It seems that internet is fast replacing the conventional way of watching TV shows. The recent Mortal Kombat web series is one such example. After merely a few hours of being released on the internet, it has now gone viral. This seems to be a good tactic to check market response for TV shows and potentially movies before producing high budget formats. For example, there was initially a small video released showing the trailer for a potential Mortal Kombat movie reboot and after an overwhelming response, Warner Brothers have now released this webs series. In fact many famous TV shows like “V” provide free podcasts via Hulu and YouTube after an episode is aired on a TV channel. This seems to be ironing out the copy rights issue of reproducing or watching TV shows for free.
ted or Torrent Episode Downloader (Not to be confused with Ted Talks) is a tool for searching and downloading TV show episodes via bittorrent. ted comes with a built-in list of shows for you to download. It also displays a summary of each program to help you identify and sort TV shows. ted downloads reliable torrent files for your shows and passes them to your bittorrent client. It can be used with Azureus, uTorrent, Tomato Torrent, Transmission or other torrent clients.
Just click on the Add button (from the main interface) and select a TV show from the list to download or search episodes for. You can go through this list to search for new episodes, download old ones and find a related DVD to buy. Make sure you check the Download in HD checkbox to get the best quality episodes. Click on the episode name followed by the Add button to select the episode for downloading. You can also click on Add a Custom Show button to add your own feed for downloading TV shows (e.g. Podcasts of TV shows).
You can check for new episodes, delete a show from the list, disable automatic schedule (for finding new episodes), edit show details, etc by right clicking on the added programs name.
For advanced options, head over to the Extras menu and select Preferences. The General tab can be used to schedule searching for new episodes of the added shows after a time interval, e.g. every 60 minutes, managing the default destination folder for the downloaded Torrent file, etc.
The Look and Feel tab allows configuring logging of errors, starting ted at system startup and getting alerts for new Torrent files that are found by ted. Likewise, the Advanced and Network tabs allow setting torrent parameters and setting proxy configurations (if required).
Disclaimer: It must be noted that while some shows like Kiefer Sutherland’s “ The Confession” is a web series and freely available, however, there are many shows that might not be available for free or can have copyright issues regarding their unauthorized distribution. Make sure you select a show which is legal to download and distribute, as we will not be held responsible if you use this software for violating copyrights.
It works on Windows, Mac and Linux systems, provided that Java Runtime Environment 5.0 is installed.