Anyway, my Raspberry Pi has turned up! I haven't been this excited since I went to get my Amiga.
I've got a plan to use the Pi as a low power, always on device, which will download the latest tv & radio shows from BBC iPlayer so I can watch / listen later.
There is a great open source project called get_iplayer for downloading feeds from BBC iPlayer, so when I first unwrapped it, getting this installed was my first challenge.
I am using the Debian Squeeze distro (19-04-2012), so this info is only appropriate to that OS, if your running something different, your on your own!
Download & extract get_iplayer
First I headed over to ftp://ftp.infradead.org/pub/get_iplayer/ to the latest version of the get_iplayer application, downloading it onto my Pi using:
Once I had got get_iplayer-2.82.tar.gz into a directory I needed to decompress it using gzip.
This left me with get_iplayer-2.82.tar, which I then needed to extract using tar.
This created a directory called get_iplayer-2.82, which contained the get_iplayer application.
I then made get_iplayer executable and writeable.
get_iplayer is a perl application and as well as extracting the application I also needed to install an additional perl module and some other tools, all of which are available using apt-get.
Install perl module libwww-perl
And that was it, I was now able to run get_iplayer; make sure your in the get_iplayer directory and run:
The first 2 times you run get_iplayer it might download plug-ins and the latest lists from BBC iPlayer.
Search for a program
Run get_iplayer passing a search parameter (e.g. News).
Download a program
Note the programme Id returned in the search and pass this to get_iplayer using the --get command.
get_iplayer has lots of other functions, such as basic PVR capabilities, check out the documentation on the get_iplayer site for more info. There is also a readme file in the get_iplayer directory which includes some instructions on its use.
Update - for more information about setting up get_iplayer and running it, see post http://stuffaboutcode.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/raspberry-pi-getiplayer-setup-and.html
Update - my iPlayer project is now finished; it downloads from BBC iPlayer before creating a Podcast which is distributed over the internet so I can pick up the latest programmes from my phone, see post http://stuffaboutcode.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/raspberry-pi-bbc-iplayer-personal.html