XSNews or XS News is based in the Netherlands (Amsterdam) and is a well-known Usenet provider for over a decade, locally and internationally.
With the emphasis on quality, simplicity, and customer satisfaction, they promise an excellent Usenet experience. In this review, we tested the ELITE package.
Packages / Price & Coupon Code
XSNews has three different flat rate subscriptions with unlimited downloading. With the ELITE subscription, you’ll have unlimited speed. Besides that, you can choose the “Super” subscription with a 50Mbit/mo—cap, 20 connections, and a speed of 6.25 MB/s. The Eweka coupon discount with yearly payment is a bit cheaper though.
On top of that, they have three different block accounts with unlimited speed and 20 connections. You’ll pay per downloaded gigabyte and can choose between 100, 250, 500, and 1000GB. If you don’t want a subscription, this might be something for you.
See how this plays out against others in our news servers comparison chart.
- Unlimited downloads
- Unlimited speed
- 30 connections
- 2000+ days retention
- 99.8% completeness
- 200,000+ newsgroups
- SSL encryption
- No DMCA takedowns
This is much cheaper than Tweaknews with a slightly reduced package (less connections, less retention and no VPN).
There are several payment options available, even Bitcoin.
Connectivity and Configuration
- Address: reader.xsnews.nl
- Ports: 119, 80, 443 (SSL) or 563 (SSL)
- Connections: 30
- Retention: 2000+ days
You can use these settings to download with a newsreader of your choice like SABnzbd.
We only used 7 connections to max out the 300 Mbps cable connection in The Hague, Netherlands. All files from different binary groups downloaded at a stable maximum speed without “missing articles” or delays.
The XS News servers are located in the Netherlands, and unless you have a high-speed connection (800+ Mbps), you will still max out your internet connection. This speed is similar to the UseNeXT speed we measured.
To avoid disappointment and wasting money, test it yourself during a two-week free trial.
The retention of more than five and a half years is sufficient for most downloaders. If you prefer downloading with much higher retention, check out EasyNews, Newshosting, and UsenetServer. In addition, we negotiated a UsenetServer special offer discount.
We also reached the promised completion with each download and had a very consistent experience, similar to our Newshosting vs UsenetServer comparison.
You can call Tech Support by phone. They list the phone number on their website which is available from Monday till Friday between 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM (CET/Amsterdam). Support is closed on national holidays.
You can also write Tech Support from My XS News, from the XS News website, or by email. They have an FAQ section on their help page for regular questions. If you want the best 24/7 customer support, check out our EasyNews search review.
How many connections for XSNews?
With XSNews, you can use up to 30 connections with the Elite subscription. Other plans have fewer connections. The Pro subscription provides 20 connections and the Basic subscription 8.
How to set up SABnzbd with XS News?
To set up SABnzbd with XS News, fill out the configuration details we listed in this review at Connectivity and Configuration.
What is an alternative to XS News?
EasyNews is a good alternative to XS News. You can access files directly from your browser without installing anything. EasyNews allows you to search, preview and download articles from newsgroups extremely fast with much higher retention and less money.
- Mega quick downloads
- over 200,000 newsgroups
- Relatively short retention of 2000 days
Download fast and unlimited with a 14-day free trial today