Black Friday Usenet Specials : 2017 Holiday Deals

Here’s our list of the best Black Friday / Cyber Monday Usenet promotions:

  • Newshosting – unlimited Usenet + VPN from $6.67 a month for life!
  • UseNetServer – Unlimited Usenet + VPN from $6.81 a month for life!
  • Easynews – Big Gig plan (web Usenet + NNTP + VPN) for $9.99 the first 3 months
  • TweakNews – Get 12 months unlimited Usenet free with a 12 month subscription.
  • Eweka – Save 50% off 12 months of high-speed Usenet from just €4,80 a month.

Bonus: best VPN deals of the year

It’s almost time to launch the Black Friday Usenet deals again this year.  Last time around was a lot of fun and we plan to cover all the Black Friday / Cyber Monday / Holiday newsgroup specials right here again this year.  Enjoy some of the best deals of 2017 courtesy of top Usenet providers.  We’ll have some great holiday specials along with a few surprises.  Make sure to keep an eye on this post as we will begin to drop in the Black Friday deals Thanksgiving Day.  From what we’ve heard so far this year will be fun as always.

Black Friday Usenet Deals

We will start from the top and cover the top 10 Black Friday / Holiday Usenet deals of 2017.  Like most merchants, a number of Usenet providers like to keep their Black Friday promotions secret until they launch.  The details for some will start to materialize close to Thanksgiving Day.  No worries though as we plan to carry all the promotions.  Our list of deals will be updated as Black Friday draws closer so please check back for the best deals of 2017.  Click on any provider below or visit the Newsgroup Reviews home page for more info.

1.  Newshosting – $9.99/mo. or $99 a year (with free client + VPN) for life

Newshosting is offering unlimited Usenet, a free newsreader with built-in search, 30 connections and SSL for just $9.99 a month or $99 a year with free VPN access.  Read our Newshosting review for details.

2.  UseNetServer – $10/mo. or $95 a year (with free VPN) for life

UNS offers high retention, free SSL and Usenet search for $10 a month or $95 a year.   The annual special comes with free VPN access. Read our UNS review to learn more about the service.

3.  TweakNews – €9,99/mo. or €89 a year (with client + VPN) for life

TweakNews special includes unlimited Usenet with free newsreader and VPN access for just €9,99 a month or €89 a year.  Read our TweakNews review for more details.

4.  Supernews – $9.99/mo. or $99 a year unlimited Usenet

Supernews is offering $9.99 a month / $99 a year unlimited Usenet access with 20 connections, SSL  and good binary retention.  Read our Supernews review for more details.

5.  NewsDemon – $10 unlimited Usenet for life

NewsDemon offers unlimited newsgroup access along with a newsreader, SSL and 50 connections for just $10 a month.  Read our NewsDemon review to learn more.

6.  Easynews – $9.95 unlimited Usenet for life

Easynews is offering unlimited NNTP Usenet access along with high binary retention and 20 SSL connections for just $9.95 a month.  Read our Easynews review to learn more.

7.  ThunderNews – $10.49 unlimited Usenet for life

ThunderNews includes unlimited Usenet access with secure (SSL) encryption, 50 connections and a free newsreader for $10.49 a month.  Read our ThunderNews review to learn more.

8.  Eweka – €7,50 unlimited Usenet access

Eweka is offering unlimited newsgroup downloads at 50 Mbit for €7,50 a month.  With a free upgrade to 100 Mbit if you top off 90 days of credit.  Read our Eweka review to learn more.

9.  NewsLeecher – $9.49 unlimited Usenet access

NewsLeecher offers unlimited access to newsgroups along with free SSL encryption and 30 connections. for just $9.49 a month.  Read our NewsLeecher Usenet review for more details.

10.  UseNetNow – $10.39 unlimited Usenet access

UseNetNow offers NGR visitors unlimited Usenet downloads along with free SSL encryption and 50 connections. for just $10.39 a month.  Read our UseNetNow review for more details.

A sincere thank you to all the Usenet providers offering holiday specials.  We  appreciate your efforts and consideration in making the deals available.  To our NGR visitors we hope you enjoy the Black Friday / holiday Usenet deals.  Save some money and enjoy the best premium newsgroup access!

Newshosting Black Friday Sale

The Newshosting team just launched the latest Black Friday / Cyber Monday Usenet deal. The Newshosting sale consists of 15 months of unlimited Usenet and VPN for $99.99. That works out to just $6.67 a month. Best of all, the Newshosting Black Friday deal is recurring so you can enjoy unlimited downloads, 60 connections, almost 10 years of binary retention, Newshosting browser and VPN service for just $6.67 a month for life!

