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Vivid has been in the adult biz for a long time and it's easy to see why. Inside you'll find thousands of DVDs, original series and porn parodies that are sure to keep you satisfied for a long time.

Primary Niche: DVD Porn
Secondary Niches: Porn StarsFlash Porn Deals

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Vivid Review by Spencer Vivid

Review by Spencer

Released Jun 9, '10 , Written Jun 2, '10
Intro is up for review today, and yes, this is the official website from Vivid. They provide a lot of great content you've probably seen in the past, but sometimes that doesn't translate so well onto an official site like this. Here, they house their entire collection of over 500 DVDs, and a shitload of pictures to go with that. No network access is needed as they have everything they've made right here on the site. Normal price is $34-ish a month, but thanks to a special discount they've setup for you, you can get in for just $20 a month, which is a nice bargain.

The Pros

  Pretty large collection.

The size of the site here is understandable with how many DVDs they produce. I have to assume this is a solid majority of their collection, as they offer over 500 DVDs on the site currently. There are also over 400,000 photos along with those DVDs, which rounds out the content count nicely.

  Exclusive/unique scenes.

Everyone has seen a Vivid movie or 10 at this point. They sign very hot girls to exclusive contracts, and also get their hands on a few celeb sex tapes as well. It's at least all-original, as they shoot all their own content, and the only way you've probably seen it before is if you were out looking for it specifically.

  Many videos offered in HD.

It's hard to get a good count overall, but a majority of the more recent videos are all offered in high definition. They're streaming, so they're not quite as good as you're used to with downloads due to limits on streaming videos, but they look pretty nice overall.

Other Good Stuff:

  • The discount is pretty significant here, saving you over 33% off the normal price. $20 for all this content is a pretty good deal.

The Cons

  Videos are streaming-only.

Boo! I get that their content is special and they need to protect it, but most people go to DVD sites assuming that downloads will be offered. That's not the case here at all, as nothing is available for download unfortunately.

  Streaming player isn't that great.

If you're going to offer only streaming videos, make your streaming player freaking awesome. That didn't quite happen here. The videos can look decent, and they usually buffer pretty quick, but they need more features. These movies are over two hours long, and there are markings or clues as to where you are in the videos (thankfully you can watch one scene at a time if you wish). I'd love some filmstrip navigation, maybe another streaming player type (WMV? Silverlight?), etc.

  Navigation needs work.

Most DVD sites have a pretty solid category and search setup to help you narrow things down. Here, they offer a list of models, a list of new DVDs, and a simple search box, but that's it. When you use the search box or find a video, you'll see that they're tagged, but why not put all the tags into a master advanced search setup?

Minor Negatives:

  • Just as you can't download the videos, you can't download the photos here either without some fancy trickery.
  • The updates and content are not dated here at all that I can see. We estimate that they put up several DVDs each month, but a date or two would really help.
  • The photos are quite small here all considered. I can't download them, so I can't get a sure size, but they look to be in the 800x600 range for the newest stuff. The older ones are smaller yet.
  • Once you get to the older content (or newer scenes without HD for whatever reason), the quality takes a huge nosedive unfortunately. I'd venture to say that the HD videos are the only ones worth checking out.
  • There are quite a few little banners, icons, and ads around that definitely detract from the overall feel of the site.

The other
  • Some of their celeb videos are not included with a basic membership, but are available for an extra fee.

Bottom Line

Some very fun scenes, but they just don't compare to other "normal" paysites we see.

Even with so much to see and so much clout behind them, I think they're just a little too cautious here at currently. They've made some big strides adding HD video at least, but the rest of the site needs some work. The positives are the large collection, all-original material, and HD content. Unfortunately, the negatives list is longer: you can't download videos or photos, the streaming player is pretty average, they don't tell you when they update, the quality on older videos is not good, the navigation has no real options or features, and the photos are quite small. I guess if you love Vivid content, this is the best place to go, but I wish they'd really step up and offer an amazing site for all of us to enjoy. As good as the site is in terms of numbers and specs, they could do so much better with what they have.

Site Details

About the Content: 
Exclusive hardcore DVD's in popular & specialty niche categories.

Download Managers: 
No downloads available.

Download Speed: 
No downloads available.

Exclusive Info: 
Advertised: 100% exclusive.
My Opinion: Yes, it looks like they shoot all their own content here. You may have purchased some of these DVDs obviously.

File Sizes (HQ): 
All files are protected, not download-able.

HD Video: 
Yes, some videos.
File Type: Flash
Bit-Rate: Unknown
Dimensions: 1280x720
Quality: Pretty good for streaming, but not perfect of course.

Live Cams: 
No free live cam shows.

Logging In: 
Basic browser login box.
Videos don't require pw.

Model Appearance: 
Large mix of models.
Generally semi-pro to pro.
Body types from thin to average.

Other Content: 
Sells content DVDs.
3rd party feeds.

Other Details: 
Little to no condoms.
Soft music in some videos.
A few banner ads.

Pic Details: 
Semi-pro to pro photography.
Some airbrushing possible.
Good lighting, bright colors.

Pic Dimensions (HQ): 
Images are not downloadable; can't get specs.

Streaming Player: 
Medium/large player.
Can jump ahead immediately.
2-4 second buffer.
Smooth playback.
Excellent quality.
2-3 quality levels - some in HD!

Updates in Last 7 Days: 
No update log or dated content.

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