BBC fights against openness again
The BBC believes that you should only use its online services through the proprietary software of one of its preferred technology companies. As a result of this, you can no longer use iplayer-dl/iPlayer Downloader.
The BBC has recently changed the iPhone iPlayer to use an HTTPS connection for part of the process. This requires the client to offer an Apple-signed client certificate as part of the connection. This has always been the case for the iPad version, but the iPhone change is new.
This means that a client device that does not have an Apple certificate can no longer connect to the BBC servers. This includes my downloader.
I have a few options:
- Extract the client key from an iPhone or iPod Touch.
- Rewrite the downloader to use RTMPE instead of HTTP.
- Give up.
If anyone can explain how to extract the client certificate from an iOS device, I’ll be very grateful.
I shan’t be making any upgrades in the immediate future. In the meantime, however, if you’re looking for an alternative, you could look at get_iplayer.
The reason the BBC gives for restricting access to non-blessed clients is piracy concerns. I would therefore like to appeal to irony by suggesting that both BitTorrent and Usenet are excellent ways to get hold of BBC TV programmes. I encourage you to check them out.
Please don’t use the comments as a support forum for get_iplayer! There’s a mailing list for that.