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.
In June 2013, BBC iPlayer changed to use SWF Verification (see this post for more information), If you haven't already you need to setup the certificate by running.
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