podcasts not working
Not been updating today:

get_iplayer Output:

$ get_iplayer --type=podcast --refresh
get_iplayer v2.94, Copyright (C) 2008-2010 Phil Lewis
 This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details use --warranty.
 This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain
 conditions; use --conditions for details.

INFO: Getting podcast Index Feeds
WARNING: Failed to get prodcast index from site
WARNING: Failed to get prodcast index from site
WARNING: Failed to get prodcast index from site

INFO: 0 Matching Programmes

Anyone else having problems?
for the past few days I have been getting

Warning Failed to get podcast index from site

when trying to download the podcast info

is this a general problem now or a temporary BBC glitch?

I use the PVR scheduler which has been downloading a few podcasts before the last couple of days

I tried a manual refresh as well to no avail

get_iplayer --refresh --type=podcast
I have been trying to download
Friday Night Comedy
comedy of the week
I've been having the same problem since morning of Sat 2/Apr.

The Failure messages come up pretty much instantly so It looks more like get_iplayer can't resolve the DNS for a site rather than a timeout failure because it's not getting a response.
It seems to be a 404 - Page not found.

Running the refresh with --verbose shows that the page it is trying to access is http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/ppg.xml and trying that in a browser returns a 404 error.
The podcast index data is indeed gone.  No great surprise - that data source was obsolete long ago, so get_iplayer has been living on borrowed time. I planned to deprecate and then remove podcast support from get_iplayer anyway, but it appears the BBC may have beaten me to it.  If the podcast index doesn't reappear within a week, it is probably gone for good.
thanks for the info. there's not a lot I record from podcasts, just the friday night comedy and comedy of the week, so I can add the progs for friday night comedy to the radio selections. comedy of teh week is a little harder as it tends to be odds and sods, but it will speed things up if I dont use podcasts as they take ages to download the cache
As of now the following URLs still seem to be working...

I have restored podcast support in the development version of get_iplayer (see installation docs in wiki for how to obtain). However, be advised that podcast support will still be deprecated in the next release.
Thanks for your continuing support.

I know the podcasts are easy to pick up by other methods, but I will miss the ability to grab something on a topic of interest from across the bbc's output by a simple one line command rather than having to search through the numerous websites! Mind you, I think the podcasts are being would down slowly anyway - there used to be radio 2 & 6 music ones that are no longer maintained.
Two more feeds which I think have a longer life-expectancy are:


Today, I notice that the podcasts were all downloaded - the feed is back up (though for how long? ... and I've already gone to using a podcast client)
Thanks for the update. You should definitely stick with a podcast client, in which case you may find this useful:


It's the podcast index in more common OPML form.

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