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Newsgroup access is always uncensored. We filter out nothing, and you decide what you do and don't want to see. Usenet is our business, babysitting you isn't.
We have every known newsgroup, uncensored, unfiltered. From picture newsgroups to massive binary archives, we carry your favorite newsgroups and many thousands more.
There are few things more irritating than spending hours downloading the perfect file you wanted, only to find that it is one part short of being complete. To keep this a rare event, we have greater than 99.9% newsgroup completion.
Enjoy access to over 4 years of newsgroup retention. We've got you covered, in case you've been away for a really, really long time.
All Inclusive Usenet Access
on any device.
You can use any software that you like, but many users don't know where to start. Newsbin is the best there is, so we provide the full retail version of Newsbin for free, with Usenet Search. It can even be used with other Usenet providers, for as long as you have an account with us.Download Newsbin
What is Usenet?
It all started as a bulletin board service (BBS) for text messages, in 1980. What made it interesting for the time was that it could be accessed from the Internet instead of calling into it like any other BBS of the era. At that time, only text discussions could be posted and it was actually technically impossible to post or upload a file to Usenet.
The text messages were uploaded to newsgroups, because of the type of messages that were posted. The kinds of messages being posted radically changed over the years, but the term stuck and there are now more than 100,000 newsgroups available, covering everything imaginable. If you just think of them as subjects, topics, or categories you will be fine.
There is no one server, company, or provider in charge; instead, it is a distributed network spanning hundreds of server clusters around the world, each one mirroring all of the content of all of the others and being totally independent in every way.
The Rise of Alt Binaries
At some point, someone figured out how to convert files into text that could be posted, downloaded, and converted back into the original file. This was a major advancement at the time and Usenet quickly became the first file sharing network, significantly predating things like Torrents. File sharing became popular so quickly that alt binaries newsgroups were created by the thousands. Over time, files became the majority of the content posted and Usenet just exploded. Shortly after, Eugene Roshal developed the RAR archive format as part of WinRAR which made posting very large files more reliable. Today, 93% of all files posted to Usenet are RAR archives.
It appears that there has been the most growth over the last 5 years, but it has really been like that for more than 20 years. Jumping from 250 Gigabytes in 2002 to around 500 Gigabytes in 2003 was huge growth for the time, it just doesn't look like much now. Our perspective has just changed.
There is now over 27 Terabytes of new data posted to different groups every day, or over 64 million posts. They cover every subject imaginable, literally. From discussions about politics to high-resolution sex videos involving tickling....yes, there is a newsgroup for that. It is totally unregulated, with providers having no control over what is posted, and that is what people like and hate about it. There is a lot of spam and there are a lot of viruses if someone is not careful, but that freedom is also what keeps it growing...good, bad, and ugly.
Traditionally, you must have software to access Usenet, just like you need an e-mail client to send an e-mail and a web browser to see a web page. There are very few good ones out there and they all cost money. So if you want to access uncensored newsgroups then you need an account and then you need something to be able to connect to that account. As you can imagine, this is a little bit too much to ask of someone that is just learning about Usenet so some services started providing software with their accounts, as UsenetStorm does.
Newsbin is the best newsgroup software out there (see The Ultimate Guide to Newsbin) so we provide it to our users for free. If you buy it from the makers of Newsbin then the search feature costs an additional $2.50 per month, but we include this for free as well. The version we provide is also not restricted to only our servers (a good number of people use more than one Usenet provider) so they can use it with other services as well, just as long as they keep their account with us. As far as we know, we are the only provider to offer Newsbin or to provide unrestricted software. For users that know what they are doing, this is a major thing. We also do not make users use Newsbin. If they have other software they already like then they can use that and that is also important for experienced users.
The traditional problem with Usenet is that it requires software to access it. New users just get lost trying to get started. Newsbin is powerful but it needs to be a lot more user-friendly, so many users prefer to use an NZB downloader (see NZBGet vs. SABnzbd).
There have traditionally been no good options for smartphones. iPhone/Android have nothing even 'ok' available, so right there 50% of all Internet traffic is excluded from accessing. This isn't right, so we provide a control panel for accessing Usenet from your web browser. It doesn't include every group, only the largest ones, but the idea is to let someone get started without using software (maybe they are at work or just think it's confusing) on a computer, smartphone, or tablet easily. They can browse the files in newsgroups, they can add them to their list so they are easy to come back to (like bookmarking), or they can search for something they like. When they see a file they want, they can select to download it without having to stop browsing, and we let them know when it's ready to actually download.
A couple of other providers offer a web-based interface as well, but they either only offer this (no direct Usenet access) or charge extra for it in some way. We do not, and we want to emphasize that we are all-inclusive. We have everything our clients need and they will not be charged extra for anything, ever.
Essentially, anyone that knows what they are doing is going to be using software and will never even see the web-based interface. Totally new users need to be using software to get the best experience as so much more data is available by accessing directly and it is the best way to get started if they can get comfortable with it. But if they just don't want to use software, or can't use it (like on an iPhone/Android), then we have a comfortable interface for them to get started accessing Usenet.