Newshosting Black Friday deal

The Newshosting Black Friday deal is a limited time offer so you will want to sign up soon to take advantage of the offer. Please note that you will not need any coupon code. The discount is automatically applied. Simply click on the image above to visit Newshosting and sign up for the annual plan which includes all the bells and whistles + 3 months of free service. At a 67% discount, this is the best price we’ve ever seen Newshosting offer on unlimited Usenet with free VPN access. The VPN alone is worth $5 to $10 a month.

As our top ranked Usenet provider, Newshosting has a lot to offer. They have NNTP servers in the United States, The Netherlands, and Germany. Pro tip: set up multiple server locations to get the best performance and completion across the entire Newshosting network. You will want to give the server closest to you the highest priority to achieve the fastest download speeds. You will find that Newshosting can sustain very high download speeds in the US and Europe. Use the minimum number of connections necessary to max out your connection.

Visit Newshosting during their Black Friday sale to save 67% off unlimited Usenet and VPN access. Enjoy the best Newshosting has to offer for just $6.67 a month for life!

Read our Newshosting review to learn more about the service and follow us @NewsgroupRevs for the latest Usenet news and deals.

Easynews Black Friday Promotion

The Easynews team is jumping into the holiday season and getting our Black Friday Usenet deals started today. It’s one of the best deals we’ve ever seen from Easynews over the last 10 years. During their Black Friday special you can sign up for Easynews Big Gig plan for just $9.99 a month for the first 3 months. That’s 67% off the regular price of $29.94 a month. The Big Gig plan gives you 150 GB of web Usenet along with unlimited NNTP downloads. The plan also comes with free unlimited VPN service which makes it an even better value.

Easynews Black Friday promo

Those new to Usenet will find Easynews web interface to be the easiest way to get started.  You can browse over 3,000 days of binary retention through your web browser.  The web interface makes it easy to search for content, view images, preview and download from your favorite newsgroups.  This is all done without any software.  If you want to go beyond 150 GB of downloads a month, you can fire up your favorite newsreader and connect to their NNTP servers in the US or Europe for unlimited Usenet access.

Confused by web vs. NNTP retention?  If so here’s a quick explanation:

  • The web interface and web retention are unique to Easynews.  A great choice for those new to Usenet who don’t want to mess with installing a client.  Use the web interface to search for content, preview, stream and download.  Easynews also supports iOS and Android.  Big Gig members get 150 GB of web access.
  • NNTP retention uses newsgroup software like SABnzbd or NZBGet to browse and download from Usenet.  Easynews includes NNTP access with all their plans including unlimited NNTP with the Big Gig plan.

Cheers to the Easynews team as they spread the love this holiday season to bring in new Usenet fans.  With increased web retention and other enhancements, they continue to expand the service.  Remember to sign up during the Black Friday promotion to save 67% off the first 3 months of Easynews Big Gig.

Visit Newsgroup Reviews to learn more about Usenet and follow us @NewsgroupRevs for the latest news.

UsenetBucket Reduces Max Connections

The UsenetBucket team recently reduced the number of maximum connections allowed with each plan. We understand that they may have switched backend providers which led to the change. While you can expect to achieve the same speeds from less connections, current UsenetBucket members are seeing “too many connections” errors while using the service. Of course the reason is the reduction in max connections. To fix the issue you simply need to reduce the number of connections set in your newsreader.

Usenet Bucket

Here’s a look at the updated connections for each UsenetBucket plan:

  • Basic Bucket – 10 connections (previously 25)
  • Comfort Bucket – 10 connections (previously 25)
  • Ultimate Bucket – 25 connections (previously 50)

The advertised speed cap for each plan has not changed. The backend provider simply allows more throughput per connection. You can select between buckets based on your speed needs.

  • Basic Bucket – 10 Mbit for € 2,95 a month
  • Comfort Bucket – 40 Mbit for € 4,95 a month
  • Ultimate Bucket – 400 Mbit for € 12,95 a month

Regardless of which plan you select, UsenetBucket members have unlimited access to 1,600 days of binary retention with SSL support. The only limiting factor is the number of connections and cap on download speeds. As you can see above, the prices vary quite a bit based on the speed cap. It’s hard to beat the value of the comfort bucket if 40 Mbit speeds are fast enough. We recommend the basic bucket or comfort bucket as a backup / fill server along with one of our top Usenet providers for the best experience. This will give you fast Usenet access with higher retention along with the advantages of UsenetBucket at a very reasonable price.

