Usenet Completion Guide

What is "Usenet Completion"? or “completion rate" or "completeness rate”?

Newsgroup completion is the number of articles and files that a certain Usenet server will have compared to the number of articles and files available. Technically speaking, all of the Usenet servers recommended by NGProvider are capable of 99% newsgroup completion. All the Newsgroup companies have solid peering relationships with each other, High quality world-wide newsfeed exchange, so barring any kind of system crashes, all Usenet providers can get all the articles.

Before most Usenet users thought retention was the most important factor, as well as connection speed, SSL and the number of connections. Now the first characteristic of Usenet Service providers is the completion of its Usenet network. If you are planning to download binaries at all, article completion rates are the most important factor in selecting the best newsgroup server provider.

It’s important to note that a completion rate is not exact (All Usenet providers claim high completion rates—>99%). It’s always an estimated number, because nobody knows for sure exactly how many articles are available at any given time. Occasionally a whole group of articles may be missing. Even if you choose an excellent Usenet provider you will still have completion issues from time to time. Many in the Usenet community are wondering why completion rates seem to be dropping and content disappearing from news servers.

Sometimes it happens that your main Usenet provider is missing some parts of your download, maybe due to a technical problem (Hardware failure) or propagation (mirroring between providers) or retention age or a DMCA request.

See also our glossary of Usenet completion terms.

Best Usenet providers that offer good completion

Eweka

Eweka provides an excellent service. Our favorite european provider. They were chosen based on their excellent completion rates and impressive retention

Eweka is a Dutch Tier 1 Usenet provider based in Alkmaar, Netherlands so Eweka is under jurisdiction Dutch law (NTD procedure). Generally, it is better to sign up for Usenet service providers based in Europe because European based servers are not subject to US DMCA laws, but they are subject to NTD requests. Based in the Netherlands helps to maximize completion rates.

Also Eweka binary retention is 4,000 days. The longer a post is stored, the higher the completion rate. When it come to retention and completion, Eweka hosts files longer and better than the majority of European Usenet servers. Retention and completion go hand in hand.

So Eweka is a TOP choice if completion rates is your top priority. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to find a Usenet provider with a better completeness rate. You can try Eweka for 7 days.

Tweaknews

Tweaknews offers one of the best completion rates on the market, thanks to:

Tweaknews is a Netherlands-based Usenet provider. Tweaknews follows NTD policy. Based in the Netherlands helps to maximize completion rates.

TweakNews also offers five block packages (Their blocks have no time limit so you don’t have to worry about them expiring). With block packages you can maximize your completion rates.

Tweaknews offers 3,400+ days of binary retention.

10-Day Free Trial - The trial offer of 10-Day is definitely sufficient to test the completion of Tweaknews

Newshosting

Newshosting is a US based Usenet access provider and follows DMCA notice. However I have always good completion rates with Newshosting. I haven't had huge issues with completion. If you're still unsure, Newshosting offers a 14 days of free service (up to 30 GB total transfer).

If you combine Newshosting with NZB sites, you are all set. With a good indexer I feel that completion is a non issue. NZB sites are the key to improve completion.

Newshosting also offers a free newsreader with any Newshosting account. Newshosting client contains a very cool feature: "Backup NNTP". You can add a block account from Tweaknews to help you get downloads that Newshosting doesn't have for various reasons.

UsenetServer

UsenetServer is based in the USA and follows DMCA notice. 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. UsenetServer is compatible with all popular Usenet automation apps: Sonarr, Radarr, CouchPotato, Watcher and SickRage

There is a free 14 day limited trial so you can test their service.

UsenetExpress

UsenetExpress is a US based Tier 1 usenet service provider with 1100 days of binary retention and follows DMCA notice. UsenetExpress makes a big promise on the completion rate front, guaranteeing users 99% completion.

UenetExpress also has block account. It's cheap ( 500 GB / $20) and I'm used it to fill in completeness.

UsenetExpress is currently offering new users a 30 day risk-free VPN trial, so you can effectively try the service out for a month knowing you'll get your money back if it's not for you.

Vipernews

Vipernews offers Usenet service in the Netherlands, theoretically should give you the best completion chances possible. Sign up for a 7-Day Free Trial and see for yourself.

You can now buy a 500GB block account at Vipernews.com for just € 13.99. Ideal for users looking to make sure they're able to access all Usenet articles they want. Sign up for a 7-Day Free Trial and see for yourself.

Usenet.Farm

Usenet.Farm is a Netherlands based Tier 1 usenet service provider. UsenetFarm follows NTD policy and offers excellent completion rate.

Usenet.Farm also has block account (500 GB / 15 €). It is a good option to fill in the gaps from your primary provider. UsenetFarm offers a 10GB with no time limit. It will give you all the time you need to test completion.

XSNews

XSNews is a Dutch based Usenet Service Company. XSNews follows Notice & Takedown Procedure (XSNews follow the DMCA Takedown protocol. XSNews currently has servers in Europe only. XSNews offers both flat rate and block accounts (XSNews offers block accounts ranging from 20 GB up to 1000 GB of usage). You may consider XSNews blocks for a backup and fills. 

XSNews has one of the better free Trial Accounts offers. You’ll be able to test completion for two full weeks.

Usenetbucket

UsenetBucket is Usenet service provider headquartered the Netherlands and offers good completion rate. Their Usenet newsfeed comes from BaseIP — an independent Dutch feed. Take advantage of their 7 day free trial (up to 20 GB total transfer) to test the service.


Usenet completion Glossary

Below are a list of some specific terms we use across our Usenet guide.

Usenet provider: Usenet is a totally decentralised network on which all the Usenet servers are linked between each other. Even if you choose an excellent Usenet provider you will still have completion issues from time to time.

Backbone: A “backbone” is the main provider of Usenet providers with massive bandwidth and massive disks. Usenet Providers have access to the same backbone that they are apart of. There are too many providers to list here, but check out this map for a good overview of Usenet providers and Backbones.

Jurisdiction: Jurisdiction is essential. It determines Policy for retrieving copyrighted files (DMCA = USA // NTD = Netherlands - because dutch USENET do not have DMCA takedowns like US providers). Every Usenet Service Provider must respect the laws of the country (or international law) in which it is based.

DMCA: 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.

NTD: In Netherlands, the DMCA does not exist (non dmca usenet), but there is something similar. Dutch Usenet providers have their own version. It's called: NTD Gedragscode (NOTD: Notice and Take Down). European Usenet servers have around 5 business days to remove infringing material once noticed (NTD compliance).

Block Usenet: A backup block account improves completion. 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

Retention: Retention and completion go hand in hand. The longer a post is stored, the higher the completion rate.

Free Usenet Trial: Completion is important! Sign up for Usenet free trial and see for yourself.