We are glad to inform you that despite this download speed problem being a particularly nasty one, today our administrators have managed to find and deploy a temporary workaround for it, as permanent fix can take quite a while. Now from the server in US (we needed to rent one specially for dealing with this problem), we observe download speeds (using single connection from within browser) which are about 4 times higher then they were before this fix. While it is still not perfect, and we are working on it further, we think it is a significant improvement.
As you were one of the people complaining about it, could you please try it now to confirm the fix is indeed working for you?
Thank you very much for the feedback, and I apologize for the delay with replying to your comment.
It seems that there are two separate matters here.
The first one is this very nasty download speed issue which manifests itself mostly for US users (in Europe speeds are normally much better), and which was first reported by Duke in The Best Porn review a few days ago. Our administrator is working around the clock together with ISP people on resolving it, and we hope that we will be able to deploy a temporary workaround within a few days, and then provide compensations to everybody affected.
The second matter is a problem you have with download manager. It is quite strange, and in our experiments we had good results with "Internet Download Manager", "Download Accelerator Plus", and "Free Download Manager" which you were using. Also as far as we know, Duke from The Best Porn have used "Internet Download Manager" with good results. To resolve this problem, you may want to try some other download manager, or to let us know (either in our "Suggestions & Bugs" forum, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org) which exactly was the file you have problems with when downloading using FDM, and we will try to see if there is any problem on our end with this specific file. Please also keep in mind that one important thing to consider when downloading huge files, is to know if your file system allows single file to exceed 2G limit. If you are downloading to a network drive, or to an external drive, or if you are using FAT32 filesystem on your HDD for any reason, it can happen that while you have terabytes of free space on your HDD, no single file on this HDD can possibly exceed 2G in size. As our files can easily be, for example, 2.1G, then first 2G may be saved to such filesystem without problems, but then download will stop because of this limitation (see also related comment by Helvetic and subsequent discussion here, on Porn Users).
We apologize for any inconvenience because of these download speed issues, and hope to resolve them to everybody's satisfaction within a few days.
Guess what... some of the scenes are in Porn Pros. Go to Lubetube.com and look up Amia. That's how I found out it was also available in PornPros. If you decide to go to Pornpros... be careful. During the subscription process, they sell other services and have clicked the option for you.
Heads up... I was wrong, but they are very similar.
Speed was as fast as any site, good content, cheap long term membership and no limits from what I could gather are all good, but the files I downloaded did not look as good quality as videobox. They seemed a litle more blurry IMO.
This is not a slant on the site, with only a few tokens I could have downloaded some of the worst ones and it was before the MP4 format was introduced.
Anyway, I like Divx avi format better than H.264 MP4. That format would put me off the site. Even the likes of Brazzers and videosz have had that MP4 format for ages and members still prefered to download brazzers wmv and videosz divx formats instead according to site polls.
The comment about file sizes is very astute. I've seen other sites (or reviewers of these sites) boasting of files encoded at huge bit rates.
It's tempting to just "throw bit rate" around unnecessarily. But that's not only naive, but it imposes huge file sizes on the users. I often wonder if this is done intentionally to discourage downloads. Who the hell wants to download a 20 minute scene that's over 1 GB?
Anyway, H.264 (technically MPEG-4 Part 10 AVC) is the latest cutting edge compression technology. It's used by cable/satellite and Blu-Ray/HD. This is also known as a nearly lossless Broadcast format. Your satellite provider is giving you crystal clear digital signal at about 1500kb.
FLV and WMV are crappy Web formats. Even worse, they require a lot more file size to achieve the same video quality as H.264.
Now to really bore you, H.264 has very complicated encoding parameters. We studied these and consulted with experts, even getting a dialogue going with Adobe (who, BTW, recognizes H.264 as the future of streaming video).
Bottom line...our Computer sized files are damn near the source material and almost impossible to differentiate from our DVD sized files.
There is a law of diminishing returns with encoding, as well as quality enhancements that can be achieved by pimping out the encoding variables. We think that we've really maximized the results for the user.
I know! Tamed Teen was once my favourite site for watching a teen bimbo sluts getting slapped around, choked and hair pulled while she screams in pain while the guys tell the little bitch to shut the fuck as they take turns at slamming their cocks up her little teen asshole.
But Tamed Teens have gone down the drain! -it's over. Suddenly the ANAL updates stopped and then it just died.
Really a shame when you think of the time when it was at it's best : Cute petite bimbo teen girls getting good hard abuse - slapped around, told what to do, pulled around by a finger in the asshole, cock choked until tears and fucked in the ass until it was bleeding and they screamed their lungs out.
But go to Teen Core Club.com here you will get the perfect TEEN abuse porn that really satisfies.
No, the scenes are listed actress. If you go to the preview page you'll see they give a description of the scene. That's what they do in members area. Sometimes they tell you from what upcoming DVD it comes from. I'm not sure where half the scenes come from.
Well, as I said in the review, they're streaming only. Here's some more detail:
Desperate Teens XXX: 23 pp of vids, 12 per page. Vids include small pics as well (980x800). Streams in "broadband, dsl, and dialup" and in wmv or flash, clips or the full vid. Some known stars, some hot, some not so hot.
Super Reality Feeds: 90 pp of vids, 12 per page. (Yes, that's a nine followed by a zero.) Otherwise, like Desperate Teens.
Wild College Fuck Parties: 13 pp of vids, 12 per page. Groups and pairings off.
Couple Fucks Teen: 15 pp of vids, 12 per page. Older couples getting a young, nubile teen (some are known porn stars) to "swing" with 'em.
In all of them, the vid quality is good, not dodgy, for streaming, in broadband mode. (NB: I'm viewing on a 1024x768 resolution.)
