ARD (broadcaster), the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, is the German cooperative association of public broadcasters. The ARD is the world’s second largest public broadcaster after the British Broadcasting Corporation.
The website does not offer an official download option for views who want to download online streaming ARD videos, consequently, to download ARD live videos from the internet is not that easy as imagine for all. Many videos streaming through Ard home are RTMP streamings (Real Time Messaging Protocol), such as videos on Ard.de homepage, ARD ardmediathek, ARD daserste, while others are HTTP streaming (Hypertext Transfer Protocol), for example, ARD tagesschau.
Fortunately, if you are eager to save the videos on ARD, HiDownload is skilled at downloading real time streaming video clips off the Internet on Windows. The program is a multimedia streaming video leader that supports all online movies, music videos, streaming news and audio download from Ard.de
The reason for HiDownload's popularity is that by grabbing video streaming from website directly that avoids the poor video and audio quality may be. And the program is not only works for Ard only, but also thousands of streaming video and audio websites, thus for ARD ardmediathek, ARD daserste, ARD tagesschau and more. Besides, video and audio formats like FLV, MP4, WMV, MP3, AVI, SWF…are supported by HiDownload. Additionally, you will find more features of HiDownload if you try it. The simple use of Hidownload will make you feel comfortable.
How to download online mediathek videos from ARD.de?
Step by step:
1. Download and install HiDownload Platinum. Run the program.
2. Choose “yes” when you are asked to start sniffer of HiDownload. URL Sniffer will check the available network adapter and start sniffer.
If HiDownload Platinum can not find the available network adapter, then all network adapter list will be opened. Choose a suitable network adapter from them.
3. Visit Ard.de website. Play the streaming video that you want to download online.
4. Sniffer starts to capture network data packet, and detect the stream link (URL) from ARD.de. Once the stream's links (URLs) are detected, they will be organized on the list, and you can select the link and download it.
Note: If you have check “Download automatically” on “Settings”, the multimedia streaming link (.flv .f4v .mov .mp4 .m4v .hlv .mpeg4 .mpeg .mpg .rm .rmvb .asf .avi .wmv .mkv .divx .aac .ac3 .m4a .ra .wma .fla .mp3) that you add will be auto downloaded.
5. Switch the button from “Sniffer” to "Download" on toolbar, HiDownload is downloading the MP4, FLV video and MP3 audio files.
6. When the multimedia files are downloaded, they will be moved to “Finished”, right click the file, select “Open Containing Folder” you will see the saved video files.