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VideoBox is up for review today, and you have to be living under a rock if you haven't heard of this site yet (does anyone really live under rocks these days?). We've reviewed the site several times over the past few years, and they have always come out in our top sites ever since our first visit; in fact, they are currently tied for our number one spot. That puts a lot of pressure on them, of course, but they don't mind. These guys are dedicated to their site, and they are dedicated to making sure it stays at the top. It's a DVD mega-site, and they're constantly evolving with new features and new studios to showcase. They recently did a soft-launch of a version 3.0 of their member's area, and that's mostly what I'll be checking out today. Changing things up is always a risk, but so it staying stagnant. Just $15 a month gets you in the door, and access to over 10,000 DVDs here. Wow.
Huge collection of content.
Since they're a DVD mega-site, you can definitely expect big numbers here, and VideoBox does not disappoint. There are over 10,000 DVDs online now, with more coming in daily to keep those numbers rising. That puts the number of actual scenes at almost 60,000. If you watched 20 different scenes every day, it would take you over eight years to see them all, not accounting for any growth from the updates that would come in the meantime.
Multiple daily updates.
This past week has brought in 47 new DVDs, with an average of almost seven new movies per day. If you extrapolate an average of 5-6 scenes per DVD, you end up at over 250 new scenes per week. I don't even know what to do with all that porn!
Very complex and customizable interface.
Their new setup is very slick. You can choose what you want displayed, and what you want to disappear, right down to the scene info, the mid-sized flash player, etc., and all this is just on the main browsing page. The player page offers up menus you can show or hide that include all the scene/movie info you could ask for.
As for searching through content, just start clicking. They have a large list of categories to start with, and then individual scenes are tagged with even more categories at time. Mix, match, pick, and choose your way to your perfect filter. Maybe you're in the mood for a Latina giving a handjob outside. Boom, right there on the page you're already on, it auto-magically filters down to those eight scenes in their collection. If you want to get even more specific, head to the user-created clips area, where users tag content with things like "girl does the work," "tramp stamp," or "hanging tits" that a normal search just wouldn't be able to accomplish.
Good download options, can even create custom clips.
The standard video downloads come in three WMV quality options, and two MP4 options (one is for the iPhone or similar devices). The HD videos also add a third MP4 option.
From there, you can also create custom clips. You can do this two ways: in their streaming player, where you drag a slider to show where you want it to start and stop, or in their "I hate flash, please don't bash, just make a mish-mash" non-flash clip creator (I forgot the actual name, but it's close to that). Here, they provide a bunch of thumbnails from a scene, and you drag the start and stop points. You can download these clips, or save them to your stash to view for later online.
Other Good Stuff:
$15 a month gets you a ton of content and features here. You may find a couple random sites a bit cheaper, but not many, and they definitely will not be as robust.
They still have v2 of their site online (and as the default, actually) for the time being. This will be nice for those of you reluctant to change since it is very familiar still.
Included with your membership is their mobile version of the site, which will let you browse and watch all their content right on your phone.
They are now offering some HD videos from those studios that have them. They look pretty good, but only come in one option for now. Still, it's nice to see the addition.
For a DVD site, their quality is pretty decent, even on their SD material. They get the quality as high as possible with the content they're dealing with.
Their streaming player was a pioneer back in the day for what you could do with flash. It may not be as ground-breaking today, but it's still a solid player. There are two quality options, plus filmstrip navigation, and everything just works fast.
You can create your own personal stash or porn here. Add in anything you want, from pornstars, to scenes, to DVDs, to your custom clips that you created. You can categorize them by folder if you want even, and then your perfect collection is always waiting for you here.
They have a pretty nice recommendation engine that will help you find similar scenes that they think you might like.
Semi-steep learning curve.
With options and features can come confusion. There are a lot of little buttons crammed into the new user interface; there are so many, in fact, that they decided to make tutorial videos on how to use them all exactly. The videos definitely helped, and they're all useful, but the initial shock may be a bit much for some people. You'll have to immerse yourself here for a bit to become more familiar with everything.
Mostly non-exclusive content.
As with most DVD sites, the content here is mostly non-exclusive. They have their premium channels (see below), but they'll cost you extra, and still aren't even 100% exclusive. A lot of this content can be found elsewhere, so you're generally left finding a site and price that really work for you.
Not all of their search categories are available at first glance. They have the big main list up top, but you'll see that some individual videos have even more options. For example, they have a DP option right off the bat, but most of those videos are also tagged with the MMF threesome tag. How can you just search/find this MMF threesome tag from the get go exactly? I don't see a way.
With the new HD videos online, I was surprised to not see any way to browse or search for them specifically. I'd look for a tag or area just for these videos.
Their new interface is still a little buggy. Videos sometimes did not start playing properly, and sometimes the page would get into hyper-scroll mode and not let me see the bottom of the page. These little kinks will probably be worked out in time, but it's the price to pay for now for seeing something so new.
They offer four premium channels in addition to their main DVD content. These are scenes from Vivid, Kink, Reality Kings, and Evil Angel. It provides some more original content, but it comes at an extra cost to you unfortunately. At least there's the option!
Tons of content, features, and technology all at a great price.
VideoBox is a geek's porn dreamland, with a ton of content, updates, and technology all at your fingertips for a great price. About the only thing that would hold anybody away would be the non-exclusive DVD content they provide. Even then, they're always working on adding more premium content to the mix if it's something you want (and will pay extra for).
Their new system is the next logical step in their franchise, though it may not be for everyone. It's surprisingly customizable, which can make it complicated. It feels very modern, as everything is done in-line right on the page you're on, but old-school fans of opening new browser windows at just the right time may never feel at ease. Still, like I said, if you're a true geek, you should love all the options they provide.
All the basics remain the same with a huge collection and tons of updates. The $15 price tag is definitely spot on as it gets you in cheaper than most other porn sites you'll come across. I'm still a huge fan, and I will continue to use VideoBox as my benchmark against which all other competitors are judged in the genre.
About the Content:
Downloadable non-exclusive hardcore DVD's in popular & specialty niche categories.
Yes, should work.
Channel Max: 16
Able to pause/resume.
Test Software: IDM
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