If you’re looking for the best Usenet providers then you’ve come to the right place. The Usenet services are ranked based on factors including retention, performance, reliability, extra features, pricing and support. Please check back often as our list will be updated based on quality of service and new or expanded offerings.
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Reviews of the Best Usenet Providers
1. Newshosting offers unlimited Usenet + VPN from just $8.33 a month.
Newshosting is our choice for the “Best Usenet of 2018” based on the level of service and extra features they offer at a great price. Members have unlimited access to their news servers in the US and Europe. You can use the Newshosting client to search for content, preview, and download from your favorite newsgroups. You can even schedule searches to grab content as soon as it hits Usenet. Newshosting kindly offers our visitors a discount. You can enjoy unlimited Usenet and VPN access from just $8.33 a month.
Newshosting is at the top of the Usenet industry for a number of reasons. For starters they offer very high binary retention. In fact Newshosting has been spooling retention daily for several years now with no end in sight. Their Usenet servers are placed in strategic locations in the US and Europe to allow for very fast connections. You can expect knowledgeable answers if you need technical support. As a long time Newshosting members I highly recommend them to my own family and friends.
Newshosting continues to innovate. They didn’t stop at just offering access to newsgroups. Newshosting has their own Usenet client software with built-in search. It’s free for all members and is comparable to other leading newsreaders like Newsbin Pro and NewsLeecher. Those who prefer a web-based client can easily use SABnzbd as well. Newshosting now offer VPN access as well. Those who sign up for our annual special receive unlimited VPN free of charge. Enjoy unlimited Usenet and VPN from just $8.33 a month with our discount.
2. UseNetServer offers unlimited Usenet + VPN from just $7.95 a month.
UseNetServer is all about quality and value. They come in a close second in our rankings. The only big difference is that Newshosting offers their own newsreader software. If you already have a favorite Usenet client then I highly recommend UseNetServer. They host news servers in the US and Europe to support high speed connections. UNS members can also add VPN access. The UNS team is kindly offering our guests a discount. Enjoy unlimited Usenet and VPN from just $7.95 a month.
UseNetServer has been a leading Usenet provider for a long time now. They offer great service at a very reasonable price. At just $95 a year with VPN they are arguably the best value in Usenet. You can expect very high retention and excellent speeds from their service. I have used it through the years without any issues. They have a solid support staff if you have any technical questions. The addition of VPN allows users to protect their privacy and access content in other countries.
As a huge proponent of Usenet and VPN I’m very happy to see UseNetServer offer both services. The benefits of Usenet are touched on throughout our site but I’d like to take a quick moment to highlight their VPN service. UNS members with VPN can connect servers in 17 different countres including the US and UK. From there you can access channels just like a local would. It’s great for watching services Netflix, Hulu, HBO NOW, and BBC iPlayer. Enjoy unlimited Usenet and VPN from just $7.95 a month with our discount.
3. Easynews offers 150 GB web access + unlimited NNTP for just $9.99 a month.
Easynews is our choice for the best provider for those new to Usenet. They are the only service to offer a full featured web Usenet interface. You can easily search for content, preview, and download directly from their site. If you use their web interface then you won’t need to set up a newsreader. However, for those who prefer using another client they offer NNTP access. Not to confuse anyone, NNTP is the same access offered by the rest of the industry.
While their NNTP service is good, I would recommend the web interface to those considering Easynews. It’s very simple to use. There’s no installing software and utilities. You just log into the Easynews site and search for your favorite content. They have a number of filtering options. I like the fact that you can preview audio audio and video files. You can view images through the web interface and queue up files to download. As their name suggests the service is very easy to use.
Easynews offers different accounts based on the amount you plan to user their web interface. Plans start at $9.98 a month for 20 GB of downloads. You can step up to 40 GB for $14.97 a month. Those who want more can sign up for their Big gig account which includes 150 GB and unlimited NNTP access for $29.94 a month. During the current Easynews promotion you can enjoy 150 GB of web access + unlimited NNTP for just $9.99 a month for the first 3 months. It really depends on how much you plan to use the service. You can add unlimited NNTP to the smaller web plans for $9.95 a month. Those new to Easynews can try it for free for 14 days.
4. Eweka offers unlimited Usenet with speeds up to 300 Mbps for just €7.00 a month.
Eweka is the second Dutch option in our list of the best Usenet providers. The company is well known for quality newsgroup access. While Tweaknews is our favorite European provider, Eweka has the advantage of higher retention. In fact their retention is right in line with Newshosting and UseNetServer. Eweka is the only Dutch Usenet company to offer that much retention so if you want a Dutch service with the most retention then Eweka is the best choice.
Eweka offers Usenet-only service meaning you will need to provide your own newsreader software and search capabilities. We recommend SABnzbd or NZBGet. Both are free, open-source Usenet clients that link up to the best NZB sites to support popular automation tools like Sickbeard, Sonarr, and CouchPotato. If none of that makes sense then we recommend going with Tweaknews since it includes a newsreader and search functions. Those more experienced with Usenet will find Eweka to be a good match.
