Failing to download msg

James Scholes james at
Mon Apr 26 20:12:19 BST 2021

The message explicitly says to ignore it if the program is downloaded successfully.  If for some reason you are closely monitoring the output of GiP and it's getting in the way, you can exclude the CDN that is generating the errors:

get_iplayer --exclude-supplier bidi ...

... which doesn't prompt the error in my very basic testing.  You can also add that to your preferences or presets, although the syntax for doing that easily escapes me at the moment.


James Scholes

On 26/04/2021 at 1:15 pm, Chris Brady wrote:
> Yes - I get these all of the time. CJB
> On 26/04/2021, fred.d <fred.d at> wrote:
>> I've noticed an increase over the past few months in getting the failed
>> to download messages see sample after this message, which is the last
>> error then success.
>> Initially before Christmas it was every so often. Jan and Feb it moved
>> to repeat once or twice on most of the downloads with a few not an issue
>> but all download OK. In the last couple of months it's been every file
>> fail message twice then downloads OK. Today I had a couple with 5 fails
>> then downloads OK.
>> I appreciate that the program says ignore the message if it downloads
>> and my downloads are successful...
>> However I was wondering if anyone else is getting the same level of
>> response as I am and if so, does anyone actually know why the frequency
>> might be increasing.
>> Asking partly because I just like to know these sorts of things but also
>> partly because if it's something to do with my setup I'd like to get it
>> back to "normal".
>> I haven't changed the config options for about 2 years so I'm presuming
>> it's more likely changes at the remote end. I could speculate but I'm
>> wondering if anyone knows.
>> Ta.
>> ------
>> ERROR: Failed to download URL (3/3):
>> 8cac489-bdda-483f-ae0d-27d3d7ddf42b.ism/pc_hd_abr_v2_hls_master.m3u8?at=Ww262mGZ7a1dc6a235e548cffcab8cc34065bf98ee8f60005c0e34bc71240
>> ERROR: Response: 403 Forbidden
>> ERROR: Access to this resource was blocked by the BBC
>> ERROR: Ignore this error if programme download is successful
>> INFO: Downloading tv: 'Silent Witness: Series 5 - 06. Faith, Part 2
>> (p032kkx2) [original]'
>> INFO: Downloaded: 658.19 MB (00:49:54) @ 21.49 Mb/s (hvfxsd1/bi)
>> [audio+video]
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