The Best Usenet Providers in Europe 2019 (NO DMCA)

We’ve thoroughly tested and reviewed all of the Dutch Usenet providers to compile our list of the best European Usenet services of 2019. Underneath the table, we’ll provide some more extensive and specific information on European market + European Usenet vs USA Usenet.

The Best European Usenet Servers of 2019

Best European Usenet Providers

Eweka

Eweka is an independent Usenet Service Provider that owns its servers (Tier-1 provider). Eweka is based in The Netherlands where security and online privacy are very respected. Eweka works as a Dutch business (Eweka Internet Services B.V.) and is subject to Dutch rules, so Eweka strictly follows NTD.

Eweka is our favorite Dutch Usenet provider at this moment. Why choose Eweka?

Usenet from Eweka have the following advantages:

Price: Eweka offers Subscription Account with 300 Mbit download speed for only €7,00 a month.

Retention:  Eweka provides more than 4,050 days of retention. The best retention of any European Usenet provider. Don’t overlook the retention rate offered by Usenet providers. Eweka offers the highest quality retention: NO 'cache' retention. Eweka' full retention is available across all binary newsgroups!

Completion: This high retention period is accompanied by a high completeness rate. We tested completion by grabbing new releases. Eweka lives up to its completion promises.

I think Eweka is the Rolls Royce of Usenet. It will give you the best completion and basically the best retention.

Free Newsreader: Eweka also offers Newzlazer. Newzlazer is fully compatible with Obfuscated files.

Trial: Eweka provides free trial for 7 days, so that you can check out Eweka services risk free.

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UsenetBucket

Privacy is very important!. Privacy should be quite an important factor when considering a Usenet Service Provider to sign up with.

UsenetBucket takes your online security and privacy very seriously:

UsenetBucket differs from its direct competiton because it accepts BitCoin as a payment method (Bitcoins are an increasingly popular way to pay on the internet - UsenetBucket uses Bitpay to process the payments. Bitpay will automatically use the current exchange value).

UsenetBucket does not monitor or record your activities online.

With UsenetBucket you get SSL for free.

No personal data: as long as the payment method is anonymous then user data doesn't mean anything. This is why they only need an email address to send you the technical details of UsenetBucket: address, port connections.

Today Usenet is both safe and cheap.

Usenetbucket is one of the best value of all BaseIP resellers!! Usenetbucket offers unlimited packages. There cheapest package with 10Mbit download speed is offered for only €2,95 a month! 

There is also a free trial option. Free trial is for 7 days or 20GB used, whichever comes first. So you can test how Usenetbucket works out for you.

Otherwise, their rates and technical attributes are very similar to other European Usenet Service Providers. Highlights of UsenetBucket:

1,600 days binary retention

Up to 25 connections SSL encryption included

Unlimited traffic 

Download speed up to 400 Mbits

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TweakNews

TweakNews has been around for a long time but is currently experiencing newfound popularity thanks to many American users looking for European Usenet access.

TweakNews is a Dutch company and operates under Dutch law (“NTD Policy”). Tweaknews is a Tier 1 provider (independent provider with servers in the Netherlands - non-US owned), and offers one of the highest quality newsgroup retention and completeness available. You can check out their technical side (3,400 days binary retention + completion of 99.9%) thanks to a generous free trial offer: 10 days Free.

Tweaknews also can then be used as a primary server (Tweaknews is currently offering unlimited newsgroup access to NGPro visitors for 9,99 €/Mo) or a secondary one thanks to its block accounts (However, please note that the download speeds for block account is capped at 100 Mpb/s):

10 GB 2 €
50 GB 7 €
100 GB 13 €
250 GB 30 €
500 GB 45 €

With Tweaknews block packages and Newshosting (my favorite unlimited full-speed provider) you can get an excellent completion rate. NewsHosting Browser V 2.8.10 implements a service called "Backup NNTP". The general idea is that you can add a block account from Tweaknews to help you get downloads that Newshosting doesn't have for various reasons. Tweaknews will work well to complete some remaining parts of files. Essentially Newshosting gives you a main server and capacity to add Tweaknews as a backup server on their Newsreader.

