If you are brand new to Usenet and aren’t comfortable installing newsreader software yet then I suggest you take a look at Easynews. They offer a web interface that doesn’t require any software. You simply log into their site and get started. From there you can search for content, preview, and download from your web browser. However, if you are comfortable installing a Usenet client we’ll present you with some of the best choices for Windows.
As you can see our top two choices are free of charge. Newshosting includes their Usenet client for all members. Those who sign up for their annual special also receive free VPN access. You can use their client to search for content and even schedule searches to ensure timely downloads. The Newshosting Usenet service and client is our favorite combination.
As I mentioned above Easynews provides a web interface. That makes it simple to use from Windows and Mac. You just fire up your favorite web browser and connect to their site. From there you can search, preview, and download from your favorite newsgroups. Easynews includes the web interface with their Classic, Plus, and Big Gig plans. You can also sign up for NNTP access which requires a third party newsreader.
SABnzbd is an excellent choice for those who want to install a web-based Usenet client. I recommend it for those who are tech savvy. It takes some work to get it configured to work with popular sites like Sickbeard and CouchPotato but once you do it’s a great set up. I recommend looking at the SABnzbd forums for help. The software is open source and has millions of downloads so you’ll find a lot of search sites integrate with SABnzbd.
Newsbin Pro and NewsLeecher are our favorite premium Usenet clients. You’ll spend around $20 for either client. Newsbin Pro comes with free upgrades for life. While NewsLeecher upgrades cost $20 a year. Both newsreaders offer an optional Usenet search ervice for $2.50 to $3 a month. It’s a nice convenience to be able to search and download directly from the client. You can also schedule searches similar to the functionality in the Newshosting client.