UsenetExpress Launches New Tier-1 Usenet Service

A new Usenet provider by the name of UsenetExpress launched earlier today. It is the first tier-1 Usenet provider to jump into the industry in a very long time. The founder of UsenetExpress is no rookie to the Usenet biz. Earlier today he shared his past history on the site’s blog. He founded a Usenet company in the early 2000s that gained popularity before he sold it in 2006. It has continued to grow into one of the most popular Usenet providers in the world. Back to UsenetExpress, their team is launching the new service to compete with the small number of tier-1 Usenet providers on the market. Time will tell whether or not their strategy will be a success, but in the meantime they are looking for some Usenet enthusiasts to help test the new service. The UsenetExpress team is offering a free month of service to users who help them stress test the service.

UsenetExpress

If you would like to help test the new UseneExpress service, their team has kindly shared a coupon code with us that will give you a free month of Usenet access. We want to note that you will need to sign up for an account and provide payment information to receive the free month of access. If you do not cancel your account during the first 30 days it will bill at their normal rate of $10 a month. Even so, the promotion is a great chance to test out a new tier-1 Usenet network free of charge. To do so you will want to visit their site and click on the blue Signup Now button. On the pricing screen that follows you will want to select the $10 monthly plan. At this point you can enter the coupon code goldenticket to receive the first month free. As of the time of our post there is no field for the code. Instead you can simply type goldenticket without clicking on anything else. As soon as you hit the last letter the screen will present you with a message stating the code is confirmed as shown below.

UsenetExpress goldenticket

Now that the coupon code is active, you can simply scroll down and enter an email address. From there you will choose between a number of payment methods. Regardless of which one you select, a message stating that “your coupon will be applied on the payment page.” will be presented. Then the payment page will show a message that let’s you know the subscription terms which include free service for the first month, then $10 for each month. Give UsenetExpress a test drive and let their team know what you think. As always we’re also interested in your impressions. Hit us up on Twitter and share your thoughts on the new Usenet service.

Does Astraweb Store Passwords in Plain Text?

Earlier this week a concerned Astraweb member posted on Reddit to warn others that Astraweb is storing passwords in plain text. He included an email from Astraweb that included the username and password for all three accounts that were tied to his email address. What’s wrong with that? For starters no one should hold you’re password in plain text anymore. You may have noticed that when you forget your password and request help that most companies reply with a link to reset your password. Instead Astraweb replied with every username and password tied to the user’s email address. By storing passwords in plain text Astraweb is putting members at risk. This is especially true for those who reuse the same password on other websites.

Password

There are a number of steps you can take to help protect your online accounts. The first is to use a different password for each account. Long gone are the days of using a single password and keeping it on a post-it note under your keyboard. You would think that practice ended long ago but I recently visited a company that specializes in website development and watched the office manager refer to a post-it note to log into a customer’s project. They proceeded to refer to the same note to log into other customer’s projects. Needless to say that didn’t leave a good impression. Most of us do a better job now a days but there is still plenty of room for improvement. Make sure you use strong passwords and never reuse them. You can use a free password manager like KeePass to help keep track of all your passwords.

The next step is to use multi-factor authentication whenever possible. You may already use two factor authentication to log into work while traveling or for financial institutions. The use of two-factor authentication has grown to include a lot of popular mainstream websites including Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon and many more. Most of them use a software token like Google Authenticator. How does it work? You simply install the Google Authenticator app on your iOS or Android device and use it to log into your favorite sites. This keeps anyone from accessing your account. They would need both your password and the rotating code that is presented on your device at the time of login. This is far more secure than just using a password.

There are a number of other steps you can take to help protect your identity online. If you don’t already use a VPN service then we suggest researching them and adding one to help protect your privacy. This is especially true for those who use public wifi networks. Whether you enjoy grabbing a cup of coffee while browsing the Internet or traveling, a VPN is a must. It’s way too easy to log into wifi at a restaurant or hotel and not realize you’re communications aren’t protected. You can take of this by logging into a VPN before using public wifi. A good VPN will also help you avoid censorship and geo restrictions. It’s not necessary for downloading from Usenet. Most providers offer SSL encryption which we recommend enabling in your newsreader.

