PVR Manager modes, settings and bugs

Derek Moss dmgi at stoptheviolence.co.uk
Mon May 7 14:01:58 EDT 2012

Seems my replies got blocked because they had RE: in the subject and
the system doesn't realise I'm replying to a message (I get the digest
so have to cut and paste to reply), so sorry if this looks like a new

> From: dinkypumpkin <dinkypumpkin at gmail.com>
> On 27/04/2012 16:48, Derek Moss wrote:
>> 1) Under Search - Columns, ticking Mode doesn't do anything (I imagine
>> it's meant to show what modes are available for each programme)
> That option is only useful when searching the download history ("Search
> History" checked). It will show the mode used for an already-downloaded
> programme.

Ah thanks, that makes sense.

>> 2) Under Recording, the Recording Modes listed are
>> flashaachigh,flashaacstd,flashaudio,flashhigh,flashstd,flashnormal,realaudio,flashaaclow.
>> Looking at this table
>> http://beebhack.wikia.com/wiki/IPlayer_TV#Comparison_Table it seems
>> that the flash modes use AAC by default anyway, so is there any
>> difference between flashaachigh and flashhigh and couldn't the list
>> just be flashhigh,flashstd,flashnormal,flashlow,flashaudio,realaudio
>> (and if wanted, flashhd,flashvhigh, appended to the start)?
> The "flashaac" modes (AAC audio) are used for radio programmes on the
> national stations.  The "flash" modes (H.264 video/AAC audio) are used
> for tv programmes.  So, not the same at all.

I see, thanks for explaining. Could you clarify whether flashaudio and
realaudio are for TV or radio?

>> 3) When saving settings in PVR Manager, where are they stored and is
> In a persistent browser cookie
>> there a saved settings file (storing settings like default download
>> folder, etc) for the command line tool as well? (I used to know this,
>> but once I forget I can never work out where they are!)
> For Windows 7, most likely place is:
> C:\Users\<username>\.get_iplayer\options

Thanks. The reason I couldn't find it is because I hadn't saved any
settings. Now I have with --prefs-add it's created the options file.

> On 27/04/2012 19:37, dinkypumpkin wrote:

>> On 27/04/2012 16:48, Derek Moss wrote:
>>> 4) Since updating get_iplayer.cgi, clicking on a programme title no
>>> longer filters by that. It does change what's in the Search box (so
>>> clicking on an episode of The Bridge sets it to ^The Bridge$ but it
>>> doesn't refresh the displayed programmes as it used to.
>> Still works here. Since the search box changes, the click event handler
>> is being executed, but apparently the enclosing form isn't being
>> submitted as it should be. Perhaps a IE expert out there can shed
>> further light on this.
> I think I might see the problem here.  The updated get_iplayer.cgi has
> acquired a DOCTYPE declaration that puts IE into standards mode.  In IE9
> standards mode, I see the behaviour described above, regardless of the
> Web PVR version.   In IE 7/8 modes and Quirks mode, it works as before.
>  I'm not sure why it worked for me initially, but IE was definitely in
> Quirks mode when I first loaded the Web PVR.  I can't repeat that now,
> so I must have been hallucinating or something.
> There are several options I can think of:
> - Remove the DOCTYPE declaration and default to Quirks mode
> - Adjust the DOCTYPE declaration to force Quirks mode
> - Add a <META> header to force IE9 to use IE8 mode
> fs ck: The DOCTYPE declaration was your addition. Does it need to have
> that particular value for any reason?
> Derek - to work around this for now, you can try Compatibility view
> (Page->Compatiblity View).  If that doesn't work for some reason, open
> the IE developer tools (Tools->F12 developer tools).  In the Document
> Mode menu, select "Quirks mode"

Thanks, Compatibility View has fixed it for now, so I've just added to the CV settings.

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