If you’ve been a reader of this blog for the past two months it shouldn’t be news to you that SweDVDR got shut down spawning several replacements such as DVDRSource, SceneDVDR, TVSource and CareStreet. This article is about Sparvar, another new full DVD/Blu-Ray tracker that’s making waves in the sea of BitTorrent. Compared to other SweDVDR spinoffs, Sparvar has better content, better download speeds but is relatively hard to get into. Additionally, the tracker is growing at a rapid pace; within just two months since launch, Sparvar tracks as much torrents the TheDVDClub, the veteran DVDR tracker.
At the time this post is being written, Sparvar tracks over 4400 active torrents. Note that the browse.php page (denoted by “Nytt”) will only show you the newest torrents. To browse older torrents you need to click on the “Arkiv” link (which means ‘archive’). Even with a somewhat strict recruitment policy (coupled with closed signups of course), Sparvar has already managed to attract over 2100 members. However tough requirements to get in (ex- 500GB minimum upload in ratio proofs from most trackers) seems to have paid off - The user base here is one of the most active ones I’ve seen on a BitTorrent tracker. It’s not everyday you see torrents with over 100 seeders on a tracker that has less than 2500 users.
Speaking of the content tracked by Sparvar, both movies and TV shows can be found on the site. There are 6 main torrent categories defined; PAL DVDR, Custom DVDR, TV DVDR, TV XviD, Film XviD, Film HD, TV HD. Lots of movies in untouched DVD formats (DVD5/DVD9) and Blu-Ray formats are indexed. Check out the screenshot below:
Another great thing about Sparvar is their staff. They’ve got some pretty cool folks on board who do not behave like immature jerks. Best example is how they kicked a user from the support IRC channel (where idling is not permitted)
****** was kicked by ****** (A friendly kick in the butt. We prefer no idling in the support channel. You are always welcome back if you have questions or need support.)
And I can imagine quite a few trackers where the kick reason could easily have been “Fukc off noob”.
Anyways as mentioned earlier public signup for Sparvar are closed. However if you are interested in joining there is an invite application form online. If it gets approved by tracker staff, you’ll be invited in for free. Note that the app is in Swedish (so is the site interface). It shouldn’t be a problem for English speaking users since Google Translate is always there to help.
Site Name: Sparvar (http://www.sparvar.org)
Invite Application URL: http://www.sparvar.org/invitationform.php
Translated Version of Invite Application: http://bit.ly/JKJ93
How to attach the special code to your profile:
- This differs depending on the tracker but you can usually add comments or information to be displayed in your public profile via the ‘Profile’ option (on most trackers this is my.php page). If you have cloaked public profile display though tracker options, please make it visible to everyone before sending the invite application.
Special thanks to Clyde and rest of the Sparvar staff for the support given.