Reliable Dutch Usenet provider

XSNews Features

Rating

Corporate offices
based in Holland
Tier-1 Provider
Yes
Backbone
XSNews
Plans
Unlimited downloads and block accounts
Price

Unlimited Usenet - Start from 4,95 €/month

The block plans range from 20 GB at 9.95 € to 1000 GB at 124.95 €

Free Trial
14 days - Payment Information Required - No Download Limits
Maximum download speed
800 Mbit
SSL Connections
30
Completion
99 %
Servers
Server farms in the Netherlands
NNTP Retention
1,500 days
Newsreader
No
Newsgroups
200,000
Logs
No
Shared account
Yes for block accounts
VPN
No

XSNews is one of our top rated European Usenet providers

XSNews is one of the last few independent European Usenet feeds. XSNews is a Tier-1 Provider based in The Netherlands. XSNews offers a truly independent Usenet feed.

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 as you want (Block or unlimited), and at modest prices. They are as follows:

XSNews Flatrate Packages

Basic - 4,95 €/month – Unlimited Usenet, 8 Mbit speeds, 8 connections
Pro - 6,50 €/month – Unlimited Usenet, 20 Mbit speeds, 20 connections
Elite - 9,95 €/month – Unlimited Usenet, 800 Mbit speeds, 30 connections

XSNews Block Packages

XSNews also offer Usenet block accounts. These are essentially pay-as-you-download​ plans. XSNews block accounts are shareable. No posting.

Small - 9,95 € – 20GB, Unlimited speeds, 20 connections
Medium - 34,95 € – 100GB, Unlimited speeds, 20 connections
Large - 99,95 € – 500GB, Unlimited speeds, 20 connections
XL - 124,95 € – 1000GB, Unlimited speeds, 20 connections

XSNews Free Trial - Test 14 days for FREE. XSNews has one of the better free Trial Accounts offers, however you do need to provide a credit card number (It is your responsibility to cancel during the trial period to avoid charges)

XSNews Usenet review

One of the fastest Usenet providers in Europe

XSNews is a TOP choice if a good speed is your top priority. XSnews provides speeds up to 800 Mbit/s, according to their site. We signed up to Elite package at 9,95 € / month and were really impressed by the speeds obtained with 30 connections. Compare XSNews vs anothers Netherlands-based newsgroup providers, where the fastest plan caps out at 400 Mbit/s, 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.

XSNews and Spotnet

What is Spotnet?

Spotnet is a protocol on top of Usenet for retrieving files from NNTP (Usenet) servers. One of the the most efficient way to download on Usenet without using NZB Sites. With Spotnet you can search and download in one program.

XSNews Spotnet Setup guide  -  This guide covers the basics of downloading files from Spotnet

Different programmes exist like Spotlite, Spotnet 2.0 or web-based versions (NZBServer). My favourite programme from SpotNet is Spotnet 2.0. Spotnet 2.0 is currently the most widely used Usenet newsreader in the Netherlands for Usenet. The interface is great, translated into English, and you can search for films by category or thanks to a search engine. Users post a Spot including a SPOT file to download, an explanatory image and a description of the file.

Dutch users should configure SpotNet 2.0 with XSnews and make the most of the referencing quality of SpotNet. It is not difficult to configure XSnews with Spotnet. You have to do two simple steps in the Spotnet provider settings.

spotnet provider

Go to Settings and then to Provider...

spotnet provider xsnews

Select XSNews from the dropdown

spotnet provider xsnews settings

Enter your username and password

Spotnet 2.0 client

spotnet 39 steps spotnet 39 steps download

Note: The 39 steps is a public domain movie, which means that anyone can legally download and/or share it for free. 

Spotnet 2.0 uses internal downloader for downloading, repairing and decompressing. You can use it alone if your downloading habits don't require an extra Usenet Service provider. Once in a while, we encountered an incomplete file, but generally, they loaded very well.

In case of incomplete files you should use nzbget as external downloader for adding the prepaid account from Tweaknews as a second server.

spotnet advanced settings

Our tip for the XSNews network

XSNews is the Tier-1 provider of the network and has one sister company: EasyUsenet. We recommend EasyUsenet since:

EasyUsenet has a free trial offer without entering any bank details.

EasyUsenet uses the same backbone as XSNews but provides different plans

EasyUsene users get access to the same levels of retention, servers and support as those on XSNews