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Old 03-06-2008, 23:59
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Default BBC iPlayer, downloads are time limited-why?

As anyone who's used bbc iplayer will know, you can store a downloaded bbc program for 30 days before it self destructs!
My question is this, if I recorded a program, directly onto a DVD, on a pvr, straight from the tv as it was being broadcast, then that recording would be mine for ever, so why do the bbc have to time-limit iplayer downloads???
Also the wmv file of the program appears to be encrypted, when attempting to burn it to dvd with ConvertXtodvd, the process failed.Not even VLC media player could handle it!
Any views/help with this would be appreciated
pete.

ps I'm not trying to save an episode of Eastenders! its the Pink Floyd Story i'm trying to
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Old 04-06-2008, 00:08
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Default Re: BBC iPlayer, downloads are time limited-why?

I think the main reason for the 30 day thing was that a lot of the output of the BBC nowadays is made by independent production companies - and the BBC can only licence "re-showing" of the material for a limited amount of time or you'd get into serious royalty issues. Though I can see the argument that if you've bought a licence then you have paid your contribution to the cost of the programme and therefore why should you not have an indefinite copy.

There are things like this, but I should point out that it would be illegalto remove the DRM from the downloaded material from the BBC.

http://tinyurl.com/2fn6kc
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Old 04-06-2008, 00:46
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Default Re: BBC iPlayer, downloads are time limited-why?

One possibility is to use a desktop recording utility in Linux to capture the video as it's played.
One such utility is gtk-recordmydesktop.
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Old 04-06-2008, 04:43
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Default Re: BBC iPlayer, downloads are time limited-why?

If you Google "recording streaming video" you can find a raft of programs that will do just that- DJ
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Old 04-06-2008, 07:28
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Default Re: BBC iPlayer, downloads are time limited-why?

One thing for sure if you burn it to dvd which you can do it still self destructs after the time limit
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Old 04-06-2008, 22:37
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>>> One thing for sure if you burn it to dvd which you can do it still self destructs after the time limit

Is that factual, I never knew that - DJ
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Old 04-06-2008, 22:40
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Oh its factual cheesed me right of . If you get round the drm you are ok but straightforward burning to dvd is doomed
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Old 05-06-2008, 00:23
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Default Re: BBC iPlayer, downloads are time limited-why?

Thanks chaps for all your interesting replies, I've learnt something new.
Meursault> thanks for the link I'll have look at that later
jaymac> thanks for the info, just goes to show that drm is in fact total pants,
it may restrict afew 100 people from keeping a copy, but does'nt stop the
1000's that have (probably) already recorded it straight from the tv, utterly pointless!
Hopefully the powers that be will realise the futlility of drm and scrap it?
thanks again chaps,
pete.
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Old 05-06-2008, 11:00
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Agree Pete but not all the beebs fault the owners of the programmes have something to do with it,Eg dont think Heroes is available whats even more annoying is if you have to record a repeat off air in the wee small hours damned Sign language speaker takes up the part of the screen and you have a reduced main image now that is the pants Ha!
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Old 25-12-2008, 19:06
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Default Re: BBC iPlayer, downloads are time limited-why?

iv just downloaded 'record my desktop' in a rar file to a folder on my desk top, iv opened it but now iv a load of files such as .. authors, changeLog, compile, config.guess, config.h.in and so on .. now there 1 which says install but when i click it , it opens up another window asking me which program id like to use ... : ( .. ... it doing this deliberatly cuz it nows iv had a bit to drink and it's challenging me , n trouble is it blimmin won ...! .. p.s .. you lot on here who give out help are lickle stars !!
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