Best Usenet Providers of 2019

us Usenet service providers that are based in the U.S.

- Newshosting 5/5 - Newshosting review
- UsenetServer 5/5 - UsenetServer review
- Easynews 5/5 - Easynews review
- UsenetExpress 4/5 - UsenetExpress review
- Newsgroupdirect 4/5 - Newsgroupdirect review
- Newsdemon 4/5 - Newsdemon review

nl European (Dutch) based Newsgroup Services we can recommend:

- Eweka Usenet 5/5 - Eweka review
- Tweaknews 5/5 - Tweaknews review
- ExtremeUsenet 5/5 - ExtremeUsenet review
- UsenetBucket 4/5 - UsenetBucket review
- Usenet.Farm 4/5 - Usenet.Farm review
- XSNews 4/5 - XSNews review

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Compare the best Usenet providers

NGProvider reviews, tests all the Best Usenet Servers constantly, and below are our recommended providers for 2019.

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Free Usenet Access

Free Usenet servers are rare but all major Usenet providers offer free trials for new customers.

- XSNews 14 days of free service
- Tweaknews Tweaknews Free Usenet Trial includes unlimited downloads over 10 days
- Eweka Eweka Free Usenet Trial includes unlimited downloads over 7 days.
- Newshosting 14 days of free service (up to 30 GB total transfer)
- UsenetServer 14 days of free service (up to 10 GB total transfer)
- UsenetFarm 10 GB
- Usenetbucket 7 days / 20 GB

Failed Downloads Guide

You may occasionally find that articles may be missing.

Incomplete downloading files can have multiple causes

  • The biggest reason you'll encounter failed downloads is DMCA takedowns. The post may be removed from servers due to copyright infringement (Notice & Takedown request).

  • Technical problem (Hardware failure)

  • The post you are trying is out of your retention. All news servers keep data for a limited time.

  • Propagation issues, the content has not been completely propagated on the Usenet server you are downloading from, this will only happen on new content (less than an hour old and mostly on sundays). Sometimes posts appear anytime up to 5 hours after they were originally posted. This can cause failed or incomplete downloads for some users.

  • A file is posted on a Newsgroup that doesn't exist on your Usenet Service Provider.

Solutions for Missing Articles? - Best way to avoid incomplete downloads?

If you want to avoid incomplete files, you have six options:

  • Your first strategy is having multiple Usenet indexers. Having multiple Usenet indexers increase your chances of finding NZBs that are still online. A good NZB Site could drastically improve your completion rates because NZB Sites are now using obfuscated Usenet. Here are good Usenet indexers that support obfuscation. Usenet is now stealth!

  • If NZB Sites don’t always solve your incomplete Usenet files, try using a second Usenet provider that uses a different Usenet backbone. Completion rates can vary for a number of reasons so all the Usenet providers have holes somewhere. Instead of completely changing your main provider you can setup a block server in your newsreader. Secondary account should be a block account from a different upstream/backbone than your main account.

The most popular combo I believe at the moment is an unlimited account from Newshsoting. Plus either a Tweaknews or Usenet.Farm Block.

In the table below, we make suggestions for different combinations of primary (unlimited) and secondary (block) plans to enhance your Usenet experience. Here’s a list of Usenet combo:

USENET ACCOUNT UNLIMITED RECOMMENDED BLOCK PROVIDERS

Newshosting - Unlimited Usenet access - $8.33 ($99/Year)

If you want to avoid the negative consequences of incomplete files, you can consider adding a block account. Luckily, NewsHosting Browser V 2.8.10 implements a new service called "Backup NNTP". You can add a block account from Tweaknews to help you get downloads that Newshosting doesn't have for various reasons.

