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XXX FAR BETTER THAN TORRENTS XXX

50 connections - unlimited speed.

(Price above is at Sunday 21st June exchange rate quoted from XE.com)

I've been using Astraweb and usenet for the past few months and I am pleased that I took the time to look into it. Its not free but compared to torrents, the down speed is lightning and most importantly consistent. Typical down speed on my 10 meg connection is 1200kbps. Thats using SSL encryption on the euro server too.

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This deal is pay $25 USD for 180Gb allowance to use up whenever you want, across a few weeks, several months etc. This is not the same as the usual pay monthly deals for newsgroups that usually get posted. As such, this deal is more suited for those of us that don't download enough per month to warrant a continual monthly subscription (^_^)

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#1
Thats a good deal. Ive been using Astraweb for over 3 years now! Prices have got better all the time, i used to pay $25 for 65GB in 2006, then went to 90, 110 and latest was 120GB for same price hehe
#2
good value, especially as i download about 20-30gb a month paying for there subcription!
#3
I was very surprised when I saw it. I can't imagine that i'll use more than this in a year. And if I do, I'm not that bothered about another £15. An Xvid download in 10-15 minutes more than warrants the price for me.

Out of interest, are there any other users out there on Linux? I'm using Ubuntu and I use merlins portal and the lottanzb client. I wonder if there are any linux clients.
#4
Whilst i agree this is a good deal, do you have to hate on torrents to make your point? I use torrents and if you use 'proper' sites you would max out your connection with just about anything.

Another point to mention is that this wont bypass any traffic management in place with your ISP although if your ISP uses application throttling for torrents that could be avoided for now.

Anyway, heat added, because its a good price :)

BFM
#5
Why do I have to hate on torrents? Am I getting old or is that a really weird way to put something?, Well, its because I and many periodic users of torrents just don't get great results. With usenet, you never get just one or two seeders for a file who have throttled their up speed. Usenet is from a server that is not restricted for this package.

As regards traffic management. Thats one reason for SSL encryption isn't it? Not sure about that but a DivX vid in 10 minutes is more than quick enough for me..
#6
Great price. I paid the same for 120gb on astraweb a few months back. Good thing about this is it never expires so you can use it when you want.
#7
Looks like a good deal, but do you find much that isn't on torrent sites? I tend to find all I need searching on the usual suspects, and get good enough speeds. TBH I usually only download overnight anyway, so unless content is different I doubt I'd use it.
#8
newsgroups you don't have to bother with any of that 'ratio' nonsense
speed always maxed
community is left alone unlike p2p
releases are not virus riddled

been on astraweb for a few years pay about 7ppm, but can download 20gb+ on some days :)
#9
YEah I use newsdemon, and pay 7 quid a month for unlimited data, SSL encrypted connections.
banned#10
daveleebond
newsgroups you don't have to bother with any of that 'ratio' nonsense
speed always maxed
community is left alone unlike p2p
releases are not virus riddled

been on astraweb for a few years pay about 7ppm, but can download 20gb+ on some days :)


none of these apply if you use torrents properly
this is a hot deal BTW, but hating torrents doesnt make it any hotter
#11
Newsgroups are free from my ISP so cold for me :whistling:
#12
toonarmani
Newsgroups are free from my ISP so cold for me :whistling:


You mean VM?

Their retention is better than it used to be but it's still pants compared to any paid service and no SSL so you might as well just hand a list of stuff you've downloaded direct to VM and let them make judgment on what a naughty boy you have been.

I'm yet to see VM take action against Newsgroup users, they seem to like hitting torrent users but i can't see it being long before they work out what their free service is being used for.
#13
I use Astraweb after switching from usenetserver.com and have been very pleased with the service.

The retention is excellent, way longer than uns.
#14
daveleebond
newsgroups you don't have to bother with any of that 'ratio' nonsense
speed always maxed
community is left alone unlike p2p
releases are not virus riddled


Been using torrents for years, and haven't come across any problems like this. Who the hell uses a ratio site when all the same stuff is around on non-ratios? I get over 1100k/s regularily, have never been hassled by my ISP (VM) and haven't seen a virus in years. If you usetorrents properly, they are not a problem. And they're free.
#15
tek-monkey
Been using torrents for years, and haven't come across any problems like this. Who the hell uses a ratio site when all the same stuff is around on non-ratios? I get over 1100k/s regularily, have never been hassled by my ISP (VM) and haven't seen a virus in years. If you usetorrents properly, they are not a problem. And they're free.


