How to Pirate TV in a Post-DedicatedTV World

Well, it’s official – DedicatedTV is no more, and the former owner thinks everyone who misses the site is an “asshole”.

Aww, how touching.

If the absence of DedicatedTV has left a gaping hole in your emotional chest, fret not. There are other places to go to get your pirated television.

They all just suck a little bit more than DTV, that’s all.

TV Dump is mildly sucktastic as a DTV replacement. It seems to be popular with Brits, but it’s not very user-friendly and lacks a lot of nice-to-have features. On the other hand, standard-def shows are generally made available as single-file downloads that don’t require extraction; “scene” purists will scoff, but when you’re using, say, a netbook with an 8GB SSD, it’s kind of convenient to just be able to download and watch.

Sceneflux is a tolerable site a commentor here turned me on to. It’s very, very fast, which is nice. In addition to television, it handles movies and music videos, which I don’t really care about, as well as French television, which I care even less about. It also has some usabilty issues, and the owner has begun Raymond Bennelsworth-like begging for money, however, so the site may not be long for this world.

ev0 is slow and very annoying, but some people seem to like it.

Katz is one of the great-granddaddies of internet piracy, having been around for several years now. It’s often very slow to post new releases, and handles everything people pirate, including porn. (Which probably makes it NSFW, in some environments.)

None of these are really good DTV replacements, unfortunately. There are other sites in this vein, about which, for the most part, the less said the better.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for at any of the above sites, allow me to turn you on to my super-secret weapon for finding download links for newly-released TV episodes:

Twitter’s search engine. Pretty much every site out there that posts pirated TV “announces” their uploads on Twitter. By searching for a keyword from the title of your favorite show, plus “xvid” (for standard-definition files) or “x264” or “720p” (for high-def files), you should be able to find at least a couple of download links mixed in among all the bittorrent trackers. It may be useful to know that most standard-def files get uploaded to the web about an hour after they air (after they end – a one-hour show that airs from 7-8pm will usually hit the internet within a few minutes of 9pm), though high-def sometimes takes a little longer, but not always.

Useful things to know: Most television shows (and movies, and music, and games…) pirated onto the internet come from “the scene”. (Porn and anime are two notable exceptions.) If you can’t find an episode of a television show you’re looking for within a few hours of it airing, it’s worth checking that it actually aired… and once you’ve done that, you can check a “Pre DB” such as this one to see whether it was “announced” by a scene group. If it’s announced, and doesn’t get “nuked” (for quality or technical problems), it will eventually get uploaded… somewhere… eventually. You just need patience. Or a USENET account. Also understand that some shows – and some episodes of some shows – just don’t get pirated onto the web, period. The scene has a finite number of players with limited time and equipment, and a lot of stuff just doesn’t get capped and uploaded. Them’s the breaks. Sometimes there are too many new shows airing at the same time, sometimes everybody’s competing to be the fastest to upload a certain show, and sometimes people just drop the ball.

DedicatedTV was great, and I’m sad to see it go. But, hey, all good things must come to an end, and I’m sure some new site will eventualy show up to, however temporarily, try and fill the giant void left by it’s demise. Hopefully it’ll be run by someone who isn’t a giant tool…

Published in: Geekiness, General | on August 19th, 2010| 3 Comments »

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  1. On 8/19/2010 at 8:00 pm me Said:

    try http://www.rlslog.net/category/tv-shows/

  2. On 8/19/2010 at 8:07 pm Nemo Said:

    Rlslog falls under “others, about which the less said, the better”, at least to me. Others obviously feel differently…

  3. On 8/29/2010 at 6:29 pm Nemo Said:

    A note, for all the really vitriolic douchebags experiencing severe wangst because they think this post called their hero ‘Raymond Bennelsworth’ a “giant tool”, and who have been venting their spleens in (violent and unpublished) comments: you all suck. Also, you apparently can’t read…

    Bennelsworth: A generally good guy who fucked people around for no clear reason in the last week of DTV’s life.

    A lot of drama queens who run or have in the past run similar sites, about which the less said the better: giant tools.

    Capice?

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