How To Download Programs From BBC iPlayer : Get iPlayer Automator
Mark | On 05, Aug 2012
Todays neat program comes from Get iPlayer Automator that let’s you download any TV or Radio show over on the BBC iPlayer, 4od or iTV players, rather than dealing with a limited time to view and watch. Once a show is downloaded a nice thumbnail is created and the show put into your iTunes library.
Best of all you flash isn’t required to grab a show. Let Get iPlayer Automator grab, transcode and do the hard work for you.
Adding a show happens in one of a couple of ways. Either search inside the app itself, navigate to your program page of choice where you’d normally start watching your show or hit up the basic PVR capabilities. As you can see the download queue does like it says just add what you want from various sources (no support for 5 on demand yet) and hit that lovely start button.
Series links are just that so you’ve got scheduling for shows in a basic fashion. The fact it does all this, then plonks things nicely in iTunes makes me wonder why I hadn’t come across this before. Podcasts alongside radio shows are also supported making me wish I’d know about this when “On the Blog” a show on BBC Radio 2 was still going. Anyways I digress.
Nestling inside preferences are options to grab set the quality of show you’re after. It’s just a shame that when you have your search results for the given query there’s no filter option to grab HQ or desktop version of streams. Removing filters for types of streams I thought would of been a neat work around but alas not. You still search and attempt to download but get an error message if your filters were changed and nothing matches it in your search criteria.
This is one of those apps that’s making the Essential Mac apps list despite a few issues. The main one for me was knowing the quality of the download. A filter list to show let me choose between SD or HD would have pushed the review score upwards. Sure if you have the geeky tendency you can do you could eventually tease out the video url’s from streams but that’s a hassle and you still have to do the transcoding after all that.
Minor quibbles aside this is one of those apps which will come in extremely handy at times.
Get iPlayer Automator is a Free App supported by Donation Ware
Version 1.4.1 comes as an update when you first run Get iPlayer Automator which is a 12.3mb update featuring
- 4od Support
- Shows remaining time left till the download is complete
- Improved detection of shows in HD (yes!!)
- Stops Mountain lion from falling asleep when downloading
- Updated get_player
- Needs OSx 10.7 Lion or newer