Best Usenet Providers Of 2014

Best Usenet Provider Of 2014

In a Nutshell

Here are my updated recommendations for the best Usenet Providers of 2014:

To achieve Usenet nirvana, I recommend using SabNZBd as your Usenet client (see my The Best Usenet Clients article), and an open Usenet index like OZNZB (see The Best Usenet Indexes).

The Sabnzbdfox add-on for Firefox also makes downloading easier.

The Details

Created in 1979, the Usenet is one of the original distributed networks. Still in wide use today, the Usenet now contains a enormous amount of media and messages! Usenet users upload every type of media file in existence (movies, TV shows, music and e-books). In its 30 year history, no one has ever been sued for downloading anything from the Usenet.

In 2004, a site called Newzbin started indexing the files available on Usenet and created the NZB file format. A NZB file is the Usenet equivalent of a torrent file. Basically, a NZB file that just contains a pointer to files available on Usenet.

To get started with Usenet, you need to pay for Usenet access from a provider. You can expect to pay about $10-$20 per month for access.

Advantages of Usenet:

  • Encourages users to download (leech)
  • Direct downloading as opposed to waiting for seeders
  • Uses the full bandwidth of your internet connection
  • Uses SSL to encrypt data being sent to your computer

There are four main features to look for when choosing a provider:

  • Data Retention (how far their Usenet archive goes back — 1200 days is average, around 2100 day is the longest you can get)
  • Monthly Transfer (the amount of data you can download each month — varies from 5 GB to unlimited traffic)
  • Connections (the number of simultaneous connections you can make at a single time through your account — around 10-15 is fine unless you have a 100Mbps connection)
  • Secure Connections (you may want a provider that provides SSL connections, so you can’t be snooped on)

Here are my recommended providers:

Update October 2014: Please do not use Newsdaemon — recently they have “losing” accounts and generally making their customers upset. I’d suggest using XLned or UsenetBucket instead (see review below).

European-Based Usenet Providers That Don’t Respond To DMCA Requests

UsenetBucket is an XSNews provider in the Netherlands. They have good prices and good download speeds. But most importantly they accept PayPal and Bitcoin for payment (very few European providers accept Paypal). They also have a English language website that is well-written and easy to understand.

Cost:  € 4,95 ($6.80 U.S.) per month

Link: UsenetBucket

These Dutch providers are not subject DMCA takedown requests, so are useful for filling the missing files from the US providers.

  • Pure Usenet (Netherlands) — independent EU news feeds, many international payment methods including iDeal, Bitcoin, Paysafecard , credit cards
  • XLned (Netherlands) —  independent EU news feeds, many payment methods

Unlimited Access With No Frills: UsenetServer

Usenetserver is a good choice if you want a reliable, no-frills Usenet service and you are comfortable using NZB files to initiate downloads. Usenetserver offers great header retention (2089 days), good download speeds, and allows SSL connections. I tested their service for a month, and I found the service fast and reliable.

Link: Usenetserver ($10 per month)

Best All Inclusive Package: Newshosting

Newshosting has perhaps the best Free Usenet Trial Accounts. They allow 30 GB download limit on their trial accounts, and they give you access to the same service as a regular account. This includes access to their newsreader that has a built-in index search, and the ability to preview videos if there is a message with video attachments. They offers SSL connections.

Update: The top tier plan from Newshosting is now linked with Easynews. This means that customers who subscribe to the Newshosting top tier plan will be able to login to Easynews and download files using the simple web interface.

Link: Newshosting ($10-$12 per month)

Comments

  1. Atreid says

    What about all the DMCA takedowns? These days, providers like Astraweb and Newshosting (actually pretty much all of them) are equipped with automatic removals for DMCA requests… More and more posts are being removed from those servers and they are rendered useless…

    The only good article you could write about Usenet servers would be titled : “Best Usenet server Safe Heavens against DMCA takedowns”… Anything else is meaningless…

    • GreyOne says

      The Usenet has been met with some challenges lately (like the closure of the indexing site nzbmatrix.com), however it is still alive and well. My friends tell me they are able to download as easily as before.

  2. DarkStar says

    I Agree Atreid…News-servers are screwed! Almost all the good movies have mysterious parts missing and the pars to fix them are screwed too..Really ticking me off…I am moving to another way till there is some uncensored newsgroup out there..has to be one…I will find it :)

  3. Josh Rubin says

    Easynews still rock. Best provider I’ve used. Had my easynews account for about 10 years now and I’ve tried a few others and they suck, bad.

    They still have the websearch, you can still zip multiple binaries for a single download and you can now export to nzb to use nntp.

  4. Akanksha Gupta says

    i m making a school admin system project.in this project i m creating a unique id with the help of class,sec,gender.id is created.i want with the help of id i creating a QR code.and this qr code show in same page in textbox.and qr code save in folder not in database.i m making a project in myeclipse 8.6. so please give a code or idea.

