Download speed: When downloading torrents your download speed is restricted by the amounts of seeders and their upload speed. Usenet download speed is in general only limited by your own Internet connection.
File availability: Files are in general distributed on Usenet before they appear in the P2P communities. When downloading from bittorrent you depend on seeders to keep the file online, while files on Usenet will be available continuously within the retention time of around 1400 days.
Seed ratio: Usenet do not rely on seeders and you do not have to upload to Usenet in order to download material. Instead you pay a small amount, 8-15$/month, for a Usenet unlimited subscription and you can Leech away.
Security: With torrents, anyone can connect to the tracker and log what files you are downloading and uploading. When you download from Usenet, only the Usenet provider can in principle see what you are downloading - if they wanted. Furthermore Usenet traffic can be encrypted so not even your Internet provider can see what you are downloading.
Get a Usenet account
You need access to a Usenet server to download files. Some Internet providers have have their own servers, but these support in general text groups only. In order to download files you need to pay a subscription to a Usenet provider that supports binary content. You should consider the following when signing up for a subscription:
Retention: The number of days the binaries are available from the Usenet server until they are deleted.
Connections: The more connections you have, the faster you can download files – up to a point. If you want to max out the data flow down your internet pipe, more than one connection is needed.
SSL support: Some Usenet servers offer SSL encryption. This means that your connection will be encrypted so that third parties can't control or look into your connection. So downloading with SSL is much safer.
Bandwidth: The rate- or speed in which you can download. Some Usenet subscriptions limit the bandwidth and some are unlimited. You don't need a connections which is faster than your own Internet connection.
Quota: The number of bytes you are allowed to download each month.
Price: The price for a normal subscription with unlimited speed and unlimited quota is approx. $15/month.
Several commercial and non-commercial Usenet readers exists. You should consider the following:
NZB support: Your reader must support NZB files to download the files you find through this web service.
RAR support: Using RAR, your reader can automatically unpack RAR-encoded files.
PAR2 support: Using PAR2, your reader can automatically repair downloads if PAR2 files are provided.
Multiple connections: Multiple connections allows you to download multiple segments concurrently.
The application NZBDrive can mount NZB files in a virtual drive on your computer. You will be able to see the content (files) without downloading the complete post beforehand. When you open files the necessary parts will be downloaded - on demand. When opening media files the content will be streamed to your player.
We also recommend SABnzbd to download complete NZB files from usenet. SABnzbd is an Open Source Binary Newsreader written in Python. It's totally free, incredibly easy to use and works practically everywhere.
Download the files
When you have found the binaries you want to download.
Mark the files you want to download by marking the checkboxes next to the subject-text in your search result.
Press the "Download NZB" button to get the NZB file, or a zip-file containing NZB'files if multiple posts was marked.
Save the NZB file to your disk (the NZB folder if you are using SABnzbd).
Open the NZB file in your reader if the NZB file was not already automatically picked up by you reader.
Your file will now be downloaded from your Usenet provider.
It is not technically possible to determine whether the content of the files that are being indexed correspond to the description in the subject. NZBKing accepts no responsibility or liability for any material indexed by this service.
Do not download copyrighted material.
Beware of malware if you download executable files.