Sickbeard + iPlayer: requirements


Note: Since this post was written, TvTumbler was born. Going forward, all new development will be in TvTumbler.


BBC iPlayer LogoI’ve just merged the iplayer branch of my Sickbeard fork into master, as it’s been working ok for me for the last few days, and I think it’s ready for some others to check it out.

But, be warned: it has prerequisites. In short, these are:

  • Perl: any *nix will have this
  • ffmpeg:
    • On linux, you probably just need to do sudo apt-get install ffmpeg (or whatever the rpm equivalent is).
    • On OSX, take a look at my recent post about how to build ffmpeg.
  • rtmpdump:
    • On linux, again, you can probably just do sudo apt-get install rtmpdump (or the rpm equivalent).
    • On OSX, building this is just too simple:
      git clone git://git.ffmpeg.org/rtmpdump
      cd rtmpdump
      make SYS=darwin
      sudo make install SYS=darwin
  • If you’re on a *nix machine, there’s a strong likelihood that you have all these installed already, so best to check first.

    Windows users: you’re on your own here, sorry. I believe that get_iplayer will run on Windows, but I simply don’t have a copy of the OS installed on which to check it. You’ll probably need to get both ffmpeg and rtmpdump also too I’m afraid. If you do have success with windows (or indeed any other OS), let me know in the comments and I’ll add the instructions here.

    All of this is made possible of course by the work from infradead on the get_iplayer script (latest version included in the sickbeard code, but you can install your own if you prefer).

    Please note: for this to work you must either be *in* the UK, or have some kind of VPN connection to the UK. iPlayer downloads are restricted to UK ip addresses. (of course there are other ways around this, but I’m not going to discuss those here).

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  1. #1 by MonkeyMan on September 6, 2013 - 8:44 am

    Hi,
    I tried a “apt-get install rtmpdump” on my ReadyNas and I get a package not available :-( Whats the rpm equivalent?
    Cant wait to get your fork working. Looks awesome.

    • #2 by Bricky on September 6, 2013 - 8:54 am

      I’ve no idea, but apt is probably your package manager anyway.

      Have a look at the get_iplayer installation instructions:
      https://github.com/dinkypumpkin/get_iplayer/wiki

      You might find some info there.

      Incidentally, if you can install flvstreamer, it will do in the place of rtmpdump.

      hth

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