NewsgroupDirect 2 Terabyte Block Sale

NewsgroupDirect is currently celebrating a great start to the new year with a special on 2 terabyte blocks.  Their latest deal comes in the shape of a huge block account.  The largest we’ve seen offered in quite some time.  Through January 29th NewsgroupDirect is offering 2 TB of Usenet access for $70.  Since NGD blocks are non-expiring you can use the account until it is depleted.  Visit the NGD Deal of the Week page to sign up.

NGD block sale

I normally recommend block accounts for backup and fills.  To fill missing content I would suggest a European Usenet provider.  A 2 terabyte block is huge.  Most Usenet fans could use it as their primary account for months.  Remember that NGD blocks are non-expiring.  At less than 4 cents a gig the price is great.  NGD block users enjoy high retention along with 50 SSL connections.  Remember to sign up before January 29th to save.

The 2 terabyte promotion is also open to existing members.  If you already have a NewsgroupDirect account then you’ll want to log into their website and click on add block.  From there you can add a 2 TB block for the $70 discounted price instead of the $150 regular price.  We’d also like to mention that NGD block accounts are shareable.  Since you are buying a block of Usenet access they don’t mind you sharing the account.

Visit Newsgroup Reviews to learn more about Usenet.  Follow us @NewsgroupRevs for the latest specials.

Free Test Accounts from Xennanews

The team at Xennanews is giving away free test accounts for their Usenet service. You can connect to their test server in Germany and use the service for free. There are a few limitations. The first of which is speed. You can use up to 10 connections but the speed is limited to 10 Mbit. The test accounts forbid posting and account sharing. The final limitation is binary retention. While the account page doesn’t mention retention we’re hearing that the available retention is somewhere around a month. So you can expect about 30 days of retention and 10 Mbit speed. However, just remember the account is free so you have nothing to lose.

Xennanews free test accounts

As you can see Xennanews is down to about 550 free test accounts early in the morning on Friday, January 27th. I recommend you get one quickly because they will surely run out fast. All it requires to sign up for the free test account is an email address. Simply enter your email and click on the “Get” button to sign up. There is no cost and you will be immediately taken to a screen that shows your account details. That means you can hop right into the xennanews server. The server address is test.xennanews.com and available ports include 119 for non-SSL and 563 for SSL connections. Remember the free account is limited to 10 Mbit and 10 connections.

Cheers to the Xennanews team for giving away free test accounts. We hope you get in on the action. The account is a good one to have as a backup and for fills on newer content. I recommend Eweka as a primary Usenet service in Europe. They offer our visitors unlimited access to over 3,000 days of binary retention and speeds up to 100 Mbit for just €7,50 a month. You can read our Eweka review for more details and to save on unlimited Usenet access.

Giganews Scores Legal Victory for Usenet

Jan. 2017 update – Giganews has once again prevailed in the court of appeals over Perfect 10. Cheers to the Giganews team on their continued efforts.You can read the full verdict from the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Here’s a view of the conclusion in which the court of appeals affirms the district court’s decision. Read Giganews related blog post to learn more about the legal victory and their response.

Giganews legal victory


Feb. 2014 update – Last week Giganews scored a legal victory for Usenet.  The case involved Perfect 10 suing Giganews for copyright infringement.  They contended in part that Giganews was not protected by the DMCA Safe Harbor provision and that they were willfully distributing copyrighted content owned by Perfect 10.  The case started back in 2011 and recently brought a nice victory for Giganews and the Usenet community in general.

We’ll touch on a few of the issues brought forth in the Perfect 10 vs. Giganews case.  You can learn more by reading the verdict here.  It’s only 21 pages and is an interesting read for anyone who has ever wondered just how DMCA is supposed to work.  As it turns out Giganews is right in line with what the DMCA and Safe Harbor were meant to protect.  The case set some nice legal precedent to help protect Usenet providers in the future.

In reading the judgement you can tell that the judge wasn’t impressed by the case presented by Perfect 10.  They were very sloppy in their arguments.  Which isn’t all that surprising given their previous loses in court.  They seem hell bent on suing technology companies.  Trolling can be a lucrative business these days I suppose.  Instead this case helped define what expectations Usenet providers will have in terms of DMCA requests.

We’re not going to spend time explaining the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) because the judgement goes into detail for those who want to learn more about DMCA and Usenet.  Instead I want to share some of the arguments Perfect 10 made in the case along with the court’s response.  We’ll start with how Perfect 10 presented Giganews with takedown requests and then move on to some of the other issues in the case.

