iplayer change or...

Roger Tricker roger at tricker.co.uk
Wed Sep 9 04:05:35 PDT 2015

Thanks for your reply Dave but I am not referring to the BBC changes some 
months back but a new event in the last two weeks.
I usually copy the url/pid for the individual programme, enter in the the 
quick url box and press record but I cannot get to that point.

I would appreciate advice.

"Hi All,

I am very much a novice but would appreciate some advice.
I use get_iplayer for downloading the Bob Harris Show from BBC Radio 2 each
week. I missed last week but tried this morning and when I ran Web PVR
Manager, a command line appeared but did not start anything.

Has something changed in the last two weeks that has affected what I have
done successfully for many, many, months?
Any help gratefully received.


-----Original Message----- 
From: Dave Liquorice
Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2015 11:16 AM
To: get_iplayer at lists.infradead.org
Subject: Re: iplayer change or...

On Wed, 09 Sep 2015 10:03:14 +0100, Jim Lesurf wrote:

> My impression is that the apparent error reports are so random that they
> are just surface signs of a more basic problem. My ignorant guess is that
> packets are arriving too fast in too irregular an order, and something
> somewhere is being confused because it can't keep up with sorting out the
> flow into proper order.
> FWIW I have a nominally 70meg connection and when all is well, at about
> 7-8 am I have no trouble fetching HDTV items at about x10 'real time' - at
> least using the 'x' option. I'm also using a fairly fast machine with a
> wired network. Normally I can easily do things like fetch one program
> whilst watching another and the CPU use still seems low.

If daytime downloading works but wee small hours doesn't, in a reasonably
consistent manner, it does tend to point at something not keeping up with
the flatout rate the BBC can throw stuff at you in the wee small hours.

GiP is the only thing that any of this household uses that can fill the pipe
and hold it full for how ever long a download takes. We only have a tiny
pipe though, < 5 Mbps.

I don't think the streams use a link layer error correcting transport
protocol, so if a packet gets broken/dropped in transit it's gone forever.
"Transit" includes any (hardware) buffers in the NIC... Makes sure you have
the latest drivers for your NIC, see if there are any tweaks regarding
buffers in the driver.

Is it an "on board" NIC or a seperate card, on board stuff is normally "what
they can get away with" but all the same 70 Mbps sustained shouldn't be a
problem. One assumes you are saving the stream to the machines HD not a NAS
over the same ethernet connection?



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