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Froggeja Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I've been using ipdl for some time now to download, permanently, BBC iPlayer content. Recently, however, content downloaded and moved into my iTunes movies will not play on my Apple TV. The files are mpeg-4. It's bizarre - I've tested other mpeg-4 iPlayer content in the same environment and all are working perfectly. Has anyone got any thoughts or shared experiences? Thanks,

Apple TV, iPhone OS 3.1.2
  • 1. Re: iPlayer downloader and Apple TV
    Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    the format will not be compatible with appletv.
    "mpeg-4" doesn't give enough information either, and doesn't mean it is appletv compatible.
  • 2. Re: iPlayer downloader and Apple TV
    Froggeja Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    That's weird. I've got other mp4 files playing in the Apple TV environment. I'm downloading some more content now and will check again - but thanks for your answer. My Apple TV has been very tempremental since buying 2 weeks ago. I absolutely love it but it's not without its quirks and annoyances.
  • 3. Re: iPlayer downloader and Apple TV
    Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    Froggeja wrote:
    I've got other mp4 files playing in the Apple TV environment.


    again, that means nothing really.
    just because the file is "mp4" does not automatically mean it is appletv compatible. it could have a too high bitrate, the profile might be out of spec, the framerate might be too high for the resolution.

    if you want help in ascertaining why the files don't play then you will need to supply the full spec of the file(s) in question.
  • 4. Re: iPlayer downloader and Apple TV
    Froggeja Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks so much for the help so far. The file details of one of the files in question are:
    FORMAT: H.264, 483x272,AAC, Stereo, 48.000KHz
    MOVIE FPS: 25.00
    PLAYING FPS: 25.00
    DATA SIZE: 115.57MB
    DATA RATE: 517.76kbits/sec
    DURATION: 00:31:13.12
    NORMAL SIZE: 484x272 pixels
    CURRENT SIZE: 484x272 pixels

    I hope this helps. Thanks again.
  • 5. Re: iPlayer downloader and Apple TV
    Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    still some crucial info missing.
    right click on the file in itunes and choose "get info", then select the "summary" tab.
    post that info.
  • 6. Re: iPlayer downloader and Apple TV
    Froggeja Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Here you go:
    Kind: MPEG-4 video file
    Size: 116.7 MB
    Bite Rate: 115 kbps
    Profile: Low Complexity
    Channels: Stereo
    Total Bit Rate: 517 kbps
    Video dimensions: 480x272
    Video codec: H.264

    Thanks man.
    J
  • 7. Re: iPlayer downloader and Apple TV
    Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    there's nothing sticking out there that would suggest why they would not play on appletv.
    what is the error message you get when trying to play the content?
    have you tried restarting both itunes and appletv ?
  • 8. Re: iPlayer downloader and Apple TV
    Froggeja Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The message is currently reading "An error occurred loading this content. Check the source or try again later." I have restored Apple TV to its factory settings, I've quit iTunes and restarted including rebuilding the library.

    However, prior to the restore the error message was different "The selected video could not be played. The format was not recognized." I thought this could also be affecting movie trailers as I was having the same issue there - although I have subsequently discovered that this is a problem orginating at Apple and no move trailers can be played.

    I'm flummoxed...
  • 9. Re: iPlayer downloader and Apple TV
    uk03878 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am getting exactly the same problem
    The content plays on itunes but not on appleTV
    It started just before xmas - and affects all new content for me previous content is fine
  • 10. Re: iPlayer downloader and Apple TV
    Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    uk03878 wrote:
    I am getting exactly the same problem
    The content plays on itunes but not on appleTV
    It started just before xmas - and affects all new content for me previous content is fine


    are you talking about content you stripped from bbc iplayer? or are you talking about different content?
  • 11. Re: iPlayer downloader and Apple TV
    uk03878 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Only the iplayer icontent downloaded using the mac iplayer downloader
  • 12. Re: iPlayer downloader and Apple TV
    Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    uk03878 wrote:
    Only the iplayer icontent downloaded using the mac iplayer downloader


    officially download? or download via an unofficial third party tool that strips the DRM from the file?
    i'm not aware of BBC providing an app that lets you download their content to import into itunes.
  • 13. Re: iPlayer downloader and Apple TV
    uk03878 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Unofficial but it doesn't strip the DRM, it only works on non DRM files- it just redirects the output by pretending to be an iphone
    http://www.jonathansblog.net/bbc-iplayer-downloader-mac-os-x-linux-windows
  • 14. Re: iPlayer downloader and Apple TV
    macsync Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Same problem here to, works fine on iMac either in iTunes or quicktime. syncs with appleTv but will not play, wrong format message shown if you right click on file in iTunes to convert to AppleTv format it says it is already formatted correctly.
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