Mediathek
Mediathek 2.6.4b
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Mediathek allows you to search and download videos from the online portals of ARD, ZDF, 3sat, ARTE, WDR and more.

Mediathek bietet die Suche und den Download von Beiträgen zahlreicher Sender, darunter ARD, ZDF, 3sat, ARTE und WDR.
What's New
Version 2.6.4b:

Note: Development of Mediathek has been discontinued. Der Betrieb von Mediathek für Mac wurde eingestellt.
  • Ready for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.5 or later



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Mediathek User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Leoncahun commented on 05 Feb 2013
This website is the best stand-in for Mediathek I know of:

http://vavideo.de/

You can search for any program, and (other than with zdfmediathek.app) high-quality mp4’s (not Flash-files) are offered.

Of course, it can’t hold a candle to Mediathek; however, it gets the job (somewhat) done.
[Version 2.6.4b]

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Bjoernowitsch replied on 29 Apr 2013
Tonight, I tried to open the www.vavideo.de, but I found that the page had been closed. This is the message I read:

"Welcome to Parallels!

If you are seeing this message, the website for vavideo.de is not available at this time.
If you are the owner of this website, one of the following things may be occurring:
You have not put any content on your website.
Your provider has suspended this page.
Please login to https://vavideo.de:8443 to receive instructions on setting up your website".
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Leoncahun replied on 03 May 2013
As of now, vavideo.de is up (again).
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Bjoernowitsch replied on 06 Jun 2013
Now the vavideo web page has been taken down, but this time there has been no notice of maintenance left. This is the message I read instead:
"Web Server's Default Page

This page is generated by Parallels Plesk Panel, the leading hosting automation software. You see this page because there is no Web site at this address.
You can do the following:
Create domains and set up Web hosting using Parallels Plesk Panel."
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ZahraE1193 replied on 24 Oct 2013
Hello . Thank you very much for your good introduction .
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Bjoernowitsch replied on 16 Apr 2014
Vavideo has changed it policy. From having offered downloadable livestreams in the .mp4 format, it has been reduced to nothing but a collection of links to the livestreams from the TV stations. This makes me unable to even watch the livestreams, since they require the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player, and my old Power Mac is a G5 machine. What a luck that I did not donate any money to them, because they would have been wasted now. I suppose that the public service TV stations have agreed to stop the facility of downloading their programs for copyright reasons. Should someone else offer the same service in the future, never spend money on donating to them!
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Krabbe commented on 03 Jan 2013
try this java app:

http://zdfmediathk.sourceforge.net/download.html

Seems to be German only.

You may need to activate java (from your applications/utilities folder)
[Version 2.6.4b]

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Bjoernowitsch replied on 03 Jan 2013
Hello, Krabbe! Thank you for your tio, but it seems to work only with Windows or Linux, not Mac OS X any more.
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Krabbe replied on 03 Jan 2013
As mentioned, you need Java to use the proposed app.

I'm still on Snow Leopard, so I have Java installed by default. For newer versions of OS X I found this link on MU:

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/44788/java-se-runtime-environment-7

I did not try this Java installation, though. The app itself works for me, at least - but it is extremely poor compared to the original "Mediathek".
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Bjoernowitsch replied on 03 Jan 2013
Hello again, Krabbe!
My system is still the Mac OS X 10.5.8 PPC, so I cannot use the Java version you suggested. My old Mediathek 2.6.4b simply stopped working last night, and I have uninstalled it. When I try to install it again, it informs me that there is no connection with the server, and that I have to check the settings of my network.
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Krabbe replied on 03 Jan 2013
Apparently the original "Mediathek" project is discontinued and its server is taken offline. RIP.

I don't have any idea for a workaround for 10.5 PPC.

There are a few recorders for TV programmes on the internet like onlinetvrecorder, save.TV, Bong.TV and others.
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Bjoernowitsch replied on 05 Jan 2013
Hello again, Krabbe!
today I have received an e-mail from the developer. It says that they had to close down the server because of copyright issues, which I have feared ever since I found and installed this software. This means, if anyone else would run such a server and develop a similar software, the same thing would happen again.
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Leoncahun replied on 09 Jan 2013
Krabbe, thanks for the hint concerning MediathekView.

I installed it successfully on 10.6.8 and, apparently, downloading works. However, VLC refuses to play the file ("undefinable format").

As far as I can figure it out, the file (or the transfer?) is an Adobe RMTP/Flash-file (Real Time Messaging Protocol). That is why, apparently, there is the application flvstreamer involved. Still, this doesn’t seem to work for me.

Moreover, could RMTP be the culprit that "Mediathek" stopped working? Any proprietary Adobe stuff/licenses involved?

On Twitter, the two German broadcasters ARD and WDR explicitly refused responsibility as regards the demise of "Mediathek". Of course, everybody is free to be skeptical about their assertions. But it could mean that the "legal issues" claimed by the developer do not have to do with the broadcasters (as far as right holders of the content) but with the (with the new year apparently changed) technical infrastructure of the broadcasters. Just an idea.
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Bjoernowitsch commented on 02 Jan 2013
What has happened to Mediathek? The last version, 2.6.4b, is the last one available, but the developer seems to have cancelled developing the software, and the server is taken offline, which means that nothing can be downloaded.
[Version 2.6.4b]

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Widber replied on 03 Jan 2013
Schlechte Nachricht von http://appdrive.net/mediathek/discontinued/

