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Old 11-29-2013, 06:05 AM   #1021
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Is there any place that lists the usenet providers that are basically the same company? I don't want to end up with an unlimited account and a block account from the same place that is redundant.

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There are only a handful of usenet backbones now, Highwinds, Astraweb, Giganews, Readnews and some European providers. Here's a map

With so few, it is fairly easy to send DCMA takedown requests. It's not nearly as easy with torrents.

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Old 11-29-2013, 09:59 AM   #1022
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Is there any place that lists the usenet providers that are basically the same company?
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Old 11-29-2013, 02:21 PM   #1023
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If anyone is interested in an alternative to Sickbeard, take a look at 'NzbDrone'.

http://www.nzbdrone.com/

NZBDrone v2.0.0.740

NZBDrone is a PVR for newsgroup users. It can monitor multiple RSS feeds for new episodes of your favourite shows and will grab, sorts and renames them. It can also be configured to automatically upgrade the quality of files already downloaded if a better quality format becomes available.

Major Features Include:

Support for major platforms: Windows, Linux

Automatically detects new episodes

can scan your existing library and then download any old seasons that are missing

can watch for better versions and upgrade your existing episodes. eg. from DVD to Blu-Ray

fully configurable episode renaming

full integration with SABNzbd

full integration with XBMC (notification, library update, metadata)

full support for specials and multi-episode releases

beautiful UI
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Old 12-28-2013, 06:17 AM   #1024
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Is anyone having any trouble successfully d/l current tv shows via usenet? I'm getting ready to cut the cord and want to make sure I can continue to use Usenet as a backup source if I happen to miss online eps.
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Old 12-28-2013, 09:34 AM   #1025
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No trouble whatsoever. One of my friends is having issues, but that's because he refuses to automate with Sickbeard, and kicks off a download whenever he pleases. Because of that, by the time he goes to download a lot of things, they've been pulled.
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Old 12-28-2013, 04:46 PM   #1026
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No trouble whatsoever. One of my friends is having issues, but that's because he refuses to automate with Sickbeard, and kicks off a download whenever he pleases. Because of that, by the time he goes to download a lot of things, they've been pulled.
Why in the world would you not let Sickbeard do all of the searching for you?
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Old 12-28-2013, 04:48 PM   #1027
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Has anyone found a way to automate the search and d/l of subtitles for programs. Mac has a program that does it, but so far I have come up empty on Windows.
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Old 12-30-2013, 03:29 PM   #1028
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Has anyone found a way to automate the search and d/l of subtitles for programs. Mac has a program that does it, but so far I have come up empty on Windows.
I've never used this feature, but FileBot is free and says in the description it'll do it:

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Old 01-01-2014, 03:26 AM   #1029
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I've never used this feature, but FileBot is free and says in the description it'll do it:

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Not really. It does a good job of finding the subtitles, d/l them, and changing the name to match your video file, but it doesn't do any of it automatically, you still have to drag your video files to file bot to get it going. I'd like a completely automated solution. Don't know if its because I'm super busy or super lazy.
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:27 PM   #1030
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Not really. It does a good job of finding the subtitles, d/l them, and changing the name to match your video file, but it doesn't do any of it automatically, you still have to drag your video files to file bot to get it going. I'd like a completely automated solution. Don't know if its because I'm super busy or super lazy.
FileBot can be automated, if you are so inclined!

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Old 01-01-2014, 05:04 PM   #1031
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Why in the world would you not let Sickbeard do all of the searching for you?
Or NzbDrone (Windows, Linux). Mac version is in the works. It's looking more polished than Sickbeard lately.

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Old 01-01-2014, 06:09 PM   #1032
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Why in the world would you not let Sickbeard do all of the searching for you?
I don't know, as I said, it's my friend. Myself, I have SB and CP download EVERYTHING, but I have an enormous file server to populate, he doesn't.
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:41 PM   #1033
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Or NzbDrone (Windows, Linux). Mac version is in the works. It's looking more polished than Sickbeard lately.
Is there really any reason to switch from Sickbeard to NzbDrone?

The only time I have to go to sickbeard is to add a show, and that takes only a couple of clicks. Once the show is added, everything else is automated.

(rarely I may have to go directly to dognzb if sickbeard doesn't find a certain show, but that's rare, and when it does happen it seems to be the same 2 or 3 shows)
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:43 PM   #1034
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Is there really any reason to switch from Sickbeard to NzbDrone?