  5. Me@Home says

    DO NOT USE EASYNEWS! They are a sleazy bunch and are experts at bait & switch scams. For example, their advertisements promise 1700 days of retention through NNTP (i.e., through a usenet binary download client such as Forte Agent). But the retention is actually closer to 600 days. When I complained, they said that if I use an NZB indexing service then I can access the older files. Hey, when Forte APN and Giganews promise 1700 days of retention, there isn’t any fine print!!! I can see the older files through my usenet binary download client with their services, and I don’t need to use some third-party indexing service to get what I supposedly already paid for with my so-called “premium service with SLEAZYNEWS.

    • Mikitukka says

      Another person spreading crap on the internet.

      I’m currently downloading a file from easynews web access that is over 1300 days old!

      Maybe its just you don’t understand how these things work. Like when my wife gets angry at the computer for not doing what she wants……. yeah its the tools that are the problem!

      I stumbled across this site as I too am sick of incomplete downloads. Its getting worse and worse and I believe a new alternative will rise soon to fill the gap.

  6. says

    I have used astraweb for several years, and I was always very happy. However, they had some server issues about a year ago, and had to “rebuild”. Ever since I have found more and more incomplete binary files where even with par files, they cannot be completed. I ended up using a backup service to “fill the holes”, but paying two monthly fees is expensive. I also pay $10/MO for a VPN service. I too believe the automatic DMCA take-downs are killing the usenet. The law specifies a rigorous process for proving ownership and requiring take-down. I don’t understand why usenet providers are caving so easily, other than out of fear of litigation. I recently cancelled astraweb, due an extremely high incomplete rate. Giganews is the Lexus of providers, and I have used them in the past. When I add up the two services I have been using, plus the VPN server cost, the Diamond service is almost a wash at $35/mo.

    • GreyOne says

      I find Giganews signup process confusing, and it has so many offers you have to decline, and other gotchas that I cannot recommend.

  7. Maria says

    Now if you didn’t affiliate link attached three times per every single line of text you added, you might have been more credible.

    • GreyOne says

      I’m one of the few credible and impartial people writing about this topic. The affiliate links allow me to continue to research.

  8. RonaldMl says

    Hi to all members on this community i am thanks to the administrator of this forum for approve my account i am sure here i got better knowledge thanks again. My name is Ronald.

  9. RealDealJim says

    I found this site after looking for a better usenet provider because any content more than a day or two old on my current provider is usually unavailable/removed. I tried to download something a year old- none of the options worked. What’s the point of advertising 1100+ days retention if everything has been deleted? So I was happy to find this article…until.. I realized Astraweb is the usenet provider I already have giving me all these problems!

    • GreyOne says

      Your situation does sound annoying. I’ve used Astraweb myself for two years now without problems — only on occasion will a media file will have missing blocks. I use Sabnzbd with Astraweb, and NewsgroupDirect as a backup. Perhaps you need to add a supplemental service like NewsgroupDirect that fills in some missing blocks of your downloads.

      • Overdue says

        Yes, that’s what I liked about Newshosting, the XL pack includes 10gb/month from Easynews, which nearly always has what I can’t find on Binsearch, etc…

      • Joe says

        I don’t know what movies you watch, but I was a member of Astraweb for over two years and had to cancel because of all the DMCA takedowns. It was getting to the point where 80% of the movies or shows I wanted to download were DMCA’ed. I never had a problem with music, however…

  10. Henry says

    Many of these problems for usenet should not apply if the usenet user is using a index(s), has one or more block accounts (using different backends) and has a automated system setup (ie. SB/CP/NZBDrone/XDM/…) that is running 24×7 with NZB Client (sabnzbd/nzbget/…). This way they grab the post before takedown issues and also the index will filter out a lot of viruses/spam/password post.

  11. says

    Hi ,I have been with many but Bintube.com for 10.99 you get the easiest NZB reader ,and one you can watch as it downloads,and it repairs files ,a nice indexer ,and a provider with no CAP download 100GB in a month I they wouldnt mind (I never have downloaded so much)download as much as you want it is 10.99 a month for Provider,Reader,Indexer(all you need and you can use any other site you can get into ,they offer 3 other sites Binsearch, NZBindex google groups etc(I have found some great free sites and inexpensive right here on Greycoder
    They have just a Newsreader for my guess is $59.99 ,
    When they have an excellent one for free part of the package for $10.99 its worth trying
    Mar

  12. Iain says

    I have been using usenet for over 20 years and rating Astraweb as the best just shows you really don’t have a clue what your talking about (you should of named this your best provider only).

    Their is no best provider anymore with usenet it has come to the point you need to sign up with minimum 3 providers that are using the different networks (Not just different providers look up which network they cover there is a lot of resellers).

