SickBeard! cut your TV pay cord!


Oh Sick Beard, what a silly name… But what a great thing, really. A lot of people talk about becoming a “cord cutter” and getting rid of cable television, and with a little internet know-how and a few simple apps and understanding of how news servers work it becomes pretty easy to not need pay television.  What does it do?? Here is what they say ..

Sick Beard is a PVR for newsgroup users (with limited torrent support). It watches for new episodes of your favorite shows and when they are posted it downloads them, sorts and renames them, and optionally generates metadata for them. It currently supports, NZBMatrix, NZBs’R’Us, Newzbin, Womble’s Index,, TVTorrents and EZRSS and retrieves show information from and

So, with Sick Beard and newsgroup access, and a way to get it to your TV you would be ready to cut the cord. Setting up Sick Beard sounded a little daunting at first, but after reading some tutorials online and the instructions it was pretty quick to set up on my iMac.

Once Sick Beard is set up all you have to do is search for TV programs and add them to your queue ..  if you do not already know how to access a usenet server you may find one hosted by your internet provider or a public free server or take the leap for maximum file retention and pay a few bucks for a news server like the one i tell everyone about that has over 2000 days of retention – giganews

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