You can download BBC shows from iPlayer using software for Linux called get-iplayer. Because get-iplayer downloads the whole programme before watching there are no buffering problems. The files are also handy for producing clips from shows. get-iplayer is operated through typed commands but it’s not too difficult. Here’s how to install and use it on Ubuntu Linux.
Open “Terminal” from the main menu. You will get a window you can type in.
Type: (Or copy and paste)
sudo apt-get install get-iplayer
Enter your password when prompted to allow the software to install.
Press enter at the next prompt to continue.
If all goes well then you should end up back at a command prompt like this.
get-iplayer needs to download the list of programmes on iPlayer. Type:
Then a list of programmes will be displayed.
The list is too long to view properly. There are two ways you can address this. To browse through the whole list, type the following.
get-iplayer | less
Then you can scroll up and down the list using Page Up and Page Down or the up and down arrows. Press q to get back to the command prompt.
Alternatively, you can search for what you want.
Put quotes around the name if it has spaces in.
get-iplayer "daily politics"
Either way, the bit you need to know is the number on the left. That’s the number that you type to actually download the programme.
To download your chosen programme type this.
get-iplayer -g 610
Replace 610 with the number of your choice.
You’ll see some information about the video file and then a display of how much has been downloaded at the bottom.
After the download has finished the .flv file will be automatically converted to a .mp4 file.
Open your home folder and double-click the file to watch it.