Couch Potato V2 is a PVR—personal video recorder – program that allows you to scan the USENET and some torrent sites for videos that you’re interested in. It automatically searches for you once you put the information relevant to the video you want into the program and, upon finding that video, it will automatically download it for you. It works for some of the most popular USENET resources out there, so it does have a significant selling point in terms of convenience and compatibility.
Couch Potato works on all three major operating systems: Windows, OS X and Linux. This does give it an edge compared to some other programs that offer similar personal video recorder functionalities, particularly for Linux users.
Installation is straightforward and utilizing the interface should be rather intuitive for people who are familiar with the USENET system. Couch Potato has only recently released version 2 of the program, but version 1 has been in use for quite a while and has an active following.
Couch Potato has some great features built into it. For instance, you can set up parameters for metadata in version 2 that allow you to tag your files correctly so that your collection is organized correctly. You can also send notifications when the video you’re looking for becomes available, including the option of notifying your Android device.
When Couch Potato finds the video that you’re looking for, it can download it via SABnzbd or via a torrent protocol. The product is also set up to work with some particular USENET providers, so you may want to look into this if you happen to be a subscriber to UsenetServer or Newshosting. IPVanish is also recommended by the company.
The project’s main website is located at Couchpota.to. It contains information on installing the product and configuring it, which should provide adequate guidance for even those who aren’t particularly familiar with using personal video recorders.
Overall, this particular product has a lot going for it. The interface is streamlined and easy to use and it offers you flexibility in terms of the services you use to search for videos and how you download them. If you’re an avid video watcher, you’ll find the version 2 capability of customizing metadata to be particularly useful. The integration with some of the better USENET services out there also makes this something that’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. Version 2 does offer some improvements over its predecessor.