The Best Usenet Providers In Europe 2017

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, and 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:

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.

Usenet Service Summary

  • Link: XS News
  • 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

Eweka (the Netherlands)

Eweka is a Usenet provider that was founded in 2001 in Alkmaar, The Netherlands. They now have servers in Amsterdam, London and Frankfurt.

Eweka has a fast service with over 3000+ days of binary retention. It has one of the best completion rates in Europe.

Eweka allows customers to pre-pay for access without a subscription. Here’s how the company describes it:

This means that you purchase days of access to your account in advance. Purchasing days of access can be done using a number of different payment methods shown below. Most of our payment methods are processed immediately. This means you can start using your account only minutes after your payment.

Whenever you do a payment while still having days of access on your account, the payment will be added to it. Payments will never overlap. For example: You have 5 days of access left on your account when you make another payment for 30 days. After the payment has been processed you will have 35 days of access on your account.

Payment methods include Paypal, Credit Cards, Bank Transfers, iDeal, Mistercash, SMS and Giropay.

Service Summary

  • Link: Eweka
  • Headquarters: Netherlands
  • Server locations: Netherlands
  • Backbone: Highwinds
  • Retention: 3303 days
  • Max. Speed: 300 Mbit/s
  • Connections: 20
  • SSL Connections: Yes
  • Downloads: uncapped
  • Price: €9,60 or $11.40 USD per month (for a yearly subscription)
  • Payment types: Paypal, Credit Cards, Bank Transfers, iDeal, Mistercash, SMS, Giropay
  • Trial: 7 days
  • Account sharing: Yes
  • Block accounts: no

Usenet.Farm

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

  • LinkUsenet.Farm
  • 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

UsenetBucket (Netherlands)

UsenetBucket is usenet provider in the Netherlands. They offer month-to-month accounts with 50 connections at 400 Mbit/s for €12.96 (euros) per month.

Their usenet feed comes from XS News — an independent Dutch feed. The company also touts a responsive 24/7 support team. They do have a reputation as a straightforward company, known for fulfilling their promises (in terms of download limits and server speed).

UsenetBucket also offers blocks accounts.

While testing their sign-up process, I did find that their email and IP check is a bit stringent, probably because they don’t require a credit card for registration. They offer a free trial that lasts “7 days or until you have reached the data-limit”. The data limit is 5GB.The data limit is 5GB.

Usenet Service Summary

  • Link: UsenetBucket
  • Headquarters: Netherlands
  • Server locations: Netherlands
  • Backbone: Highwinds
  • Connections 50
  • SSL Connections: Yes
  • Retention: 1200 days
  • Max. Speed: 10 Mbit/s: 2,95 €, 40 Mbit/s: 4,95 €, 400 Mbit/s: 12,95 €
  • Downloads: unlimited
  • Price: €12.96 ($15.40 USD) per month
  • Payment types: Credit Card, Bitcoin, Paysafecard, iDeal, Sofort and Mister Cash
  • Trial: 7 days or after 5 GB of downloads
  • Block accounts: Yes
  • Account sharing: No

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