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Anybody want to explain Usenet to me like I'm seven?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by cheesesteak, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Apr 4, 2012 #281 of 1642
    Fofer

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    I have done this with Plex on the AppleTV, and haven't experienced any issues.
     
  2. Apr 4, 2012 #282 of 1642
    crowfan

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    It's strange. I can play the files (MKV and ISO) through Plex, and after about 2 minutes, I get the yellow exclamation point and it says there was an error reading the file (or something like that, not home at the moment to see). I can go out and then back in and it works for another two minutes, rinse, repeat, etc. Firecore's media player plays without a problem. I prefer Plex, though.

    Maybe I'll just reboot the server and see if that helps. Thanks.
     
  3. Apr 4, 2012 #283 of 1642
    lodica1967

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    Can you explain how to stream to Roku? I bought one for MLB.tv but would love to use it for other things.

    Can I stream .avi files from my computer or are you guys talking about something else? 90% of the last 10 posts were over my head! :eek:
     
  4. Apr 4, 2012 #284 of 1642
    ScottE22

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    It's been a lot of reading and learning for me or the posts would have been over my head, too.

    One of the cool things about Plex is that it can transcode almost any media type so it's playable on whatever device you're using. Check out this post about Plex for Roku. You download it in the channel store and it'll find your Plex server.

    If you don't have a Plex Server running yet, that's another story. Do you have a computer in your house that's always on? I'm not one of those folks with a dedicated media server (yet!), but I have a circa 2007 iMac that the kids use and it works just great as a Plex Media Server. It's super-simple to set up. You download it, install it, and then point it to whatever folder holds your media.

    Let me know how much help you need and I'll share more.
     
  5. Apr 4, 2012 #285 of 1642
    lodica1967

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    Thanks for the link. I will read up on Plex and ask any questions that pop up.
     
  6. Apr 13, 2012 #286 of 1642
    MikeMar

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    So I have SABnzbd and Sick Beard pretty setup. Got it downloading to my desktop then transfering to my NAS. The setup was awesome where you can have it scan you already downloaded shows and it marks them off as downloaded automatically.

    I can't seem to get the cleanup to work though, the .nfo and others are still there. I added those to the cleanup list in SABnzbd but it didn't seem to work.
     
  7. Apr 13, 2012 #287 of 1642
    Malcontent

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    This is how I have my cleanup list set up and it's been working well:

    .sfv, .nzb, .jpg , .nfo , .srr

    Make sure there is a comma and a space between each extension.
     
  8. Apr 13, 2012 #288 of 1642
    MikeMar

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    ahhhh a COMMA, thanks!!!
     
  9. Apr 16, 2012 #289 of 1642
    MikeMar

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    In sick beard what search providers do you guys use? Right now it's just the Sick Beard Index

    Rather no pay, and it does seem to be pretty good, figured it couldn't hurt to have a few setup.
     
  10. Apr 16, 2012 #290 of 1642
    Malcontent

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    Your most likely going to have to pay something to get a decent and reliable indexer to use with Sickbeard. Your going to want ones that allow you to download a lot of NZB's daily. The free ones usually have a daily NZB download limit.

    You can do well with only Sickbeard Index. It doesn't have a NZB download limit that I know of. It uses an open sources auto indexer software. The same software is used by several other indexers, so there is little difference with those. I use 2 others in addition as backup. Every indexer has it's down time because of glitches. Nice to have at least one backup.

    Nzbmatrix.com is a great indexer. For a one off $10 you get lifetime VIP. It uses custom indexing software. They sometimes get stuff that other auto indexers don't. Nzbmatrix has more of a human touch with it's NZB's. Users upload their own NZB's in addition to the auto indexer. It has active message forums.

    The second backup I use is nzb.su

    It uses the same software as Sickbeard Index. I got it because at the time they had a cheap lifetime subscription and it works very well with Sickbeard. But now they have a more structured subscription. But still pretty cheap.

    I would recommend Nzbmatrix. It's a one off charge for lifetime and it will complement Sickbeard Index nicely. Between the 2 indexers, you shouldn't miss anything and you will have a nice backup.
     
  11. Apr 19, 2012 #291 of 1642
    Gromit

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    Have you considered installing SABnzbd and Sick Beard on the NAS itself? I was running them on my MacBook Pro but having it all run on the NAS is kind of nice.
     
  12. Apr 19, 2012 #292 of 1642
    MikeMar

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    Hmmm how does that work? So I don't need my desktop on at all?

    How do you install it on there, and would that make my NAS run all the time (right now it goes into a semi-sleep mode and is woken by a computer or Boxee trying to access it)
     
  13. Apr 19, 2012 #293 of 1642
    MikeMar

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    Since I have a 200 gb blocknews account vs unlimited. When a download fails and I either retry w/ or w/o a supplemental source, does it download the whole thing again, or just the missing/failed blocks?
     
  14. Apr 19, 2012 #294 of 1642
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    If you set it up as slave server, it would only dl the missing blocks.
     
  15. Apr 19, 2012 #295 of 1642
    Malcontent

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    If you don't have a secondary account, then it will try to download the whole thing again. If you still have the files from the failed download, you could set up a backup server in Sabnzbd and have Sabnzbd retry and it will look for the missing parts on your backup server.

    If the download fails then most likely it couldn't be repaired with the .par recovery files that was posted with the file. Without a secondary usenet account set up as a back up server then the missing parts couldn't be downloaded to repair the file. Even with a backup server it's still possible that the file couldn't be repaired. Sometimes it's just a bad/damaged usenet post by the uploader. Most the of the time though a good backup server will be able to save the day.

    No single usenet provider is perfect. That's why it's good practice to have at least 1 backup usenet server that is different then your primary. You don't need a large usenet block for a backup server since only the missing parts are going to be downloaded.

    Astraweb is a good choice as a backup server for Blocknews. They offer a one off $10 for 25 gigs. That 25 gigs should last a very very long time when used as only a backup. At least a year or more with Blocknews as your primary.

    Stay away from Highwinds usenet and it's resellers as a backup. They have problems with DMCA take downs.

    Make sure you have your backup server correctly configured as a BACKUP server in Sabnzbd. If not you can accidently blow through your backup usenet blocks quickly.
     
  16. Apr 19, 2012 #296 of 1642
    MikeMar

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    Ok thanks, will look at setting up a backup or two :D
     
  17. Apr 19, 2012 #297 of 1642
    TheMerk

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    Also look into what provider your backup seller is getting its usenet from. No sense in having 2 backup servers if they both are just resellers of the same usenet provider.
     
  18. Apr 19, 2012 #298 of 1642
    Malcontent

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    Very true. That's why I recommended Astraweb as a backup for Blocknews. They are both supplied by different usenet sources. Blocknews resells 'Readnews' and Astraweb is independent and only sells their own usenet service. Both are generally considered to have the best completion of the major usenet suppliers.
     
  19. Apr 19, 2012 #299 of 1642
    MikeMar

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    SOLD!!! :)
     
  20. Apr 19, 2012 #300 of 1642
    crowfan

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    Anybody use an iPad app for controlling SAB? I'm looking at myNZB but I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations. I use nzbmatrix with SAB, so I'm looking for one that will work with those.

    Thanks!
     

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