ezRSS - Life made easy

What is RSS and how is it useful to me ?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. What it does is create an automated listing of updates from a web site, called a "feed". Each entry in a feed is a separate individual torrent - the same torrent you'd get by opening the download link manually on a torrent listing web page.
The feed is written in structured XML which means (without going into too much detail) that the listing is in a format that's very easy for other applications to understand and act upon without further human intervention. In our case this means we can automate the downloading of torrents as they become available.

How do I get an RSS feed ?

This varies from website to website, but they come in two basic flavours : `Complete` and `Customised`
Complete is a full listing of every torrent that appears on the site in question.
Customised allows you to narrow down the torrents that appear in the feed according to different criteria.
Each type has benefits and downsides : a feed from a Complete type site tends to offer a much wider range of TV shows, but you have to put more effort into creating filters in your torrent client to narrow down the listing so that you only end up downloading the shows you want.
A feed from a Customised site tends to have fewer shows, but allows you to personalise your feed content, so that it does the bulk of the filtering out of unwanted shows/episodes for you automatically.

How do I use the RSS feed in my client ?

Azureus

We do not update this anymore as we feel that uTorrent is the client to use. The old version can be found here

µTorrent - make sure you update to version 1.8! One of the many benefits is automatic re-download of propers, repacks, etc!

  1. Click on the RSS icon in the toolbar



    Or select from the menu as shown below:




  2. Fill the dialog as below and click OK:




  3. With custom alias you can name your feed as you want it to be shown in the sidebar feed list.

  4. Do not change the Subscription option unless you want each and every item published in the feed to be downloaded automatically.

  5. Afterwards your feed(s) will appear on the sidebar where you can edit etc... by right clicking on them. Also the color will indicate various status like active and working (orange), not working (red) etc... and clicking on it you will get the list of the actual feed content (the show torrents in our case).




  6. If you want to increase your chances to get your show in case of a problem like one of the feed is down or if the show is not properly placed in the feed, you can add more than one RSS Feed the same way you added the first one. Two examples are:

    EZRSS - EZTV : http://ezrss.it/feed/

    BT-CHAT - EZTV: http://rss.bt-chat.com/?group=3

    Each site offers various slightly different feed options - choose the one that best fits your needs.

  7. Click Ctrl+R.  Or choose from the menu bar as below. Here we create filters to act upon the feed.  One for each show you want to grab.



  8. This is the dialog where you will do this:



  9. Click on Add button, and in the left hand sub-pane rename New Filter to whatever you want e.g. Lost.

  10. Because µTorrent doesn't have the ability to set a Fail filter we don't need to create a single primary Exclusions filter, but have to add exclusions to each individual show filter.

  11. Now we can fill out the Filter Settings sub-pane on the right.

  12. On the Filter line we add the keywords that will match with the specific show from the feed.  For EZTV this can be quite a simple term, as it's already personalised, so you don't have to filter out lots of rubbish from 3rd party uploaders.  Capitalisation is not important - upper & lower case are treated the same.

  13. For shows with simple, consistent names we only need one or two word expressions e.g. lost or desperate housewives

    If you are having trouble getting the show try the following (for example): desperate?housewives*

  14. µTorrent contains pretty good inbuilt algorithms for determining show name/video type/episode number, so we don't need to use strict regular expression syntax in most cases i.e. no need to replace spaces with . or use excessively fiddly expressions to deal with punctuation or short initials in show names.

  15. If the name is too ambiguous or variable then we do need to be a little more careful e.g. ER or CSI/Miami/New York.

  16. For ER we need to make sure it matches the various possible titles. Use the Filter ER|E.R.

  17. For each of the CSI shows we need to exclude the two others i.e. keep CSI, reject CSI:Miami and CSI:New York.
    For original CSI on the Filter line use CSI  & on the Not line use *Miami*|*York*|*NY*
    For CSI Miami on the Filter line use CSI Miami   No need for a specific Not entry.
    For CSI New York on the Filter line use CSI New York|CSI NY  No need for a specific Not entry.

  18. For shows like The Daily Show or The Colbert Report with dates rather than regular episode numbers use The Daily Show* on the Filter line and see Smart Ep. Filter remarks below.

  19. Because of the lack of a global Fail filter we need to add the file types we want to ignore on each filter's Not line e.g. *AC3*|*HR*|*264*|*720*  Add any terms you like here.  Just surround each one with * wild cards and separate them with a |

  20. Once you have the filter working to your satisfaction then complete the rest of the options.

  21. Set a Save In directory if you want one.

  22. Set the Feed to be filtered as a specific one i.e. EZTV, or just All

  23. You can use The Quality filter for picking up the version you want, or set it to ALL, and let the previous Not entries take care of it.

  24. For episodes with regular numbers i.e. 2x05 or S02E05, enter an episode to start from i.e. 2x05 or a range, for the series i.e. 2x5-22 and check the box, or leave it blank if you want to start from the next new episode.

  25. Uncheck Filter Matches Original Name Instead of Decoded.  EZTV already standardises the names to a format the internal decoder readily copes with, so it's not needed.

  26. Check Give Download Highest Priority if you want new episodes to leapfrog your existing queue.

  27. For episodes with regular numbers i.e. 2x05 or S02E05, check Smart Ep. Filter - this ensures that the client remembers the most recent episode number, and won't download an older one even if it appears as a new entry in the feed.

  28. For shows like The Daily Show with dates rather than regular numbering make sure Smart Ep. Filter is unchecked, so it will just download the most recent one in the feed.

  29. Leave Minimum Interval as Match Always.

  30. Set a Label for new episodes if you want one.

  31. All changes are automatically saved as you make them, so you don't have to do anything once you're done editing.

  32. Repeat steps for as many shows as you need.  Job done.

Why is aren't shows A and B not listed on ezRSS?

ezRSS obtains its information directly from EZTV. As a result, it has no control over what specific shows get released and which ones do not. If you would like to see a show get added, please direct any and all inquiries to the EZTV website.
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