When it comes to downloading movies, music, games or TV shows online, Direct Download Link (or simply DDL) forums have gained a lot of popularity over the last couple of years. These are nowadays equally popular as BitTorrent trackers and hundreds of such forums are now online, facilitating quick and easy transfer of large files over the net. Bulk of the DDL forums you can find however either specialize in movies or are focused on indexing general content – you don’t see many sites dedicated to television series, other than a handful forums such as TVFreeLoad. If you are looking for a forum that focuses on TV shows and TV shows only, here’s a site worth checking out; CouchTater. CouchTater indexes download links to full TV seasons and individual episodes of a number of different TV shows aired on over 20 TV networks in USA and Canada.
Although CouchTater has been online for some time, the site does not seem to have attracted that many visitors (or at least not as many visitors as it deserves). According to current forum statistics, there are ~11500 threads and 15600 members (5000 active) on CT. Almost all of the forum threads open on this site are actually for TV releases – the number of discussion and ‘chit-chat’ threads are less than 1000.
When it comes to indexing links to TV shows, CouchTater follows a no-bullshit approach. There are no hidden forum sections, there are no hidden download links and shows are directly accessible from the site’s homepage. The main forum is divided into several sub forums – one each for major US TV networks such has CBS / NBC / ABC, Fox / The CW, Comedy Central, HBO/Starz/SHO, FX / SyFy / USA, TNT, Discovery / A&E, History/NatGeo, etc. Each of these sections contain individual threads for different TV shows aired on the appropriate network. These threads in turn are divided into two sections – ‘Single Episodes’ and ‘Complete Seasons’; this is where the download links are placed. The screenshot below which captures part of CouchTater’s main index, will give you a better idea on the site’s visual layout:
Download links on CT as usual are from one click hosting sites such as RapidShare, Megaupload, etc. I’ve found the forums to be regularly updated with new links for new episodes but there was the occasional thread that was out of date or had missing episodes. Majority of the indexed content however were live links that were working perfectly.
If you are interested in signing up, registrations for CouchTater are currently open. However, the download links are visible even to non members, making registration pretty much an optional task.
Site Name: CouchTater (http://www.couchtater.com)
Registration URL: http://www.couchtater.com/register.php
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