miro has been suggested as a good general application (and
minitube could alternatively be used for youtube videos), a particularly useful program for UK users like Mark is in the Ubuntu repositories and is called
Note: anyone in the world can listen to all the radio output from the bbc via the bbc site, but currently tv is limited to UK users, but as Mark is in the UK I thought this answer might be useful. With
get-iplayer you can stream content to
vlc or record it to disk. More information is available here at the linuxcentre.
(If someone can confirm whether the radio (not tv) using
get-iplayer works outside the UK I would be interested.)
sudo apt-get install get-iplayer
Then run the command
get_iplayer in terminal to get the tv lists and
get_iplayer --help for a list of options.
If you want to get the radio lists instead enter
get_iplayer --type radio.
When you update the tv lists with
get_iplayer (without any options), you will be presented with a large amount of numbered items, but you can search it, for example, like this:
get_iplayer search gardening
An example of a way to stream tv to vlc (you choose the stream number from the list generated by
get_iplayer --stream 895 --modes=flashvhigh --player="vlc - "
A way to record a program (you have to choose the number of the program after you run
get_iplayer to generate the list):
get_iplayer 288 --modes=flashvhigh --get
It is supposed to be possible to view live bbc tv channels through
get_iplayer, but I have always had errors and returned to using the website.
Get_iplayer is a very useful program nevertheless.