Well written review, Skippy. Being an on and off again member over the years I agree with everything you say. However, there are a few things to add to the "con" list, IMO.
First and foremost, the site is a PHOTO site with a few unimaginative videos, usually on the cheap videos of photo shoots. The good part is you get to see more of the model than you would in an edited set of photos.
Second, their naming conventions suck. Some of their models are in the main stream with totally different names. Worse, the standard procedure seems to be to pick a random female name with a trailing number to differentiate the models with the same name. Fortunately, once a name is assigned, they stick with it rather than have multiple names for the same model.
One more minor annoyance (very minor) is that, when they do daily updates, they don't mention new sets they have added late to previous updates. That means you'll need to review the chronological update displays to find new stuff you probably didn't know existed.
Other than these minor negatives, there is no better porn site in the business both in the quality of their product and in having the most ethical and fair business practices in the business. (I was amazed when I decided to sign up for an annual membership after being a monthly member for a few weeks, they prorated the unused portion of the monthly fee as a credit on the price of the annual membership.)
Excellent review. I basically agree with everything you wrote. Except possibly I don't find the cross-selling very annoying, compared to what many other paysites do.
Obviously, I would like to get their entire network for free, after joining any one of the network sites, but we can't have everything.
I think that Metart is the best value in the network.
I even paid for a lifetime membership to Metart. I only wish I had done that from the start, because it would have saved me the monthly and annual memberships to Metart that I have paid for. Except that I think for many years while I was a member, they didn't offer a lifetime membership.
Hi Skippy, I wasn't sure if you were reviewing ATK sites generally in this review, or specifically ATK Premium.
The thing I've found with the secondary ATK sites (Premium, Exotics, Aunt Judy's) is that most of their good content is just a duplication from the primary sites (Galleria and Hairy). The primary sites also post MUCH more content each day than Premium, Exotics and Aunt Judy's. So there's little reason to sign up for the secondary ATK sites, except for a small amount of niche content which isn't very good.
On the performance side, I agree. Even when they're up and running, the response time is often slow. All the ATK sites are offline as I write this message, since they presumably all share the same server. I think there's been a number of DDoS attacks recently.
Funny, I did a month's subscription there recently (regrettably) but didn't notice the content aggregation thing. I guess I just didn't pay attention to where the content came from.
My issues with this site is that the images are not particularly good quality and you barely get to see each model in their nakedness; as soon as they're undressed, they are being banged by some dude, who never goes away. Waste of my time. This is strictly a hard core site.
It's actually changed a whole lot since just last year 2012. Daily updates have been reduced from 3 photo sets and 2 videos to 1 of each. Power search was removed at least a year ago. They no longer listen to user comments and eliminated the forum. Pretty much they no longer interact with customers. They don't shoot any European models located in Europe anymore any such content was shot at least 6 months ago. Tammy Sands, one of the best photographers they used no longer shoots for them. Holly Randall, the other best photographer they used rarely shoots for them anymore. They have started using some crappier photographers to make up for it. Oh and they now fix the ratings and supposedly are dumping the treat of the year contest after the fallout of fixing this years contest.
They're now purely driven by money and don't give a lick about customer satisfaction or new content quality. Download historical content but much of the new stuff is disappointing.
So to answer my own question the newer videos are 1080p starting with the Kacey Lane scene. Like skippy says some of these videos still aren't great so far as quality goes, but others are. More recently all the videos have been high quality, still not the best quality by far but still a pretty good 1080p, so hopefully they have got it together now. Honestly only about 3 videos are not up to par since the 1080 switch. The updates are pretty consistent, about twice a week. I would have to say the strongest aspect of this site is the performers. There are some really hot ones here and it is definitely worth a look if you are a fan of pov. I am still not happy about them trying to fool people into thinking they were getting the highest quality 1080p videos when they were getting 720, or the blatant lack of consumer support. If they can keep it going like they have been I think they have a strong chance of becoming one of the best POV sites out there. Check it out.
One of the things that really annoys me about Femjoy is that the thumbnails they post to represent each set is VERY misleading. Many of the sets are poorly lit, not very sharp, have the wrong color balance, and the model is miles away from the camera. Yet the editors on Femjoy take the best shot in the set (there's usually only one that's any good) and crop it significantly to look like the model is much closer. Then they pump up the light levels (which they don't do for the photos themselves) and adjust the color to a more accurate balance. As a result, the set's thumbnail looks very inviting, but you're really disappointed when you see the set itself. Don't be misled by their Updates page -- the actual content is rarely like it.