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XSNews

XSNews is one of the last few independent European Usenet feeds. XSNews is a Tier-1 Provider based in Holland that sells packages for many Usenet resellers.

XSNews also has offers access for individuals. XSNews offers both flat rate and block accounts, which means you have a number of options. This is an advantage because you can access the XSNews network (and so files and parts of files on the network) as you want (Block or unlimited), and at modest prices.

We signed up to Elite package at 10,95 € / month and were really impressed by the speeds obtained with 30 connections. Compare XSNews vs anothers Netherlands-based newsgroup providers, it’s one of the fastest Usenet services we’ve tried, especially for Europe. The maximum speed of XSNews is around 800 Mbit/s, if that's enough for you I would recommend it.

Like its competitors, XSNewsl offers a free trial period. But XSNews free trial is unique in the market, XSNews offers a generous 14 Days / unlimited speed and unlimited data allowance. We’d recommend that you stay beyond the trial and become a fan of XSNews for years to come.

XSnews also provides free Newsreader by Momemtum PLUS. Momentum is fast, free and very easy to use. These days a Newsreader is absolutely essential. A newsreader enables you the leverage all of the capabilities the Usenet has to offer in the binary newsgroups. You download binary files without having to leave the newsreader.

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Vipernews

Vipernews is a new tier-one Usenet provider based in the Netherlands. Vipernews is a a truly independent European Usenet feed. Vipernews owns a network in Amsterdam.

Vipernews uses a similar method as all other Dutch Usenet providers do by providing newsgroup plans depending on speed. Vipernews has three basic plans.

The first plan is a 10 Mbit/s plan.

The first plan is a 50 Mbit/s plan.

For people who need a faster connection they have an Unlimited speed plan.

You can now buy a 500GB block account at Vipernews.com for just € 13.99 (Posting is allowed on this block account, and not deducted from your block).

Vipernews also provides a free 7-day trial with Unlimited downloads.

No matter which of the plan you subscribe for, all their subscribers gain access to 100 days of full binary retention.

Payment options – members can subscribe to the service with a major credit card (Visa, MasterCard), iDEAL, Coingate, SOFORT and Paypal.

Here are the pros and cons of Vipernews:

pros:

Lowest Usenet Plans Prices. Vipernews is very cheap: The first packages starting at € 1.79/mo.

NTD policy, therefore making article completion better.

cons:

Low retention - retention to 100 days.

Vipernews currently has servers in Europe only. So if you are from Europe you can enjoy the high speed but download speeds can be affected if you are from USA or Canada.

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ExtremeUsenet

Extremeusenet offers a large variety of packages based on download speed. The faster the download, the higher the cost. Just choose the one closest to your internet connection speed.

Flatrate Usenet accounts:
4 Mbit 4 €
8 Mbit 5 €
12 Mbit 6 €
20 Mbit 6.50 €
30 Mbit 7 €
60 Mbit 8 €
120 Mbit 10 €
150 Mbit 12 €
200 Mbit 14 €
300 Mbit 17 €

ExtremeUsenet is a TOP choice if a good price is your top priority:

You can even lower the monthly costs by splitting the monthly fee: Account sharing is available on all packages

Take out a longer subscription - more than a month. Best of all is a yearly subscription. Annual subscriptions that cost less than 12 consecutive months.

As well as the 24/24 (All Unlimited) rates, ExtremeUsenet offers “Discount Packages” that let you save up to 60% (for example the 12Mbit package costs $2.50) by only downloading during certain periods of the day.

Discount Packages *:
12 Mbit 2.50€
20 Mbit 4.50 €
30 Mbit 5 €
60 Mbit 6 €

* You can choose between 3 time zones. The time zones are: 0:00 to 12:00 or 02:00 to 14:00 or 04:00 to 16:00 with GMT+1.

