Finding a Usenet Provider

Finding a Usenet Provider

Your future Usenet Provider will give you access to all the different new groups on the network. The success of your download depends on the completeness of multiple files. As a result, choosing a right usenet provider will be the difference between whether or not your downloads succeed or fail. Remember a large download consists of several small files, if a few files/parts fail, the entire download fails. When downloading a entire season in 720p, equating to 30-40GBs, you want to limit the potential for error because your are spending your cable bandwidth. So trust me, it matters!

There are six criteria when deciding on a Usenet service.

  1. Retention –  This indicates how long posted attachments are saved on your usenet providers servers. The longer the retention the longer you will have access to downloads.
  2. Connections –  The number of connections indicates the the number of attachments you can download at a given moment. One movie may have hundreds of attachments.
  3. Monthly limits –  The amount of data that can be transfer from your usenet provider to you in a month. Generally the best buy is unlimited.
  4. Download Speed – Some usenet provider plans have download speed limits. Generally I go with unlimited download speed is bundled with unlimited download limits.
  5. Security – You want a provider that will offer access to SSL enabled servers
  6. Support – In the rare case something goes wrong, you’ll want a provider that can be contact 24/7.

Here are a few recommended Usenet providers:

  • NewHosting [English] [French] [Dutch] – $9.99 month to month or $99.99 per year ($8.30 per month). 30 connections, 256 bit SSL, 1347 days of retention, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited speed, and 24/7 support.
  • UsenetServer [English] [French] [Dutch] – $10.00 month to month or $95.40 per year ($7.95 per month). 30 connections, 256 bit SSL, 1347 days of retention, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited speed, and 24/7 support.
  • Astraweb – $11 per month. 20 connections, 256 bit SSL, 1346 days of retention, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited speed, and 24/7 support.

Next you’ll need to find a usenet search provider or indexer.