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BBC iPlayer - programme withdrawn

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BBC iPlayer - programme withdrawn

I decided to watch the latest episode of Top Gear again (specially Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise) and started Iplayer - it said 4 days left but then changed to Programme Withdrawn
Has anyone seen this before
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Re: BBC iPlayer - programme withdrawn

Was this streaming or downloading, Jim? It's streaming OK here.
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Re: BBC iPlayer - programme withdrawn

I assume Jim's talking about a download as he mentions ‘starting’ iPlayer (which implies use of the actual software application).
To answer the question, I haven't seen that, although I've seen other slightly unusual behaviour such as trying to download something only to find a message in the software saying it'll be available in a few days' time, despite the fact it can be streamed immediately from the iPlayer website.
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Re: BBC iPlayer - programme withdrawn

I can play it streamed and I just downloaded it (675MB in 2.5 mins  Cheesy) and it plays fine on the desktop player.
I know they can't repeat it on TV any more due to the Ayrton Senna F1 piece but that does not appear to stop it being available on iPlayer.
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Re: BBC iPlayer - programme withdrawn

I once successfully downloaded a programme but it wouldn't let me watch it until a few days later.
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Re: BBC iPlayer - programme withdrawn

There are huge cutbacks in the number (and quality) of programmes supplied.
e.g "Top Gear" is categorised as "factual"....

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Re: BBC iPlayer - programme withdrawn

To clarify - I had already downloaded it and watched it once.
It was the second time a couple of days later when it was suddenly withdrawn
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Re: BBC iPlayer - programme withdrawn

I had a similar thing happen to me.
I had downloaded this exact same program one morning, but did not watch it at all.
The next morning when I started the iPlayer, to download the previous days programmes, I got the pop-up saying that Top Gear is no longer available (or something like that) and it had been deleted.
At that point I went to the iPlayer website, downloaded the same program again, which it seemed to complete OK.
I can't tell you if the download plays yet as I have not had the time to watch it.
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Re: BBC iPlayer - programme withdrawn

I think I heard that it was withdrawn because of a 'performing rights' issue.
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Re: BBC iPlayer - programme withdrawn

Maybe they "edited" it a bit due to complaints and the later download is the "clean" version whereas the earlier one has had it's digital rights withdrawn.
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Grr, just been inconvenienced by iPlayer acting oddly today coincidentally enough. A few days ago I downloaded Sherlock, with an expiry date of some time in August, and I began watching it last night. However, there was no time to watch the whole 90 minutes, so I paused it halfway through expecting to finish it off today. But today I return to iPlayer Desktop to find it's apparently ‘expired’. Angry Erm no, one is supposed to get 7 days to watch a programme once one has started… so now I've got to either download the whole thing again (90-minute HD programme = big file) or try streaming the HD version over a connection that's slightly too slow to actually stream it successfully.
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Re: BBC iPlayer - programme withdrawn

Use get_iplayer and things never expire.
No DRM either.

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Quote from: A
Use get_iplayer and things never expire.

Except get_iplayer itself  Wink
http://linuxcentre.net/get_iplayer-dropped-in-response-to-bbcs-lack-of-support-for-open-source
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Use get_iplayer and things never expire.

Yes yes A Fox Is Evil, we know you like get_iplayer. The legality of it is questionable however so I'm not sure you should be so insistent on recommending it to everyone here.
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Re: BBC iPlayer - programme withdrawn

Quote from: HPsauce
Quote from: A
Use get_iplayer and things never expire.

Except get_iplayer itself  Wink
http://linuxcentre.net/get_iplayer-dropped-in-response-to-bbcs-lack-of-support-for-open-source

Not even that  Cheesy
It's been forked.
See http://www.smallsoftware.co.uk/site/get_iplayer-2.78/ (and a few other locations). Cool