The USENET newsgroups are great places to find videos of all sorts. If you’re tired of waiting for them to download, you may want to try a program called Binreader. The program was featured on LifeHacker.com and in other venues where its convenient capabilities have garnered a lot of interest among USENET users.
Binreader is free software, so you don’t have to worry about buying yet another tool to use the USENET. It isn’t a full-fledged newsreader but, according to the articles written about it and testing, it’s very easy to use. You load up Binreader with your account information for the USENET service that you use. After you do this, it’s only a matter of adding NZB files to the software.
The coolest feature of this software begins after you enter an NZB file. If the file happens to be a video, you can start streaming it after a couple of minutes of downloading, depending upon the speed of your connection, of course. You can stream the video directly to your computer –Binreader has its own media player – or you can even stream it right to a television that’s compatible with UPnP, according to the LifeHacker article on the software. If you want to kick back and start watching a video right away and don’t want to wait for it to download, this might be good software for you.
Binreader is a specialty piece of software, so you will still need to utilize your regular newsreader to access binaries on your USENET service. The software works with all of the major operating systems – including Windows, Linux and OS X – and also works with Syology and QNAP NAS devices.
Binreader supports both IPv6 and SSL encryption, so you don’t have to worry about downloading out in the open if your USENET service comes with this encryption. It can handle RAR and PAR2 files, making it versatile enough to enable you to access just about any binary imaginable.
Utilizing the software is always something of a challenge, but there is a support wiki available for this software, so you shouldn’t have any trouble learning about it. There is also a tutorial provided so that you can figure out how to utilize the software.
If you happen to be a developer, the source code for this software is not currently available. The supported Linux versions include Ubuntu and Kubuntu, but Debian Linux distributions are not officially supported, but generally do function with Binreader.
Check out our Review of Binreader