Quasar: Torrent Streaming
Torrent streaming is not new to Kodi however, the Quasar Add-on is, replacing the now defunct Pulsar add-on utilizing this method of streaming. I’m not going to pretend I’m super familiar with it but as a reformed down-loader, I understand the principals behind it. What Quasar does is to use outside resources such as Trakt, TVDB and IMDB to gather information about your favourite movie and television shows. It then uses a search engine to seek out torrents using what it calls “providers” to connect with different torrents without actually going onto the torrent websites. Quasar funnels the torrents through its add-on where users will share streams with other users in a pear-to-peer bases, much like you would if you were seeding downloaded content. Yes, when you stream the content, you seed it as well. When you search for movies or shows, the search engine in Quasar will establish a number of providers available. You then select a provider from the torrent network. The provider will list the number of available seeds and peers for the best possible stream and ranks them by quality. As mentioned, you connect on a peer-to-peer basis so this is designed for optimized speed and quality. As you can imagine, the streams are unlikely to have permission from the copyright holder and since this is peer-to-peer torrent streaming, it’s HIGHLY advisable you use a VPN. I know I’ve said it before, in this day and age of surfing the web and streaming content, a VPN is a safe way for users to protect their identity and connection while on-line. It just makes sense!.
Before you begin, you will need to have the Fusion/TVAddons Repository installed. With that out of the way, let’s move on to the install…
From your home screen navigate to System;
Select Remote Control
Ensure the following fields are checked (highlighted in blue);
- Allow remote control by programs on this system
- Allow remote control by programs on other systems
Return to the Home Screen and select System
Select Install From Zip File
From the list, select FUSION
Scroll down and look for repository.unofficialquasar-1.0.3.zip
If you have successfully installed this add-on, you will receive an pop-up notification in the bottom right corner of you screen
Now, select Install from repository
Select Unofficial Quasar Repo
Select Program Add-ons
From here we need to set up your Subscriptions and your Torrent Providers.
If you have an IMDB or TRAKT subscription, select one or both.
Step 18: A
For Torrent Providers, you’re kinda on your own. I know BTjunkie is fairly reliable, as is TorrentzKickass Torrents and EZTV. You will have to experiment
Step 18: B
With each provider you select, you will be asked to install. Whatever you do, do NOT go hog wild and select every Torrent. Only a few will do!!
Return to your home screen and select;
- Program Add-ons
The Torrent providers you selected should be present on this screen. I’ve selected;
- Kickass Torrents
To configure the Torrent Provider;
- Hover over the icon
- Right click/press menu button on remote
- Select Add-On information
Select TV Filters from the tabs at the top
Here you can set up your Movie and TV Show filters to list and filter out files you want or don’t wish to see.
For example, I’ve set up a filter to block files with CAM, or TS in the naming convention. I’ve also set up the filter to list only
files in HDTV, 720p & 1080p
You will want to configure every Torrent Provider you have added to achieve best results. From the home screen navigate to;
- Video Add-ons
- locate Quasar and launch the add-on
You should be good to go for searching movies and television shows. I hope this tutorial has helped! All the best!