Sunday, July 14, 2013

Remove BBC iPlayer DRM for free on a Mac

I currently do this on multiple Windows computers. Downloading BBC programmes directly from the BBC servers using get_iplayer will allow you to keep and copy the media to ANY device that you own, including iPads, iPhones, any tablet device and any other computer without any restrictions.

The get_iplayer scripts and associated programs were developed on Linux systems. The on-going development is being performed on Linux computers. Windows versions of these programs are available for download (for free) from the infradead.org website. If a change is made by the BBC to the way they distribute the iPlayer offerings it is infradead.org that you need to visit for updates. Windows fixes will be released after the "base code" has been fixed.

As OSX is a BSD flavour of Linux the get_iplayer source code will run on a Mac. It is for this reason that I am considering the purchase of a Mac. I am not interested in getting into the development of Windows applications and the installation of most Linux distributions on a laptop have seen to have problems in their own right. These problems comprise of adapter compatibility and the general "swimming up-stream" that running Linux involves. A Mac will at least mean that I have a "working system" out of the box and I could be in a position to analyze the get_iplayer operation outside the Windows environmnet.

1 comment:

Polstead said...

This is a subject that I am very interested in. Thank you for posting on the subject