Tweaknews is a Dutch Usenet provider headquartered in Haarlem, Netherlands. The service came into the spotlight when experienced Usenet users started turning to them for block accounts. The service became quite popular for fills. Tweaknews now has a custom Usenet client which has made their unlimited (flatrate) plans more popular. It is a great alternative for those who want to try a Usenet provider outside of the United States.
Along with excellent completion and custom Usenet browser, there are a few other features that help Twekanews stand out. The first of which is binary retention. While many European Usenet providers are hovering around 1,100 days, the team at Tweaknews has continued to grow binary retention to over 2,500 days. Speed is another strength for the service. While most Dutch services cap speeds, the team at Tweaknews gives members several speed options including an unlimited plan that does away with any caps.
As you can see in the image above, Tweaknews offers a number of flatrate plans. The difference comes down to the number of connections allowed and ultimately the speed cap. Since it’s sometimes easier to view information in a table, let’s take a look at each flatrate plan along with the limits. Note that the Ultimate plan includes unlimited speed and downloads. Along with the monthly prices you can save quite a bit with their term discounts.
In addition to flatrate plans, Tweaknews offers a number of block accounts ranging from 10 GB up to 500 GB in size. These plans are a good source for fills. You can use the block until it’s depleted. Speeds are capped at 100 Mbit.
Payment options are the same regardless of which plan you choose. You can pay using iDEAL, Sofort, Giropay, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Tweaknews understands that you may want some time to test. You can test the TweakNews service for free. Sign up for their 10 day free trial and download up to 10 GB of newsgroup content to test the service. This will give you a good chance to test their software and NNTP servers.
Several years of binary retention may be the norm for Usenet providers in the United States but that isn’t the case in Europe. There are several companies that limit retention to 1,100 days or less. That is not the case with TweakNews. You will have access to over 2,500 days of binary retention through the service. That’s almost 7 years of binaries.
We quickly covered performance earlier in our TweakNews review but let’s look at how to get the best possible speed when using the service. You will be able to use between 4 and 40 connections (referred to as threads on their website) depending on which plan you select. Let’s assume for a moment that you select the Ultimate plan which doesn’t have a speed cap. Instead of setting your Usenet client to 40 connections, test and see how many it takes to max your Internet connection and stop there. Using more connections than necessary will actually decrease your speed and use more computer resources.
Here are the details you will need to connect to the TweakNews NNTP server.
- Hostname: news.tweaknews.eu
- SSL ports: 563 (default) or 443
- Non-SSL ports: 119 (default) or 80
As a member you can connect to their Dutch news server using SSL or a non-encrypted port. There is no extra cost for using SSL encryption. However it will impact your speed a little bit for the encryption. TweakNews does not keep a log of what you download from their servers so you don’t necessarily need to use SSL to protect your privacy. You may also consider adding a VPN to gain privacy protection anytime you are online.
If you have questions getting set up then I suggest you start at the TweakNews website. They have a nice support section with answers to common questions. You can quickly get help setting up your favorite newsgroup software. understanding Usenet techniques, and make sure you maximize your connection speed. You can also submit a request to get assistance directly from the TweakNews support team.
TweakNews is one of our favorite Dutch Usenet providers. They have a lot to offer. Whether you want a block for fills or a flatrate account, Tweaknews is a good option. We appreciate the high binary retention (2,500 days) and unlimited, uncapped plan options. You can choose from a wide range of Usenet accounts. Regardless of your preferences, you can connect to TweakNews using SSL. You can sign up for their 10 day free trial to test the service. I think you’ll be quite impressed by the speed and reliability of their servers.