The Best Usenet Providers In Europe 2019

by Grey One •

European Usenet providers offer an alternative to the articles/media offered by US providers. Most European providers are located in the Netherlands. Because they are outside the US these providers are not subject to DMCA takedowns. However, they are subject to NTD (Notice of Take Down) requests, and these tend to target the same media as DMCA requests.

These are our recommended European Usenet Providers:

Tweaknews (Netherlands)

Tweaknews is a Dutch Usenet provider and one of the fastest providers in Europe. They have one of the best completion rates in the industrty. This provider charges € 7.95 (euros) per month for 40 SSL Usenet connections, with a 2500 day retention. A VPN and search engine are also included.

Tweaknews offers a 10-day free trial. Using the trial account you can download at 20 Mbps (2.5 MB/s) using 8 connections — up to a limit of 10 Gigabytes.

Tweaknews also offers block accounts, and these are quite popular. For example, their “100GB Block Package” costs only €13 (euros). However, please note that the download speeds for block account is capped at 100 Mpb/s.

  • Headquarters: Netherlands
  • Server locations: Netherlands only
  • BackboneHighwinds
  • Retention: 2500 days
  • Connections: 40
  • SSL connections: Yes
  • Download limit: unlimited
  • Max. Speed: uncapped (except for block accounts)
  • Price: € 7.95 or $9.45 USD (per month for a yearly subscription)
  • Payment types: Credit Cards, Paypal, iDeal, Giropay, Direct Debit, SOFORT Banking
  • Trial: 10 days (with 10GB limit)
  • Block accounts: Yes
  • Account sharing: No
  • LinkTweaknews

XS News (Netherlands)

XS News is a tier-one Usenet provider that started in 2006, and offers it a truly independent Usenet feed. I’ve been testing them for several months, and I’ve found their service to be reliable. From the US, I was able to max out my modest 100 Mbps connection. The company says they offer a maximum rate of 800 Mbps (available with the Elite Unlimited Speed plan), but this speed can generally only be achieved by users inside of the Netherlands or in Belgium.

They offer 30 connections for 8.20 euros per month (yearly subscription). Their retention time is 1100+ days.

Service Summary

  • Headquarters: Netherlands
  • Server locations: Netherlands
  • Backbone: Abavia
  • Speed: 800 Mbit/s (or 100 MB/s)
  • Connections: 30
  • SSL Connections: Yes
  • Retention: 1100 days
  • Downloads: uncapped
  • Price: € 8.20 or $9.75 USD (per month for a yearly subscription)
  • Payment types: Credit Card, Bitcoin, Paysafecard & more
  • Trial: 14 Days
  • Block accounts: No
  • Account sharing: Yes
  • Link: XS News

Usenet.Farm (Netherlands)

Usenet.Farm is a Dutch hybrid tier 1 Usenet service provider based in the Netherlands. This provider only offers anonymous accounts. For registration, only a non-disposable email address is required, and you can pay in Bitcoin if you wish.

Usenet.farm is a hybrid provider, meaning they combined their independent newsfeed with a backup feed from their partners. Specifically, they offer primary retention 30+ days for binary and text articles and secondary retention of up to 900+ days for binary and text articles from their partner backup feeds.

Usenet.Farm offers account sharing, which means you can use your login credentials on multiple computers. They also offer a trial were you can download 10 GB, and there is no automatic payment if you forget to cancel the trial. For more information see the FAQ page.

Usenet.Farm currently has servers in Europe only. Download volume is limited to 3TB — once this limited is reached your speed reduced to 8 Mbit/s.

Service Summary

  • Headquarters: Netherlands
  • Server locations: Netherlands
  • Retention: 1000 days
  • Connections: 40
  • SSL Connections: Yes
  • Download limit: 3TB Fair-Use policy (once you’ve download 3TB, speed is reduced to 8 Mbit/s)
  • Max. Speed: 24 Mbit/s (or 3 MB/s)
  • Price: €7.95 or $9.45 USD (per month for a yearly subscription)
  • Payment types: Credit cards, Bitcoin, Paypal, iDeal, PaySafeCard, Wire Transfers
  • Trial: up to 10 GB in downloads
  • Block Accounts: Yes
  • Account Sharing: Yes
  • LinkUsenet.Farm
  • Block accounts: no

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