Compare Usenet Providers in our Massive Table
There are dozens of Usenet providers to choose from. Sometimes, so much choice can be overwhelming.
To make things more manageable, we have carefully selected and recommend only a few best Usenet providers.
However, if you want to do your own research on Usenet providers and reach your own conclusions, use all the great information and raw data below. The table has been sorted by the column ‘Rank’ (column #13) which refers to the Usenet provider’s website ranking according to Alexa.com. This merely indicates the website’s popularity and not which Usenet provider is best. For quality, you should look at all the data.
Please note that any redirects you experience when selecting links in the table are performed by Google (where the spreadsheet is hosted), not us, and go directly to the front pages of the Usenet providers’ websites or (for some links under ‘Comments’) other pages on our website.
Note: Look for the scroll bars at the right and bottom of the table (they are a bit hard to see).
So Many Usenet Providers to Choose From
Usenet providers have features that will vary, including different locations of its Usenet servers, logging policies, number of newsgroups, retention period lengths, availability of free trials, etc.
Usenet providers also offer lots of different signup packages. Sometimes too many! For example, most Usenet providers offer a number of different packages at different costs (lite, silver, gold, premium, super, XXXL, etc). There are simply too many packages to capture in this comparison table to cater to everybody. Some people will be seeking cheap Usenet or Usenet deals whereas others are willing to pay top dollar for the fastest Usenet with the highest retention periods and number of uncensored newsgroups, including for binaries. To find out about the subscription packages on offer, visit the websites of the Usenet providers whose features you find most attractive.
Questions about Our Usenet Reviews?
For answers to questions you may have about our Usenet providers comparison table, check the table’s FAQ tab.
Explanations about each column used in our Usenet providers table, can be found below under the heading ‘Legend to the Usenet Providers Comparison Table’.
BTW, if you see any data that needs correcting or adding, email us at usenet-providers-comparison (at) cogipas (dot) com and include URLs to where the information can be found on the Usenet provider’s website. We’ll investigate and correct it, as soon as we can.
Legend to the Usenet Reviews Table
In the cells of the table, a ‘✓’ means Yes, an ‘✗’ means No, a ‘?’ means Unsure and an empty cell means the information is either not available or not yet checked. For example, we have not listed much information for Usenet providers with low ranking websites. However, if the response to this page is good, we will start filling in those blanks.
Below is an explanation for each column heading used in our table:
Usenet Providers – all Usenet providers sorted by the column ‘Rank’ (see below). If readers think it would be better to list the table alphabetically instead, drop us a line.
US – whether the Usenet provider has servers based in the US.
EU – whether the Usenet provider has servers based in Europe.
Auto DMCA – whether the Usenet provider uses an auto DMCA system. DMCA is also known as take down requests. Generally, content is available for longer on systems that do not operate an auto DMCA.
Logging – whether the Usenet provider keep logs of its customers’ activities. All things being equal, it is better to select a Usenet provider that does not keep logs as this is important for your privacy. So, look at ✗s in this column as a good thing.
SSL – whether the Usenet provider uses SSL connections. These are secure, encrypted connections established between your computer or device and the Usenet provider’s servers. SSL connections help ensure that your ISP cannot eavesdrop on your Usenet activities. Almost all Usenet providers now use SSL. However, your ISP may still be able to detect in general that you use Usenet and on that basis be tempted to throttle your connection. Because of this, consider also using a VPN for Usenet (to learn more, scroll down to the heading ‘Is a VPN Necessary for Usenet?‘). Many Usenet packages now have the option of including a bundled VPN.
# of Newsgroups – the number of newsgroups that the Usenet provider carries. The higher the number the better, but make sure that they carry the newsgroups you actually need. The quantity of newsgroups is less important than the provider’s Usenet servers carrying the newsgroups you want, for example the alt.binaries newsgroups.
# Days Retention – the number of days that the Usenet provider retains messages in newsgroups. The length of time messages (also known as posts) remain available for download is especially important if you are interested in alt.binaries and other newsgroups containing media files.
Completion Rate % – the completion rate that can be achieved using the Usenet provider’s newsgroup servers, but as claimed by the Usenet provider itself. In theory, the higher the completion rate % number, the less chance of encountering incomplete binary downloads of media content and files. HOWEVER, this figure should be taken with a grain of salt and you should be wary especially of claims of “100%”.
Free Trial – whether the Usenet provider offers a free trial account in the nature of “try before you buy”. This can be a good way to make sure a Usenet provider is good for you before you commit to a monthly subscription. Some free trials are more generous than others and most providers will require you to provide credit card information for the free trial.
Max. # Connections – the maximum number of NNTP connections (sometimes known as “threads”) allowed by the Usenet provider. All things being equal, the higher the number of connections you use, the faster your Usenet downloads will be. However, this number can vary depending on the specific package you select with the Usenet provider.
Private Payments – whether the Usenet provider offers payment by Bitcoin or other quasi-anonymous and private payment methods. This will appeal to people who are especially privacy conscious and want to pay anonymously for Usenet.
Rank – the rank of the Usenet provider’s website according to Alexa. Please note that this figure can and does fluctuate on a regular basis. However, it is a decent gauge for how popular a website is. For this reason, our table is sorted by this column (from highest ranking to lowest). Thus, it is a rough measure of the popularity of a Usenet provider (or at least its website) but that is something very different from quality.
Trust Pilot Rating – the Usenet provider’s rating (if any) found on the universal customer review website, Trust Pilot. However, please keep in mind that individual ratings may be skewed due to a low number of reviewers providing feedback. Still, it is worth including in the table and for you to read some of the reviews that customers have posted.
Block Accounts – indicates Usenet providers that offer block accounts. Block accounts are offered only by a small subset of Usenet providers. They are “pay-per-download” Usenet accounts offered in “blocks” of Gigabytes which are valid until used up, rather than the more customary monthly subscriptions. Block accounts appeal equally to people who use Usenet infrequently and those who use it a lot and need a secondary Usenet server to help fill any incomplete items.
“Backbone” – apart from a few independent operators, almost all Usenet access is provided by a handful of top tier providers.
Comments – this field is used for information that won’t easily fit in a smaller cell or to point you to further information about a particular provider on our website.
Usenet Reviews Wrap-Up
We hope you found our Usenet providers table useful, along with all this other information. Most of all, we hope it helped you find the right Usenet provider for your needs.
You might also enjoy more of our related Usenet content:
- How to Choose a Usenet Provider (starts about half way down the page)
- How to Use Usenet (covers everything from the basics to full automation of Usenet downloads)
- Best Free Usenet (free trials and other ways to get access to Usenet newsgroups for free)