Just In Time For Top Gear America, A Small Site Overhaul
Posted November 21st, 2010 at 23:18 by Viper007Bond in FinalGear.com
In preparation for tonight’s premiere of Top Gear America (10/9c on History), we have launched an updated version of FinalGear.com. No, it’s still the same old design that is in need to replacing, but the code behind it has been nearly completely rewritten to provide you with more features and to make it easier for us to manage the site.
First off is native support for HD torrents. They’re no longer just manually stuck below the episode’s description. You can see an example with the latest Top Gear episode. Note the new links.
The big advantage of this is that we now how torrent feeds for specific formats! We still have the standard definition torrent feed which contains the 500MB rips of Top Gear as well as Fifth Gear and Top Gear Australia, but we also have new 720p and 1080i feeds. Now all of you HD lovers can have your Top Gear fix automatically downloaded even if you’re away from the computer.
One thing to note though: since Fifth Gear and Top Gear Australia are only available in SD, you’ll still need to use the SD feed to get those shows. µTorrent has great documentation on their RSS feed feature that should be helpful. The basics of it though is to add both the SD feed and a HD feed to your client and then set up some favorite TV shows to download. For Fifth Gear and Top Gear Australia, select to download the show in PDTV format and for Top Gear, select 720p or 1080i rather than HDTV so that the low resolution versions from the SD feed won’t download. You can also post on our forums if you need help setting it up.
Also new are links to buy seasons of Top Gear on DVD or via digital download from Amazon or iTunes. Doing so helps support the shows and in the case of Amazon, also helps support the site. There’s an example of this at the Top Gear season 13 page.
Lastly thanks to the awesome Blayde, we have some refreshed site images including new Top Gear, Fifth Gear, and Top Gear American show banners to the right.
We hope you enjoy the new features and see you in a few hours for the premiere of Top Gear America!