The only time I have to go to sickbeard is to add a show, and that takes only a couple of clicks. Once the show is added, everything else is automated.

(rarely I may have to go directly to dognzb if sickbeard doesn't find a certain show, but that's rare, and when it does happen it seems to be the same 2 or 3 shows)
+1 for me, just seems sickbeard can have a problem with 1 or 2 shows, but when I search, it's usually a weird naming convention.
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:56 PM   #1035
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Is there really any reason to switch from Sickbeard to NzbDrone?
If your happy with Sickbeard then no. Nzbdrone is just an alternative. I thought I would mention it for the benefit of others who might be interested in automating their downloads.

I do believe Drone is being more actively developed than Sickbeard. The developer is more responsive with users suggestions. The GUI is prettier and it runs faster. Integrates with usenet clients easier. Post processing of files is much easier without the use of scripts.

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Old 01-02-2014, 02:57 PM   #1036
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I'm happy with Sickbeard, but just checked out NZBDrone and it looks pretty slick. Not sure if it's worth switching, but the UI is definitely a step up.
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Old 01-02-2014, 03:02 PM   #1037
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Is there a Mac build of NZBDrone?
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Is there a Mac build of NZBDrone?
It's being developed. The developer has it working on a Mac and is testing it and working out the kinks. No ETA on when it will be released.
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Old 01-02-2014, 03:45 PM   #1039
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Can you import all your shows from Sickbeard into NZBDrone? If so I'd think about switching but I don't want to set up all my shows again. At least there is an alternative if ever need be.
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Can you import all your shows from Sickbeard into NZBDrone? If so I'd think about switching but I don't want to set up all my shows again. At least there is an alternative if ever need be.
No option that I'm aware of at the moment.
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:35 PM   #1041
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Well, the Credit Card I am using for frugelusenet has expired. Before I go and make the changes on PayPal, any suggestions for a provider? I have been having issues getting complete posts recently...
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:51 PM   #1042
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Try Tweaknews trial on your incompletes. Anything more than a few days out you'll probably not get but its worth a shot. I use it as my block backup to Blocknews/frugal. It used to be when you let the trial run out they'd send you a coupon code but don't know if thats in effect anymore.
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+1 Ment

I would keep Frugal and buy a block from Tweaknews (use as backup server) which is what I've done. The block should last a good while because it won't be used unless parts are missing from Frugal. A pretty cheap and effective combo. No provider(s) is 100% bullet proof.

BTW, are you having completion issues downloading new or old stuff?

Best thing is to automate as much of your downloading as possible with programs like Sickbeard/Nzbdrone and Couchpotato.
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I would keep Frugal and buy a block from Tweaknews (use as backup server) which is what I've done. The block should last a good while because it won't be used unless parts are missing from Frugal. A pretty cheap and effective combo. No provider(s) is 100% bullet proof.

BTW, are you having completion issues downloading new or old stuff?

Best thing is to automate as much of your downloading as possible with programs like Sickbeard/Nzbdrone and Couchpotato.
Yeah, I know I need to automate. Its a combination of new and old that I am having issues with.
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:48 PM   #1045
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Can you import all your shows from Sickbeard into NZBDrone? If so I'd think about switching but I don't want to set up all my shows again. At least there is an alternative if ever need be.
Yes
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Old 01-04-2014, 07:16 AM   #1046
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FileBot can be automated, if you are so inclined!

http://www.filebot.net/cli.html
I was unaware of this. Thanks a million.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:21 AM   #1047
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I'm happy with Sickbeard, but just checked out NZBDrone and it looks pretty slick. Not sure if it's worth switching, but the UI is definitely a step up.
I spent some time playing with NZBDrone yesterday and I think it so much more elegant than Sickbeard. It took me a while to get everything configured correctly, probably because I was making it more complicated than necessary. The true test will come on Tuesday when 2 shows should be automatically downloaded. Assuming NZBDrone passes the test, I will be switching for good.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:59 AM   #1048
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One of the features of Nzbdrone I like is if a download fails, it will try and download a different release of the episode. Drone blacklists the failed release so that it won't attempt to download the same release again. This currently only works if your using Sabnzbd.
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uhhh I could not for the life of me get NzbDrone to see my NAS at all. And I get so lost in that it runs as a service, I dislike that you can't easily turn it off like SickBeard

Looks really slick and great features, but I'll probably never use it now, oh well
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:06 PM   #1050
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I'm running sickbeard on my synology Nas, doesn't look like an option w nzbdrone.
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