Usenet Tutorial 2023: How to Get Started with Usenet (+ Usenet vs Kodi vs Torrents)

This guide walks you through my Usenet Tutorial 2023: How to Get Started with Usenet.  We show you how to download movies from Usenet, where to sign up for Usenet, and how to “use” Usenet (lol).  So get ready!

Usenet Tutorial 2023: Start Downloading Media in 3 Easy Steps

What is Usenet?

View PostUsenet is a file-transfer technology that provides similar functionality to TORRENTS (See: How to Download Torrented Files).  If you’re not familiar with torrenting, torrenting is a peer-to-peer file-sharing technology.

Usenet vs Kodi

It is possible to stream movies using a Usenet addon for Kodi.  But Usenet is primarily used for download movies and adding them to your own home media server (which can be bought for as little as $50).  So, Kodi is intended for streaming media – whereas Usenet is intended for downloading media to watch later (and keep forever!).  I recommend using Kodi for streaming – and make use of Usenet & torrents for downloading!

Usenet vs Torrent

The “torrentingfile-sharing technology allows users to share files with eachother for the purpose of making a variety of media easily downloadable.  Usenet has some similarities with torrents, but they’re not exactly the same thing.  “Torrenting” is also referred to as BitTorrent.

Main differences between torrents and Usenet:

  • Torrents are hosted by individuals, so some torrents are completely unavailable because nobody is sharing them!
  • Usenet downloads maintain a consistent download speed, since they’re all coming from a centralized server.  This is in contrast to torrents, which come from various people with various Internet speeds, resulting in variable-speed downloads (sometimes very slow!)
  • In contrast with torrenting, Usenet does not require that you upload or share any files.  This is an added security benefit, since Internet Service Providers tend to target uploaders of digital content as opposed to downloaders.  This does not mean downloading content is safe – it just means they look more closely at those who upload content.
  • When you use Usenetserver, your downloads are encrypted automatically.  So third parties and ISP snoopers can’t see what you’re downloading.

What Do I Need to Get Started with this Usenet tutorial?

To download files from Usenet, you need three things to complete this Usenet tutorial:

  1. First, sign up for a Usenet account for less than $8/mo.
  2. Second, you need a Usenet indexer (free or cheap – see list below).  Usenet indexers let you find and search through .NZB files so you can use the .NZB files to download media!
  3. Last, you need a downloader program (free, list below).  This is similar to how you need a torrenting program for downloading torrented files.  Learn: A Usenet download app is called a newsgrabber (or “news grabber”).

Is Usenet Free?

Almost.  Usenet requires that you sign up for a Usenetserver account for about $8/mo.  This is less than the cost of a N*****x membership, so it’s well worth it to me.  And when I consider the fact that I will use my Usenet subscription to build a massive media library, the value is enormous.

Why Is It Worth It?

With a $8/mo Usenet subscription, I can download around 500 movies in the next month.

Movies for a Penny

So, that comes out to $.01 per movie.  Pretty good (for that hypothetical situation), right?

How to Get Started with Usenet Tutorial (Basic Steps)

Step 1: Sign Up for Usenetserver

Step 2: Connect your PC to Usenetserver

Step 3: Install a Usenet downloader, find your first .nzb file (which is the Usenet version of a .torrent file), and download away!

Getting Started with Usenet (Detailed SIMPLE Instructions)

Step 1:  Sign up for Usenetserver

The first thing you need to do to get started with Usenet is to sign up for Usenet service.  Make sure to use my coupon link to get a substantial discount.  The final cost comes out to around $8/mo.  As you sign up for Usenet service, make sure to write down your username and password!

How to Sign Up for UsenetServer:

  1. Go to in your browser and click Sign Up.  Or go to this URL: in your browser
  2. Click “Start Now” under “12 Month Plan” to make sure you get the best deal (47% savings vs. the Month-to-Month plan).
  3. Enter your email address, choose a password, make your payment, and click Place Your Order.
Usenet Tutorial 2017: Start Downloading Movies now!
Usenet Tutorial 2017: Step 1 – Getting Usenet access

Step 2:  Connect your PC to Usenetserver

To download movies from Usenet, you need to connect to the Usenet server.  This is easy to do: simply follow the instructions on the Usenetserver website.  Or follow these steps:

