How to download streaming ASX, ASF, WMV files

Every watch a video online, but can’t save it because it’s streamed. There’s a bunch of software that apparently allows you to record it, but I didn’t have a need till yesterday when I was trying to save the Lazy Sunday – Chronicles of Narnia video off NBC’s website. There’s a better quality version here. The rap’s really funny and the tune is actually catchy.

According to Ars Technica: NBC orders removal of video from download siteOur story begins with the December 17th airing of Saturday Night Live. During that episode, a pretty funny rap video entitled Lazy Sunday: The Chronicles of Narnia was aired. The clip, starring Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg as a couple of incredibly lame rappers walking through New York doing incredibly lame things, was uploaded to video download site YouTube.com, where it became something of an instant hit. Although we don’t have statistics on the number of downloads, the video made enough of an impact to be featured in a New York Times story on SNL, and has been credited with turning a new generation of viewers on to the show. Enter the lawyers. This week, NBC’s lawyers sent a letter to YouTube, requesting removal of the video from its servers. The site complied with the request, and placed a short note on its blog explaining the removal and stating that “YouTube respects the rights of copyright holders.” The video was also belatedly made available for free on the NBC web site, along with being offered as a US$1.99 download from the iTunes Music Store. As a side note, videos streamed from the NBC web site only work on Windows machines.

You can also watch it on NBC’s Screening Room, but it seems to have problems in Firefox. Only seems to work in IE.

But anyway, back to the topic, I was going to show you this awesome tool:SDP (Streaming Download Project). SDP or the Streaming Download Project is a small dedicated team of independent software coders. We are a nonprofit team with only one goal – understanding (and documenting) MMS fully. Our resulting implementation of our MMS document has lead to the development of a MMS streaming receiver for windows media streaming. So now, not only can you view the streaming media in preview mode, SDP receiver downloads (or copies) the stream to your hard disk. This cannot be achieved with a standard Windows Media player. There’s actually a large lst of similar software here: Windows Media stream recorders, but SDP was the best one I found and it’s freeware!

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