All their usenet packages offer unlimited downloads, SSL connections, 1,500 days of retention, Access to 150.000 Newsgroups.

In our experience this is one of the most solid service on the market with their reasonable prices. Easy to register to as it's in english. What’s more, our tests have been positive in terms of retention and connection speed, which matched up to their promises.

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Usenet.Farm

Usenet.Farm is based in Holland and offers Usenet access from its servers in Holland.

UsenetFarm is a Tier-1 provider that offers 3,000 days of retention, free SSL and a good file completion.

We tried the Unlimited Speed package at 7.95 €. It worked very well. No problems. Always good completion.

Their user space is very clear. It includes download statistics, a possibility for adding one of three packages and configuration help if needed. If you are looking for a European Usenet server UsenetFarm is a good choice.

Usenet.Farm also provides 10GB Free trial that doesn't require you to offer any payment information. The trial offer of 10GB is definitely sufficient to test the completion of this Usenet Service provider. I liked the ease of use for the trial as well as the info to configure the Newsreader.

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EasyUsenet

EasyUsenet is a Usenet access provider based in the Netherlands. They provide flat rate plans and packages. EasyUsenet currently provides 1,500 days retention

We recommend EasyUsenet since EasyUsenet is a reseller of XSNews, a major backbone.

Flatrate Usenet accounts:
3 Mbit 4.95 €
12 Mbit 6.95 €
30 Mbit 7.95 €
60 Mbit 9.95 €
200 Mbit 11.95 €
500 Mbit 12.95 €

Block Usenet accounts:
25 GB 9.95 €

100 GB 14.95 €

EasyUsenet has a free trial (without needing payment information) for 5 days. Just your mobile number to receive an access code. Then the connection info will be sent by email: reader.easyusenet.nl

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PureUsenet

PureUsenet is a great alternative to preceding Usenet Service Providers.

In comparison to other European Usenet Servers: It has the best characteristics of Usenet Service Providers based in Europe: low price, rate based on connection speed, Account-sharing allowed, most popular payment method in The Netherlands: Ideal, Bitcoin, Bank transfer, Visa, Mastercard, Sofort and Paysafecard are currently available.

We particularly liked the clarity of the user account that PureUsenet offers. You can find all the info (package - details) and a configurator to configure your newsreader: Just select your Newsreader (Grabit - Spotnet - Spotgrit - Unison - Newsleecher - Newsbin pro) of the dropdown menu and copy the settings. So useful !

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5EuroUsenet

5EuroUsenet is a Dutch usenet provider that provides cheap Usenet access. Packages starting at less than € 5.00 a month.

You can create a custom package. Because 5EuroUsenet only has two options available (Speed - Retention) it makes it easy to choose the best package for your needs and it that will match your Usenet usage level.

Speed - This means that depending on the download speed your ISP offers you are able to select the package that matches 5EuroUsenet download speed.

Standard package: 50 Mbit/s download speed

Maximum package: 500+ Mbit/s download speed

Retention - By default, 5EuroUsenet provides retention of 500 days. This is in most cases more than enough for the average user. If you need high retention times 5EuroUsenet offers 2,000 days binary retention.

Standard package: 500 days retention

Maximum package: 2000+ days retention

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Non US-based Usenet Providers - Dutch Usenet providers - NL provider - EU only provider

The Usenet network is an un-moderated worldwide network. To access it, you need an Usenet service provider to connect to all the servers that hold the millions of files and messages that are shared in different Newsgroups.

Most Usenet service providers are based in the USA (Office/business location as well as the actual servers) and so are subject to American legislation which includes the US DMCA take-down rules. In the Unites States, Usenet providers have the official statute of Common Carriers (Operate as a telecommunications service) which gives them legal immunity: they are not responsible for the content existing on the network. However, they are required to remove a file within 48 hours if the DMCA requests them to do so for X reasons. All USA providers have to comply with DMCA takedowns.

