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How to Install BBCiPlayer on Raspberry Pi OpenELEC : 27-07-2012

install bbciplayer on raspberry pi openelec

Since we got our raspberry Pi, we've been having lots of fun overclocking (guide coming soon) and playing music in the office. Imagine our delight when we spotted a group had managed to get BBCiPlayer working on the Raspberry Pi! We searched for instructions on how to do this and although it's relatively simple, none seemed to be out there. Thus another blog post was born - 'how to install BBCiPlayer on a raspberry Pi running OpenELEC'.

Why not also check out our guide on installing OpenELEC on your Raspberry Pi

Step 1 : Download the necessary files.

The first thing to do is get yourself the latest copy of BBCiPlayer from this great site http://code.google.com/p/xbmc-iplayerv2/downloads/list

Install BBCIplayer on raspberry pi openelec

Don't extract the zip file - keep it compressed. You then need to copy this to a USB stick. You can copy it to your SD card if you wish but the instructions below are for USB installation.

Step 2 : Install BBCiPlayer on OpenELEC

Boot up your Raspberry Pi, insert your USB stick and click the 'Programs' Menu

Openelec Programs

Next click 'Get More...'

OpenELEC get more

Next we need to navigate to the USB drive. To do this double click the '..' (Go back a directory) link.

Go Back

On your screen it should change from 'Add-ons - Program Add-Ons' to 'Add-ons - All Add-ons'. Double click the '..' Link again.

Go Back

Next Choose 'Install from Zip'

Install BBCiPlayer from zip

On the right hand side choose your USB Device. In this case we were using a standard Sandisk 30GB Cruze Blade which seems to work fine with the Pi.

Select USB BBciPlayer is on

Move your mouse over BBCiPlayer then click 'OK' from the menu at the bottom.

Choose BBCiPlayer

After a few seconds (took about 15 on ours) you should see the BBCiPlayer add-on installed message.

BBC iPlayer Addons

That's it. Your BBCiPlayer should now be installed and ready to use. To open BBCiPlayer, click the 'home' icon in the bottom right to go back to your main screen.

Openelec Home

Step 3 : Using BBCiPlayer on OpenELEC running Raspberry Pi

Move over videos and click 'Add-ons'.

Videos-addons

Then click 'iPlayer'. For BBCiPlayer to load you will need a connection to the internet, a UK based IP and of course - a TV licence!

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Alex: Thank you so much, this works pretty well, though I'm going to overclock as it is a bit glitchy especially when using the mouse.
Sat Sep 29 10:50:56 2012
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Jonathan @ Squirrel Hosting: Glad you like it. It's also the same install instructions for 5 on demand, 4OD & ITV Player
Sun Sep 30 13:01:00 2012
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Vince: A TV licence is only required to watch or record tv as it is being broadcast. Using IPLAYER as a catch up service does not require a TV licence.
Tue Oct 2 15:59:09 2012
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Christina @ squirrel: I believe that's correct. No on demand service as far as we are aware needs a tv licence.
Tue Oct 2 16:15:29 2012
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Alex: Thanks a lot. It would be helpfull to have a publication date for your articles.
Tue Oct 30 10:50:24 2012
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Jonathan@ Squirrel: Hello Alex. The publication dates can be seen at http://squirrelhosting.co.uk/hosting-blog/hosting-blog.php. However, we will add the dates to the top of our articles on the next update :)
Tue Oct 30 10:53:29 2012
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Wong: Thanks for this info. I've just setup my device and it is working very smoothly.
Thu Nov 22 23:26:48 2012
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Christina @ Squirrel: Hello Wong, Your welcome. Don't forget to keep an eye on our Android guide for the ICS!
Thu Nov 22 23:28:57 2012
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Paul B: You're wrong about not needing a TV license, if you use the BBC website you have to say that you do hold a valid license. This was changed a few years ago to take account of on Demand services!
Mon Nov 26 02:16:33 2012
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Jonathan @ Squirrel: Hi Paul. Thanks for the feedback but I believe we are still correct. Yes you need a licence if you use the website to watch live TV such as bbc news, but on demand services are not live. This is from BBC, s own website.
"You do not need a television licence to catch-up on television programmes in BBC iPlayer, only when you watch or record at the same time (or virtually the same time) as it is being broadcast or otherwise distributed to the public. In BBC iPlayer, this is through the Watch Live simulcast option." At http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/help/playing_tv_progs/tvlicence
Mon Nov 26 09:07:13 2012
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col: helpful...thank you. not sure why it wasn't included in raspbmc in the first place.
Thu Dec 20 14:50:08 2012
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Iest: What's the picture quality like?
Wed Dec 26 17:43:53 2012
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Revengant: BBC iPlayer quality is not bad at all, better than VHS. Just installed this add-on and it's not stuttery at all. That's with a 12MB/sec broadband line.
Fri Jan 4 15:48:50 2013
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stocktaker: On the right hand side choose your USB Device. In this case we were using a standard Sandisk 30GB Cruze Blade which seems to work fine with the Pi.
Tue Mar 12 14:28:28 2013
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ayc: Are subtitle available on BBC iPlayer?
Fri Mar 14 17:42:11 2014
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Bob: It doesn't work on mac os x 10.9.2
Sat Apr 26 11:37:08 2014
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Richard @ SquirrelHosting: The operating system your computer is using should not matter, as long as you can copy the file to your memory stick correctly. If it doesn't work then this will be down to an issue with the Pi or the Zip you have downloaded. Try a different version of the download (an earlier one)
Sat Apr 26 16:09:10 2014
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Rg: How can i use a proxy on xbmc?
Mon Jun 2 17:42:57 2014
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Have followed this but Can not find USB on right hand page
Mon Jun 9 15:03:06 2014
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