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Anybody want to explain Usenet to me like I'm seven?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by cheesesteak, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    On the other side of the coin, Netflix is legal :) Another argument for another thread, I know.

    Just seems crazy to me to pay for downloading illegal content.
  2. MxRodriguez

    MxRodriguez MxRod

    May 1, 2003
    I will double and triple thumbs up this recommendation of
    SickBeard +Sabnzbd +XBMC +HTPC and add in CouchPotato to equate to pure happiness.
  3. BrettStah

    BrettStah Active Member TCF Club

    Nov 12, 2000
    San Antonio
    Thought we established that it against copyright laws to upload, but it's not to download?
  4. Malcontent

    Malcontent Aka: Smiling Bob

    Sep 4, 2004
    When you do the math, it's very economical. By just downloading one DVD/Bluray, music CD, or video game a month you come out ahead money wise. With Netflix you get to watch the content you stream but not keep a hard copy. The content you download from usenet you get to keep. Even if you cancel your usenet account, the content you downloaded before is still available to you. Burn it to DVD/Bluray/CD. Play it on your computer, Bluray Player, hand held.

    I'm not slamming Netflix. I think it's great. I just get more bang for my buck from usenet then I could from Netflix.
  5. 2004raptor

    2004raptor time to emancipate

    Dec 30, 2005
    I use to use giganews probably 5 or so years ago.

    This thread has got me thinking to start using usenet again. I go through spurts of using it and then not using it for weeks and weeks so I got tired of paying for a service I wasn't using.

    Never heard of the "block accounts". May have to research that a bit more. It's great theat they don't expire. Is there any type of contract you have to agree to or could it be a once time deal? Any disadvantage to it?
  6. Malcontent

    Malcontent Aka: Smiling Bob

    Sep 4, 2004
    No contract. You pay a one off fee for the amount of GIGS you want and that's it. There is no reoccurring fee. No expiration. You can go weeks, months, years without use and they will be waiting for you.

    Only disadvantage is if you are a big down loader or suddenly turn into one. If you download say around 50+ gigs EVERY month, then block accounts would be expensive. An unlimited usenet account would likely be better.

    The way you describe your prior usenet downloading habits, block accounts sound like it would be the way to go.
  7. logic88

    logic88 Active Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Land Of...
    UNS is still $10/month. Or $95/year.


    Alternatively, there's the Rapidshare/Megaupload/Fileserver/Filesonic/etc. route as well.
  8. orangeboy

    orangeboy yes, I AM orangeboy!

    Apr 19, 2004
    East Moline, IL
    Brighthouse in Central Florida uses Newshosting as their default provider. Very good retention and completion. I still have a grandfathered Giganews account where I pay $99 for 100GB that I use as a "backup" server with SABnzbd.

    Check out what your ISP provides. I've had ISPs use SuperNews, Giganews and now Newshosting as their providers. Chances are you're paying for a usenet provider to your ISP and may not even know it!
  9. Malcontent

    Malcontent Aka: Smiling Bob

    Sep 4, 2004
    $99 for 100GB? That's a rip off. For $91.39 you could buy 1 Terabyte from Blocknews.net with 981+ days of retention.

    Are you able to use SSL on your Brighthouse Newshosting usenet? What is the retention?

    Most ISP's have dumped their usenet service (binaries) in cost cutting measures. Not all but the majority.
  10. mattack

    mattack Active Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    and it's all illegal.

    (trn is the best newsreader ever.)
  11. Malcontent

    Malcontent Aka: Smiling Bob

    Sep 4, 2004
    Damn, now you tell me. :rolleyes:

    If this subject bothers/offends you why do you read and participate in these kind of threads? Make use of the ignore thread feature. If you wish to debate the subject, start your own thread and go for it.
  12. orangeboy

    orangeboy yes, I AM orangeboy!

    Apr 19, 2004
    East Moline, IL
    Well, when you put it that way, yep, it does seem that I'm paying too much! I'll definitely gonna look into blocknews. :up:

    Never tried.

    985 days.
  13. IndyJones1023

    IndyJones1023 Archeologist

    Apr 1, 2002
    Orlando, FL
    Usenet is not all illegal.
  14. brettatk

    brettatk Thread Killer

    Oct 11, 2002
    Smyrna, GA
    I think everyone is forgetting the first rule of Usenet. :)

    I've been completely happy with Astraweb. I pay $96 a year for unlimited and it's so worth it. Also I'd recommend using nzbmatrix.com as an indexing site and then upgrading to VIP. Retention is 1000 days and makes finding downloads so much easier. Then as mentioned earlier use SABnzbd+ to automatically download files to your computer.

    If you aren't going to be downloading a lot then I probably wouldn't pay for unlimited. It would probably work out cheaper to buy a block from somewhere and use it sporatically. I'm probably 50/50 in recording TV and downloading so I definitely get my money in paying for unlimited.
  15. KungFuCow

    KungFuCow Thread Killer

    May 6, 2004
    I use Giganews and Newsleecher. Ive been looking for get away from GN.. its just too expensive. Maybe Ill take a look at usenetserver again. They were my first Usenet provider, then I went to Astraweb and Ive been with Giganews for years.
  16. Jeeters

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

    Feb 25, 2003
    This. Newsleecher is the bee's knees.
    Me too. They keep raising their retention and have added some features such as personal VPN, and I think they're working on a DropBox or Mozy type service add-on, but, still.
    I'm always too lazy to look around or to pull the trigger on somebody else.
    I used to use Supernews way back when, but I forget why I switched over to GN.
  17. Malcontent

    Malcontent Aka: Smiling Bob

    Sep 4, 2004
    Giganews bought Supernews awhile ago. With Supernews you get Giganews quality at cheaper prices. You can probably get Supernews for $9.99 a month on special. Supernews has a retention limit of 800 days. The lower retention is one of the reasons it's cheaper. If your happy with Giganews service then Supernews would a good choice.



    In addition to less retention, you don't get VPN or any of the premium features Giganews charges for.
  18. Malcontent

    Malcontent Aka: Smiling Bob

    Sep 4, 2004
    Giganews bought Supernews awhile ago and they are cheaper at $9.99 a month. You would get the Giganews quality service for less money with Supernews. One of the differences is that Supernews has 800 days retention.

  19. Fofer

    Fofer Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Oct 29, 2000
    I use newzbin.com for NZB indexing, and Giganews as my Usenet provider, and Unison client (for Mac.)
  20. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    Ok, I know I'm paying way too much for easynews, but I like that they have a very well designed web front end, including search, PAR file viewing, auto-RAR decoding, etc.

    Does AstraWeb or GigaNews offer a similar web front end, or are they strictly NNTP-based?

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