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TheSquirrel (53) 11-06-08  03:39pm
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Status: Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
Pros: I guess I have to start with the obvious, and that is the quantity of the material almost defies belief.

No download restrictions.

There are so many videos, this site in effect, gives you a free preview of anything you wish. It also gives you a chance to check out some videos from producers you haven't tried before.

The way the downloading section is set up is very good. It is perfect for knowing what section or sections of a video you want to download. It would be perfect for downloading from any category on any site, that has nothing to do with porn. The way the stills are set out makes it so easy. I love the simplicity of the downolading too.

They do break up the categories for you, and you can view the videos depending on date or popularity, which is handy. I like the look and way things are set out. Considering the volume of material I think it's about as simple and friendly a system as you could have,
Cons: There is very little worthwhile fetish material. There are one or two interesting items, but that's about it.

There are very few videos from genuine independents. It all looks the same, even though they have videos from a great number of producers. There are one or two exceptions to this, but 95 per cent could all be from the same company.

As with most teen and amateur stuff, it starts off with the usual feigned surprise or naive innocent looks, to suggest they've never done anything like this before, and within 2 minutes they're at it as though all they've done for the last 10 years is have sex on camera. I strongly suspect that some of them may not be trainee rocket scientists or brain surgeons.

Digging out the gems from so much material can be time consuming.

No photos. Not so good if you like downloading pics.

Their highest "DVD" bit rate is really only average.

Ridiculously low download speeds between 4(!)kb/sec and 70 kb/sec.
Bottom Line: Remember when you were a kid, and you dreamed of owning a sweet shop. Video Box is that sweet shop. I've never grown tired of chocolate or sweets, and I've never got tired of porn.

There is so much on here, that it's a little mean spirited to suggest it's time consuming trying to dig out the gems. It can sometimes be fun to just browse. You can stumble upon something that you maybe wouldn't have bothered with. The good thing is, it's so cheap you can download 10 worthless videos, and have wasted no money at all. It means you can virtually try out stuff for free. If your taste is for vanilla, straight sex videos, there is enough here to keep you satisfied for just about the rest of your life.

The big weakness for me, is the lack of fetish material, but then when you look at the price, it's hardly surprising. It is a negative, but realistically, if this site had newer videos, and more specialised categories, the price would be triple what it is. But yes, this is the big weakness - too much old stuff, and too much of the same thing, with little variation. It's like a warehouse of cheap videos.

I linked to Video Box from Paysite Discounts, which means $3 off the $17.95 price. I'm surprised TBP don't have this offer, given how popular Video Box is with their people.

I don't wish to be too negative with the negatives, or too positive with the positives, but I have tried to be objective. I know Video Box is very popular with this site. Rightly so. I have to say I think it's still good value. The amount of very good straight sex videos, arranged in a way so that they are easy to download, from a well set out customer oriented site, means I would recommend this to anyone as their very first porn site.

I am not going to tilt too far into the negative because of VERY slow download speeds for me. I cancelled my subscription a few hours after joining because the download speed is so painfully slow I have to be very selective what I download. This undermines the advantage of the enormous amount of material there is on there. I know some of you do have problems with download speed where others have no problems at all.

I will just add that I was down to 4kb/sec on some newer videos, but the speed on the older videos is between 30-70 kb/sec. This may be what the problem is. The newer more popular videos are being downloaded by more people, therefore the speeds are slower. I'll leave it to you tech boffins to comment on that. In fact after attempting to download a number of videos and monitoring the speed, I found nearly all the newer ones were much slower than the older ones.

I wont mark down too much, because the speed may just be my problem. I have never had speeds as slow as this before on any site though. I know this review wont go down to well at TBP because you all love Video Box. It's just what I have found.

As a late edit - I have found some speeds on older videos of up to 300kb/sec. That is some variation! 4kb/sec-300kb/sec

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Goldfish (67) I was surprised to see the 75 rating for such a great site. I guess if you are really into some type of fetish that is not on Video Box I can understand a bit more.

I will say I don't recall ever having download issues with Video Box. it may be you logged on at a bad time. Definitely give it another try if you haven't already.

11-08-08  01:05pm

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TheSquirrel (53) REPLY TO #1 - Goldfish :

I have to say that the download rates of 10kb/sec have continued. It's nearly always around the same time of day - about 6pm my time. This is 1pm Eastern Time in the US. This makes downloads and streaming virtually impossible until about 11pm my time.

If I were being totally subjective I would give the site about 20 because that's what it's worth to me. It's been the worst site I have ever streamed or downloaded anything from. I have even streamed from MLB, something that a lot of people have trouble with, without too much trouble.

I don't know why I have had problems with Video Box. I have continued to attempt to download purely to see if the site improves but it hasn't. Not only are there slow downloads, but some stop half way through and then don't go any further.

I understand many get fast downloads, but I have seen reports on here from people who get very slow downloads too. It's all very strange. All I can say is I have never had any trouble like this before, at least not since I have been on broadband.

But I have to add, that if you do get reasonably fast downloads then the site is worth its admission price, although I am still not over enthusiastic about the quality of the DVD bit rate.

11-08-08  01:57pm

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