  1. Install the OpenVPN program (free).  If the installer asks about “TAP” drivers, make sure to Allow it.
  2. Go to in your browser.  If you’re not already logged in, then log in.  You will then see your “UsenetServer Control Panel” screen.
Control Panel for Usenet Tutorial 2017
Click on the “UsenetServer VPN” link (has the small red circle next to it in this screenshot)
  • Download the OpenVPN zip file from Usenetserver.  The OpenVPN zip file is the part of the Usenet tutorial 2017 process that allows you to extract and then install the OpenVPN program so you can connect directly to Usenet servers!
  • Click on “OpenVPN Configs” to download the VPN configuration files for the next step
  • Find and open the zip file you just downloaded.  Usually it downloads to your “Downloads” folder.  Here’s what the file looks like:
  • Extract the contents of the OpenVPN zip file to this folder:  C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config.  Note: The OpenVPN software can only display 50 VPN servers – so you may want to use your File Manager to browse to C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config and remove some .ovpn files until there are less than 50 .ovpn files in the “config” folder.
  • Extract All the VPN files from the VPN zip into the C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config folder
  • Run the OpenVPN program as Administrator (do this by right-clicking the OpenVPN shortcut – then click Run As Administrator)
  • OpenVPN for Windows Usenet Tutorial 2016 & 2017
    OpenVPN run as administrator
  • Then right-click the OpenVPN icon in the system tray (next to your PC’s clock)
  • Then select a Usenet server near you (by hovering over the server name with the mouse).  Then click Connect in the mini-menu that pops out (I’m in Phoenix, so I chose a “phx” server).
  • Now enter the username followed by “@usenetserver” (without the quotes).  This is important! Then enter your password you chose when you signed up for Usenetserver.  Click OK to make the connection.
  • After the connection is made, proceed to Step 1 of How to Get Started with Usenetserver (below)
  • To check your connection status, right-click the OpenVPN icon in the system tray (by the clock).  Then look to see if the server you chose has a check-mark next to it.  If so, you’re connected!
  • If you have trouble, contact Usenetserver support.  They’re helpful!

    Step 3:  Install a Usenet downloader, find a .nzb file, and download away!

    1. Install a free newsgrabber program
    2. Go to a free Usenet indexer site and search for a movie (example: “Big Buck Bunny”)
    How to search for movies on Usenet
  • Download the .nzb file
  • Download NZB file for free
  • Open the NZB file with your Usenet downloader program
  • Wait for the download to complete and watch your movie!
  • To launch your movie, try double-clicking on the download entry in your NZB downloader program.  If the movie was downloaded in a movie file format (.mp4, .avi, for example) then the movie should start playing in your screen!  Sometimes, however, the movie is downloaded in zip files.  In this case, open the zip file and extract the movie inside – then watch the movie.  Enjoy!
  • Optional Step 4:  Automate Usenet Downloads

    The coolest thing about Usenet is that you can automate your downloads!  After you’ve gone this far, it’s not much more effort to install CouchPotato.  CouchPotato automates your downloads.  Scroll down to read more Usenet tutorial 2017 updates on how to automate Usenet downloads with Couch Potato server.

    Usenet Downloaders (Newsgrabbers)

    There are several Usenet download programs (known as “news grabbers”) available for all three major operating systems (Windows, Mac, and Linux).

    • The Best Usenet downloader for Windows is Forte Agent (arguably – there are many, many programs out there).  Although, Forte Agent gives you a 30-day free trial (so it’s not totally free).  Keep reading.
      • For a totally free Windows news grabber, see NZBget, which works on Windows, Mac, and Linux!)
    NZBget for Windows, Mac and Linux Usenet Reader freeware (click to download)
  • For Mac, the best news grabber is SnelNL (totally free!).  There’s also SnelNL for Windows!  By the way, it’s “SNELNL” if it were all uppercase (I wasn’t sure if it was “SNEINL” or “SNE1NL”, but now I know it’s “snelnl” with two L’s.
  • SnelNL for Usenet on Windows and Mac
    SnelNL for Mac and Windows newsgrabbing (click to go to official download page)
  • And for Linux, I recommend SABnzbd+ (download from Sourceforge, totally free!).  This is also the version of SABnzbdplus for Raspberry Pi and literally any other Linux-based devices.  The official SABnzbd+ website is pretty nice.  Check it out.
  • Free Usenet Indexer Sites

    • (The Internet’s “standard” free NZB search engine)
    Binsearch usenet indexer
    Binsearch main search screen
    Binsearch for Usenet downloading
    Binsearch Usenet Search Results
  • (My current vote for “Best Usenet indexer site 2017″)
  • (Another awesome FREE Usenet Indexer!  This one is based out out the Netherlands [hence the .nl abbreviation])
  • Automating Usenet with CouchPotato (For Advanced Users)

    For more advanced users, it’s possible to completely automate your movie downloading system.  How?  Use a free program called Couch Potato.

    Couch Potato is an easy way to automatically find and download movies using Usenet.

    Basically, after Couch Potato is all set up, you can look through IMDB and click “Download” using the CouchPotato browser add-on.  Then CouchPotato finds the movie on Usenet and downloads it for you automatically!  This is insanely cool, especially if you combine it with a Plex server.  When you combine a CouchPotato Usenet downloader box with a Plex server, your movies download directly into your Plex movie library!  Therefore, the entire process of finding a movie, downloading it, and putting it on your media server becomes just a single click for every movie!

    What Can I Download with Usenet?

    Much like the Internet itself, the content available on Usenet is determined by the people who use it and support it the most.  Therefore, we can’t guarantee that all the content on Usenet is legal to download.  Although we can guarantee that there will always be tons of free, legal, public domain content for you to download from Usenet.

    Wrap Up

    If you found my Usenet tutorial 2023 version helpful, then leave a comment on the KFireTV YouTube Channel!

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    I run this website! My purpose here is to help people stream great content to their devices. With over 10 years of IT experience, I strive to educate the people who visit this site with the best, most up-to-date information available. If an article on this site helped you, then help me back by leaving a comment on my YouTube channel. Or subscribe to our mailing list for streaming add-on updates and a 60% off VPN coupon code.

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