I agree - they need to work on their sites some, but the tours were good enough to rope me in - and I'm happy that I joined. I was most interested in the directors' sites.
Jonni Darko's site has over 220 scenes and adds a new one every week. Nacho Vidal's site has over 120 scenes - updates have been more sporadic, but are getting to be regularly once a week lately
Manuel Ferrara - over 60 scenes - updates once a week Justin Slayer - over 140 scenes - stopped updating in December
John Leslie - over 160 scenes - updates once a week Joey Silvera - over 220 scenes - updates once a week - lots of shemale material, though none in the last 40+ updates
Jay Sin - over 20 scenes - updating once or twice a week - fantastic stuff, too!
Jake Malone - over 60 scenes - updates were very sporadic, but are now once a week
Christoph Clark - over 220 scenes - updates once a week
Rocco Sifredi - over 300 scenes, but no updates since 7/08 - warning - in one of the glitches in this network, you have to find Rocco's scenes in the updates in order to get into this site. I get denied entry if I just pick it from the list of sites. Buttman.com - over 200 scenes - updating like crazy lately - 20 updates since 1/13/09, with new updates scheduled every 2-4 days, it seems - many in spectacular looking HD
They also have a lot of genre sites that I have access too. This is the same material I believe, just organized by genre.
Oh, and another site doing very hard-core material and having HD vids is John Stagliano's site, Buttman.com. He's putting up the Fashionistas material there in HD. It looks spectacular. When you join his site, you get access to all of the sites of the Evil Angel directors, though their vids are not in the same HD quality - still good, though. A glitchier experience than ZTOD in many ways, but they're doing great stuff and presenting it well.
How is their rate of updates these days? They frustrated the hell out of me when I was a member - there were 6 weeks or so with no updates to any part of the network of sites. When they update, though, it's quite a nice group of sites.
Sort by DVD, i dont think I mentioned this. There is no DVD list like you see on VideoBox or the sort. Any generic user unfamiliar with link trial-and-error (more on this in a second) is limited to just browsing by pornstar and by added scenes by studio. You click a pornstar and get the available scenes, you click a studio and you get the available scenes.
Now about that trial-and-error thing.
When you start clicking on DVD titles it should be clear that the link is rather generic:
[site hyperlink removed by me]/members/dvd.php?id=108 (that is an actual link to available movie "World Class Ass"...I removed the hyperlink to abide by rules, which was nothing more than the site's domain, pornstar dot com). With a little modification you can see other DVDs. e.g. if you change the link to "[hyperlink]/members/dvd.php?id=109" you will get the available movie "Just Over Eighteen". Nothing illegal here, it is completely in-bounds.
Right now I'm in the process of going through every movie that I can find so I can build a list of the movies they offer (because the site fails to do this rudimentary task). I am up to DVD number 945 and so far have found 878 available titles. When I am done I can send you the list if you want. It will be a while until I am done, but I will complete it.
Now, the next part is a little fun. Again, it is entirely in-bounds. I don't see anything that would say that we can't do this.
You will routinely find movies with few or no scenes offered. So for example if you go to DVD number 108, "World Class Ass", you will just one scene (which is obviously missing scenes...no porn movie has only one scene). Yet, if you go to Daniella Rush's model page you will see a scene from "World Class Ass" that can be downloaded. So where is the beef?
Well, Pornstar.com is not really very good in listing all available scenes from a movie. It is really annoying. As you can see with that simple example, they list movie scenes on pornstar pages, but not on the movie page, and sometimes its the complete opposite. It is also misleading because all the links are clickable. So if you first went to Daniella's page and saw that her scene from "World Class Ass" is available, you would think to click on the link to the movie and find the other scenes, but its not the case. But the scenes EXIST unbeknownst to most.
So here's the trick. Just hover over the download links for the Daniella Rush scene, and then look at the download link for the available scene on the page for "World Class Ass". You will again see that the links are generic and include the scene number. On the movie page, "DVD quality" links to a file named 768_red005_01.wmv, while the Daniella Rush scene links to 768_red005_03.wmv. It should be pretty clear that the last two numbers are the scene. Just play around with those and you get the downloads for other scenes, most of which are otherwise categorized poorly on the site. "red" in the file relates to the studio.
I really like the porn star database page...a long list of names along with numbers indicating the number of DVD's available and the number of scenes available. I've never seen this on any other site. Quite original!
Maybe I'll join sometime down the line and download movies that are available on the site but not on Videobox...
I used to subscribe to GGG back when they had DRM, and the DL speeds were incredibly FAST. Faster than most other porn sites AAMOF.
You may want to check your speed at www.dslreports.com
You will have to register to get to use all of the features, but REG is FREE and well worth the time. They have the most accurate SPEED algorithms and also have a great bunch of resources on how to MAKE YOUR DL SPEEDS FASTER.
Glad you liked the review! I was genuinely blown away by their search engine - and as folks may know, I have a serious search engine obsession, so that is saying something, lol
Their DVD collection really is remarkably diverse, the fact that they can catalog 15 individual fetishes I think illustrates that pretty well. I was checking the previous reviews here and it seems they've tripled the size of their collection in a year, that ain't bad progress at all. 50 DVDs a month really should be enough to keep anyone entertained presuming the diversity remains catered too.
The Editorial picks and commentary were the unexpected bonus that really endeared me to this site. The picks genuinely haven't let me down so far; scenes with that honor always have something special that makes them memorable and that is saying a lot in current porn. The commentary though, god is that stuff funny, and so very tweaked most of the time, lol
Yeah, you really can't beat that year deal - I'm not one to usually recommend dropping a Benjamin on porn, but if you can honestly download their entire collection in under a year, at the rate they are adding DVDs, then you have too much time on your hands :-P
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