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How to choose the best Usenet provider for you?

If you are one of the many loyal readers of htpcBeginner, you may already know what is Usenet and why it is better than Torrents, by now. In this post, we will explain how to choose the best Usenet provider for you. Our famous CouchPotato, Sick Beard, and SABnzbd guides all talk about Usenet service and therefore this post is longtime coming. If you do not know and understand Usenet terminologies, we recommend that you read this post before proceeding. There are a plethora of Usenet service providers and hopefully this guide makes it easier to choose the best Usenet provider for your needs.

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There are several different kinds of Usenet accounts (aka NNTP account) and one size does not fit all. The best Usenet provider plan is the one that fits your need. This guide is divided into sections based on cost, bandwidth, and features offered. Just look at the options under the category that you fit in. We have also provided links to discount offers.

Unlimited Bandwidth Plans

htpcBeginner recommends unlimited plans simply for the reason that you do not have to worry about what and how much you are downloading. If you do not want “luxury” features (web access, VPN, etc.) then these plans offer the best bang for the buck. If you are into HD content and cannot stand SD then we definitely recommend an unlimited plan. Below are the best Usenet providers we have tested and recommend highly of:

Provider Plan Features Cost / Offer Link
Newshosting Unlimited
5.0
>2000 days retention, SSL, 30 connections, & free Usenet browser $9.99 / month
$99.99 / year ($8.33 / month)
NewsDemon Pro
5.0
>2000 days retention, Unlimited, Unlimited online storage, SSL, 50 connections, & free Newsreader $10.00 / month
UsenetServer Unlimited
4.5
>2000 days retention, SSL, and 20 connections $10.00 / month
$95.40 / year ($7.95 / month)
Easynews Unlimited NNTP*
4.5
>2000 days retention, SSL, and 20 connections $9.95 / month
Astraweb Unlimited DSL
4.5
>2000 days retention, SSL, and 20 connections $11.00 / month(special)
$96.00 / year ($8.00 / month

*NNTP is just another term for newsgroup. It is the regular Usenet access that most providers offer.

Monthly Plans

If you do not like to prepay and get locked into a contract or you prefer to pay as you go along then the monthly or even these short-term plans may work the best for you. Some of the top Usenet service providers even offer discounts on short-term plans.

Provider Plan Features Cost / Offer Link
NewsDemon Beginner, Basic, or Veteran
5.0
>2000 days retention, Unlimited speed, SSL, 50 connections, & free Newsreader $5.00 / month (50 GB), $6.00 / month (100 GB), or $8.00 / month (200 GB)
Newshosting XL Powerpack
5.0
>2000 days retention (1300 days Web), Unlimited (160 GB Web), SSL, 60 connections, Web Access**, free Easynews account, & free Usenet browser $19.95 / month
NewsDemon Pro
5.0
>2000 days retention, Unlimited, Unlimited online storage, SSL, 50 connections, & free Newsreader $10.00 / month
Newshosting Unlimited
5.0
>2000 days retention, Unlimited, SSL, 30 connections, & free Usenet browser $9.99 / month
Easynews BigGig
5.0
>2000 days retention (1300 days web), Unlimited (150 GB Web), Web Access, Loyalty Gigs, Rollover Gigs, SSL, and Usenet Browser $29.98 / month
UsenetServer Unlimited
4.5
>2000 days retention, Unlimited, SSL, and 20 connections $10.00 / month
Easynews Unlimited NNTP
4.5
>2000 days retention, Unlimited, SSL, and 20 connections $9.95 / month
Astraweb Unlimited DSL
4.5
>2000 days retention, Unlimited, SSL, and 20 connections $11.00 / month
Easynews Plus
4.5
>2000 days retention (525 days web), 40 GB, Web Access, Loyalty Gigs, Rollover Gigs, SSL, and Usenet Browser $14.97 / month
Easynews Classic
4.0
>2000 days retention, 20 GB, Web Access, Loyalty Gigs, Rollover Gigs, SSL, and Usenet Browser $9.98 / month

**Web Access allows you to search and download using an internet browser from anywhere.

Discounted Annual Plans

If you like to buy in bulk and take advantage of the discounted annual plans then you are in luck. Several good Usenet providers provide discounts on annual plans. The table below offers some of the well-tested and best Usenet services for you to choose from.

Provider Plan Features Cost / Offer Link
Newshosting XL Powerpack
5.0
>1300 days retention (1300 days Web), Unlimited (150 GB Web), Web Access, SSL, 60 connections, free Easynews account, & free Usenet browser $189.95 / year (21% off)
$99.95 / 6 months (17% off)
Regular: $19.95 / month
Newshosting Unlimited
5.0
>2000 days retention, SSL, 30 connections, & free Usenet browser $99.99 / year ($8.33 / month)
Regular: $14.95 / month
UsenetServer Unlimited
4.5
>2000 days retention, SSL, and 20 connections $95.40 / year ($7.95 / month)
Regular: $10.00 / month
Astraweb Unlimited DSL
4.5
>2000 days retention, SSL, and 20 connections $96.00 / year ($8.00 / month)
Regular: $11.00 / month

Block Plans

If you are not a heavy downloader and do not want to pay for an unlimited plan and just want a cheap Usenet service then you can buy bandwidth in blocks (example: 25 GB, 180 GB, etc.). Once your bandwidth is reached, downloading stops. These plans have the disadvantage that some if your apps snatches/downloads wrongly labeled or wrong language content (these can happen by the way) then your bandwidth is wasted. Moreover, these plans are general not the best value.

Provider Plan Features Cost / Offer Link
NewsDemon 10 GB to 1000 GB
4.5
>2000 days retention, Unlimited speed, SSL, 50 connections, & free Newsreader $2.00 to $87.00
Astraweb 25 GB
4.0
>2000 days retention, Unlimited speed, SSL, and 50 connections $10.00
Astraweb 180 GB
4.0
>2000 days retention, Unlimited speed, SSL, and 50 connections $25.00
Astraweb 1000 GB
4.0
Unlimited speed, SSL, and 50 connections $50.00

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