nzbx.co has been around for less than a month and they already have 1.6 million NZB files available to users. They’re backfilling at this very moment and they want to fill their indexes with about four years of files. Right now, they’re updating their indexes every 15 minutes and they’re working on a distributed index system that will make the updates even faster.
The Service and Goals
According to the developers, the goal of nzbx.co is to create a central search and discovery platform and to serve as a global community ecosystem for releases. They currently have just over 104,000 users on their system.
The API for nzbx.co is public and, according to the developers, it’s fairly well documented. The site does use Newznab to an extent for the indexing process. There is a JSON-based API for RSS feeds. The system runs on a globally distributed cluster that’s self-scaling and their hosting is anywhere and everywhere.
The developers say that they don’t make much on advertising, but you can help support them with a membership. The donation process involves supporting their partner, nuPlay. You can make a donation with your credit card or debit card or use direct debt in the UK. nzbx.co never sees your credit card information. The donation is given by their payment provider and your information is not shared. Donators get premium status.
Why Support Them?
nzbx.co has a content review system that could have big implications for the USENET. Users can rate releases—including rating them as spam—and that could mean very good things for those who want to know more about releases before they download them. Conversely, it could create problems with the USENET system becoming a victim of its own popularity.
The general public cannot comment on content, but they can read comments. Those who have a premium membership can make comments.
Overall, we give two thumbs up to nzbx.co and their partner projects, such as nuPlay, which we’ve also reviewed. The input users can give on content has huge implications for how usable and reliable the USENET could be. The developers ask that users start flagging spam when they see it and that they start commenting on releases so that there’s more to be gained for everyone from this system. Right now, it costs about $4,000 per month to run this service so, if you like it and want to help keep it around, you might want to consider a premium membership.