The Best USENET Automation Tools of 2015

March 14, 2016

USENET may have been around for a long time, but people are always finding new ways to make it better. Automation tools are good examples of that.

Below you’ll find our picks for the best automation tools of 2015. Some of them may be known to you already and, if you haven’t tried them out, please do. You won’t be disappointed.

Couch Potato

Couch Potato is currently on version 3. The program is very well known among USENET aficionados. It’s a personal video recorder (PVR) and it’s one of the most universally-employed options out there for that purpose.

Couch Potato works on Windows, Mac and Linux. It will search and download videos for you, so you can set it up to keep on looking for that binary you’re after and avoid combing the indexers yourself. It also allows you to tag your files, will notify you when videos you’re after come available and more.

Couch Potato is surprisingly easy to use, so check it out, even if you’re a novice!


Another PVR, SickBeard has the same widespread support as Couch Potato, but offers a slightly different interface. The program is actively being developed, so there are always features and enhancements being added to it.

SickBeard is highly configurable and there are plenty of people at the program’s forum that will help you out getting it set up. The organization features on this PVR are quite powerful, but it’s easy to install and get going. If you run into trouble, you can use an IRC channel to get support, in addition to the aforementioned forums.


SickRage is a variation on SickBeard. For a while, it seemed to have been abandoned, but it’s been actively developed once more. It has many of the same features as SickBeard, but it comes with some enhancements that might make it a bit more enjoyable to use for some people. It handles failures well, downloads poster art and does much more. It uses the same API scheme as SickBeard, so it should work with any site that interfaces with SickBeard.


Sonarr used to be known as NZBDrone. It’s a great tool for automatically handling downloads from your favorite newsgroups.

Sonarr is a PVR. It’s notable for its flexibility. It allows you to specify the quality of videos that you’re looking for, to continually search for them automatically and it works hand-in-hand with SABnzbd, so it has plenty of upsides to it. If you’ve used NZBDrone in the past, you’ll be able to get up and running with Sonarr quickly and easily. It’s the same program, overall, but it has been improved regularly over the years.


LazyLibrarian is still being developed, but it’s something to get excited about. Imagine any of the aforementioned PVRs, but for eBooks. That’s what LazyLibrarian will be.

It handles organizing, downloading accompanying cover art and much more. In most respects, it’s exactly like a PVR, but for a different medium.

If you’re a developer, you might want to see about helping out with the program, if possible. It still has some bugs here and there, but it’s definitely worth checking out. It works with SABnzbd and interfaces with Newznab sites.

Keep checking back to get the latest and greatest on the best USENET automation tools out there!



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