Quote: marac @ 15th November 2015, 12:05 PM GMT
I have been dreaming that one day the BBC would open up its archive for the public to own whatever TV show they wanted. When I noticed that this finally happened I couldn't wait to take a look. I'm after comedy that could never before be located anywhere etc. I found the sitcom The New Statesman no not the one with Rik Mayall in it but another show with the same title from 1985 starring Windsor Davies. I then managed to purchase and download it successfully, expensive but worth it when you can't get it elsewhere. I then encountered problems when I attempted to put the series on to DVD as none of my software programs would accept the files. I couldn't even playback the files from the folder where the website had put them. I changed the format of the files and got them to play but there was nothing there just a jumpy green screen. I then checked that you could playback the files directly on the website and that worked but what is the point of having programs just on your PC? Who wants to watch on a small screen and fill their hard drive up with recordings? Not me, I want a hard copy that you can playback on TV and store away for future reference like any other DVD. I haven't tried to connect my PC to my DVD recorder I don't know if that would work.
Sadly, that's exactly the BBC's intention. The idea they're pushing that you're "buying" programmes is laughable, because of these ridiculous restrictions.
If you've got a smart TV, DVD, Blu-ray player or set-top box with an iPlayer app, hopefully that'll be updated early next year to include your Store purchases.
Depending on your computer you may also be able to connect it directly to the TV. Perhaps you have an HDMI port? I'm sure there are USB to HDMI cables available to buy if not.
From December there'll be Store apps for both Android and iOS, so if you have a phone or tablet that you can link up to your TV, that'll be another way of doing it.
In the meantime, have you tried Googling for conversion software between the native Store format and, say, mp4?