Care to share your secret? I am always up for a freebie and if what you are describing is fact then I would gladly swap back.
#16
This is not a good deal, you can sign up with Astraweb with UNLIMITED data for only £6.66 if you know where to look.

Edit: in fact, already posted here.
#17
tek-monkey
Been using torrents for years, and haven't come across any problems like this. Who the hell uses a ratio site when all the same stuff is around on non-ratios? I get over 1100k/s regularily, have never been hassled by my ISP (VM) and haven't seen a virus in years. If you usetorrents properly, they are not a problem. And they're free.
You obviously aren't a member of any good ratio-based sites if that's what you think ;-) Oh, and you definitely woudln't be able to max out a 50mb connection 24/7 with free torrents!
#18
I may do this.

I only download 8gb a day though
#19
idbirch
This is not a good deal, you can sign up with Astraweb with UNLIMITED data for only £6.66 if you know where to look.

Edit: in fact, already posted here.


Yeah..I signed up with the $11 unlimited service a few months ago. I think the offer is still on. Been getting max speed on everything! (Virgin STM kicks in very quickly though lol), which I've NEVER done with torrents. I'd never go back!..
#20
idbirch;5550434
This is not a good deal, you can sign up with Astraweb with UNLIMITED data for only £6.66 if you know where to look.



This is PAYG though which suits a lot of people better than a subscription payment. All depends on how much/often you download stuff.

Hot from me; Astraweb are excellent from my experience.

:thumbsup:
#21
Its a funny thing this site. I don't generally watch my own posts but I saw the potential for this to become a usenet/torrent fanboy discussion. I am not calling the above poster a fanboy but the 'its not a good deal' comment is pretty subjective to me and I couldn't help but retort a bit.

I don't do that much downloading myself. I use usenet maybe once-twice a week to DL Xvids. Its all I need to do. So assuming that I don't do any more than that, I am paying £15 for 250 Xvids at say 750meg per DL, or 6 pence a DL. Over a year I will use less than half of my quota and as its rolling I am going to pay no more than my £15 in over 2 years. I've made my experimental first 25gig last over 3 months, in fact I think I've got about 10 gigs left. That cost me about £6 I think. So for a periodic user, this is a very good deal

I have not had any problems with usenet in setting it up, viruses, consistency of the service. Its all been really good. I still use torrents if I can't find something specific on the usenet, but if I am after some cartoons for the kids to watch when we have a movie night, I know with usenet I am going to get the download in the time it takes to make the popcorn and get them to stop Nerfing me. I've been torrenting for 3-4 years maybe longer and I never had the same consistency and I never saw the DL speed that I get from this service.

My aim in posting this (as well as letting the usenet users already out there that there was a new deal) was to hopefully make someone else who had the same torrent experiences as me investigate what else is on offer. It really is a good service once you're set up.
#22
Ooh while I think of it, if there are any lovely newzbin members who would be kind enough to invite me to the service (you have to be invited to become a member now) I would greatly appreciate it.
#23
philby27
Why do I have to hate on torrents? Am I getting old or is that a really weird way to put something?, Well, its because I and many periodic users of torrents just don't get great results. With usenet, you never get just one or two seeders for a file who have throttled their up speed. Usenet is from a server that is not restricted for this package.

As regards traffic management. Thats one reason for SSL encryption isn't it? Not sure about that but a DivX vid in 10 minutes is more than quick enough for me..


Don't be a funny git, its a perfectly fine way of putting it.

SSL will not stop traffic management such as the Virgin Media throttling limits, it can *possibly* avoid certain types of traffic shaping, as can certain versions of torrent clients.

With a 'proper' torrent site, which is free by the way, you get many seeders, none of whom limit their upload, hence the very good speeds i always get, +2MB/sec.

Now relax, i wasn't trashing the deal, i was just correcting a common misconception.

BFM
#24
BurningFeetMan
Don't be a funny git, its a perfectly fine way of putting it.

SSL will not stop traffic management such as the Virgin Media throttling limits, it can *possibly* avoid certain types of traffic shaping, as can certain versions of torrent clients.

With a 'proper' torrent site, which is free by the way, you get many seeders, none of whom limit their upload, hence the very good speeds i always get, +2MB/sec.

Now relax, i wasn't trashing the deal, i was just correcting a common misconception.

