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SickBeard vs SickRage – a better SickBeard alternative?

SickBeard vs SickRage is a topic that has gained traction in the recent times due to the growth of SickRage, a Sick Beard fork that is seeing superfast development with some cool extra features. Both SickBeard and SickRage are video file managers or personal video recorders (PVR) that download your favorite Shows automatically (when they become available) and organize them. Frankly, I have never messed with my SickBeard setup as it has been working flawlessly for 2 years now. I even did a SickBeard vs NzbDrone comparison and installed NzbDrone for a while. But later came back to SickBeard because it just worked. NzbDrone looked awesome but the difficulty in setting it up and making it work was a challenge. SickRage is an enticing alternative to SickBeard because it looks and functions similar to Sick Beard but brings several interesting features on-board. So for my own benefit and for my readers I decided to do a quick SickBeard vs SickRage comparison.

SickBeard vs SickRage
SickRage Web Interface

SickBeard vs SickRage

Since we have already covered SickBeard extensively, this SickBeard vs SickRage comparison will mainly focus on SickRage features that make it a viable competitor to SickBeard. SickRage vs SickBeard, searches both TVDB and TVRage and so there is little to no chance that it may miss any shows that you might like to add. So if SickBeard is having trouble handling a show you like then try SickRage. Listed below are more specific SickBeard vs SickRage comparisons.

ProviderRatingFeaturesMonthlyYearly
Newshosting
>3000 days, unlimited, SSL, VPN$9.99 $99.99 ($8.33 / month)
editors pick
Eweka
>3000 days, unlimited, SSL, EU Servers€7,50 (Special!!!) 
NewsDemon
>3000 days, unlimited, SSL, VPN$7.50 
Astraweb
>2800 days, unlimited, SSL$8.00 $96.00 ($8.00 / month)
For more plans that may fit your needs please read our Usenet plan selection guide.

Web User Interface

While this is a minor item, SickRage brings a way better user interface than SickBeard. I find it a lot more organized. In comparison, SickBeard’s interface looks a bit plain.

SickBeard Web Interface
SickBeard Web Interface

Torrents Integration

SickRage compared to SickBeard, offers awesome torrent support out-of-the-box. In spite of the advantages of Usenet over torrents, if you do not want to get into Usenet, definitely give SickRage a try. It supports uTorrent, Transmission, Deluge, Synology DS, and rTorrent, making it easy to pass downloads to your favorite torrent client.

SickBeard with Torrent Support
SickRage Torrent Support

Search Providers

Compared to SickBeard, SickRage offers a lot more search providers. As explained above, this includes a lot more torrent providers too.

SickRage vs SickBeard Search Providers
SickRage Search Providers

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Anand

Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, a part-time blogger, and a Food Scientist by career. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, XBMC, and related HOW-TOs (read more).

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