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get_iplayer lists, searches and downloads BBC iPlayer TV/Radio, BBC Podcast, ITVplayer TV programmes, and TV.

get_iplayer is a Perl script which has three modes: downloading a complete programme for later playback; streaming a programme directly to a playback application, such as MPlayer; and as a Personal Video Recorder (PVR), subscribing to search terms and downloading programmes automatically.

If given no arguments get_iplayer updates and displays the list of currently available BBC TV programmes.

Each available programme has a numerical identifier, pid. get_iplayer downloads BBC iPlayer programmes by pretending to be an iPhone, which means that some programmes in the list are unavailable for download.

In PVR mode, get_iplayer can be called from cron to download programmes to a schedule.


Free to download



Phil Lewis


System Requirements
mplayer and lame (for RealAudio Radio)
rtmpdump (flash audio/video)


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Features include:

  • Search, index and download/stream
    • BBC iPlayer TV - H.264/Quicktime/mov and Flash/AVI
    • BBC iPlayer Radio (Local and National) - 128 kb/s MP3 and Realaudio
    • BBC Podcasts - 128 kb/s MP3 or AAC
    • BBC iPlayer TV subtitles - SubRip/srt
    • ITV player Catch-up or classic TV - WMV/ASF
    • TV - MP4
    • Closed-captions/subtitles - SubRip/srt
  • Uses rtmpdump to download high quality Flash download versions for TV and radio
  • Stream a programme in MPlayer or xine, either downloading or not downloading it to disk
  • Download subtitles
  • PVR capabilities

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