Failing to download iPlayer file

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Wed Apr 21 16:16:34 BST 2021

 > -----Original Message-----
 > From: get_iplayer <get_iplayer-bounces at> On Behalf 
Of Michael Eacott
 > Sent: 20 April 2021 18:32
 > To: get_iplayer at
 > Subject: Failing to download iPlayer file
 > My apologies for not using my registered read only email address of 
xmichael at that I cannot send from and also not changing my 
email client Thunderbird default from html format to plain text.
 > I wanted to download this video
 > I used this command get-iplayer -pid=p099f5jp --modes=hvfxsd1 tvmode 
good --type=tv
 > Here's the Terminal window
 > get-iplayer -pid=p099f5jp --modes=hvfxsd1 tvmode good --type=tv 
get_iplayer v3.27, Copyright (C) 2008-2010 Phil Lewis
 >     This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details use 
 >     This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it 
under certain
 >     conditions; use --conditions for details.
 > Matches:
 > 6696:    Spooks: The Greater Good - -, BBC One, b06dngb6
 > 7282:    The Good Dinosaur - -, BBC One, b07h1m7d
 > INFO: 2 matching programmes
 > So what may I be doing wrong please?

On 20/04/2021 18:45, Steve Rochford wrote:
> I think that you've missed out the "--" in front of pid (it looks like you've got a single -)
> get-iplayer --pid=p099f5jp --modes=hvfxsd1 tvmode good --type=tv
> What's weird is that you don't get an error but you get the info on 2 completely unrelated programmes!

No, it's perfectly logical, it's just that the single dash in front of 
pid was not his only error, he's also missed out the double dash in 
front of 'tvmode', so GiP interpreted both 'tvmode' and 'good' as search 
terms, and thus found 2 programmes with 'good' in the title.

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