"Der Betrieb von Mediathek für Mac wurde eingestellt."
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heinz1959 reviewed on 08 Oct 2012
Sehr gutes Programm, um öffentlich-rechtliche Beiträge für den Offline-Betrieb bereitzuhalten. Gibt’s so ein Programm eigentlich auch für die Privaten?
[Version 2.6.4b]


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Monkeyjunkey reviewed on 18 Sep 2012
2.6.4b working again on 10.8. Thanks a ton. :)
[Version 2.6.4b]

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Tschigg replied on 18 Sep 2012
Dear developer, since 2.6.4b I'm in an update loop with the sparkle updates.
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IkeC reviewed on 14 Sep 2012
You can find a working updated version (2.6.3) here:
http://www.chip.de/downloads/Mediathek_43412004.html
[Version 2.6.2]


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Gerhard Uhlhorn commented on 07 Sep 2012
Auch bei mir läuft es unter 10.8.1 und 10.7.x (letzte 10.7) nicht mehr. Kein Server zu erreichen.

Ansonsten ein tolles Programm! Ich würde es sehr vermissen!
[Version 2.6.2]


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philanonyme commented on 07 Sep 2012
Hi, since I update Mediathek on my mac (10.5.8), it doesn't work :(
And now it is impossible to go back to old version of Mediathek. Someone can help?

Bonjour, la dernière version de Mediathek ne fonctionne plus sur mon mac 10.5.8 :(
Le programme me dit que je ne suis plus relié au web ou que le serveur est innaccessible alors que tout marche nickel.
Et à présent, il est impossible de remettre l'ancienne version de Mediathek (obligation de la quitter car j'aurais créé une banque de donnée avec Mediathek mis à jour, et ce même en mettant cette nouvelle database à la poubelle). Quelqu'un peut aider?
[Version 2.6.2]


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xinmind reviewed on 06 Sep 2012
Super Programm!! Leider erreiche ich aber seit 2 Tagen den Server nicht mehr. Haben andere das gleiche Problem??
[Version 2.6.2]

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whitescalp replied on 06 Sep 2012
I'm having the same problem
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silbertino replied on 06 Sep 2012
I´m having the same problem with a fresh and uncluttered installation of OSX 10.8.1.
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Hylight replied on 07 Sep 2012
I am having the same problem with 10.8 and 10.6, at the 10.8 answers after a long time that it has no connection to the server, the 10.6 version stays blank
both are 2.6.2
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Macrentner replied on 07 Sep 2012
Gleiches Problem - " keine Verbindung zum Server " - mit 10.7.4
Sehr ärgerlich.
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philanonyme replied on 07 Sep 2012
same problem with 10.5.8
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rochs1975 replied on 07 Sep 2012
Everything was working fine last weekend, but since Tuesday (September 6) I have been unable to connect to the server. I hope the problem is fixed soon.
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umpapah replied on 07 Sep 2012
Habe das gleiche Problem! Seit 2 oder 3 Tagen ist der Server nicht zu erreichen!
@Quiick: Stimmt, das Programm startet unter 10.8.1 nach löschen der Datenbank in "~/Library/Application Support/Mediathek" fehlerfrei.
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IkeC replied on 14 Sep 2012
You can find a working updated version (2.6.3) here:
http://www.chip.de/downloads/Mediathek_43412004.html
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Quiiick commented on 06 Aug 2012
Not compatible with Mountain Lion.
Crashes on startup!
[Version 2.6.2]

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Desteini replied on 28 Aug 2012
Running perfectly on Mountain Lion, but doesn't display any icon images to me (probably due to Retina display).
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Quiiick replied on 28 Aug 2012
Hmmm ... strange!
Thanks for the info, though.
Must be something else then. Never had any problems with "Mediathek" before switching to ML.
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Quiiick replied on 28 Aug 2012
... well, I finally found the problem.
The database in "~/Library/Application Support/Mediathek" must have been corrupt.
After deleting this folder the app runs fine again.

Thanks again for pointing out that it wasn't related to ML.
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Monkeyjunkey replied on 06 Sep 2012
I can confirm crashes and issues on 10.8. Tried deleting said folder, but no improvement.
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Krabbe had trouble on 03 Jan 2013
try this java app:

http://zdfmediathk.sourceforge.net/download.html

Seems to be German only.

You may need to activate java (inside your applications/utilities folder)
[Version 2.6.4b]


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JoRa_b02c5b32 had trouble on 07 Sep 2012
problems with mountain lion, please update application!!!!!
[Version 2.6.2]


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zilflar had trouble on 25 May 2012
great software !

the only problem i seem to have is downloading ZDF NEO shows, I always get a "Resource not found" message .

is this region restricted , I am in australia ??
[Version 2.6.2]



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Widber rated on 28 Sep 2012

[Version 2.6.4b]



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Quiiick rated on 19 Sep 2012

[Version 2.6.4b]



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zitronenmelissa rated on 18 Sep 2012

[Version 2.6.4b]



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whitescalp rated on 06 Sep 2012

[Version 2.6.2]



Lesewolf rated on 30 Aug 2012

[Version 2.6.2]



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Mextex rated on 05 Aug 2012

[Version 2.6.2]



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livingcrayon rated on 11 Apr 2012

[Version 2.6.2]



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Widber rated on 16 Feb 2012

[Version 2.6.1]



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crm128 rated on 09 Feb 2012

[Version 2.6]



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Monkeyjunkey rated on 08 Feb 2012

[Version 2.6]


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Type:Multimedia Design : Video
License:Free
Date:18 Sep 2012
Platform:PPC 64 / PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
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