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Miths (4) 10-01-08  12:36pm
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Status: Current Member for over 1 year (at the time of review).
Pros: - I'm fairly sure this has got to be the largest online collection of porn, and almost no matter your interests or your favourite pornstars you should be able to find them well represented here.
- Constant content updates, and often even very recently released DVDs from major studios are available.
- A healthy selection of streaming options to suit most connection speeds, plus options for download "rentals" or permanent purchases. In addition to Windows Media and RealPlayer (ugh!), streaming Flash is now also available for some of the recently added movies.
- Solid navigation features, and additionally improvements to the interface this year has also improved thumbnail previews (still doesn't apply to all movies) and a few other things.
Cons: - Server speed has consistently been a problem for me the roughly two years I've been using the site. I can reliably hit download speeds of 750 kB/s from fast servers with my current Internet connection (and that includes some paysites), yet AEBN, at all times of the day or year, struggles just to give me a consistent 150 kB/s, which means I'll usually have to settle for the pixilated 512 kbit streams.
- The last year it's become increasingly common that new movies from several major studios are only available as 7/30 day downloads with no pay per minute options.
- For "heavy duty" users, VOD can prove fairly expensive compared to the smaller (but often still very large) membership based DVD download sites. And that's just the pay per minute option. Once you go for download rentals things get really expensive.
- Considering the price of the downloads the video quality on those really ought to get a bitrate boost.
Bottom Line: I usually swear by DVD download sites like VideoBox, but when I'm hunting for videos with my favourite pornstars that I can't find there, AEBN is my next stop. Their selection is unrivaled and you can often count on finding almost every movie in which a particular pornstar has ever appeared.
If you're after uncommon niches you aren't otherwise likely to find without joining a smaller niche site, AEBN can often come to your aid as well, as they even cover niches that are usually seen as a no-no in today's political climate in the US with their obscenity and "community standards" nonsense - or which are just a tad outside what most of us would consider "mainstream" porn.

However, as my list of cons above should indicate, my experiences with AEBN haven't quite been blissful, as particularly their slow server speeds are always annoying me (this could very well be a geographic or ISP related issue of course, but considering I'm getting vastly better performance from many other US based servers, that's hardly an excuse for a persistent problem, and I have tried contacting them in the past).
Frankly I'm just not particularly happy, to say the least, with pixilated 640x480 videos at only 512 kbit when I know my connection is perfectly capable of streaming the 2000 kbit versions.

Price might also be an issue for some, although considering how much I spend on porn every month anyway, I personally don't really give much thought to an extra $20 or $30 a month.

So overall, if you're just looking for any large collection of hardcore DVD porn, I suggest you head over to VideoBox or one of the other DVD download sites instead. When you're after that specific movie with Pornstar X or that fantastic 20 DVD series from obscure Porn Studio Y, you might find AEBN just as useful as I tend to do at the very least a few times a month.

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Monahan (40) I really liked your review. Good job.

Lots of details, lots of information and a lot of possibilities for me.

Can you describe the mechanics? If you want just 20 scenes for a specific porn star, are you obligated to pay for the entire video or can you go to specific scenes?

Are the videos for sale duplicates of Video Box offerings or do they offer a different assortment?

10-01-08  05:41pm

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Miths (4) REPLY TO #1 - Monahan :

You initially sign up for a free account with no strings attached (actually I can't recall if you are required to buy a small VOD package at initial signup, but I really doubt it), and then I personally pretty much always go for the pay per minute option.
That means prepaid packages of a certain amount of minutes you can freely use to watch (stream) whatever scene or full DVD on the site (barring those I mentioned that are lacking pay per minute options, but they are fortunately still very much in a tiny minority) - whether you use all your minutes in one "session" (the smallest package is 15 minutes for $3.95) or spread them out over weeks or months (like you probably will with eg. the large 1000 minutes package for $84.95).

Other options are those downloads I talked about. They are DRM protected and will expire after the chosen "rental" period (7 or 30 days), and there's additionally an "own it" option now as well I haven't tried.
In that case you almost end up paying as much as you would have for the original physical DVD though.

In terms of content differences between AEBN and eg. VideoBox. Well, they share some, possibly even a lot of content, but VideoBox "only" has a little over 5,000 videos while AEBN has a whopping 55,000+ if I recall correctly.
Which is also why I consider this the best site when I'm looking for something very specific (released on DVD), as the chances of finding it at AEBN is much larger than anywhere else.

So basically I use AEBN as a supplement to my VideoBox membership.

10-01-08  06:53pm

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mbaya (356) Very thorough and helpful review. I would like to see more reviews like this.
10-02-08  07:43am

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