Wonder if the BPI know about this then
Found this on Digital Spy forums. Gotta laugh, entcha. ISTR Highwinds are something to do with Easynews.
Posted in the VM newsgroups:
We've been working on unifying the newsgroup solutions used by our
Internet customers, and are now in the position to announce a beta
trial of the new newsgroup service.
If you want to point your news client at:
You can now try out the beta newsgroup server. If you need any help
with how to configure your news client, have a look on our website:
Once the beta trial has finished (we'll let you know when), we'll be
proceeding with turning off the old news server feeds (excluding
news-text, more on this below) and diverting people to use the new
server, followed by the decommissioning of the old servers at a later
The unified newsgroup solution is an outsourced platform provided for
us by Highwinds as a result of our agreeing a unified contract renewal
with Highwinds - who we have worked with for a number of years.
The approach we have taken with newsgroup unification is to take the
"best of both" of the previous legacy services, in order to offer
customers access to the maximum number of newsgroups (excluding those
that we can't carry for legal or regulatory reasons), with good levels
of completion and for minimum retention of articles (at least 7 days
for binary articles, 90 days for text articles & 120 days for the
Please do feel free to use the beta service now, and let us know (in
virginmedia.support.usenet) of any issues you experience, or of any
feedback (in virginmedia.feedback).
Senior Product Manager
Product Management, Virgin Media