Syntax for grabbing all episodes of the new season of Celebrity Master Chef

Dave Widgery dave.widgery at
Mon Jul 6 11:49:37 EDT 2020

Not only does the BBC not want to exploit a market that people are
currently using for free through the back door, they are wasting their
time spending a fortune on a competitor to Amazon Alexa, Google
Assistant, Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, Samsung Bixby and god knows
how many more AI interfaces, I would rather they spent the money
getting their current apps to work properly, this is why do I use
get_iplayer because the BBC app is flakey or it certainly is on the
Firestick, all the other TV channel apps seem to work faultlessly on
my dodgy internet connection, but with Iplayer unless I get  a good
day with no wind (my connection is particularly bad when it is windy)
it just gives up often it takes several attempts to start a program,
if I go to live TV that is half way through and try to use the start
from the beginning, it plays for a little while then jumps to the live
feed and you have to keep rewinding.

It is not just me there are lots of the same story on the internet
with smart TV's and tv boxes, and don't even get me started on the BBC
Sounds app, it is practically useless and they haven't even bothered
to do a version for the latest firestick.

Sorry rant over

On Mon, 6 Jul 2020 at 12:23, CJB <chrisjbrady at> wrote:
> Then there are VPN services - free v.v. paid for. If the Beeb offered
> such then folks would surely pay to watch or listen from overseas.
> Anther revenue stream it does not been to want to exploit.
> But I would opine one demand would be for archival recordings audio
> (sorry 'sounds') and video. Once there was a huge (and expensive)
> project to put all archival recordings online. But after huge
> expenditure the project was abandoned - at license fee-payers'
> expense.
> I would love to hear the programmes made by such pioneers as Charles
> Parker, A.L.Lloyd, Ewan MacColl, Michael Mason, Charles Chilton, Alan
> Lomax, and many others. But their works have all been consigned to the
> 'dusty archives' never to be heard again - that is if the archives
> ever had them anyway.
> At least Merlin is still available.
> CJB.
> On 06/07/2020, Jim web <web at> wrote:
> > In article <77065296-BEDE-4F1C-A6A2-F774C580B3FC at>,
> > VeniVidiVideo
> > <venividivideoed at> wrote:
> >> Boy, the hypocrisy here is stunning.  The BBC allows time-limited
> >> downloads, but does NOT allow downloads without an expiration date.
> >> Every single license payer here is violating BBC's terms of service by
> >> using GiP to download files that do not expire.  Yet heaven forbid
> >> someone from outside the UK violate those same terms of service.
> >
> > Erm, back in mere reality, people in the UK for many decades have been able
> > to use VCRs, DVD Videorecorders, and now computer-based system to record
> > from broadcasts and keep those recordings for an indeterminate time.
> >
> > The use of get_iplayer in essence just provides another convenient way to
> > do this.
> >
> > *However the umbrella requirement of all the above is to be a TV Licence
> > fee payer, and thus legally can access the material.* (Or some agreed
> > equivalent.)
> >
> > What would be wrong for *all* the above methods would be to make and
> > distribute copies to others. Or to not have a TV License (or equivalent).
> >
> > IIUC The formal view of the BBC wrt gip is that they neither 'condone or
> > support' it. But I know that at least some people at the BBC themselves do
> > use it.[1] AIUI Their main concern is that it may act as a 'leak' for
> > material, undermining the IPR holder's ability to market the material
> > outwith the UK. That in turn would undermine the BBCs position as they'd be
> > either denied material or asked for more money by the IPR holders, and find
> > their ability to sell BBC-created material would reduce.
> >
> > Also: You may not have noticed that the BBC have been trying to extend the
> > accessibility in terms of allowing longer time periods before material
> > 'expires' from iplayer. There has actually been quite a spur put to this by
> > 'lockdown'. Some 'box setting' has been occurring.
> >
> > So I suggest that your view isn't quite correct.
> >
> > The key point is that in general people *outwith* the UK do NOT have any
> > 'permission or right' to make recordings or even *view* the UK-intended
> > material. That means via VCR, DVD Recorder, etc, as well as by live viewing
> > or gip.
> >
> > Jim
> >
> > [1] Indeed, on more than one occasion over the years I've co-operated with
> > some to help them check/develop some aspects of iplayer performance. Using
> > gip for the purpose. It is actually a very handy tool for engineers.
> >
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