We recommend using a VPN service for online privacy. You won’t need it when downloading from Eweka (or the other providers on our “best Usenet” list) because it supports SSL connections. You can easily set any popular Usenet client to connecting using SSL. This will encrypt your connections to their NNTP servers. In addition, when you sign up through our NGR special, the Eweka team is kindly offering a free upgrade to 300 Mbps high-speed downloads with up ot 20 connections. You can sign up for unlimited Usenet at speeds up to 300 Mbps for just €7.00 a month.
5. TweakNews offers unlimited Usenet + VPN from just €7.50 a month.
TweakNews is the highest ranked Dutch Usenet provider in our list. If you’re located in Europe or want a service in the region then TweakNews is the best option. The Usenet service offers high retention, fast download speeds, and excellent reliability. You will be hard pressed to find a Usenet provider with a better completion rate. In addition to offering unlimited Usenet access, TweakNews members have access to their free newsreader software and zero-log VPN service.
TweakNews picked up in popularity over the last few years as North American Usenet fans turned to European providers for fills. In the beginning most people would pick up a block account for this purpose. Now a days TweakNews is very competitive all the way around. They have added a newsreader with built in search engine. You can use it to find, preview, and download your favorite Usenet content. The addition of free VPN made TweakNews an ever better value.
While VPN is not necessary for downloading from newsgroups, it is a must have for online privacy when browsing the web and using other applications. We recommend using SSL to achieve a fast, secure connection to TweakNews NNTP servers. You can use up to 40 connections but we recommend using the minimum number it takes to reach your desired download speed. Maxing the connections will put undue overhead on your computer which can actually slow you down. You can sign up for unlimited Usenet + VPN access from just €7.50 a month with our promotion.
Want some help selecting the best Usenet provider? If so follow these guidelines to help evaluate your top choices.
5 Tips for Comparing Usenet Providers
- Price: This may seem self explanatory, but there’s no need to overpay for Usenet access. Giganews and Easynews are brands that come to mind when considering services that cost more than others. Is Usenet with extras worth $30 a month? That’s your decision to make but we prefer Newshosting or Tweaknews with unlimited Usenet with client, search, and free VPN for $8-$10 a month. The bottom line is to select a Usenet provider that meets your budget, but don’t assume that price equals quality. You will want to test any service to ensure that it meets you needs.
- Speed & Reliability: Performance is a key factor that we consider when rating Usenet providers. Speed is important to just about all users so we want to make sure the services will meet your needs. There are a few steps you can take to ensure the best performance. The first is to connect to the nearest news server. The services on our list above will automatically route you to the best server location. You can also select from servers in North America and Europe. Connecting to a server that is further away can impact your speed. The other suggestion is to use a minimum number of connections to reach your desired download speed. Using more connections that necessary will actually slow you down and put undue overhead on your system. Pro tip: test the speed of your Usenet provider at different times of the day throughout the week. You will find that services like Astraweb slow down quite a bit during popular times. Test it out on Sunday nights and you’ll see what we mean.
- Retention & Completion: When we started NGR in 2007 binary retention was the focus for the industry. At the time top providers were offering around a month of Usenet retention. I still remember when Giganews hit 365 days of retention in 2009. Since then providers have been apooling and are now well over 3,200 days of retention. That’s means that services like Newshosting, UNS, and Eweka give you access to over 9 years of binary posts. The other side of the equation is completion. Many Usenet fans confuse poor completion with DMCA requests. You will want to consider the DMCA policy of any Usenet provider as the process differs between companies in the United States (Newshosting, UNS, Easynews) and those in The Neterlands (Tweaknews, Eweka). Pro tip: you will find that a lot of Usenet veterans will purchase access to a Usenet services in both regions for the best experience.
- Usenet client & search engine: This is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing the best Usenet provider. Are you new to newsgroups? If so then Easynews may be the best chose as they offer a web-based Usenet interface. All you need is your favorite web browser to access the service. Otherwise you can sign up to services that include their own Usenet client with search features. These options include Newshosting, Tweaknews, and Giganews. We should also mention UseNetServer as they offer a UNS Global Search feature through their website. The alternative is to use a third party client like SABnzbd, NZBGet, Newsbin, or NewsLeecher. The open-source options tie into popular NZB sites via API, while the premium newsreaders give you an optional search feature for a monthly fee. Pro tip: try Newshoting for US access and Tweaknews for Dutch access. Both offer a Usenet client with built-in search engine to find content, preview, and download without the need for additional software.
- Usenet & online privacy: This is an area that has grown in importance over the years. When we started out the main question was whether or not Usenet providers logged your usage. We can say that none of the services listed above log your Usenet downloads. The next question is what information is necessary to sign up for Usenet access? Most providers accept credit cards and Paypal. Bitcoin hasn’t really spread through the Usenet industry as it has in the VPN space. There is nothing illegal about any of the Usenet services listed above. The US providers are all large companies that comply with DMCA rules and therefore fall under safe harbor protection. I would not be nervous in the least signing up for any of the services. Pro tip: While it isn’t necessary, you can connect to Usenet servers. That’s all you need to do to encrypt your Usenet connections. We highly recommend using a VPN for other online activities.
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