Will their be a Fix or start searching for alternatives ?

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16 Dec, 2014 07:41 PM

Will their be a Fix or start searching for alternatives ?

  1. 1 Posted by Bob on 16 Dec, 2014 08:39 PM

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    Give it a go! "I'm going to give Catch (https://github.com/mipstian/catch/releases) a try, which uses http://showrss.info/ for it's feeds. Hopefully that works."

  2. 2 Posted by George on 17 Dec, 2014 01:19 PM

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    I've switched over to Catch and it works great. Easy to setup.

    Also heard of Sick Beard, which combines torrent app and managing shows but have not given it a try.

  3. 3 Posted by Paul on 18 Dec, 2014 07:46 AM

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    Hi guys.
    So it seems TVShows App is pretty much doomed since the downing of Pirate Bay.
    It turns out that IsoHunt have taken over (Cloned) Pirate Bay as a temporary stop-gap until/should Pirate Bay re-emerge in the future.

    Anyway, i have been adding my own custom RSS feeds into TVShows for a long time now for new shows that weren’t in the apps list, mainly using Yahoo Pipes as recommended through a link on TVShows website.
    Unfortunately, the Yahoo Pipe to obtain RSS links to manually enter into TVShows app has also become redundant due to it also pointing directly to the now defunct Pirate Bay.
    It seems that until someone with the skill and knowledge to write a new Yahoo Pipe for us to use for custom RSS feeds then thats pretty much no good to us.

    Anyway, it seems i may have come up with a fix to enable us all to get TVShows app back up and running. It takes a bit of time if you, like me, have a fair amount of shows being monitored in the app, as you need to create a custom RSS for each and every show. Which i have just done.
    I’ve yet to know if it all works autonomously yet. I guess i will know once a new show is made available. Hopefully TVShows will do its thing in the background as it has always done and should do.
    Having said that, one show has just popped up automatically for me and is currently doing its thing. Fingers crossed its fixed.

    So, the process i did that seems to work is as follows…

    You can either choose kicks torrents (kickass.so) or showers.info.
    I used both for now.

    1) On the top left of the starting page of kickass.so you will see the usual Search query form.
    Directly to the right of the search box you should see a little cog icon. Click on that little cog, this will open up the advanced search box.
    Type the Tv show name you are looking for into the top line entitled “All These Words”.
    If you want to only see results from your favourite torrent uploader, then type in their username in the filed entitled “Uploads by certain user”.
    The only other field to worry about is entitled “Added”. Here you can choose from a list of options that are time related. Bear in mind if you choose “24 hours” for example, and nothing has been uploaded in that time frame, you won’t get any results and thus you won’t be able to obtain the RSS feed link.
    Mostly i left alone set to “Any time”.
    Hit “Search” and it will direct to a page listing the results of your what you requested.
    In between the show description and the list of episodes, you should see (in brown?!) the name of program searched for. I.e homeland results 1-25 from 42.
    Directly on the end of that line you should see a little Orange RSS icon.
    Click that icon and another browser will open up. In my case, and your will differ from me, but i will explain my exact process.
    I am running OSx Yosemite and Safari is my browser.
    For me i get a pop up that asks “Add kickass.so to shared links?”. I choose cancel.
    A warning oops up saying “There is no application set to open the URL feed:https://kickass.so/usearch/homeland%20user%3Aeztv/?rss=1.”
    At this point, i highlight only the following from the warning pop up… “https://kickass.so/usearch/homeland%20user%3Aeztv/?rss=1
    right click and copy the selection. Then cancel/shutdown the page once i’m done with it.

    FYI… The reason for this error on my machine is because i DO NOT have an RSS reader installed.

    Now go to TVShows in your settings preference pane, or if you have it installed in your menu bar then get into it from that location.

    Go to Subscriptions and click on the show you are wanting to ad the custom RSS link too. In this case “Homeland”.
    Once it opens up, choose “Edit” on the bottom right.
    In the “Feed URLs:” field you should see the standard supplied URL that should start with http://tvshowsapp.com/feeds/…
    Select the + button at the bottom of that field and then paste in the RSS link you copied previously from the kickass advanced search facility.

    Thats pretty much it for adding custom RSS to TVhows.app using kickas.so. If the shows episode list wasn’t populated before, it should now begin to populate.

    2) Second way is using showrss.info
    You will need to sign up using a username and password though.
    Once you have signed up, choose the “feeds” link near the top of the page.
    Choose “Pick a show” from the drop down next to “A Single Show”. Once you have found the program you require, hit the “Get feed address” button.
    You will then be presented with the same of the show you requested and a link to the RSS feed listed next to the words “Public feed”.
    Right click and choose “copy link”. In this case “http://showrss.info/feeds/400.rss for homeland.

    Go back to TVShows app and add the copied link in the same way as previously mentioned for kickass.so method.

    As mentioned, this is the way i have done it today and i have yet to see if it works as it should. But i have had one show pop up and download ok. Just waiting for a new release to see if it does in fact work properly.
    In fact, i think i will search for a show that is due to air tonight and add it to the list to test.

    Let me know if it works for you guys.


    P.S. Actually, a second version of the same show just popped up for download. It seems that the kickass and showrss are independent from each other thus causing double-ups. Need to figure out which one i’m going to get rid of now.

  4. 4 Posted by bachel on 18 Dec, 2014 08:52 AM

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    Thanks man I tried it with showrss and it works if I use a personal feed becuase its the only one where I can disable the use of magnet link

    Do you know a way to creat a rss feed with showrss for a singel series and disable magnet links ?

  5. 5 Posted by Paul on 20 Dec, 2014 03:05 AM

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    Hi bachel
    Glad it worked for you. It seems to be working ok for me too although i still have some double-ups but thats my fault for the way i have been testing TVShows it seems.

    At this tome i don;t know how to create an RSS feed with showrss for a single series and disabling magnet links sorry.
    Although, i'm not sure why anyone would NOT want to use magnet links these days?! I always use them even when manually choosing to download something. They are smaller files, and generally quicker than standard torrent files.

    On another note, i have found using showrss to set up your watch list and then placing your personal feed into uTorrent, it will alert you to new uploads. Still testing at the moment but it seems too be the way for me to go for now. Until, hopefully, fingers crossed, TVShows re-codes their app to use other sites other than pirate bay, or, someone re-creates the program from scratch with more versatility.

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