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How to Download TV Shows from the Internet (Part 2)

How to Make uTorrent Automatically Find and Download your Favorite Shows

So you learned how to Download TV Shows from the Internet in my last post. Now that’s great for one off shows, but you’d really like to make your computer go out and grab the newest episode of your shows automatically.

You can have uTorrent go look for newly posted episodes of your favorite shows and begin downloading them automatically. This is done using an “RSS” feed. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication; which allows websites to post new content to their site and have a “RSS Reader” check and download this new content automatically. There is an RSS Reader built into uTorrent.

If you go to the tvRSS (the RSS in the name refers to this technology) download page for your show, there is an RSS link at the top of the episode listing. (circled below)

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You need to right click on this RSS link to open your browser’s Options menu.

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Select Copy Shortcut from the Options menu.

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Easy Way to Download TV Shows from the Internet

How to Download TV Shows from the Internet

Well, it’s that time of year again, the Fall TV season is starting. Oh yeah after a long summer of nothing to do but go outside, meet other humans, and physical activity you can finally plop down on the couch and turn into a fat zombie watching the thrilling new episodes of your favorite shows. Now, I know you’re going to be there promptly every night living vicariously through your celluloid pseudo friends.


But, what if all of that human contact and activity from the summer bleeds into the fall? What if you find yourself having plans on, (don’t say it) a WEEKNIGHT gasp! Sure, you could just set the Tivo to grab all of your favorite shows, right after you remember to back up your computer, wear a condom and floss daily. Or worse yet, let’s say one of your “friends” or “neighbors” grabs you at the last minute and forces you to miss an episode of “The Office”. You can’t ask the Tivo to go get shows that it never recorded.

It must be difficult, expensive, or illegal. NO!, NO!, and “Probably Not.” It is pretty simple, totally free, and probably legal.

Well, all is not lost, you can always get any shows, with the commercials edited out right from the only “real” friend that you have (except for the TV), you guessed it, the Internet.

That doesn’t sound right. It must be difficult, expensive, or illegal. NO!, NO!, and “Probably Not.” It is pretty simple, totally free, and probably legal. (Well, when was the last time that you heard of someone getting sued for downloading Scrubs?) Follow these simple steps in this TWO PART ARTICLE and you can get any shows Freely, Quickly, and Easily.

What You Need to Download TV Shows

There are two things that you need to get your shows from the Internet:

  1. A tool to download the files
  2. A site that posts links to the files

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10 Worst TV Spin-Offs of All Time

Well, After my last post, you knew this was coming. You can’t have sunshine without rain.

Hit TV shows that start to grow a little long in the tooth or have a star looking to end their career branch out on their own often resort to the ritual suicide of the spin-off. While we all know this usually ends ugly, there are those rare exceptions that end in quality TV.

Criteria for a “Terrible” spin-off:

  1. Original show must have had a respectable run
  2. Spin-off was very short lived 1 or 2 seasons
  3. The Spin-off is roundly dispised by the old fans
  4. Cameos, that are painfully embarassing. (Helpful, not mandatory)

Caveat: Judging a Terrible Spin-Off is a lot like former Supreme Court Justice PotterStewart’s take on pornography “hard-core pornography is hard to define,but I know it when I see it.” So too is a bad spin-off.

When keepin’ it real goes wrong.
10. MTV Road Rules: Or for that matter every “Reality TV” show that ever followed the first season of “The Real World”. How can such an original, interesting, entertaining show spaw such a legacy of crap? Not just a crappy spin-off, but a crappy genre (reality tv) full of crappy shows.

Original Show: MTV The Real World
Years on TV: 1995 – Present
Cameos: Real World vs. Road Rules? (Does that count as a cameo?)

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10 Best TV Spin-Offs of All Time

Hit TV shows that start to grow a little long in the tooth or have a star looking to end their career branch out on their own often resort to the ritual suicide of the spin-off. While we all know this usually ends ugly, there are those rare exceptions that end in quality TV.

My criteria for a “Successful” spin-off:

  1. Original show must have had a respectable run.
  2. Must be a NEW show, not merely a remake of an old show.
    (Sorry, no Battlestar Galactica, Degrassi or the like.)
  3. Takes an established character(s) from an existing show
    and gives them their own show (which usually sucks).
  4. Spin-off must survive for at least tree or more years.
  5. The Spin-off must have some level of critical support.
  6. Cameos, we love to see our old friends drop in from
    time-to-time. (Helpful, not mandatory.)

Caveat: Many of my winners are from the 70’s and 80’s, because well, that’s probably the last time a good spin-off occurred.

10. Tie – CSI: Miami and CSI: NY: Yeah, that’s a cop out (no pun intended), but they are both pretty
indistinguishable. They’re good spin-offs of the original CSI (Crime Scene Investigation). The shows that coined the term “My crazy girlfriend is like CSI.”
Original Show: CSI
Years on TV: 2002 – Present and 2004 – Present Respectively
Cameos: They’re all over the freakin’ place

9. Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Another cop show spin-off, but it’s a good one. Can you turn on cable without seeing an episode of numbers 9 and 10? Who knows, this show may spin off it’s own version of the West Wing.
Original Show: Law and Order
Years on TV: 2001 – Present
Cameos: Yup, lot’s of ‘em.

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