I want to create an app that uses a VPN to the UK and which can download a EPG list (see [url removed, login to view]) for free to air UK TV.
By clicking on this program in the app on a particular program it would go and find that TV program (in the catch up area) BBC Iplayer, ITV player or Ch4 player and record it on a local computer to be watched later using the second page (showing the recorded programs). See Sky+ (below)
There is a YouTube video [url removed, login to view] showing a very crude version of what I want to create. If you download Get_iPlayer ( [url removed, login to view]) shown in this video you can see how it works.
There is a similar app for Apple computers ( [url removed, login to view] ) which works OK for BBC, ITV and Ch4
I want this app to be used for windows.
Neither of these apps are user friendly. My subscribers will want something which is very simple to operate.
It is possible to see these programs (BBC, ITV and Ch4) using their individual apps but it is clumsy because of the need to chop and change between them. From outside the UK it is necessary to use a VPN to a UK allow access. I would like the app to go automatically to a UK IP address ([url removed, login to view])
I ideally I would like it to work like Sky+ with series link so that it will all work automatically behind the scenes. I can send screen shot graphics of how it should look on the screen.
I mainly watch 'time shifted' programs and not live TV. Live TV tends to spool when the servers are busy. 'Catch up' TV is much better when the severs are quiet.
A timer to say when the program should start is an advantage as overnight recording would be an advantage. These TV downloads are difficult to record so a 3rd party recording app may be needed. Programs saved to a database could be accessed via the 'second page' to play, pause, or re-wind. When the program has been watched it can be deleted from the second page to save memory space.
If this program can be made to work well enough to operate with a dedicated mini computer (small form factor) feeding a normal TV the operations would be needed to be controlled with the TV remote control i.e. arrow up, down, left, right, enter, page up, page down etc.
I want to be able to offer this computer fully loaded with this program and then charge subscribers for the VPN access.
If the subscription is not paid (monthly, quarterly or annually by PayPal) it denies access.
Once this basic app is created there will be ongoing improvements as extra work made over the years to come.
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