PRE channels are always an interesting topic. Some of you might be wondering what actually a ‘PRE Channel’ is. To put it short it’s an IRC channel where an automatic script (aka a bot) announces latest scene releases to the public. Announcing is usually pretty quick and is almost always done immediate after a group pre’s a release on topsites. Unlike in torrent trackers, there is not even a slight delay involved since there is nothing to upload – pre channels do not contain download links nor do they host any files. Their sole purpose is to announce to public the availability of a scene release. This article features a new public PRE channel maintained by the crew behind IPTorrents, the popular private torrent tracker.
Most private trackers do have their own pre channels but to log into these you usually need to be a registered member of the said tracker. IPT’s Pre channel however is open to everyone – even non members can access it just fine. I’ve been idling on this channel for several days and IMHO the announcing is actually pretty fast. Pre information is very detailed with each announce containing info about release category, release name, size, no. of files, genre, group, etc.
This is actually a fairly new project that is still being developed – several new features will be introduced soon. These include search for pre’d releases as well as dupe checking capability (“!pre and !dupe searches coming soon”). Also note that they have a rule titled ‘No Relaying Channel’. This means you are not allowed to make the announces available elsewhere in real time. Anyways this is excellent work by IPT crew – be sure to check it out.
- Server: irc.iptorrents.com
- Channel: #ipt.pre
- Direct Link: irc://irc.iptorrents.com/ipt.pre
If you are an IRC noob, please read this article for basic guide on how to connect to IRC channels using mIRC.