How Not to Present a DMCA Takedown Notice

Giganews has a page on their site that clearly defines the information they need for DMCA notices:

  1. Clear identification of the person or entity submitting the DMCA Notice.
  2. Clearly stated relationship to the copyright holder (self or authorized agent).
  3. Message-IDs for all articles the DMCA Notice is requesting Giganews take down. Please keep in mind some files are large enough to be posted across several Usenet articles; these are called multi-part posts. Be certain to identify by Message-ID all articles you want taken down.
  4. Clear statement, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that you are copyright holder, or authorized to act on behalf of the copyright holder.
  5. A “physical or electronic signature” of an authorized person to act on behalf of the owner. This is fulfilled by a name and a physical address that the authorized individual can be contacted should someone wish to contest your notification.
  6. While not legally required by the DMCA, including “copyright violation” in the subject line of your email will flag your DMCA Notice and bypass spam categorization.
  7. Submit the Notice to dmca2008@giganews.com, the email address we have registered with the Copyright office pursuant to Section 512(c) of the Copyright Act.

Did Perfect 10 follow those instructions?  Not at all.  According to the court documents Perfect 10 presented Giganews with a series of screenshots.  The images showed them using a newsreader to search for related content.  They sent that information over to Giganews and told them to remove everything related to those searches.  Nevermind that they didn’t provide the message ID’s for the articles to be deleted.

You can think of the message ID on a Usenet post like you would a URL for a web page.  In order to remove content from a news server the provider needs to know exactly what to delete.  A screenshot of a search performed in a newsreader isn’t at all adequate.  Imagine trying to deal with that kind of notice to find and remove specific posts.  There are so many flaws in that approach.  Thankfully the court agreed.

Yet another issue in the case was whether or not Giganews properly dealt with repeat infringers.  This is important to falling under safe harbor protection.  Something that technology companies like Google as well as Usenet providers rely on.  Giganews was able to show that they warn users after the first notice and terminate their account after any subsequent notices.  That’s their stance on dealing with repeat infringers.

Again the court agreed with Giganews.  At question was why Giganews hadn’t kicked off more users.  That really comes down to the decentralized nature of Usenet.  Just because Giganews receives a DMCA notice and removes content doesn’t mean it was posted on their service.  What if the content was posted by an Astraweb customer.  Giganews certainly can’t terminate their account.  Once again the court understood and agreed.

One other issue we found interesting had to do with peering.  Since Usenet is decentralized it relies on peering between news servers.  User generated content is copied between those servers.  Perfect 10 questioned whether or not the copying of data should be considered copyright infringement.  The judge sided with Giganews in that data being copied between servers in being done on behalf of the user that posted it.

This is a clear victory for Giganews and the Usenet community in general.  Cheers to the Giganews team for defending Usenet and setting some important legal precedent.  That’s a great way to kick off the new year.

You can visit Newsgroup Reviews to learn more about Usenet and join us on Twitter @NewsgroupRevs.

NewsDemon $10 Unlimited Usenet + VPN

Over the last couple years we’ve seen several leading Usenet providers add VPN to their list of offerings. The addition of VPN has helped protect the privacy of thousands of Usenet fans. It also helps users avoid geo restrictions to unlock sites in other countries. NewsDemon has partnered with SlickVPN to give members the option of affordable VPN access. They are currently offering a sale for new members with unlimited Usenet and VPN access for $10 a month. Better yet, you can sign up for 12 months of Usenet + VPN for just $92 a year.

NewsDemon

As you can see NewsDemon has several plans. In addition to those listed above, they also have a series of block accounts. We’re going to focus on the last three plans listed above. You will notice all three plans include VPN. They are each offered at a deep discount compared to the previous pricing. Let’s start at the top of the list and take a look at what’s included with each plan along with the price:

As a proponent of online privacy I recommend using the VPN included with NewsDemon. I’m not aware of any providers offering a better price on a monthly plan that includes Usenet and VPN. The sale is not an introductory price. The discount is recurring so you will save as long as the account is active. Enjoy unlimited Usenet + VPN for just $10 a month or $92 a year. That’s less than $8 a month for the annual plan.

In addition to rolling out new plans, the NewsDemon team has added TrustPilot to their site. This gives you a chance to see what users are saying about the service. Looking at the last 20 reviews, we saw a mix of feedback with 12 five stars, 2 four stars, 4 three star, and 2 one stars. A NewsDemon staff member made it a point to reply to the one star reviews. It’s nice to see the company being proactive in addressing any issues that members may have along the way. Their overall TurstPilot rating is currently 8.1 out of 10.