Hi. I use youtube-dl for when I want a permanent copy of a BBC show - anything on the BBC iPlayer is downloadable. However, I've just discovered that youtube-dl won't do the same with Channel 4's 'on demand' service. Before I go through what could be a lengthy trial and error process, I wonder if anyone here can tell me of an alternative downloader that they know will work with Channel4/All4?
Here's a sample link, although it may not work for you as I had to sign in to get it:
My grateful thanks in advance.
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It's DRM protected. You can get an encrypted .mp4 file,but you'll need a decryption key to decode it....
Thanks for that. Out of interest, what are you using to get the encrypted mp4?
Last edited by Tortle; 28th Jan 2019 at 04:15.
You can use developer tools (F12) in FF or chrome to sniff the streaming link and then either right click + save as or use YT-DL to grab the mp4, but as mentioned, its pointless as its unplayable.
The thing is - ITVplayer is also encrypted but YT-DL works just fine there and somehow bypasses the encryption and results in a perfectly playable mp4.
Why it cant do that with Ch4 or My5 is a mystery... and also a bit of a PITA
Scene cappers have the decryption key - hence why they can rip from anywhere
What I noticed is that the programs start with commercials. They can be captured in the normal way. Once the actual program starts the transmission shifts to a different server and can not be captured.
Just do screen capture.
Screen caps suck ass man, takes too long
I'm pretty sure ITVplayer has adverts as well as encryption... yet YT-DL doesnt have a problem there