show-time
Watch episodes of your favorite TV shows with a simple CLI, using http://showrss.info and peerflix
Last updated 3 years ago by naholyr .
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show-time

Watch episodes of your favorite TV shows with a simple CLI, using http://showrss.info

Required: Node ≥ 6

Main features

  • Shows and plays latest episode from your own showrss feed, or movies from usual torrent providers
  • Browse mode: if you don't want to bother creating your showrss feed, want to discover a new serie or watch older episodes, this mode will list all available shows, then all available episodes, enjoy!
  • Download mode: only download episodes (run multiple instances of this the days before your long train trip)
  • Offline mode: browse and watch previously downloaded episodes (during your long train trip)

Installation

  • Using npx (included in npm ≥ 5.3.0): run with npx show-time and skip install
  • Using npm: npm install -g show-time
  • Using yarn: yarn global install show-time

Configuration (optional)

Those steps are optional, you can just run show-time and skip the feed option, you'll be in "Browse mode" by default.

  • Register at ShowRSS (just a login/password, no mail or real name)
  • Configure your feed, just follow the steps on the website
  • Run show-time --configure to initialize your configuration

Usage

show-time
  • Select your episode, subtitles, and enjoy :)

Alternative usages

show-time provides a personal experience when used with showrss, but you have many options to enjoy your show without any configuration required:

  • View a given show's episodes: show-time <title>
    • Note: using initials can work too (eg. show-time twd will bring you The Walking Dead's episodes)
  • Browse all shows: show-time --browse
  • Search for movies: show-time --movie

In all cases you can add --download option to just download, and watch later with show-time --offline

Simply enjoy :)

Demo

CLI options

  <title>          Directly select this show (ignoring your feed)
  --version, -v    Show version and exit
  --help, -h       Show this help and exit
  --clear-cache    Clears cache and exit
  --configure      Configuration wizard
  --config <file>  Use alternative configuration file
  --cache <path>   Path to cache (--no-cache to disable)
  --player <name>  Automatically play to given player
  --feed <url>     ShowRSS feed URL
  --lang <lang>    Preferred language for subtitles
  --download       Download mode
  --offline        Offline mode
  --browse         Browse mode
  --movie          Movie mode

Valid players: chromecast, vlc, airplay, mplayer, smplayer, mpchc, potplayer, mpv, omx, webplay, jack

Known bugs

  • It happens castnow fails to start, I quit and restart a few seconds/minutes later and it works again

How it works

  • show-time grabs your RSS feed from showrss.info to show a list of recently available episodes
  • It will then search on opensubtitles.org for subtitles (results cached for 1 hour)
  • Once the torrent magnet and the subtitles grabbed, it runs peerflix to download and play video

Special modes

Download mode

Option --download is an alias to --no-player --port=0 --peer-port=0:

  • --no-player disable playing video once ready
  • --port=0 and --peer-port=0 sets Peerflix's bound ports to 0, which means arbitrary defined by operating system

Binding arbitrary free ports and not playing video means you can run the command as many times as you want.

Offline mode

In offline mode, show-time will only fetch information already in cache:

  • You select an episode amongst those already (even partially) previously downloaded
  • You can use downloaded subtitles, but won't download new ones
  • Video is played immediately

This mode works particularly fine with download mode: run show-time --download to fetch a full episode, then once disconnected run show-time --offline and here you go :)

Browse mode

show-time will ignore your feed (previously configured or not) and fetch all available shows from showrss.info:

  • Search amongst the shows to select the one you want to see (just type to filter)
  • Specific feed is used to liste available episodes for this show only
  • That's all folks
  • Lazy? If cache was enabled, your previously selected shows will appear first in the list

All other options (cache, download…) will apply, except --offline which is obviously incompatible. If cache is enabled, video will be stored in usual place and will be accessible from Offline mode like any other.

Movie mode

show-time will ignore your feed (previously configured or not) and display a search box for movies:

  • Search by title with YTS API (more to come, and sorry for the weird results their engine looks buggy, like 'Doctor St' will return nothing but 'Doctor S' and 'Doctor Strange' will work)
  • Then select quality, subtitles, usual stuff…
  • If cache is enabled it will simply be stored amongst your TV shows

All other options (cache, download…) will apply, except --offline which is obviously incompatible. If cache is enabled, video will be stored in usual place and will be accessible from Offline mode like any other.

The cache

A lot of things are put in the cache, which is located at $HOME/.show-time/cache:

  • The downloaded torrents
  • OpenSubtitles results (.json)
  • Subtitles (.srt)

You can remove files manually, or you can empty the whole cache with show-time --clear-cache

Alternatives

  • torrentflix does a nice job for movies, less useful for TV shows. You'll be asked for choosing amongst many search engines, while show-time is limited to YTS (piratebay on the way, using proxies).
  • PopCorn-Time well, it's obviously best option, but it's gone. Plus it wasn't really TV-shows friendly and a GUI is not always the fastest way to enjoy your show.
  • torrent-live really takes your privacy seriously, great deal! however you won't find search or feeds, support for subtitles, and it does not seem maintained.
  • pw3 works great for TV shows and has a nice "Marathon" option, but relies on kat.cr which is currently down.
  • termflix is deprecated in favor of torrentflix, but has a nice Marathon option too.

Those alternatives, like show-time have their pros and cons. Some of their options I'd like to implement here (Marathon mode, better search for movies and subtitles), but meanwhile choose the right tool for your fun :)

Future

If you want to contribute to this project, here are some ideas:

  • Enable Download mode to work quietly in background, and add ability to exit when downloaded 100%.
  • Make it possible to use DuckieTV instead of showrss, maybe the default so we don't rely on a third-party service for the subscriptions.
  • Rely on torrent-search-api instead of my own implementations for movies search.
  • Use subdb: very accurate subtitles (based on file hash) but usually only English subtitles are really available (which is anyway what you're already used to if you watch episodes quickly).
  • Add option to delete downloaded episode once it's viewed.
  • Track viewed episodes to remove them from proposed list, then add Marathon mode.

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