But Usenet is a decentralised network so they are other existing Usenet servers based in Europe, for the most part located in The Netherlands. As long as the servers are in The Netherlands (Dutch = Holland = NL) and the head office is registered outside of the States, they are known as Dutch Usenet Service providers (aka European Usenet Service providers). If either of the above is located in the US then the provider must follow American legislation.

In Netherlands, the DMCA does not exist (NO DMCA USENET), but there is something similar. Dutch Usenet providers have their own version. It's called: NTD Gedragscode (NOTD: Notice and Take Down). An Usenet Service Provider like Usenet.Farm (Strictly Dutch based Usenet) follow a Notice & Takedown Procedure that is similar to the DMCA takedown notice.

There are however some differences between the DMCA and NTD (alias NOTD):

DMCA requests are much more frequent than those of the NOTD (NTD-behavioural code). This explains why many files can be found on an NL Usenet provider rather than a US one.

Automated DMCA Takedowns. Some American Usenet Service providers use an automated process to take care of DMCA takedown notices: DMCA automation. In other words an automatic process (based on filters for names, file sizes…) is used to remove content even before a request from a rights holder. For NOTD, we understand that the process is manual.

For NOTD it can take much longer - up to 5 days - to remove files. Dutch providers vary on their takedown response times, but most at this time have a manual review process.

In final every Usenet Service Provider must respect the laws of the country (or international law) in which it is based.

Usenet access is essentially the same whether through a European or an American News Service provider. All servers that accept the binary hierarchy (alt binaries) are connected to each other and copy files to the letter. If a file is posted on an American Usenet server then it will be almost instantaneously duplicated on a European server (The propagation between servers is very rapid). This is the founding principle of Usenet: a decentralised network with almost exactly the same content whatever the location or service provider. There are of course some differences:

Retention is much weaker with European servers than it is in the USA. Only Eweka (Europe-based services) can rival the retention of American providers.

News servers: American Usenet Service Providers often offer 3 connection addresses, one in the USA and anothers in Europe (The Netherlands + Germany). Usenet Service providers in Europe have just one News server in Europe!

Speed: If you connected from America or Asia, the downside of non-US servers is a (sometimes) wider speed variance depending on the hour of day.

There are different rates: In the USA most offer unlimited packages. In The Netherlands Usenet Flatrate Accounts are often utilised: pay only for speed desired

The DMCA: Irrelevant to European Usenet Service Providers as long as the head office and the servers are located outside of the USA. Usenet Service Providers that resell access from a Back-end Usenet provider based in Europe are nevertheless subject to the DMCA’s ruling since the business itself is in the USA. Equally some Usenet Service Providers have a Dutch site but still have to abide by the DMCA since they make use of US servers (resellers of American USPs are indirectly controlled by American law).

Should I use both US and EU versions of a provider for maximum block coverage?. There is no need to choose sides between providers in the USA and in Europe. In fact it can be advantageous to use both, as a principal server and emergency server (Backup / Fill Server / Slave server). Having multiple Usenet providers (or one main provider and one block account backup) increases the chances of you being able to find all the files you need. It may be missing on one provider but still there on another provider, particularly if your block account is a Dutch block.

Using both should increase your success rate because American and European are always on different backbones and European Usenet servers have around 5 business days to remove infringing material once noticed (NTD compliance). In all case Diversity is the Key: Different accounts on different backends. This Usenet Map will give you a help to choose.

Best combination of Usenet Providers for maximum availability?

My best combination is: NewsHosting Unlimited us + Tweaknews Block accounts nl. Using both should increase your success rate

Newshosting now offers Backup Server options on its newsgroup reader (NewsHosting Browser V 2.8.10 implements a new service called "Backup NNTP" ). As backup server, users can only add a Tweaknews Plans, which provides access to Tweaknews backbone.