Saw the new TBP review today and, being that I haven't seen this site in a few years after having a previous member, thought I'd take a quick gander at the preview pages. Uggghhh! The pic updates page showed nothing but content that's been circulating in the web ether for years. In fact I didn't see anything of interest that hasn't been on my hard drive for a long time. The videos looked a little fresher but that may just be because it was mostly solo and lez content which I don't pay as much attention to. Seems like Viv peaked and is riding out the game at this point. No subscription coming up from me.
I was a member of Viv Thomas Video some years ago (there's an archived review down there, if you want to read it), and I was considering re-joining, as a part of this "nostalgic spree" that has gotten into me lately. But when I saw the price, I decided to stay out of it. 29.95€ is just too much for a single site, even for one of the best directors of lesbian porn in the world (IMHO). Pictures just don't do it for me any more, and as for the videos, if I am patient enough, I know that I will find them as movie releases on Hotmovies.com. It's true that I won't be able to download them, but I will be able to access them whenever I want, and for much, much less...
Also, I find that Viv Thomas is getting more and more into hardcore b/g porn, an area in which he is not as original, or doesn't stand out as much, as in lesbian porn. Probably, in the long run, this is a good strategy for him, because he attracts different kinds of viewers, but for there is also the risk of losing what made him special: his sensual, erotic and passionate g/g scenes (with a touch of foot fetishism added once in a while).
In short: if the 29.95€ price is maintained, I doubt that I will ever join this site again, even if I love Viv's work.
While Viv's pictures are still some of my favorites, he has switched his pricing over to Euros on his video site, which adds about $10 to the already fairly high price of $29.95. His top quality option on newer videos is still only 2000 bitrate, 640 high end resolution. I'm not for sure what Viv was thinking when he decided to charge even more for barely average quality videos. He also has taken away to ability to download his videos on Teen Dreams, which they were a lower quality at 750 bitrate, but now all he is allowing is streaming from Teen Dreams, and even worse, the streams don't always work.
I will be lowering my score of his site again. Which makes the second score drop in the last 6 months. I just didn't expect someone who has been in the porn business as long as Viv has to decide to start charging more without at least improving the quality.
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