BBC iPlayer is a popular online service by the BBC that is offering BBC radio and TV programmes on the Internet. The BBC TV programs are limited to users from the United Kingdom only while the radio programs can be accessed by a worldwide audience. BBC iPlayer is in this regard like many of the other TV on the Internet services that limit the viewers based on their IP address. Users from the UK can watch the TV programmes of the past seven days on the website, download and stream HD programmes, access the iPlayer from supported mobile phones and download programmes to the computer system with the help of BBC iPlayer Desktop. BBC iPlayer Desktop is powered by Adobe Air and downloads use a digital rights system.
Users who want to download radio and TV programmes from BBC iPlayer can use the portable software program iDownload to do so. The download manager has been programmed in Java and is accessed in a web browser. The interface provides access to a content search that includes all supported BBC radio and TV programmes.
Available radio and TV shows are shown and can be marked for download by either double-clicking them or using the download button. All selected TV and radio shows are moved to the Downloads section of the web interface. Users from the United Kingdom can start to download the TV and radio shows right away while users from other countries need to find an anonymous web proxy (or VPN from the UK) to do so.
Download BBC iPlayer TV and Radio programmes can be launched directly from within the web interface. The TV programmes are downloaded as Apple Quicktime files (.mov) and the radio shows as mp3. The iDownload software to download BBC iPlayer programmes is available from the developer's website.
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