Cannot play downloads from get_iplayer!

Paul Thornett pthornett at
Tue Apr 17 23:28:31 PDT 2018

OK, but, previously, the tvmode=best has produced an .mp4 file that my
PVR is quite happy with. This is no longer the case. Does that not
suggest something has changed?

And you're right - I'm not in UK. But how did you deduce that from my postings?

Paul Thornett

On 18 April 2018 at 15:01, Paul Thornett <pthornett at> wrote:
> Well, I've "solved" the problem, albeit in a somewhat unintuitive manner.
> Remember, I can no longer play any GIP-downloaded videos on my PVR.
> And transcoding then with Handbrake helps not at all.
> But opening them with VideoRedo TvSuite 5, applying QuickStream Fix
> and saving the input .mp4 files as H.264 Transport Stream (.ts) files
> works, even when no errors are found (which is the case for 9 of
> the.10 files I tried). This does not involve transcoding, so speed is
> good. And I can then apply subtitles with MKVMerge. A somewhat
> convoluted process requiring 2 additional steps to what occurred
> previously, but it's fast and doesn't incur an increase in size.
> So the question is: what is QuickStream Fix doing that Handbrake can't?
> Regards,
> Paul Thornett
> On 18 April 2018 at 12:32, Paul Thornett <pthornett at> wrote:
>> I haven't expressed myself well.
>> My PVR is able to play .mkv, .mp4, .ts, .mpg, etc. I infer its
>> preference for .ts files from the fact that when the current entry in
>> a list of videos/movies is a .ts file, it is able to display length
>> and other data.
>> I was wrong in my earlier post. I have transcoded a couple of
>> different GIP download attempts using Handbrake, and the problem
>> remains - I still cannot see any video (and I am really suprised by
>> this).
>> Before I discovered GIP's --raw setting a few months ago, my prefs
>> contained no preferred modes, so presumably the --tvmode=best was
>> implied. Then, of course, I was getting .mp4 files, all of which
>> played perfectly. So it seems to me that something in the BBC's
>> formatting has changed recently; but that change has apparently been
>> picked up only by my PVR (which seems rather unlikely).
>> Regards,
>> Paul Thornett
>> On 18 April 2018 at 07:12, iz <ilainftw at> wrote:
>>> On 17 April 2018 at 16:24, Paul Thornett <pthornett at> wrote:
>>>>   --tvmode = best (results in dvfxsd1)
>>> It seems hvf streams are not available to you for some reason. They
>>> would spare you this headache. Otherwise, just re-mux your .mp4 to .ts
>>> (mpeg-ts). You can then re-mux back to .mp4 if necessary. Worked for
>>> me with QuickTime and Apple TV, which have the same limitation.

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