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Geek Speak / Download TV or Radio using only the 8-digit PID
« Last Post by Ed on May 02, 2018, 08:25:56 AM »
While I'm on here today, I'll just mention a couple of new points that have come up in the past month.


First, and most important, the BBC website has abandoned support for the http format. Most software programs, however, have been built on the assumption that http:// is a valid url format.

Those programs are now broken. So are scripts based on them.

From 1st May forward, the BBC website will only recognise a request for a url if the request is made using the https:// format. Whereas, up until last month, the website would serve a stream if the request was made in either http or https format, from now on it will only serve a stream if the secure https stream is requested.

If you access their site, and are refused, this is the first thing to check. Make certain that the url address of the audio stream begins with https:// (and not http://).


Secondly, but probably equally important, from 1st May the BBC's servers will only serve a stream if the request is made using the correct security certificate. Previously, their servers did not ask for this.

Again, many software programs, and scripts based on them, will be broken as a result of this change.

In the case of YouTube-dl.exe the solution is to add to the command line the option --no-check-certificate because without that the server will simply send a refusal instead of the requested stream. My above-mentioned batch file must be modified by you, to add that option to the command line which mentions YouTube-dl.

Again, if you access their site, and are refused, this is the second thing to check.

So far my researches have not extended beyond avoiding the check. I can't yet comment on the specifics of the particular security certificate, or how to comply rather than simply side-step.


Thirdly, I regret to announce that my favourite trick for avoiding signing-in on the BBC website will no longer work: they have now fixed their earlier mistake, and radio shows will no longer play in Internet Explorer 8.

I currently use a different trick to play a radio show without signing in.

The method is to slightly modify my above-mentioned batch file, by substituting for the command line in it either of the following instead -


Code: [Select]
    "%YouTube-dl%"  -o -  %url%   --no-check-certificate | "C:\Program Files\VLC\vlc.exe" -
Code: [Select]
    "%YouTube-dl%"  -o -  %url%   --no-check-certificate | "C:\Program Files\MPlayer\mplayer.exe" -

My above-mentioned batch file contains the script needed to extract the correct url from the BBC's web pages. You will need to install either VLC player or MPlayer on your computer, to actually play the .m4a (itunes audio format) audio stream.

Get VLC media player :  http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Get MPlayer for Windows : http://mplayerwin.sourceforge.net/downloads.html





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Geek Speak / Latest BBC iPlayer changes
« Last Post by Ed on May 02, 2018, 07:56:57 AM »
While I'm on here today, I'll just mention a couple of new BBC iPlayer changes.


First, and most important, the BBC website has abandoned support for the http format. Most software programs, however, have been built on the assumption that http:// is a valid url format.

Those programs are now broken. So are scripts based on them.

From 1st May forward, the BBC website will only recognise a request for a url if the request is made using the https:// format. Whereas, up until last month, the website would serve a stream if the request was made in either http or https format, from now on it will only serve a stream if the secure https stream is requested.

If you access their site, and are refused, this is the first thing to check.


Secondly, but probably equally important, from 1st May the BBC servers will only serve a stream if the request is made using the correct security certificate. Previously, their servers did not ask for this.

Again, many software programs, and scripts based on them, will be broken as a result of this change.

In the case of YouTube-dl.exe the solution is to add to the command line the option --no-check-certificate because without that the server will simply send a refusal instead of the requested stream.

Again, if you access their site, and are refused, this is the second thing to check.

So far my researches have not extended beyond avoiding the check, I can't yet comment on the specifics of the particular security certificate, or how to comply rather than simply side-step it.
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Radio Matters / Re: RadioArchive is back!! ( but then maybe you knew that?)
« Last Post by Ironeyes on April 20, 2018, 08:58:47 AM »
Don't know how I missed this post, but yes, I did know as I found out in February, when I sent a pm to one of our members, but have not had a reply, sadly.

Like you, i also enjoyed a moment of joy on discovering the re-birth, and hope that the site continues to house it's many treasures for years to come.
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Radio Matters / RadioArchive is back!! ( but then maybe you knew that?)
« Last Post by TallforaDuck on April 13, 2018, 10:51:58 AM »
I have been married for thirty seven years, so my wife has seen me happy.... twice as she recalls, but when I discovered this news last night she finally completed the hat-trick.

Whilst there are plenty of places to find tv torrents on line, dedicated radio drama has become an endangered species and when the original Radioarchive ceased some years back, I truly felt like I had lost a relative, the new site is pretty much the same as the original and with many of the original contributors present.

I am not certain of the protocol adding links here, but with us suffering from a dearth of good quality dramas, this is a Godsend to many of us.

It is here,  http://radioarchive.cx/torrents.php and the sign up is simplicity itself which is a boon.

Like the title says, maybe some of you already knew but the site is looking for as much repopulation as possible.

Hopefully some of you are as pleased as I am,
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The Radio 4 Extra listing for the seven days beginning 24/03/18 has been posted at the following permanent link:

http://www.radio-lists.org.uk/4x

This contains the online listing and the pdf: hover the mouse over the 'pdf' button and right-click and 'save as' to download, or left-click to display and then possibly print through the pdf viewer.

The rtf version is no longer produced, but there is a printer-friendly html version under the 'print-frendly' button; download and viewing is as per the procedure above for the pdf.

An archive is being built up - see the 'archive' button. Archive versions are also available under the 'print-friendly' button.

Note that the online version now lands on the current programme; to read next week's list early, use the 'Archive' drop-down list.

I'm afraid that there has been a delay whilst I updated my code to adjust to the changed structure of the BBC schedule web pages.  The pdf will auto-generate in a few minutes.
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What\'s That Music? / Re: BBC Radio 4 - The Pale Horse theme
« Last Post by Lothbrok on March 10, 2018, 03:39:05 PM »

The intro music is "Desafinado" by Stan Getz, a bit of a hit in 1963 I believe. 
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The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: It's the Go On Show
« Last Post by tepeethetroll on March 04, 2018, 07:33:48 PM »
Huh - 2 mill of snow is enough for our railways to grind to a halt!
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The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: It's the Go On Show
« Last Post by Ironeyes on March 02, 2018, 01:39:44 PM »
Haha, well done Ivor.

I was listening to it yesterday and wondering if anybody else was marvelling at the impeccable timing of the BBC's schedule!
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The Pub - Open All Hours / It's the Go On Show
« Last Post by IvorThirst on March 01, 2018, 09:52:52 PM »
Once again the Goons are up-to-date! Today, while describing the Blizzard of Pevensey Bay, they said that

" ... the snow rose from inches 3 to inches 3 Feet 4".

For the benefit of our American friends, we are getting the winds from Siberia and thence snow - an unheard of occurrence in Britain.

Yesterday, I got the last bag of Hot Cross Buns Lord Sainsbury's emporium since there is a shortage of raisins and sultanas from California after last years fires destroyed all the vines.
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Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / Genome Project
« Last Post by Tolkny on February 17, 2018, 11:05:14 PM »
Thanks for that, even more informtion thn the SuttonElms Website,

The particular voice I was trying to identify was Jack May, late of Nelson Archer fame, which I had muddled with Ian Richardson's and his Fraaancis Urquart characterisation in "House of Cards" on TV
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