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Top 10 Providers

  1. Newshosting
  2. UseNetServer
  3. NewsDemon
  4. Astraweb
  5. Easynews
  6. ThunderNews
  7. NewsgroupDirect
  8. Ngroups.NET
  9. Supernews
  10. Giganews

Provider Specials

  1. Newhosting
    $9.99 a mo
    $99 a year
  2. UseNetServer
    $10 a month
    $95 a year
  3. NewsDemon
    $9.99 a month
  4. Easynews
    $9.95 a month
  5. Astraweb
    $11 a month
    $96 a year

Free Usenet Trials

  1. Easynews
    10 GB Free Trial
  2. Newhosting
    30 GB Free Trial
  3. UseNetServer
    10 GB Free Trial
  4. NewsDemon
    15 GB Free Trial
  5. Ngroups
    5 GB Free Trial

Newsreader Setup

The instructions below should be applicable to most Usenet news clients (a.k.a. newsreaders):

Step 1: Sign Up

Sign up with a Usenet Service Provider. To select the best Usenet Service Provider for your needs, try our provider smart comparison table, or our plan smart comparison table.

Step 2: Download and Install

Download and install any of these Usenet programs to use with your Usenet Service Provider. We include download links to some of the better newsreaders below, but if you want to compare newsreaders in more depth, try our newsreader smart comparison table.


Mac OS X:


Step 3: Configure your Newsreader

Configure your Usenet program to work with your Usenet Service Provider account:

  • Server: Your Usenet Service Provider will provide you with this information. Example:
  • Server requires authentication: Yes
  • Username: (Enter the username your provider assigned here)
  • Password: (Enter the password your provider assigned here)
  • Optional settings: (Enter the information given to you by your provider. For an example of what you might expect, see the following table.)
    Options Plan A Plan B

    NNTP Port









Special Note: We are proud to announce that our pick for Best Overall Usenet Provider — Newshosting — has created a superb set of video tutorials to help new Usenet users become familiar with the most common newsgroup activities. The first teaches users how to configure their selected news client (a.k.a. newsreader), demonstrating with four of the most popular news clients: Newsbin Pro (Our pick for Best Newsreader, see profile here, purchase here), Outlook Express, Thunderbird, and Unison (Mac specific). Check out the tutorial here.

Step 4: Test Your Newsreader

If everything works, great! If not, be patient, read the help files and online FAQ, and then contact the technical support team for your newsreader if necessary.