Solved Get_iplayer - legal or not?

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IanRM2005

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Hi

I've recently seen an article in Computeractive magazine about using Get_iplayer to download TV programmes from iPlayer and keep them as long as you like then watch them on 'the media player of your choice'. How legal is this? Do the BBC know about Get_iplayer?

This is a genuine question - I posted the same thing in a different forum and the post was declined.

Thanks for your help.
 
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generally it is not legal to download tv programs. You should only download from legit sites that allows offline viewing in their user agreement.
 

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You can download directly from BBC iPlayer anyway so why would you want to use a 3rd party app for it?
 

IanRM2005

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You can download directly from BBC iPlayer anyway so why would you want to use a 3rd party app for it?
The idea is if you download using Get_iplayer you can keep things for as long as you like.
 

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You can download directly from BBC iPlayer anyway so why would you want to use a 3rd party app for it?
I believe you require a TV license for that though. Otherwise, it's not allowed.

See the following link and scroll down to section 24 on the TOS for the BBC iPlayer:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/usingthebbc/terms-of-use/#6185878161f1e2eef9cd0641a0d09eae

and here for the TV license requirements:

https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/topics/bbc-iplayer-and-the-tv-licence
 

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I believe you require a TV license for that though. Otherwise, it's not allowed.

See the following link and scroll down to section 24 on the TOS for the BBC iPlayer:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/usingthebbc/terms-of-use/#6185878161f1e2eef9cd0641a0d09eae

and here for the TV license requirements:

https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/topics/bbc-iplayer-and-the-tv-licence
That is correct, and you would still need a license to 'legally' download with any other app :)(y)
 

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That is correct, and you would still need a license to 'legally' download with any other app
Thanks. I was under the impression this app was to circumvent that requirement.
 

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Thanks. I was under the impression this app was to circumvent that requirement.
On BBC iPlayer you can download but its time limited and will auto delete. The iPlayer app advises that you need TV License to legally download but wont actually stop you, I also think you can only replay that download through the BBC app, but haven't checked that.

The other app does circumvent some of those restrictions but doesn't negate the need to have a TV license to download any BBC programs. :)(y)
 
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