Download Games, Movies, TV Shows Safe & Fast
So up until now, I’ve posted tutorials about how to mod your wii and how to mod your XBOX 360 and how to burn and backup games but now, I’m going to share with you where to get games from. Not only will you be able to download games but you’ll also be able to download movies, tv shows, applications, ebooks, etc…
Let me throw this important bit of information in, this is not a FREE way to get games, movies, tv shows, etc… If you want free then you should just stick with torrents, spyware and slow download speeds. What I’m about to share with you is a method that I’ve been using for well over 3 years without any problems whatsoever.
As far as cost is concerned, all you’ll ever pay is $15.00 / month at the very most. The price is for 2 separate services. The 1st service is a news server and the 2nd one is an NZB indexing service. More about the terminology later on. I’ll include links to some of the services I’ve been using for the past 3 years at the end of the post.
One more thing I’d like to say before I go into all the details is that this tutorial is written for Mac users but does not limit the ability to apply most information in a Windows environment. The only difference for Windows users will be the software required. I might list a few links for that though, since I’m a nice guy and all.
What are NZB files and what is an NZB indexing service ? Read my other post to find out more information. What are NZB Files ?
What is a News Server and why do I need one ? In a previous post I covered some information in regards to why you would need a news server. You can read more about it here What is a News Server and why do I need one ?
*Tip – Download the evaluation version of Panic Unison from their website and once you’ve got everything setup with your news server and indexing service you can download the full version of Unison from a news server.
*Tip – The same as the above applies to Newsleecher, download the trial and then download the full version from a news server.
NZB Indexing Service:
Free VS. Premium
I prefer newzbin.com, their indexing and search capabilities are far superior to that of any of the free nzb indexing services found online. If you absolutely must go with a free service then I recommend nzbnation.com. You have to register for an account but its free. The reason for my preference of premium vs. free is because of the way you can search and filter results as well as rest assured that what you’re downloading is the right thing.
Premium NZB Indexing Services:
Free NZB Indexing Services:
I haven’t come across any free usenet servers so unfortunately I’ll not be listing any free servers here. However I will be listing relatively inexpensive usenet servers that you can register with and when I say inexpensive I mean somewhere around $10.00 / month with unlimited bandwidth. Take your $10.00 / month for unlimited bandwidth and download speeds of about 800K / second depending on your internet connection and imagine how much you can download over just a 24 hour period. Makes you just want to smile
Ok, you should have plenty of services to choose from. I suggest that you download the required software and at the very least sign up for a news server account from one of the servers mentioned above before continuing with the tutorial.
Configuring Panic Unison:
Assuming that you’ve already downloaded and installed Unison you can follow the steps below to configure Unison with the usenet server you’ve registered with.
First you’ll want to launch Unison and then on the top left corner click Unison -> Preferences
After you click on preferences a dialog box similar to the following will pop-up. You’ll want to click on Edit Servers
After clicking on Edit Servers, another dialog box will pop-up similar to the one below. This is the only thing we’ll need to configure in Unison. This is where all of your server information will go. You’ll need to fill in your server URL, username and password.
After you’ve entered in all of your information, go ahead and click on the OK button and then close the rest of the screens. If you type everything in correctly then you shouldn’t get any warnings. However if there is some sort of issue Unison will let you know. If everything checks out fine, you can go ahead and close Unison. Next we’ll cover downloading an NZB file of the game, movie, tv show, etc… that we want to download and how it will use Unison to download all of the files.
Downloading An NZB:
Now that we have Unison all setup with our usenet server we can go ahead and download an NZB of the game, movie, etc… that we want to download. So for this tutorial I’m going to use one of the free NZB Indexing services since I’m sure that’s what most of you will be using to start with. I’ll be using nzbclub.com
Start out by pointing your browser to http://www.nzbclub.com and you’ll see a page similar to the one below
You’ll notice that directly underneath the search bar are Tabs, go ahead and click on the one that reads XBox 360. You should be presented with some links in the window below the tabs of some XBox 360 NZB files. Go ahead and click on one of the links there. You’ll be directed to another page which has a list of similar filenames. You’ll also see more detailed information such as the files size, age of the report, etc…
Go ahead and click on NZB on the right hand side. Your browser should have downloaded the NZB file and if you’ll look at the file, you’ll see that its associated with the Unison Application. All you have to do now is double click on the NZB file and Unison should open and begin downloading all the parts of the file.
The files that are being downloaded are usually in rar or zip format, included with those files are PAR files, short for parity. These files are included to repair broken archives which is occurs every now and then. In this next part I’ll be covering what to do after your files have finished downloading.
Now here’s the nice part of using a premium NZB indexing service like newzbin for instance. Newzbin has additional information on the NZB file you are downloading, such as region specific information, etc…
Using MacPar To Extract Downloaded Files:
Since most of the files downloaded through Unison will be in rar or zip format and should always include PAR files, and may or may not need to be repaired, I find it easier to just go ahead and use MacPar to extract the files, that way if it finds a problem with any of the archived files it will fix them automatically.
Assuming that you’ve already downloaded and installed MacPar, all you have to do is go into the folder where Unison downloaded the archived files and double click on one of the included PAR files, usually close to the bottom of the folder.
MacPar will load up all of the PAR files and verify each of the archived files and if all checks out OK, MacPar will proceed to extract all of the files and if you’ve downloaded a game, you should end up with an ISO image that you can burn following one of my other tutorials on how to backup and burn Wii and XBox 360 games.
Well that should just about cover it. I know its a lengthy tutorial and its a lot of information to take in but after a while the whole procedure will become like second nature. This method sure beats any torrent, P2P, IRC, etc… download. I’ve not been able to find a faster more reliable way to download online content and am happy to share this information with the rest of the online community.
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