InvernessTMD
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BBC iplayer

Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:04 pm

Finally got the last piece of the puzzle to get going with my RPi (wireless keypad) and I thought I would try and watch something on iplayer... Reading on here it looks like Flash isn't supported on the RPi, even though it is a Linux based computer.
Is there anything that will let me watch iplayer without having to download them on the PC and converting to MPEG4?

Cheers

ITMD

Cloudcentric
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Re: BBC iplayer

Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:21 pm

You need a XBMC Linux Distribution

Raspbmc

or

OpenElec

http://www.recantha.co.uk/blog/?p=1033
I know everything about nothing"

InvernessTMD
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Re: BBC iplayer

Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:58 pm

Will give it a go. Going by the link, it looks like the RPi must have a wired network connection rather than via wifi, is this for initial set up or all the time? I ask because the router is in a different part of the house to the TV!!

RobHenry
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Re: BBC iplayer

Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:26 pm


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Re: BBC iplayer

Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:11 pm

InvernessTMD wrote:Will give it a go. Going by the link, it looks like the RPi must have a wired network connection rather than via wifi, is this for initial set up or all the time? I ask because the router is in a different part of the house to the TV!!
Raspbmc has built in wifi support, there's some settings in the installation application.
I'd imagine OpenElec also has wifi support too now - it's been a while since I tried it.

InvernessTMD
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Re: BBC iplayer

Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:54 pm

Found a long enough cable to go from the router to the Pi on the TV cabinet...
I can access it via PuTTY but when I try to follow the instructions for downloading the software I either get 404 not found or nothing seems to happen.
Even trying get_iplayer I have the same problems.

Cheers

ITMD

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Re: BBC iplayer

Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:12 pm

InvernessTMD wrote:Found a long enough cable to go from the router to the Pi on the TV cabinet...
I can access it via PuTTY but when I try to follow the instructions for downloading the software I either get 404 not found or nothing seems to happen.
Even trying get_iplayer I have the same problems.

Cheers

ITMD
Sounds like your RPi cannot access the internet. What happens if you type:

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ping www.bbc.co.uk
and

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ping 212.58.244.71

InvernessTMD
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Re: BBC iplayer

Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:27 pm

will have to try that later, I originally had Raspbian on and it could access the internet via the wifi no problem, that was when I discovered I couldnt watch iplayer!!

InvernessTMD
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Re: BBC iplayer

Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:17 pm

Got it set up on my desk via a spare monitor and an HDMI-VGA adaptor. I can download the files to the RPi via PuTTY but when I try to load them (following the instructions via the link earlier) I get a little message saying "add-on does not have the correct structure" Running XBMC at the moment.
Does the 'get_iplayer' link work on XBMC or do I need the basic Raspbian?
Bit new to linux and this sort of stuff, even though I rebuilt my windows XP PC a few years back!

Cheers

ITMD

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Re: BBC iplayer

Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:27 pm

get_iplayer isn't an xbmc plug in - it just runs on linux

for xbmc you need the iplayer plug-in:

http://code.google.com/p/xbmc-iplayerv2/

instructions to install it are on the site

InvernessTMD
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Re: BBC iplayer

Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:13 pm

been following the instructions!

RobHenry
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Re: BBC iplayer

Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:16 pm

Post the exact steps you have taken and someone may be able to spot where you have gone wrong.

InvernessTMD
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Re: BBC iplayer

Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:13 pm

As per the link provided to the blog at recantha by cloudcentric...
I can install the repo installer but nothing else will install

InvernessTMD
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Re: BBC iplayer

Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:31 pm

the browser provided on xbmc is awful!! I can access the foundation page, BBC homepage via the RPi, though this is being done on the PC and firefox!

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Re: BBC iplayer

Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:34 pm

InvernessTMD wrote:As per the link provided to the blog at recantha by cloudcentric...
I can install the repo installer but nothing else will install
1. Have you downloaded the zip file to your PC?
2. Have you copied it to a location on the RPi?
3. Then use the "install from zip file" menu option.

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Re: BBC iplayer

Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:37 pm

InvernessTMD wrote:the browser provided on xbmc is awful!! I can access the foundation page, BBC homepage via the RPi, though this is being done on the PC and firefox!
Don't use the RPi's browser to install the add-on. Either download the zip file to a PC or use ssh from a PC to run the wget command to download directly to the RPi/XBMC. If you get 404 errors it means that your RPi doesn't have internet connectivity.

InvernessTMD
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Re: BBC iplayer

Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:43 pm

I have been using Putty and wget to download the file, then install from zip, which is when I get the error message.

drgeoff
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Re: BBC iplayer

Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:50 pm

InvernessTMD wrote:I have been using Putty and wget to download the file, then install from zip, which is when I get the error message.
What does the error message say?

Can you check the size of the downloaded zip file? It should be 2,129,719 bytes.
Via putty:

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cd /home/pi
ls -l iPlayer-v2.4.17.zip

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Re: BBC iplayer

Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:56 pm

You do know you can download and install get_iplayer for the PC, this saves the hassle of mucking about with the Pi.
I download many shows using my PC, then when I want to watch them on the Pi I simply copy to a USB flash drive and fire up OpenELEC.

Richard S.

InvernessTMD
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Re: BBC iplayer

Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:07 pm

"add-on does not have the correct structure" is the error message,
Cannot seem to get the code thing to work...

Redhawk, the PC running XP and firefox can handle iplayer nicely... however, it is in the wrong room if I want to watch something on iplayer from a comfy sofa with the family...

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Re: BBC iplayer

Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:16 pm

InvernessTMD wrote:been following the instructions!
InvernessTMD wrote:As per the link provided to the blog at recantha by cloudcentric...
I can install the repo installer but nothing else will install
Try following the instructions here:

http://code.google.com/p/xbmc-iplayerv2/

That works perfectly well for me. If it doesn't work then post exactly what you have done and someone will be able to help.

InvernessTMD
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Re: BBC iplayer

Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:19 pm

I have also tried that link, and have followed the instructions as they are there!

drgeoff
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Re: BBC iplayer

Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:21 pm

InvernessTMD wrote:Cannot seem to get the code thing to work...
You said you had ssh (Putty) running and were able to issue the 'wget .......' line. So why cannot you type in the two lines I asked you to? All the 'l's in the second line are the letter 'l', except the number 'one' in '17'.
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InvernessTMD
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Re: BBC iplayer

Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:22 pm

I did type the two lines as shown and got no where with it

drgeoff
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Re: BBC iplayer

Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:28 pm

InvernessTMD wrote:I did type the two lines as shown and got no where with it
Where did it differ from this:

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pi@raspbmc:~$ cd /
pi@raspbmc:/$ cd /home/pi
pi@raspbmc:~$ ls -l iPlayer-v2.4.17.zip
-rwxr--r-- 1 pi pi 2129719 Feb  8 16:42 iPlayer-v2.4.17.zip
pi@raspbmc:~$

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