“I have downloaded a file from BBC iplayer in the wmv format and my Android tablet(Samsung GT 10.1) cannot read it! It plays absolutely fine on my computer in Windows media player. Any suggestions?”
“I can download a reasonable amount of content for my holiday particular ceebies programs via iPlayer. I have tried both WMV and mobile version of the download from iPlayer but when I drop the file onto my Android smartphone this is when I get stuck…”
According to BBC, you can download TV programmes over Wi-Fi to watch later without needing an internet connection, but “Devices that don't currently support the digital rights management (DRM) system that we use for BBC iPlayer can't download programmes to watch later.” If you download a programme, you can watch it in seven days only.
So what if my device does not support DRM? Here’s a solution for your reference – cracking the DRM system and converting the BBC video (.wmv or .mp4) into free MP4 files that are naturally supported by any Android tablet/smartphone.
Required DRM removal tool- Pavtube ChewTune ($29)
Click to purchase the app or download a trial from here (Windows 7 only)- a trial puts watermark on converted videos.
Now you’re ready to remove DRM from BBC iPlayer movies with Pavtube ChewTune:
1. Run Pavtube ChewTune, click “Add” button on the main interface to import BBC iPlayer movies, or you may drag and drop the movies from movie library to the software.
2. Click “Format” and select an output format under “Android” group for playing on your Android device. The presets covers up to the latest Android device such as Google Nexus 10, Kindle Fire HD, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, ASUS Transformer TF700, etc.
3. Click “Convert” to create DRM-free BBC iPlayer movies. The conversion proceeds as BBC iPlayer/Windows Media Player plays the movies. So DO NOT turn off the player until the conversion is completed.
When conversion completes, click “Open” to locate the DRM-free movies. Now you’re ready to transfer DRM-free BBC iPlayer movies to Android tablet. When your Android tab is connected to computer via USB cable, you can put movies easily to the tablet since the device acts like a USB stick after tapping “Connect as USB Storage” on the screen.
DRM is a technology used by content providers, such as online stores (iTunes Movie Store, Amazon, BBC, etc), to control how the digital music and video files you obtain from them are used and distributed. So it is the distributor who decides what the device you use to watch movies purchased from their online movie store. Unfortunately Android devices have not been granted to play DRM-protected movies for the time being.