Tweaknews - Usenet.Farm - UsenetExpress - EasyUsenet - Vipernews

Eweka - Unlimited Usenet access - 7,50 € (90 €/Year) Tweaknews - Newsgroupdirect - Usenet.Farm - UsenetExpress - EasyUsenet - Vipernews
UsenetServer - Unlimited Usenet access - $7.95 ($95/Year) Tweaknews - Usenet.Farm - UsenetExpress - EasyUsenet - Vipernews
Tweaknews - Unlimited Usenet access - 9,99 € (89,99 €/Year) Newsgroupdirect - Usenet.Farm - UsenetExpress - EasyUsenet - Vipernews
UsenetExpress - Unlimited Usenet access - $10 ($90/Year) Tweaknews - Usenet.Farm - Vipernews
ExtremeUsenet - Unlimited data usage but different speeds - Start from 4 €/month Tweaknews - Newsgroupdirect - Usenet.Farm - UsenetExpress - EasyUsenet - Vipernews
UsenetBucket - Unlimited data usage but different speeds - Start from 2,95 €/month Tweaknews - Newsgroupdirect - Usenet.Farm - UsenetExpress - EasyUsenet - Vipernews
Newsgroupdirect - Unlimited Usenet access - $7.95 ($75/Year) Tweaknews - Usenet.Farm - UsenetExpress - EasyUsenet - Vipernews
Usenet.Farm - Unlimited Usenet access - Start from 4,95 €/month Tweaknews - UsenetExpress - Vipernews
XSNews - Unlimited data usage but different speeds - Start from 5,95 €/month Tweaknews - Newsgroupdirect - Usenet.Farm - UsenetExpress - Vipernews
Vipernews - Unlimited data usage but different speeds - Start from 1,99 €/month Tweaknews - Newsgroupdirect - Usenet.Farm - UsenetExpress

Having a good NZB Site and a Usenet combo will almost always ensure 100% completion of all the downloads. I would say that a combination of both strategies is ideal.

  • Improve Completion With Download Automation. The best way to improve article completion is by using download automation tools. Automation tools allow users to grab binary article sets as soon as they are posted to a newsgroup. Skip the stress of incomplete transfers, files are automatically downloaded. There’s a ton of open source packages to automate downloads of pretty much everything as soon as it becomes available online.

CouchPotato allows you to define the movies you want to see, and let them automatically download when available in the format and definition you want. Configure CouchPotato for Usenet Movies

Sonarr is a Usenet automation software for TV Shows.

Radarr is an independent fork of Sonarr reworked for automatically downloading movies via Usenet 

SickRage is an automatic Video Library Manager for TV Shows

Watcher is a CouchPotato alternative for grabbing feature length video files.

  • On Usenet files need time to propagate to all servers after they get posted. So you need you need to set up your download client to a 20-30 mins propagation. I used to have mine set at 20, but recently I had to up it to 30 and it solved my failures.

Workaround slow Usenet propagation with NZBGet

nzbget propagation delay

Sabnzbd also have the Propagation delay feature

sabnzbd propagation delay

  • Another solution to dealing with corrupted and incomplete files is to use par2 files, if available. Often, articles are missing, but this does not necessarily mean file is broken. With each download you will typically find a set of “PAR” files which are essentially “extra blocks” of data which contain parity information of the files and can be used to piece together the missing articles. It is recommended to use quickpar to manually repair files if needed, opening up one of the par2 files with quickpar will tell you how many more articles are needed to repair the file. 

  • One reason could be that the download is out of your servers retention, this is easy to ascertain, look at the age of the download and compare that to the retention of your news provider, if it’s older than the retention offered you will need to use a Usenet provider with a longer retention period
Usenet Provider Binary data retention Still growing daily Usenet Blocks Note

Newshosting

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Newshosting has an excellent retention.

UsenetServer

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UsenetServer offers its users a unique binaries search engine, called Global Search.

It's possible for all UsenetServer users to quickly and easily search the entire binary article newsgroup retention of + days and compile a custom NZB of the search results.

Practical since the NZB search engines don't search for days retention anymore!  

Binsearch has a retention rate of 1100 days for most groups.

NZBIndex has a retention rate of 700 days for most groups.

Newzleech has a retention rate of 1500 days for most groups.

This is one of the most important reasons to consider Global Search 2.0.

NewsgroupDirect

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I'm using a Newsgroupdirect block for longer retention.

Newsgroupdirect can be used to fill in missing old binary files. 

Eweka

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Best European binary retention 

Tweaknews

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Tweaknews binary retention is 2,500 days which is nearly 7 years of binary posts