How To Automatically Download TV Episodes From The Net With TED

The Internet might be the greatest thing that could ever happened in every couch potato’s life. All the TV shows that they’ve ever want – and more – are just a few clicks away. But even if you use 24 hours of your life everyday without taking any break, it would take more than your lifetime to watch all the available show in the world. That’s why you have to settle with just a number of shows.

The problem is, even with all the convenience of the net, tracking several shows simultaneously is a tedious job. For each and every show, you have to regularly visit the torrent site every week, search for the show that you want to download, acquire the torrent, and finally download the episode. Multiple that with the number of shows that you follow and you will get a major headache.

Luckily, TED‘s here to save the day.

The Torrent Episode Downloader

TED is the short for Torrent Episode Downloader. The app is a multi-platform java application that will work under Windows, Mac, and Linux. TED’s job is to help users track down and download torrents for multiple TV shows. Basically, all that you have to do is set up several shows and forget all about it. TED will do the rest.

To set TED to track a show, click “Add Show” icon from the toolbar.

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TED will show you list of popular shows. Click one of them and you will get all the necessary info about the show. If you want to “follow” the particular show, you can choose to start from the next available episode, the last aired episode, or custom episode. There’s also option to download the episodes in HD quality.

Ted Pick a show

If you choose Custom episode, TED will show you all the available episodes and you can choose which one(s) that you want to get.

ted - custom episode

It’s possible that the episode that you want is not on the popular list. If that’s the case, you can click the “Add a custom show” button under the show list and then add necessary data about the show. Start from the name of the show and the Season and Episode number.

ted - New Show

Next, add the Feeds addresses. These are the places where you will get your show from.

ted - New Show Generate RSS

You can use the RSS address that you already have, or let TED generate the addresses automatically for you. Click the “Plus” button and choose either “User defined” for manual address or “Generate” for automatic list of addresses.

ted - generate new RSS

The “Filters” tab will help you filter the episodes. You can choose the size range of the file, minimum number of seeders, and filtering keyword.

ted - Filter New Show

The “Schedule” tab is otional. It will add episode scheduler from Epguides and TVRage. If you choose popular shows, TED will generate this ones for you automatically.

ted - Schedule New Show

Let TED Get The Episodes

After finishing the configuration, you can let TED get the episodes of your show(s) automatically, without the need for you to interfere. Further customization is available from the “Preferences“.

ted - Check episode

The “General” Preferences will let you set the interval between episode search, place to save the torrent, and whether you want your default torrent to pick up the file download automatically.

ted - Configuration General

The “Look And Feel” tab allows you to put TED to system tray and to always start TED minimized to tray.

ted - Configuration Look

Since there are always many torrents available for each episode of popular show, you can choose to download the torrent with more than minimum seeders or the one with the most seeders. This option is available under “Advanced” tab. You can also choose not to download compressed episodes as some uploaders tend to compress and split the episodes to smaller chunks.

ted - Configuration Advanced

All You Have To Do Is Watch

If everything is done correctly, TED will do the tedious job of monitoring new episodes of your favorite shows from the pre-determined locations. Every time it finds new episode, it will download the torrent and send it to your chosen torrent client. So, all you have to do is wait for new episodes to pop up in your computer and watch.

Should you decide that a show is not worth watching, all you have to do is delete it.

ted - Delete Show

I’ll leave the legality issue to your conscience. TED will help you minimize the trouble of tracking TV shows episodes from the net, but everything that you do on the net is your own responsibility.