Premium Newsgroup Providers Review: Supernews.com, Usenet.net etc

I’ve used several premium Newsgroup account providers and since I’m looking around for a new provider I thought I’d review the ones I’m familiar with so other people can judge whether to signup with them.

First of all there are basically 3 kinds of plans available from Premium Binary Newsgroup Account Providers:

  1. Premium plan for heavy constant downloaders: Unlimited downloads for a specific period (several days/month/quarter) at full speed eg: $US15 to $US20 for one month
  2. Budget plan for heavy downloaders: Fixed Price/month usually with unlimited downloads, but Speeds and/or Simultaneous Threads are capped and/or the Retention Rate is lower
  3. Pre-purchased data blocks for intermittent heavy downloaders – eg: 90 Gigabytes of data transfer for $US25 with no expiry.

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Supernews.com

Used for over 1 year: Appears to be interested in wholesaling Usenet access to Internet Service Providers rather than appealing to the individual Usenet customer.

That’s exactly the situation I was in because my Internet Service Provider included access to Supernews at no extra cost from early 2006 to May 2007.

Speed: Achieved constant speed of 155-160kbytes/sec on my 1.5mbit ADSL connection which is pretty much as fast as my connection can go.

Signup Process: N/A, I used it through my existing ADSL account.

Completion: Claimed to be 99%+. Sometimes I found that blocks were missing and I had to use PAR files to make up for them.

Cost & Plan Types: Very expensive considering the extremely modest Binary retention. Offers Budget plans for heavy downloaders and Pre-purchased data blocks for intermittent heavy downloaders (as outlined above), both types of plan have limited GB and specific expiry dates.

However if your ISP includes access to Supernews.com at a small cost eg $5/month or at no extra cost than its good enough for casual use.

Retention Rate: Claimed 40+ days for binary groups and up to 1000 days for text groups. In my experience binary retention is 40-odd days at best which is well below minimum industry standards of 2 months or more retention.

Binary File Search and NZB generation: None, users have to download headers or use a 3rd party service.

Free Trial: Not offered.

Usenet.net

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Used for One month. Let down by highish pricing, appears to have links to Giganews and PowerNews, may be owned by them or could be reselling their services in a different package.

Speed: Achieved constant speed of 155-160kbytes/sec on my 1.5mbit ADSL connection which is pretty much as fast as my connection can go.

Signup Process: Quick and easy, received the server settings, username and password within 1 minute of signing up online

Completion: Claimed to be 99%+. I didn’t experienced any missing files.

Cost & Plan Types: Somewhat expensive considering the average Binary retention and maximum number of connections.

Offers Premium plan for heavy constant downloaders and Budget plan for heavy downloaders (as outlined above), Pre-purchased data blocks are available.

Retention Rate: Claimed 70 days for binary groups and 180 days for text groups. I tested the binary retention by trying to download files from 71 days ago (failed), 70 days ago (succeeded), 69 days ago (succeeded) so they are true to their word.

Binary File Search and NZB generation: None, users have to download headers or use a 3rd party service.

Free Trial: Try Usenet.net’s service for yourself for a limited time with a FREE INVITATION ONLY 10GB trial account which allows 10 simultaneous connections and 70 days binary retention.

Other Providers

I just signed up with Usenet-News.net and will review it in the next few months.

One thought on “Premium Newsgroup Providers Review: Supernews.com, Usenet.net etc”

  1. Hey,

    thanks for sharing that information. I have a similar Website but in German! You could also try Newshosting and Giganews. They are american usenet providers, but very successful ones! Good luck and thanks for sharing that information. I think it is very important to help others discovering what the usenet is.

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