Does Mass Downloader support Flash from BBC

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TrevorC 11/09/2008 07:25 am
The BBC ''iPlayer'' site (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer) has moved to Flash based downloads - does Mass Downloader support this?
Many thanks,
Trevor
Wez G 11/09/2008 10:28 pm
As far as I know the BBC site is pretty secure, you have to go through the BBC app, as only people in the UK are ''supposed'' to be able to watch any BBC (Same for C4 5 etc) online stuff as thats who its aimed at.
Same as some USA equivalent ''catch up'' sites, unless you go through a proxy from the relevant country, you cant watch anything!
A slightly different example (This is if you live in UK) is:
http://www.nationalenquirer.com/
banned for UK users due to UK libel laws.
TrevorC 11/10/2008 04:37 am
> As far as I know the BBC site is pretty secure, you have to go through the BBC app, as only people in the UK are ''''supposed'''' to be able to watch any BBC (Same for C4 5 etc) online stuff as thats who its aimed at.

This used to be true but the BBC app (using peer to peer) is not the only way to access the site now. The programs can be watched on line using Flash without downloading them. This is the interface where I am interested in using Mass Downloader, so I don''t have to use the peer to peer app.

I think that the IP address is checked so that it should only serve UK addresses - of course if you use a UK proxy...

Alexander 11/11/2008 04:01 am
TrevorC,

Thank you for writing us.
We do not have the UK IP address, therefore we cannmot check how does it work.
Could you please test our Flash & Media Capture app for this site? Will it save video downloaded inside Internet Explorer (if you do use Internet Explorer, of course.)
You can get it here: http://www.metaproducts.com/mp/Flash_and_Media_Capture.htm
Please write us about the result. Thank you.

Best regards,
Alexander Bednyakov
MP Staff
Wez G 11/11/2008 05:49 am
This could possibly help you access sites like that for testing, its a great list of proxies:
http://www.dmoz.org/Computers/Internet/Proxying_and_Filtering/Hosted_Proxy_Services/Free/Proxy_Lists/
I am not sure if the Flash and Media Capture allows you to input a proxy like you can in Mass Downloader, but if not you could put it directly in your router, probably best trying it in your web browser first as some can be slow or not not work at all, but it is possible to find some that are pretty quick!
TrevorC 11/12/2008 03:29 pm
> TrevorC,
>
> Thank you for writing us.
> We do not have the UK IP address, therefore we cannmot check how does it work.
> Could you please test our Flash & Media Capture app for this site? Will it save video downloaded inside Internet Explorer (if you do use Internet Explorer, of course.)
> You can get it here: http://www.metaproducts.com/mp/Flash_and_Media_Capture.htm
> Please write us about the result. Thank you.
>
> Best regards,
> Alexander Bednyakov
> MP Staff

Hi Alexander,

I have tried the application but without any luck.
I selected a BBC page with a small (3 minute) flash video on it and allowed Flash and Media Capture to grab the .swf file.
First problem, I had to wait for the flash file to play - unlike Mass Downloader where I can pull other files as fast as the server sends them.
Next problem, when I tried to replay the .swf file I only got a message indicating there was a problem with the file - try again later. This sounds like some sort of protection.

So it seems the BBC currently have this one covered...

Many thanks for your suggestion anyway.

Cheers,
Trevor