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Usenet Bucket is a XSNews reseller (in EU). They accept Paypal and BitPay.
Use coupon code HOLIDAY13 for 20% off.
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- DMCA Information (link)
- What is Usenet? (1, 2)
- NZB Indexers and Search Engines (google docs link)
- Run your own personal NZB indexer (link) (includes Sabnzbd & Sickbeard integration)
FREE USENET Providers (thanks to infamouskid for most of this info)
Xsusenet (1mbit speed limit, 10 day retention, 25GB/month):
Free providers that require an IPv6 connection:
usenet-deals-read-first-post-best-deals ... st14146646
Just4Today (10 day retention)
Supernews (Giganews reseller)
It's $10US/month for unlimited or $100/year, 1538 day retention, 30 connections, EU/US servers, SSL.
If you go with a newsgroup provider like LightningUsenet that has a relatively short retention, you'll have to look at other options if you occasionally download things that are over the retention time-line. In the case of LightningUsenet, that's anything over 400 days old.
One option is to get an unlimited account (of which they are listed above). The other option is to go to other sources such as Bit-Torrent, or other download sites.
Another option staying within the newsgroup realm is to get a block account. You basically pre-pay for a chunk of download capacity (usually sold in GB's) that you can use. It's great because with a NZB downloader like SABnzbd, you can assign a backup newsgroup server. What this does is when your primary provider is missing pieces (for any reason, but including if it's past retention), it will automatically try to download using the provider you assign as your backup.
Here are some good options below:
- NewsGroupDirect has a monthly Terabyte Tuesday deal (check thread for updates): $50/1TB (Highwinds Reseller)
- BlockNews (independent, $15/100GB)
- DMCA related details: usenet-deals-read-first-post-best-deals ... st12598486 (includes details on EU providers... great choice for backup/fill accounts)
The prices for 500GB and up for Blocknews is poor since NewsGroupDirect offers its Terabyte Tuesday deal once a month (1000GB for $50US), which works out to $5 cents per GB. But I mean it's not a good deal unless you use it. For light users, Blocknews is pretty good. For heavier users, wait for NGD's monthly Terabyte Tuesday deal.
LightningUsenet is about $5.00/month and you get 500 days of retention. A block account is a good way to be able to download stuff with older retention, if you occasionally have the need (many of the usenet clients have the ability to setup a backup news server if the primary one doesn't have the bins you're looking for).
A good unlimited usenet account is about $10/month, so if you spend less than $5/month extra on a block account, it might be worth it for you. Another benefit of having two providers (an cheap unlimited short retention and a block account) is that if one provider doesn't have what you're looking for, you always have the second one that may have it.
Who do I choose?
Highwinds is known as a value oriented provider. They're pretty cheap pricing wise. They had some reliability issues (completion rate) a few years ago, but seem to be good as of late. I'm with a Highwinds reseller (News Group Direct) and I'm happy with them. Many people have switched from Astraweb to NGD due to the better pricing and are happy with the service.
Some people want to have the most reliable provider in terms of completion, and the ones with the best reputation are Astraweb and Giganews (Supernews is its cheapest reseller). They haven't really had any major reliability issues, but they cost a little more than Highwinds resellers.
In any case, the major newsgroup providers all peer with each other, so you'll find that even if you have service through <insert provider name here>, you'll still download off the servers of a different provider (I connect to Astraweb servers regularly even though I'm with a Highwinds reseller). I would personally just go with a cheap provider, with a retention length you're looking for.
A Quick "how-to" for Newsgroups (after signing up with a newsgroup provider)
- Get a newsgroup reader (I use SABNZBD+)
- Configure the reader with all the connection settings (address, port, SSL, # of connections, username/password)
- Get NZBs (kind of like a torrent file?) from a search engine or indexer (I use NZBMatrix, costs $11US for 10 year access)
- Load NZB into the reader
Diagnosing Speed Issues
In general, a good way to test speed problems that crop up are to try the various means to connect to your newsgroup provider:
- check your speed on an online speed tester like http://speedtest.net (keep in mind these tools report in bits, and your newsreader is usually in bytes - 8 bits in a byte)
- try EU and US servers
- try SSL and non-SSL
- try different ports if your provider has a selection of them
For those who have downloads that are missing pieces or if you have a block account or limited data transfer provided by your ISP and want to check if you can successfully download without wasting your credits...
You can use a tool called NZBcc to check your usenet service to confirm if all the pieces are available, or to see what blocks are missing.
If block ## is missing on your primary, you can check your backup service. As long as each piece of the download is available from either of your providers, you are good to go.
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