BFM


hello again. I wasn't being funny, that's just not a familiar way of speaking for me.. We are obviously different generations. You seem to know a bit more about this and I was only trying to get the truth out on the post.
If there is a better way of using torrents than I am used to then please share your secret. I haven't had anywhere near that sort of success with torrents and if there is an easy way of getting them up to that speed then I will gladly listen.
Relax? Its Sunday, of course I'm relaxed!! :D
#25
If you are lucky enough to be a member of a few private torrent trackers then yes you can happily survive on torrents alone as everyone is keen to keep their ratios up and means you get good download speeds. To a certain extent you can do well enough on public trackers but on public ones the torrents die alot quicker as there is no incentive to stick around and help others.

I only really download US tv programmes so can do well enough on a famous private tv torrent site, but I still have a quota paid for on astraweb as a backup which lasts me a good 2 years (on the older deal, so now probably 3 years) in case of emergencies.

You should never be a usenet or torrent exclusive as they both have stuff that the other wont have when it comes into your head you are after something. Although i have found over the years the torrent only people do it more because of tightness rather than any other reason.
#26
philby27
Ooh while I think of it, if there are any lovely newzbin members who would be kind enough to invite me to the service (you have to be invited to become a member now) I would greatly appreciate it.


You have a PM :thumbsup:
#27
I currently use Torrent as and when needed.

Can someone enlighten me to Astraweb and give me an idea how I would use it. Treat me as a newbie when explaining... Thanks in advance

This does interest me
#28
Dellboi
I currently use Torrent as and when needed.

Can someone enlighten me to Astraweb and give me an idea how I would use it. Treat me as a newbie when explaining... Thanks in advance

This does interest me


Astraweb provides subscription to a 'premium' usenet (or news) server. Essentially its very similar to torrents if used the right way. Have a look around the web for usenet guides and read up, its worth your effort in my opinion. The key to using the service is to understand that NZB files are just like torrent headers and the content (or binaries) rather than coming from other users (P2P) comes from a news server which people post articles to. The binaries are retained on the server for anything up to one year by the service provider. FYI there are a lot of service providers offering trials including giganews.
#29
Dellboi
I currently use Torrent as and when needed.

Can someone enlighten me to Astraweb and give me an idea how I would use it. Treat me as a newbie when explaining... Thanks in advance

This does interest me


Get Grabit
Sign up to Astraweb
Input Astraweb server details into Grabit
Sign up for an NZB site i.e. nzbmatrix / nzbsrus etc
Start DLing

And for my 5 cents torrents are abused by Ratio Cheats so when they have a 1.1 or 1.5 etc I highly doubt they are actually seeding rather just seeding info to the server every 15mins
#30
Added some info to the deal post to make it clearer. Hope it helps :thumbsup:
#31
idbirch
You obviously aren't a member of any good ratio-based sites if that's what you think ;-) Oh, and you definitely woudln't be able to max out a 50mb connection 24/7 with free torrents!


Of course you can, although I suppose it depends what you download. Not sure I've ever seen enough content I want lately, there are no films or albums out I particularily want. Hell, even just using TPB and sorting by seeds will give you decent speeds for most new TV shows!

It depends what you want, which is why I asked on my first post if this content was much different to what I can already get for free. All TV shows I want, all movies, they all appear very quickly on the free sites. The new series of weeds for example, I get the 720p version in about 20 mins or so the morning after its aired. I could probably get it sooner, I just always queue things up before work so don't tend to look.

I'm not quite sure what you get from this paid for service that I don't, if you told me there was exclusive content unavailable for free then great, but until you can give me an example I can't see a point. Are there films in DVD quality that I can only get screeners of? What is better? If the content is superior, I might pay, but it seems most content appears everywhere within hours. If its just the slightly better speed, I'm not fussed. My DLs happen when I'm AFK, so it wouldn't affect me.
#32
ms2005
And for my 5 cents torrents are abused by Ratio Cheats so when they have a 1.1 or 1.5 etc I highly doubt they are actually seeding rather just seeding info to the server every 15mins


I don't use ratio sites, and have my client set to 2.0 before removing the torrent. I like to play fair, and it seems to work?
#33
i've no idea about this astraweb but am i correct assuming that this is no different than rapidshare? thx for the head up
#34
Sorry, to hijack this thread a bit. I went for the other unlimited offer and I was wondering if any of you good folk have a spare newzbin referral you could send me? Many thanks! (Astraweb is excellent so far by the way!).

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