    A lot of people will say just jump on EU ones you will be fine with DMCA stuff FALSE I have found the takedowns can happen so quickly due to most US ones are automatic that the EU networks don’t get a chance to even get the complete files which means it’s broken (this will be noticed more with larger files not TV/Music which is very small).

    • says

      Oh, I think I know Usenet pretty well. I’ve been using Astraweb on a daily basis, and I have no problem with their service (I use a combination of their European and US servers which they provide to everyone). I use it to preview a wide variety of current media, and obscure media. I use a block account as backup. I’m well aware that most providers are resellers (see my highly informative article Straight Answers About Usenet Download).

  13. tk says

    so Iain, what usenet provider would you recommend? been with astraweb for 3 years now and looking for alternatives!

  14. ACiDITY says

    Guys you do realise the people that process these dmca request come to places like here to see which providers to clamp down on?

    I do feel sorry for noobs/people looking for a new provider here but i will say that really what it comes down to is that only YOU know what provider is best for you and nothing will change that.

    The minute people start saying ‘ah yeah, it’s still working on AW or NH’ are literally just making these people jobs a piece of cake, because they then actively go to those providers to file the copyright claim…

    Honestly, its all about trial & error. Because it’s not just the provider you pick that factor’s here, but a multitude of things like geography of location, country, ISP, laws etc that really no-one will have the same experience as the other. The best advice we can give is what matey has done here and listed the three best ones based on past experience FOR HIMSELF on the types of uses intended by the user. Take it or leave it.

    Not trying to be rude but tbh people gotta be more discreet about whats still available and find sites that index nzb’s using long file names with numbers etc like jnfi0thh3u92hugbi5429ngnt42.nzb or whatever..

    I would also make sure it’s a place you trust. That way, you’re damn sure to get it… Most of the time as well, these files name’s get changed as they get decoded to what it really is, now that is smart as fuck..

    This is just my opinion, but hopefully some one would have gotten something out of this that you gotta test the water from different ponds and keep good things alive by being more discreet.

  15. says

    I use UsenetServer.com and I never have any trouble with TV Shows and Sickbeard, but I am running 100% fail on CouchPotato because EVERYTHING I download has either “needs codec” or has a password trojan. :(

  16. Kevin McMurtrie says

    Astraweb is the current home of the legendary Usenet Kook, Michael McCarty. He’s extremely productive at spamming Usenet with racist and violent posts about imaginary demons. Astraweb has received probably hundreds of complaints but they continue to serve him.

    • Thomas says

      sorry to be the barer of bad news but you went all the way to south Africa to pay for – Readnews (US Company, one of the big 4 to avoid) -very much uses auto DMCA employed by highwinds, giganews etc. If yoy get past the front page nonsense marketing, and look at the bottom- DMCA- they allude to being a reseller. Little more research will find you to Readnews.

      • says

        I’ve been using usenet since the mid nineties. Back then, I mainly used it to collect porn (hey, that’s the first thing a guy in his mid twenties wants ) and music. There was hardly any retention. I used SBnews robot (or something like that) before I switched over to PowerGrab. The developer Chris is/was a great guy but after he became a father, he stopped the development. After the introduction of NZB’s I tried several clients but switched over to Grabit and Newsleecher ($39/year), which is still my favorite client due to its SuperSearch functionality. I also use SABnzbd on my NAS.

        Currently, I have three providers: UsenetBucket (€ 40/ year), Astraweb ($15/2 mo) and NextGenNews (500GB block $30) as a fill server. With this combo I can download everything. Most of the few articles that cannot be completely retrieved from Astraweb can be completed with the NextGenNews server. The combo I use varies in time.

        @Thomas You are partially right about the back end of SA’s NextGenNews. I’m lucky to live in Europe (Holland) and the (Dutch) back end. Instead of DMCA we got , that’s one of the reasons I also use an American based USP.

        • says

          hmmmz something went wrong with my previous post…. XD

          @Thomas You are partially right about the back end of SA’s NextGenNews. I’m lucky to live in Europe (Holland) and NextGenNews uses the TweakNews (Dutch) back end. Instead of DMCA we got NOTD: Notice and Take Down over here, that’s one of the reasons I also use an American based USP.

  17. GlobeX says

    You should add some info about usenetbucket – they refuse to accept PaySafeCard if it was purchased in the US. PaySafeCard has nothing to do with this and it’s the decision by Usenetbucket – PaySafeCard is accepted globally and it’s entire purpose is to help people protect themselves from identity theft using their bank/credit or PayPal accounts which can all be subject to fraud.
    This is very fishy, as it indicates that they have been pressured into only accepting payments that are attached to personally identifiable information that can be tracked. What else are they tracking and providing to US authorities?
    I’m avoiding these guys at all costs as this is an indication of distrust.

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