NZBCat offers all the basics that an NZB site should. It has an API, adds releases on a regular basis,and already has more than 1 million NZBs available. Is it worth considering?
In a world where NZB sites go up and come down all the time, it may well be, and it should be easy enough to use for anyone who has already used an NZB site before. In fact, there really won’t be any learning curve involved and, if you are new, it’s not hard.
NZBCat is a rather straightforward site, with an nZEDb based interface. There are some advantages in this. In fact, if you’re using this for a backup option along with a Newznab site, there definitely are some takeaways you might enjoy.
The nZEDb backend means that NZBCat might have some releases that you can’t find on your Newznab options. Because of that, even if you’re using it as a backup, you have good reason to check it for releases.That’s true whether or not your main indexer is up and running.
The API calls make this all easier, as you don’t even have to visit the site, and you can use your auto downloaders to scan for new releases you’re expecting to become available. If you’re a free member, you get 250 calls and grabs per day. If you’re a VIP, that goes up to a staggering 5,000; that’s quite a deal!
NZBCat has a VIP program. They recently ran a sale and dropped the cost to $15, so do keep an eye out if you’re not looking to buy a membership to a site at the moment. It might become so affordable in the future that you’ll want to do it anyway.
With the donations, the site also offers incentives from time to time. Their Black Friday offering included a drawing where you could win block USENET access and other prizes. The VIP membership is probably worth it for most avid USENET users at the standard price.
Give It a Try
The nZEDb option is great for people who only have Newznab sites and should make USENET even more useful. The VIP program is good and this site offers a lot of API calls and grabs every day to members, so this is worth checking out. If you’re in the market, this definitely looks to be a promising option and they’ve gotten good feedback around the Internet already.