Earlier today, frequent visitors to the specialized documentary, science fiction and infotainment torrent tracker ScienceHD were greeted with the dreaded ‘Domain Expired’ error message. If you were feeling anxious that SHD was taken down by the powers that be, you can relax. SciHD’s domain issues are only temporarily and there are already several alternative ways to access the site just fine. As we highlighted in a previous post, here’s a situation when following a torrent tracker on Twitter really paid off. SHD’s Twitter account alerted its followers about the downtime and provided workarounds to access the site immediately after domain expiry issues surfaced. Currently, there are two ways to access the site – one is by using HTTPS direct-IP method and the other is by editing the hosts file to manually map the URL to ScienceHD’s IP address .SHD’s core operations including downloading/uploading torrents and even online invite applications are currently fully functional despite domain issues.
If you are still having issues accessing ScienceHD via its usual URL, you may gain entry into the site by using any one of the methods below:
- Edit hosts file and map the IP address manually (Recommended method) – Check http://scihd.randomserver.net/ for step by step instructions
- Access SciHD by using Direct-IP method – Click https://188.8.131.52/index.php
Although the blackout came as quite a surprise to some members of SHD, there was actually a planned downtime scheduled for 30-31 December. Unfortunately, it appears that the downtime got extended unexpectedly – a news post on homepage reads:
Downtime Dec. 30 - Dec. 31
Just a heads-up that we will have some downtime on December 30th, which could possibly go over onto the 31st. Never fear, though! We'll be back
EDIT: It should be at most one day, not two. Evidently December has 31 days in it, not 30. Who knew!
So, obviously a bit more troubles going on than we originally planned for. We should have them solved soon, but in the mean time:
If you're using the direct-ip method to view the site (https://184.108.40.206/)), please try using this method: http://scihd.randomserver.net/
And tell your friends so they don't think we just disappeared, of course ;)
Note that SHD is only experiencing domain issues. All major site operations including torrent downloads continue to function normally.
If this is the first time you are hearing about this tracker, ScienceHD is a private torrent site specializing in science fiction TV shows, premium documentaries and other related infotainment content. Registrations are currently closed but you can get in if you successfully get through the online invite application. A detailed overview of the online invite application is located here while a full tracker review with screenshots can be found here.
Site Name: ScienceHD (https://220.127.116.11/index.php or http://sciencehd.info/)
Twitter Account: http://twitter.com/sciencehd
Invite Applications URL: https://18.104.22.168/applications.php or http://sciencehd.info/applications.php