BBC iPlayer to Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by dezza.1985, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

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    Hi Everyone

    In my desperate plee to get all of my media onto Apple TV, I have hit another hump. I use BBC iPlayer quite a bit on my PS3 and realise that you cannot use iPlayer on Apple TV unless you Hack it. As I don't really want to hack it yet, does anyone know of a good way to convert iPlayer video into iTunes format and remove the DRM?

    Can it be done with the normal VLC player and Handbrake?

    Cheers
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    iplayerdownloader then straight to ATV via iTunes - works for ATV, iPod , iPhone, iPad etc

    Quality not brilliant but OK for occasional viewing (BBC issue - the software justs grabs the stream of video from bbc)
     
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    You can download this and sync the resulting files to iTunes, then to the Apple TV. Not as convenient as just streaming straight from the Apple TV itself.

    HOWEVER, you may find that, more often than you'd expect, BBC shows are on YouTube in parts. Try finding the show you want on YouTube first.
     
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    If you stick with flash - High or below, the files should play fine on apple devices. The HD downloads won't work on appletv.

    Suck it and see basically.

    You ain't seen me - right ;)
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    Does that still work? Because get_iplayer which it is based off of has been discontinued because the BBC changed there streams to stop 3rd party software accessing anything but the iphone streams.

    http://linuxcentre.net/get_iplayer-dropped-in-response-to-bbcs-lack-of-support-for-open-source

    On a side note, you only need a TV license to watch live TV as it's broadcast:D
     
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    Just retried get iplayer - indeed a no go (sorry!).

    Thankfully I do pay my license and can watch tv whenever I like.
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, the BBC had a tantrum, spat their dummy out and went home with their ball:D

    Yep, I'm legal and have a license, but until recently I throught you need a TV license if you owned a TV but then found out that if you don't receive a live signal ie if you only watch DVD's or catch up services like iPlayer then you don't need a license, there's even a hidden form on the TV license web site to fill out that the crafty so and so's don't want you to see;)
     
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    We should be able to just torrent BBC shows since we fund the damn things, TBH.
     
  11. macrumors 6502

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    You can, and legally, I believe:

    http://thebox.bz/

    EDIT: Not legally. After some research, it appears that their "niche" is that they only use British-produced (primarily broadcast) content from companies that aren't as "active" as the US-based companies that use DCMA. My apologies. I didn't want to sidetrack this into a P2P discussion.
     
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    And that's completely legal?
     
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    That's about as legal an unlegal thing can be.

    i.e. not legal at all.

    Then again, I'm not a lawyer.
     
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    Thought so, didn't look too legal to me.
     
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    I think you were definitely right to be suspicious.

    :eek:
     
  16. jimthing, Jul 9, 2012
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    (wrong thread!)
    ...oh while I'm here, I use Get iPlayer Downloader daily: it works. :)
     
  17. Guest

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    Been browsing through the AppleTV forum and to be honest if your budget can stretch to it I would use a Mini/old Laptop as a media hub over a ATV, or at least thats my conclusion.

    I have an old Macbook sitting behind my TV running 24x7 using PS3 MediaServer and network linked to an external USB drive plugged into my Apple Airport Extreme which holds all my Photo, movie, music (iTunes) files etc.

    It also runs the full OSX version of BBC iPlayer (so I can DOWNLOAD shows (living abroad with a crappy broadband makes downloading essential, no way will streaming work). I also of course have my iTunes etc all available locally as well.

    Benefits over ATV - I can watch any format I like (with either VLC locally or PS3 MediaServer through my PS3),
    I can watch iPlayer HD without any weird DRM removal nonesense,
    I can still use PLEX / XBMC or anything else available without any hacks etc.

    How do I control all this?

    iPlayer and general use = Mobile Mouse Pro for iPhone
    VLC - VLC Remote for iPhone (don't actually need to use VLC as I play all movies through the PS3 using PS3 MediaServer on the Macbook)
    PLEX - PLEX Mobile for iPhone (I don't use PLEX but I would use this if I did)
    XBMC - Same as above but XBMC version - ditto don't use XBMC
    Other content - my PS3 Remote. (Photo's, Music, Movie files - all handled with PS3 MediaServer).

    I use AirServer so I can still use airplay to send files from my iPhone etc to the Macbook so no loss of functionality there either...

    I don't see any reason at all for an ATV, you need a PC somewhere in the house switched on anyway to stream anything to the ATV, you can't do iPlayer etc, can't play all movies unless they are encoded in a format it supports, have to hack it (which you can't do with ATV3 anyway) to get it to run Plex etc and it has no storage so is totally reliant on either Broadband to see the Cloud or for a Mac to be switched on also for it to stream from...

    it's just (FAR) too restrictive IMO..
     
  18. macrumors 6502

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    Not true, you can stream Netflix direct to the ATV or watch anything stored in the cloud.

    As for iplayer i just airplay it from my iphone or ipad, does the job fine.
     
  19. Guest

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    But not your own movies...for those you need a PC/Mac/iTunes...
     
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    "Now that Apple has opened up its iCloud service to store movies, users will now be able to stream movies to other connected Apple devices"

    No not your own movies you have ripped only purchased movies
     
  21. Guest

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    I accept that the Cloud can do this but like I said unfortunately broadband here makes streaming a non starter for me :mad: which is why I need the full iPlayer so I can download on a season pass and view when available and not use the iPhone/Pad streaming.
     

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