save streaming video data for later viewing?

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Old 08-04-2009
save streaming video data for later viewing?

I have limited bandwidth in my apartment and no cable TV service. I was wondering if it is possible to write a script that would download the video data from my favorite TV shows (legally... many networks post their videos online for free) while I sleep, so that later I can watch them on my TV without sacrificing any bandwidth during the day.

Any one have any ideas?

# 2  
Old 08-04-2009
I bet there are tools for this already. Did you try to google for it?
Entering "wget download stream" I found this one for example.

Wget - Download streaming media? -
# 3  
Old 08-04-2009
wget is a good find, although I'm not sure it solves my exact problem. Say the video is embedded into the website somehow like e.g. on youtube. I might be able to use wget to dl the video if I knew the address of the file.... How can I find the file address? I can't just use the youtube address that contains the video....
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Old 08-05-2009
There are plenty of tools to download stuff like youtube videos for windows. It is really easy to google for them so that should think about doing that.
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Old 08-05-2009
youtube was a bad example since I'm not particularly interested in youtube videos. Go to for example and check out their "full episodes". What I'm interested in doing is writing a script that will check to see if a new episode is posted and if so dl that episode while I sleep so I can watch it in the evening without waiting.

Are you suggesting that that same software that can dl youtube videos will work for all streaming video?

Also, I don't run on windows so windows utils aren't all that useful.
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Old 08-05-2009
I am not into media stuff on Linux/Unix sorry. Maybe as said already google your way or wait if someone else answers.
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