Great review. Sites like this aren't usually on my radar as I prefer hardcore, but I do occasionally subscribe to softcore sites like this and I always enjoy them. Thanks for providing the information that there are a lot of outdoor scenes and scenes where the video is shot at the same time as the photo shoot. I'm a big fan of both of those. I suspect that I'll check this site out based on your review.
So I have had mixed experiences with povD in the past. When I first joined in Jan 2014 It seemed very cool. I was very impressed with the shooting style. It seems like pov where mostly the entire female is visible on screen is quite rare. Idk why this is, just butt cheeks or boobs or just a face on screen by themselves is not appealing to me as a viewer... I digress...
The first 10 or so scenes are hot. Great performers, sets, shooting, and high quality video resolution. I was happy, I thought that I finally found a credible POV site that would update regularly.
now for the second month. I was very excited to see Janice G. there but I was quickly disappointed to find the video quality was horrible. Not offered in 1080p, only 720p and the pixelization was plentiful. I mean this was not even good 720p; it was not clear video, it was dark and the color was way off. I don't see how they can get away with saying "highest quality video on the net" and not even offer a quality 720p or 1080p, much less 4K (which most would argue to be the highest mainstream quality these days). It is clearly not the highest quality.
There was also the issue of an oversized watermark that covered 1/4 the screen which included the pussy, but at least that got taken care of, eventually.
I have also noticed that they have started "recycling" many of the girls now. D.Carter is in 4 different scenes and there aren't that many vids on the site yet ...not cool. I mean maybe if they had her in different costumes or something to switch it up I would say "its cool" ...but its not
This has been my experience on povD.com
My main question to you is are the videos looking better yet? I mean are they back to 1080p? and at what update/girl did the 1080 start back up on? Any 4K yet?
Are there any other POV sites you know of that offer the full body view I am looking for? I have checked out many and so far all I really liked are povd, P.north.com, & HW101. The latter 2 sites are good but hardly update. HW101 over at Naughty A. is def worth a look if u like this style and haven't seen it.
I be very happy if one of these sites could offer up an ebony babe in full body pov. If you know where I could get a scene like this let a bro know. I would greatly appreciate the heads up, and thank you for any info you may provide.
Thanks for a great review. The Babes site was one of the very first sites I joined and it was good (not great) at the time.
Your comparison, for example, to Met Art is perfect as a reason why Babes goes off my short term join list. I like the technical excellence of Met Art but I literally fell asleep watching one of their videos last year when I was still a member (boring video, but a sip of Glenlivit scotch contributed to my drowsiness. I don't think I've ever dozed off watching a porn video.
I've evaluated the "lifetime" deal and did the match as you did. Unless you stay a member of a site for an extended period it's not a deal by any stretch of the imagination.
IIRC, all their videos have this fish lens distorted effect, like the ones in Spizoo'sPornGoesPro. This "House of Mirrors" effect doesn't do it for me, zero excitement.
I understand that making proper POV is difficult. Even more so when you are a cheapass wanting to do it alone.
So either you do it with a normal lens, and convince your viewers who never had sex that it's exactly how it goes, you either see the closeup of her face or a closeup of your dick as if your eyes were popping out of your navel. The sad thing is that they believe it.
Or you use a fish eye lens to widen the field of view, thus completely distorting her body. Neither of this is exciting for me, and the proper way to do it, by having someone else hold the camera a bit higher that the guy's head, is almost never used.
It seems that mostly it's some guy wanting to get laid, have us pay for it, and make a living out of it. Understandable, I'd do the same :). Why pay a second guy to hold the camera, customers will swallow any crap. Some even think that it's normal to have camera shake, your pelvis is in motion after all and all that. No it's not, IRL your eyes are not fixed in their orbits, they move by themselves so your image is stable. There is no excuse for shaky cam, as there is none for any Hall of Mirror porn.
Anyway, /rant off, sorry. I wish my search for a proper POV site was over. Tired of having to content myself with 5 seconds of non-crappy footage in one video out of 10.
I agree with your point and will add another element.
I, as you, would go for the cost per day bargains of 1 year memberships. But when new (to me) sites showed up on PU I would sign up for one month with the idea of going for the 1 year deals if I liked the site.
That tendency created a serious overload where I had 3 sites at once with 1 year memberships and found that I was unable to take advantage of them all (the time aspect). In fact I discovered that I would access one of those sites only once or twice a month which negated the economic benefits altogether.
Nubiles, however, by their misguided pricing strategy, makes it easy to opt out of signing up for a full year.
These days I will go in steps; one month, three months (if it is cheaper on a daily rate basis) and, after seeing what my visit rate has been during the 3 month membership period, will decide that the annual membership makes sense.
Haven't seen you around before .... but having seen this well-written review, I'll be on the lookout for future ones.
Would Be nice to have you visit us in the forum .... we could use your talent.
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