Ngroups Partners with Livedrive to Offer Free Storage

Ngroups recently added free unlimited online storage and file backup for their subscribers in addition to the NGR special – $9.99 unlimited Usenet.  In testing we found the new storage service to be quite useful.  We were able to download from Usenet, sync to Livedrive and stream the content.  All done remotely via iPhone.

The new Ngroups unlimited storage option is far more feature-rich than we anticipated.  By partnering with Livedrive they are able to offer all the Livedrive Backup account options free as part of their Usenet subscription.  A value of $6.95 a month compared to subscribing to Livedrive directly.  In addition those who wish to upgrade can enjoy the Backup and Briefcase account for a third of the regular price.

We started our testing by downloading the Livedrive application and setting up a folder to automatically sync.  Easy enough.  As with any online storage solution you will be constrained by your ISP’s upload speed.  None the less our files were synced at a reasonable pace.

Next came the real fun.  In looking closer at Livedrive we found an option for streaming audio and video to mobile devices – iPhone, Blackberry, iPad, etc.  So what if we wanted to queue up a Usenet download and then stream it directly to an iPhone without leaving the couch?  That was our goal.

We used SABnzbd with the myNZB iPhone add-on to queue and download the content directly to a folder that was setup to sync in Livedrive.  It took some time since SABnzbd had to fetch the files and then Livedrive had to sync the content.  Once completed we used the Livedrive iPhone app to connect to our account and stream the content.  The test was flawless.  We didn’t have any issues downloading, syncing or steaming.  The combination of Ngroups and the free Livedrive online storage + streaming was a pleasure to test.  We look forward to more newsgroup usage on the go in the near future.

Read our Ngroups review to learn more or sign up for the NewsgroupReviews $9.99 special and enjoy unlimited Usenet + online backup / steaming via Livedrive.

Ngroups Retention Update + Free Unlimited Storage

Ngroups recently announced a retention update.  With binary retention increasing from 650 days up to 780+ days.  The change in retention is immediately available to all subscribers at no extra cost.

In addition Ngroups has added a new feature to their Usenet service.  Now customers can enjoy free unlimited online storage with all recurring subscriptions.  You might recall that NewsDemon and NewsGroupDirect added storage a few months ago.  Ngroups is the first to offer unlimited storage.

A few weeks ago we wrote about Ngroups Octoberfest special.  The offer is still running and includes unlimited Usenet access, 20 connections, free SSL and now free unlimited online storage for $9.99 a month.

Read our Ngroups review to learn more or sign up for the Octoberfest deal to enjoy the increased retention and free online storage. Octoberfest 2010 – $9.99 Unlimited Eco

Octoberfest is back.  Once again is running an Octoberfest special.  This time around the offer consists of unlimited Usenet access with SSL and 20 connections for $9.99 a month as long as you keep the account.

The only difference between the Unlimited Eco account and Ngroups $19.99 Unlimited Extra is the number of connections – 20 versus 50.  I think you’ll find that 20 connections are plenty.

Specifics of the Octoberfest special:
– Unlimited Usenet access for $9.99 a month
– 650+ days of binary retention
– 3+ years of text retention
– Access to US and European newsgroup servers
– 20 concurrent connections
– 256-bit SSL encryption
– 24x7x365 support
– PayPal, Moneybookers, Liberty Reserve

Read our Ngroups review to learn more about the service or sign up for the Octoberfest offer and enjoy.