Starting Note: The authors of this faq DO
nor allow to be given, any bonus, fee, or "free use" of the services
listed below in exchange for their listing or the support of this faq.
Note Two: The big 4 below refers to the
NSP's with the largest operations, not an opinion of the best.
Clara.Net News -- From the uk, but I keep getting fewer hops on trace route than I was to Newsguy under their old host. Give their traceroute a try. Pricing is listed at about $60.00us per year Prices toward the low end of the large news servers (ripped the address - if it doesn't work try their "main door".
-- $9.98us per month for 6 gigs &
free trial. For those with idle
time, see how you can join Easy News and let your computer work for a
cure for Cancer As of Oct 1, 2004 Easy News will have "roll over"
gigs - you keep them until you use them. One of the
Forte (Agent) Premium News -- .Forte has agreements with Supernews for measured services and Usenetserver for unmeasured service
Giganews -- Giganews is the Newsfeed for all of the current Comcast customers. By their agreement with Comcast, all Comcast users are limited to 1 gig downloading a month. Web based. Free trial. One of the big 4.
- $14.95 month for 15 gigs used in a month. Speed still not
broadband for most.
NewsReader -- $9.95 month for 50 Gigs per month! That's 1.66 gigs a day. Their honest about the binary retention being around 2.4 days, but this price for a primary high speed feed sounds great unless your gone for a few days, and Curt seems to be working hard to keep people happy. 3 day money back.
-- From the
folks who brought you biggulp
and the RFN network.
Capped accounts allow unlimited access to usenet for as little as $4.95
a month, Block
accounts allow you to buy a "block of gigs" and the amount remains good
until you use it up in 1 or 12 months.
Good speed, prices for binaries starting at $10.95us for 10 gigs (used
in a month). Risk
Trial, as in, not free, but refundable. One of the big 4
TeraNews -- aka Bubbanews aka Onlynews aka Nntpserver - when they are up - seemingly less than 95% of the time.
Usenet Binaries -- for those that like Web based only feeds, this one may be worth a try. Paid users ($9.95 monthly) get full access, with no quota, there is a "free account" to allow you to try them out.
-- . A $14.95/month account with unlimited speed Up & Down and six
connections; a Dial-Up Unlimited - Unlimited Downloads, 2
Connections at the
same time for $5.95. One of the big 4
Please read the section in Downloading
Servers before signing up with any of the above. Also, you might
want to read comments posted about any of the NSP's in the FORUM. The value of a
Service is only as good as it's feed to your computer. If you don't
know how to
test this, read News
For a balanced head on comparison of them, check out the Geeks.org page for a great spread sheet approch. Don't trust ANY info from any source (including this one - we try, but we can't keep up with everything). Verify for yourself ALL aspects/features that are crucial to you.
Watch out for the ratings at NewsReaders.com, since it is owned by the same company as Newsguy.com. As well, the data from NewsAdim.com is also from Newsguy, and their usenet volume and "spam" info is highly doubtful - as they don't count their own spam output, nor do they cancel it.
Multimedia Knowledge Bases
News group rec.video.desktop
Newsgroup - search for "video" groups for your operating system
Acme Labs - a great "quick start" intro and how to
Apple Quicktime The developer of Quicktime
AVI Overview page Information database concerning everything there is to know about AVI architecture
Codec Central Terran Interactive's own information database about multimedia architectures, codecs, and more
Intel The developer of the Indeo version of the avi codec
Judy & Robert's Quicktime Page A Quicktime news and information website, and offers a good deal of news about Quicktime and AVI as it relates to Quicktime as well
Matrox Users Source of discussion on the Matrox capture cards and codec
Microsoft Microsoft Media Player and ASF
MUG Central Information and links for users of Ulead's Media Studio & Video Studio
VCD Helper One of the better sites to start your dvd ripping career.
Video Guys Retailer of Video Capture cards and the like. Best used for their comparison charts of capture cards.
& Add ons
Forté Agent and Free Agent
great add-ons and help for (Free) and Agent jlBradleys site
Agent Global Search
Agent Group Order
Dunce (keep alive)
Task Monitor for Agent
for an XNews Primer by PolarBear
Strong Large Binary Downloader
Binary News Reaper (FREE)
see our "how to use for details
Fantasic Tool for Testing Download speeds:
Netstat Live by AnalogX
Shareware - CNet
Anti Virus Software
AVP now Central Command
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