The 'arse that Jack Built

dinkypumpkin dinkypumpkin at
Wed Oct 31 20:08:28 EDT 2012

On 31/10/2012 22:51, dinkypumpkin wrote:
> It looks like the URL changes for the new iPlayer radio site don't agree
> with Quick URL downloading.  This came up in an earlier thread but
> slipped my mind.

I cracked open the code and verified that get_iplayer explicitly 
excludes URLs in the form<PID> being 
passed to --pid (Quick URL in web pvr).  It's only a guess, but I 
presume that was done to avoid inadvertently entering a series home page 
URL (which is in the excluded form) and launching a huge download of all 
available episodes.  It would be an easy enough mistake to make since 
the latest episode is usually embedded in the series home page.

This scheme is somewhat at odds with the new iPlayer radio site, which 
uses URLs in the excluded format for both series and episode pages.  It 
would be easy enough to remove the exclusion, but I'm inclined to leave 
it in place.  It will only be an issue for a few cases like the OP's 
where a programme is still available from a web page after it has been 
removed from iPlayer.  Such URLs can be edited (as has been noted in 
this thread) or the PID itself extracted and used with --pid on the 
get_iplayer command line.  It would probably be worth making just the 
PID work with Quick URL as well.  Anything available via the iPlayer 
site should of course be available from a get_iplayer search.

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