With Demonoid temporarily down, Pirate Bay shutting down its trackers and now Mininova finally going ‘legit’, one would think BitTorrent as a community is collapsing. This assumption however is far from the truth. Smaller, yet promising new trackers are being launched all the time – they may not be as popular as the likes of TPB but most of the time they do the job just fine. Today we’re going to talk about another brand new addition to the BitTorrent scene – Share The Remote (STR). STR is a gazelle based TV tracker with TV episode torrents and full season packs in both High Def and standard formats. If I am correct, this is probably the first specialized TV tracker to run on Gazelle.
It hasn’t been long since STR was launched. The site has been online in beta test mode for around three weeks but the official launch was only around 10 hours ago (at time of this post). Following is quoted from a news post on site:
We've officially launched the site today. Special thanks to all of the users who helped us test and develop the site, we couldn't have done it without you! To thank all of you who have joined the site so early, we will have freeleech on ALL TORRENTS for the next 48 hours. This should establish a decent seed-base on most of the torrents and ensure that none of you encounter any issues with ratio.
We will have open registration until we reach five thousand users, so make sure to tell all of your friends about the site! After we've reached this amount, we'll be implementing special ways to earn invites, so make sure to watch the news for that.
Make sure to familiarize yourself with the rules. While we'll be fairly lenient with the rules in the beginning, we will not tolerate overt abuse or genuine intentions to cause trouble.
If you have any questions, feel free to use our myriad of help options. The Knowledge Base currently contains a handful of useful guides (Including a very in-depth guide on how to log into the website!) that should assist you in performing many basic actions on the site. If you have a question that the Knowledge Base does not cover, feel free to post on the forums or send me a private message.
Again, big thanks to all of you who have joined the site. We are looking forward to seeing this site become the best private TV torrent tracker on the net!
Also, feel free to join us on IRC at irc.sharetheremote.org channel #ShareTheRemote.
For a very young tracker, STR has recorded some pretty impressive stats. It’s already amassed over 1300 registered members as well as over 450 torrents (150+ active). Behind the site are some familiar names in the BT community – several STR staff members are also staffers on popular movie tracker PassThePopcorn (PTP).
As mentioned at the start of this post, STR is a specialized TV tracker. You can find and download English television series (both currently airing and previously aired shows) torrents from here. They do seem to focus a lot on complete season torrents as even now there’s a good number of packs indexed on STR.
As for the layout, STR runs on Gazelle script. Right now there aren't many customizations apart from logo, category icons, etc (no custom themes yet - apart from those available in out of the box Gazelle). Staff are currently ironing out bugs and tweaking the site – don’t forget it’s only been a few hours since their launch.
Signups for STR are currently open. As noted in site homepage, they will remain open till user count reaches 5000. IMHO it’s a good move to initially build the user base without imposing restrictions such as interviews and invite application (not saying they’re bad though). Anyways if you are interested go check it out.
Site Name: Share The Remote (http://www.sharetheremote.org)
Signup URL: http://www.sharetheremote.org/register.php
Special thanks to Remy for the information. This story was first broken on @filenetworks – our Twitter feed.