If you have been reading FILEnetworks for some time you probably already know about ‘The.BZ’ tracker family (if you don’t then read this article). TBZ studios are the driving force behind four very unique trackers in the BitTorrent scene; The Box, The Vault, The Place and The Occult. This post however is not about any one of these sites; it’s about TBZ’s latest project, ‘The Empire’ (also known as TE). The Empire is a private torrent tracker for TV and radio shows. It however is not just another TV tracker indexing content you can already find on BMTV, TVT.COM and a dozen other sites. TE specializes in shows from commonwealth countries – television shows from Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and other regions may be found here. If you download TV shows over BitTorrent, you might want to keep an eye on this site – not only because it tracks rare content but because when it comes to creating specialized trackers, TBZ usually kick ass.
An announcement of TE’s launch was made on its sister site ‘The Box’. Quoted below is a post by TBZ staff which explains the story behind ‘The Empire’.
Behind the scenes at TBZ Studios, we've been working on a new project that we're finally ready to unveil to the world...
TheBox has become one of the go-to places on the internet for your favorite British show cravings. We got to thinkin': "Wouldn't that be great to provide this awesomeness to users in other countries?"
Well, look no futher as we're proud to present: http://www.TheEmpire.bz.
TheEmpire, or TE for us lazy typers, will be dedicated to the finest television and radio broadcasts from the commonwealth countries; countries such as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand just to name a few. Here's a complete list of countries.
We've opened up 5,000 slots for immediate signup and we're offering it to users of TheBox first. So if you like your Commonwealth TV and Radio, go ahead and reserve your slot today at http://www.theempire.bz/signup.php and help us make it a great site!
So please look around, upload some shows you've got sittin' on the computer, and play in the forums.
This should be a whole bunch of fun!
~ t.bz staff
Although just a few hours into the final launch, TE already indexes around 125 torrents. Expect this number of rapidly increase in the coming days as news of the launch spreads in the BitTorrent community and TE’s uploader team expands. TV & radio shows including soaps, reality, travel, wildlife, documentaries, kids shows, drama, comedy, news, game shows, sports, talk shows, mystery, crime, etc from a number of different countries (full list of allowed countries here) will be indexed here. The screenshot below captures some of the torrents already indexed on TE:
As stated in the forum post by TBZ SysOp (quoted above), public signups for The Empire will be open until the site reaches 5000 users. It’s good to see them trying to start off with a decent user base instead of restricting new registrations – being ‘too private’ can also lead to the downfall of a new tracker. Expect the free signup slots to be filled up pretty soon. TE will have the backing of thousands of users who are already members of the TBZ family plus this is likely to be a hot topic in BitTorrent news forums and blogs, which will drive more members to this tracker.
Site Name: The Empire (http://www.theempire.bz)
Signup URL: http://www.theempire.bz/signup.php
Special thanks to Peter Vig for sending us this news.
Note: If you would like to be part of others sites in TBZ network, all trackers including The Box, The Vault and The Occult (except The Place) are currently open for signup. You can find the signup URLs in this article.