I just downloaded my first piece of media via newsgroups!
All I can say is, that was fast, although no faster than my torrent speeds when from a good tracker. I peaked at about 590kb/s, but I probably averaged more like 480-500. I get constant speeds of 590kb/s with uTorrent and again, a good tracker.
I guess that's when a torrent is heavily seeded and new and not a few weeks old. Newsgroups, I'll get that speed all the time I assume?
It's nice not having to seed though.
After several overly complicated tutorials and failed attempts to figure out newsgroups, RealitY got me going in about 5 minutes.
First download - Best of Eric Clapton, 2CD set.
For a backup, of course.