Anyway, I’m excited to get this guide out to you all as Couch Potato is a great program and is right up there with Sick Beard in terms of ease of use, flexibility, and robustness. I had originally planned to wait until Couch Potato’s Management section was implemented more fully, but I started testing the program as it was and found it already incredibly useful. Since then, the Management section still hasn’t been fully developed, but the program, in general, has seen continued updates and is well worth using as it currently stands.
But, before I get ahead of myself, and for those of you who are not really clear on what I’m talking about here, Couch Potato is an application that serves a role similar to a standalone Digital or Personal Video Recorder (DVR/PVR). However, where a DVR or PVR will monitor a cable or satellite television connection for movies that you might like to record and watch at a later date, Couch Potato monitors the Internet. Also, whereas a DVR/PVR is generally going to be a separate, standalone device, Couch Potato is an application that can be run on just about any Ubuntu, Linux Mint, or other GNU/Linux based personal computer. As such, Couch Potato is far more flexible than a “traditional” DVR/PVR setup.
For those that are familiar, this is very similar to Sick Beard, but Sick Beard specifically monitors episodic content where as Couch Potato specifically monitors cinematic content. As such, each has its own similar but unique feature set that is tailored specifically to its own intended role.
However, with that said, one draw back of this setup is that the artists, writers, and actors that have helped to create these movies that we enjoy are not being supported. To offset this, you may want to consider purchasing an Amazon.com Prime membership for their Ubuntu and Linux Mint compatible Instant Video Streaming services. Additionally, or instead of the subscription service, you could purchase digital copies of your favorite cinema.
Note: Digital content should help prevent the creation of unneeded waste in the form of DRM restricted Bluray and DVD optical discs and packaging (as well as the various shipping and other supporting resources that are consumed in transporting them around the world).
This is my second, brand-new, major guide of this year, and it will join the ranks of my other major guides (SABnzbd+, Sick Beard, XBMC Media Center, RAID 5/6) in being regularly maintained and updated (generally bi-annually).
This guide will be based around the latest versions of Ubuntu and Couch Potato with all updates installed. If you’re using Linux Mint, or an alternative desktop environment (Xfce, Gnome, LXDE, KDE, etc), there will be a bit of adaptation that will be needed. However, both Linux Mint’s mintMenu and Ubuntu’s Home button have search functions that make navigation much the same so it should be easy to use this for either. If you get stuck feel free to ask me a question below in the comments or to shoot me an email as I’d be happy to help get you unstuck if at all possible.
This guide is also considered a companion guide to my SABnzbd+ Install, Setup, & Configuration Guide for Ubuntu & Linux Mint! guide. This means it assumes you have a fully functional installation of SABnzbd+ on the same computer, and that it was installed in the same way as outlined in the SABnzbd+ guide. If you have not yet setup SABnzbd+ or are using it on a different system you will need to adjust accordingly, but such configurations are outside the scope of this guide (and if you don’t understand why let me know)!
On that note, my guides are written in a very specific manner. This method is explained in my Guide Guide that’s currently found on our About page. I recommend taking a moment to give this a read now as it will elaborate on how and why I do things as I do and likely help you get the most out of this guide (and any of my others!).
With that out of the way, let’s get to installing Couch Potato (next page)!