How to: Channel 4 Catch-Up on Mac :)

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  1. sd2009 macrumors 6502

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    If you go to channel4.com/watchonline you will see that only Internet Explorer on Windows is supported, and this seems impossible to overcome due to the WMV DRM, etc.
    Well since I missed The Peep Show tonight, I figured I'd find a way to watch it on my Mac.
    And I did it.

    DISCLAIMER: The legality of the following instructions is questionable.

    What you need:

    - VLC

    - Darwine

    - freeme2

    (NOTE: You could also try compiling the freeme2 sourcecode for Mac instead of using Darwine to run the Windows binary)

    What you do:

    1) Go to http://www.channel4.com/watchonline and choose the show and episode you would like to watch.

    2) When the window with the "Sorry" message pops up, go to View > View Source and look for the line similar to:

    Code:
    oWMP.init('/services/catchup-playlist/playlist.asx?contractId=12345&episodeId=1', true, '12345-4', 'TV Show', true, true);
    3) Highlight and copy everything from "/services" up until "episodeId=x", excluding quotation marks.


    5) Go to http://isnoop.net/tools/url.php and in the input box type "http://channel4.com", followed by the string of text you copied earlier. The result should be something like "http://channel4.com/services/catchup-playlist/playlist.asx?contractId=12345&episodeId=1"

    6) Click submit, and right click on the resulting link and download.

    7) Open the downloaded file with Text Edit and look for something like

    Code:
    <TITLE>peep-show-4</TITLE>
    		<REF HREF="mms://a1420.v154781.c15478.g.vm.akamaistream.net/7/1420/15478/v0001//origin.channel4.com/4od_stream/encrypted/PC_LOWRES_STREAM/45026/4/3320963/CH4_01_02_05_45026004001001_001.wmv"/>
    It should be near the bottom.

    8. Copy everything from "origin.channel4.com" upto ".wmv"

    9. Go back to http://isnoop.net/tools/url.php and enter "http://" followed by what you just copied. Click submit and download the link that appears (right click and download). The downloaded file should be at least 60-70mb.

    10. Open freeme2 with Darwine and use it to remove the DRM from the downloaded WMV file.
     
  2. MisterEd macrumors 6502

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    Wow that's awesome, thanks for posting this.
    I've been looking for a way round this on OS X, and the best I have yet is running windows in a virtual machine.
    I'll be sure to give this a go!

    Ed
     
  3. macffooky macrumors regular

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    Everything goes swimmingly until I run freeme2 which requires an SID.

    Freeme2 compiles happily but neither the OS X compiled version or the Windows binary with Darwine will get past the SID requirement.
     
  4. digidan25 macrumors newbie

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    I too am having the same problem. I keep on getting asked about the SID but not knowing it, I can't put it in and so can't get the video I want...any help gratefully received!!
     
  5. masteroftheseas macrumors newbie

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    just download microsoft silverlight 2.0 for mac and it works fine
     
  6. jgbhardy macrumors 6502

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    The online version has been changed! it works with Macs it has nothing to do with the Microsoft Silverlight. They changed it and it running as a beta but it works!:cool:
     
  7. vielsfrithj macrumors newbie

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    Channel 4 Catch Up for Mac!!!

    You can now easily watch 4 catch up on Plex it's a media center app.
     
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