Education Recording Agency and iPlayer
Daily I get requests to record from iPlayer because staff spot something too late to ask for it to be recorded. One solution we looked at was ClickView, but already having a Sky+ and ADVC-55 set, the annual cost didn't seem worth it. I then stumbled across the new YouView boxes which offered iPlayer access.
The ERA's website at the time made it unclear whether this access was allowed. In fact, I was left with the impression that because defeating DRM was not allowed (i.e. ripping the video to remove the DRM), but it was allowed by other means. I even phoned the ERA to check if buying a YouView box was OK. They (helpfully) hadn't heard of the devices, but because it wasn't bypassing DRM said they thought it was OK. I should have got that in writing.
Skip forward a couple of months and we buy a YouView box ... and the ERA have updated their website and now make it crystal clear that any on-demand video is off-limits.
Side note: we're cancelling Sky anyway and keeping the YouView box for the free-to-air TV functionality, but it's still really frustrating. You try to do the right thing and follow the rules and just get slapped down.
I left wondering what is the difference between taping off the TV and taping off iPlayer?