the iPlayer downloader utility and even more confusion. I searched for an hour trying to find it weeks ago on the internet after reading about a version for Mac users. The BBC website mentioned it but I never could figure out where to download it, just a lot of dead-end links. Finally, I got it off MacUpdate today. But while installing it, the installer required that I paste in a URL in order to continue. Well, WHAT URL? Of course, that's not mentioned anywhere I can find. So I took a guess and typed in www.bbc.uk.co. Then, the installer asked where I want to install the program, so I chose...logically...the Applications folder, but it turns out that what is to be downloaded is not a program, but rather, apparently, the BBC video files, so that was a misleading question. Then finally, the installer asked, Did you pay your licensing fee?" even though the MacUpdate website description states this dinky little program is free. So WTF, is this free or do you have to pay??? I'll tell you what it is. It's pure confusion and has been since the beginning. Why didn't the developer not include a simple text file explaining what to do??? Of course, there is no "More Information" link that would answer questions like the ones I have. I'm tired of wasting time with something so poorly conceived like this is and which should have been simple and straightforward. Besides, anyone can access a BBC News video stream from other utilities like the LiveStation program. LiveStation IS free, not to mention super simple to install and operate.

Oh, after all this, did the Beeb downloader work. No. I guess if it did, it would be hard to know what it's doing since there's no download progress bar. Maybe you're supposed to go to console and type in an obscure command to see what's happening.
[Version 1.14]

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MacUpdate-Lon commented on 22 Feb 2009
This is the iPlayer Downloader
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Tony Crockford replied on 23 Feb 2009
when you run the app it asks for the url of the BBC programme you want to watch - you get that at bbc.co.uk/iplayer and copy and paste it. (as it clearly states when it asks for the url

then tell it where to save the programme.

but this is a better app: http://fader.co.uk/post/iPlayer-Grabber-the-iPlayer-downloader-for-Mac-OS-X.aspx
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Tony Crockford replied on 23 Feb 2009
oh, the licence fee it refers to? that's the UK TV Licence fee, that us licence payers pay every year in the UK, so we can watch TV, it funds the BBC (no adverts)
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mswfujowdffyc reviewed on 22 Feb 2009
Decent app - no progress bar but unlike most other iPlayer downloaders actually works in 10.4.

Al lot of people will be please with it for that reason alone.
[Version 1.14]


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Lord-Lightning had trouble on 12 Oct 2009
just use a Uk proxy.

http://proxy.org/proxies_sorted.shtml
[Version 1.16]



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procnforce rated on 12 Jun 2011

[Version 1.20]


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Version Downloads:5,251
Type:Multimedia Design : Video
License:Free
Date:07 Jan 2011
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Beeb Downloader.app was hacked together by modifying the Webkitty Applescript from Joy of Scripting to call the excellent iplayer-dl Ruby shell script.

Tested on an Intel Mac running OS 10.5+ (Leopard) & 10.4+ (Tiger).

As with the iPlayer service, this will only work if you are in the UK and have paid your Licence Fee.


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