Originally Posted by TLM View Post
Will that download the highest quality version available?
Yes, usually. On rare occasions I've seen youtube-dl download something less than the highest quality by default. If that happens you can use the -F switch to see what streams are available:

Code:
C:\>youtube-dl -F https://www.cbc.ca/republicofdoyle/episodes/season2/live-and-let-doyle
[cbc.ca] live-and-let-doyle: Downloading webpage
[cbc.ca] 2476493425: Downloading JSON metadata
[download] Downloading playlist: Live and Let Doyle - Episodes - Republic of Doyle
[cbc.ca] playlist Live and Let Doyle - Episodes - Republic of Doyle: Collected 1 video ids (downloading 1 of them)
[download] Downloading video 1 of 1
[ThePlatform] 2476210653: Downloading SMIL data
[ThePlatform] 2476210653: Checking video URL
[ThePlatform] 2476210653: Checking video URL
[ThePlatform] 2476210653: Checking video URL
[ThePlatform] 2476210653: Checking video URL
[ThePlatform] 2476210653: Checking video URL
[ThePlatform] 2476210653: Checking video URL
[ThePlatform] 2476210653: Downloading JSON metadata
[info] Available formats for 2476210653:
format code  extension  resolution note
http-476     mp4        320x180     476k
http-625     mp4        370x208     625k
http-1021    mp4        640x360    1021k
http-1316    mp4        640x360    1316k
http-1910    mp4        852x480    1910k
http-2610    mp4        960x540    2610k  (best)
[download] Finished downloading playlist: Live and Let Doyle - Episodes - Republic of Doyle
Then pick which stream(s) you want with the -f switch:

Code:
C:\>youtube-dl -f http-2610 https://www.cbc.ca/republicofdoyle/episodes/season2/live-and-let-doyle
Sometimes the video and audio are different streams so you have to specify both with a "+" between them. Something like:

Code:
C:\>youtube-dl -f 135+140 URL...