Before you get mixed up you should know that Usenet provider and Usenet Server both mean the same.
Usenet providers are servers which contain posts (movies, games etc.) of the newsgroups. These posts are indexed by the server (usenet provider). Connecting to a usenet provider must be configured via the hostname (for example news.newshosting.com) and their ports (Ports: 119, 23, 25, 80, 3128 SSL ports: 443, 563). Because these usenet providers have a lot of maintance, bandwidth and hardware costs, they charge you a small amount per month. Once you pay for a subscription you will receive a username and password which must be used to log into the usenet provider. So if you have received the inlog data, hostname and ports you are able to download. To start downloading with Usenet you will also need a Usenet Newsreader. A Usenet Newsreader is not a reader of a paper, but software to download movies, games, music etc. with.
Usenet Provider Access
Besides the inlog data, hostname and ports. Usenet providers also offer concurrent connections. These are the connections to the provider of the Usenet provider from your PC. The more connections you have the faster your download speed will be. Our registered members with experience rated usenet providers for you, so you can learn from their experiences.
And you will find out about retention. Retention is the time the usenet provider will held a post on the server. For example linux.rar is posted 300 by user X. Usenet providers indexed that file, but Usenet Provider A is only offering 200 days retention while Usenet Provider B offer 400 days of retention. The file will be available for download on Usenet Provider B, but not on Usenet Provider A.