Cutting the cord: How I set up my TV replacement system
So you want to cut the cord, but you want to stay caught up on TV shows as they come out, not a season after they’ve aired on Netflix. So you venture into the far reaches of the internet, browsing piratebay and newsgroups looking for your fix. You finally have something downloaded that doesn’t require you to fill out a survey on erectile dysfunction drugs to open and doesn’t look like it was shot in a vietnamese living room or sound like it’s underwater. You take your prize, put it on a USB stick and find that your media player of choice doesn’t have the whatchamacallit to play the file. Sound familiar?
Picture this: TV shows that aired today are downloaded and waiting for you on your TV before you even get home. You don’t have to touch the computer and your TV knows which episodes you’ve watched and which ones you haven’t. If you’re as nerdy as I am, this is some form of nirvana. And it’s easier to achieve than you’d think.
What you need:
– A Windows computer that you don’t mind leaving running all day (I’m sure the process is similar on a Mac, but I’m sharing what I have)
– A big hard drive – You’re gonna be downloading a lot of stuff
– A device that will run Plex
The nitty gritty:
I promise not to make this too hard to follow… Or at least do my best. Honestly, it’s really quite easy though. Feel free to ask any questions below.
1) Install the 4 programs mentioned below on your ‘server’ computer
2) go to ShowRSS and make a new account. Once you’re all signed up, go to the tab and add all the shows you want to keep on top of
3) Go to the tab and select your personal feed. I use ‘Quality:Per-Show settings’ and ‘SKIP proper/repack’ but you can change it to whatever you like. This shouldn’t have much effect on the overall outcome. Then click ‘generate’
4) This brings up a new page. Select ‘Your Custom Feed’ and copy it. It should look like this: http://showrss.info/rss.php?user_id=xxxxxxx&hd=null&proper=0
5) Go to the hard drive you plan to have your media on, and make three folders in a place of your choice. They should be ‘In Transit’, ‘Unsorted’ and ‘TV Shows’. The name of the first two isn’t important, but the name of the third is.
6) In uTorrent, right-click ‘feeds’ on the left hand side and hit ‘Add RSS feed’
7) Paste the feed that you just copied from ShowRSS into the ‘Feed URL’ field
8) Give it a custom alias if you want (optional) and make sure ‘Automatically download all items published in feed’ is selected. Then click OK
9) Now go to Options>Preferences in uTorrent and go to the ‘Directories’ tab
10) Set ‘Put new downloads in’ to your ‘In Transit’ folder
11) Set ‘Move completed downloads’ to your ‘Unsorted’ folder. It is CRITICALLY IMPORTANT that there is no slash after the folder name. For example, if your folder is located at “C:\Unsorted” make sure you put that there, as opposed to “C:\Unsorted\”. If you don’t do this, your best friend will die and the love of your life will kiss another boy/girl.
12) Make sure ‘Only move from the default download directory’ is checked
14) Skip step 13, it’s bad luck
15) Make sure filebot is installed.
16) copy this :”filebot -script fn:amc –output “E:/” –log-file amc.log –action copy –conflict override -non-strict –def music=y “ut_label=%L” “ut_state=%S” “ut_title=%N” “ut_kind=%K” “ut_file=%F” “ut_dir=%D”
17) Go to Options>Preferences again in uTorrent
18) Go the advanced tab. This should expand to reveal 3 more, pick ‘Run Program’.
19) Paste the code from step 16 into this field. If your ‘TV Shows’ folder is in ‘C:\Media\TV Shows’, change the “E:/” portion to “C:/Media”. Notice that it’s not “C:/Media/TV Shows”. You need to specify the folder ‘TV Shows’ is in, not the folder itself. Yes, you need to do the slash backwards. No, I don’t know why. Probably just to make it harder for you.
So now your TV shows are downloading automatically and filebot is organizing them nicely into their own folders by season. Awesome.
That’s great, but you’re not just gonna lug your computer around the house, so what now?
20) Install Plex Media Server (Link at the top).
21) Once it’s running, there’ll be a little plex logo hiding in your system tray. Double-click it.
22) Hit the icon at the top right
23) Select TV Shows and point it to your ‘TV Shows’ folder, then hit ‘Add to Library’
24) Watch giddily as your library fills up with well-organized media
To get all this stuff to your TV, just install the plex app on your plex-compatible device and let it find your server on your network! Done and done!