With the leader in the NZB world gone - what will replace Newzbin? A list of Newzbin alternatives.

// 20th May '10 With the leader in the NZB world gone - what will replace Newzbin? A list of Newzbin alternatives.

With the death of Newzbin, our search traffic for people looking for NZB sites has literally gone through the roof; clearly we aren't the only ones feeling completely lost without it.

This article is designed to showcase the ones that best replace Newzbin's features and as very few of the replacements offer both raw header search and editor-based posts like Newzbin did, we've split the sites up to show this. If you would like a deeper look into what's currently available, we have two posts from our archive that'll help you get more out of the NZB scene:

For this article we will assume you are willing to pay, just like Newzbin. Pay sites usually offer far better retention and features but that's not always the case - there are a few diamonds in the rough.

Beware quite a few of these sites are struggling at the moment to cope with the new influx of users due to the death of Newzbin (both community issues and server load!).

Looking for Posts?

Replacements for Newzbin's Editor system.

  • NZBMatrix - User sourced NZBs so kind of like Newzbin's old Editor system but without the raw header interaction or decent categorisation. Paying gets you more retention and Newzbin-esque features such as the watchdog, saved searches, extra filters and partial NZBs.

  • Merlins' Portal - Boasts over 200k+ NZBs and 750 days retention. Has some attribute categorisation. (NB: The birthday field on reg is compulsory). Free and good for popular releases.

*NZBsRUS - Offers a VIP upgrade for $9.99 where you get unlimited NZB downloads, no ads and 400 days retention. Releases keep their scene names.

Missing Raw?

Alternatives to Newzbin's Raw Header Search

  • Newzleech.com - Nice easy-to-use, clean interface - uses an algorithm to automatically group alike headers into posts.
  • NZBIndex.nl
  • Binsearch.info - 600+ retention and access via SSL.
  • NZBClub - 600+ days plus real-time header indexing with support for ignoring passworded posts. Thanks to scott in the comments.

For more, visit our two old articles posted above.

New to NZBs?

You'll need a provider first these days..try out a free trial with one of these:

Then get yourself a Usenet account and jump on in...

  • Giganews - Top of the range, you're paying a premium ($30/mon for an encrypted SSL line) but well worth it. 14 days free trial.
  • Newshosting - Our first choice when it comes to value, quality connection. $15/mon for unlimited bandwidth and free encryption? Bargain. 14 days free trial.
  • Binverse - Comes with a free client to get you going with ease. 14 days free trial.

Got better Newzbin replacements or know an alternative we've missed out? Use the comments and we'll credit you with whatever we use. Here's hoping we get some actual Newzbin clones from the source code leak..

djm posted by djm
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  1. use net
    Posted May 20th, 2010 at 21:05 p.m.

    I find NZBIndex.nl (or NZBIndex.com if you rather like) is the best raw search. You can access via SSL if you want and it does a really good job of grouping releases. Also if there's a group that isn't being indexed you can ask for it in the forums, and the indexing starts :)

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  2. scott
    Posted May 20th, 2010 at 22:05 p.m.

    I like http://www.nzbclub.com/ especially the way it indicates that a RAR group has a password associated with it. Saves me from a pointless download.

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  3. Posted May 20th, 2010 at 22:05 p.m.

    Cheers scott - we've spoken about NZBClub before but for some reason I forgot to add them to the list - definitely worthy of being on it.

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  4. axeon
    Posted May 22nd, 2010 at 02:05 a.m.

    please add astraweb! i guess they don't have a trial, but their block download plans are great.

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  5. feawen
    Posted May 22nd, 2010 at 16:05 p.m.

    been an astraweb subscriber for 5 years now with no complaints. Great service and very competitive prices for their "unlimited DSL" offerings.

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  6. Thump
    Posted May 23rd, 2010 at 00:05 a.m.

    Yeah, thirding Astraweb. When I was a babby Usenet user I used Giganews and whereas I would still recommend them to people I have to say that I've had less problems with Astraweb and would definitely rate them higher than GN.

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  7. Scott
    Posted May 23rd, 2010 at 00:05 a.m.

    I used Giganews for 5 years, upping myself to the $30 a month ssl connection. Then after reading a review, found Supernews, who are a giganews reseller. shorter retention, ( 240 days, whop cares) but only US $9.99 a month for the same stuff. Winner.

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  8. scott
    Posted May 23rd, 2010 at 00:05 a.m.

    Oh, should mention thats US 9.99 a month for unlimited everything. I joined from their website, which is $11.99 but a friend found a link via their facebook page which offered it at 9.99.

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  9. Posted May 9th, 2011 at 20:05 p.m.

    Calamity is man's true touchstone.

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  10. Posted May 9th, 2011 at 20:05 p.m.

    To have a finger in the pie.

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