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User (32) 01-04-09  10:28am
Rookie Badge  Male Profile TRUST USER?   YES (19), NO (0)
Status: Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
Pros: Loads of beautiful women-the best in porn
A lot of videos, their entire library, I'd suppose
Special discount for TBP Members
Cons: Nothing Downloads! All Streaming
Streaming quality sucks (take a lesson from Video Box, c'mon!)
Search functions are archaic
Updates not frequent enough
Photo quality is fair, at best, not good enough to save to disk, at least for me.
Bottom Line: Geez! I thought I'd throw down $10 for this site for a month, thanks to TBP, and get my money's worth at least. NOT EVEN!!!!
This site has not improved since the last time I was a member over two years ago. The only difference is they have added more videos and girls.
I was attracted back by some of the great women that Vivid signs to their exclusive contracts and therefore, cannot be found on other sites.
I was hoping they had added downloads, despite the reviews I had read, none of which were terribly current. The DLs are still not there. When will they learn?
The streaming quality is no better than it was the last time I was a member. I've been a member of Video Box for about a year and they have upgraded their Flash streaming at least twice, perhaps three times in that period.
This site has so much potential. There are tons of us who would plunk down $20/month for a good three months or more to get Hi-quality Downloadable videos. Very few people are buying DVDs anymore due to the great content on the web. I havent bought one in over two years. Why don't they catch up?
RECOMMENDATION: Don't join. Boycott until they get into the new millenium.

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atrapat (112) You don't mention anything about the pictures. What resolutions are there? Are they grouped by movie only or also by star?

I was a member several years ago and I remember they had quite extensive galleries for each movie although the resolution was quite small.

01-04-09  10:35am

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User (32) REPLY TO #1 - atrapat :

Yes, you're right, I didn't even look at photos as I am not a photo guy. I join the sites strictly for the videos and only occasionally look at the photos.
I was so disappointed with this site, that I just didn't bother.
I will go back and look at them and add that aspect to my review.

01-04-09  10:41am

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TrashMan (Disabled) REPLY TO #2 - User :

Haha, I'm a video guy too. I rarely look at (or download) pictures, unless it is a girl whose content is very hard to come by.

I completely agree with your review (I intend to write one for Vivid sooner or later):
*The flash player is just the mundane one that any junko porn site will install. There is something to be said about the quality of the flash player that VideoBox employs (and that is that it is superb).
*The videos are not downloadable (by conventional means). There are certain freeware tools that can assist in downloading the streams (as they are just simple FLV files, similar to WMV files playing in an embedded Windows Media Player windw), but we shouldn't have to be reduced to using such means. All non-VOD sites should provide straight "save as" links.
*Yeah, the site has not changed at all over the years. Rather disappointing considering that there is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much content they have to offer.
*I can't stand how they have this HUUUUUGE performer listing, yet when you click on most of the girls nothing is offered, either in the form of pictures or videos. Very disappointing.

01-04-09  06:07pm

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PinkPanther (46) REPLY TO #1 - atrapat :

I'm a pic fan and this site will drive you bat-shit if you're a pic fan.

Why?

Well, the resolution on their pics has improved over the past few years, but get this - the pics on Vivid's site are smaller than the pics that you'll find that purport to be samples of the pics on Vivid's site - that's a flat-out rip-off, in my book.

The pics on the site are very poorly organized.

Think of what they could be doing - they've got their stars. They're doing promo photo-shoots. They're doing shoots at events.
They're doing "action" pics during filming. They're doing BTS shots.

They could be organizing things in various category by star by movie name and by event. But instead everything is a freaking mish-mash.

You can find galleries by star name that are a mish-mash of stuff, mainly action pics from filming, many of them very repetitive, poorly shot crap.

You can find galleries by movie name that are a mish-mash of stuff, mainly action pics from filming, many of them very repetitive, poorly shot crap.

I've joined for a month at a time a few times over the last few years. They wore me down with the frustration level. I seriously doubt that I'll be joining again ever.

01-05-09  05:50am

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atrapat (112) REPLY TO #4 - PinkPanther :

Thanks for the info. I see they haven't changed much over the years except for the somewhat higher resolutions. They always have given more importance to quantity over quality. Also, they've been pulling that bigger preview trick from day one. It doesn't make much sense to have so many picture content and that they care so little about it.
01-05-09  07:13am

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rearadmiral (316) I can't help but read this is light of a recent user poll where the overwhelming number of members said that DRM issues are their #1 pet peeve. Vivid could have one of the best sites on the 'net but by allowing streaming only and no DRM-free downloads they lose that ability. This is just my opinion of course, but I suspect that this isn't some error in using a 5 year old business model, but this is just showing disrespect to customers. If anything, it puts studios like Red Light, 3rd Movies, Zero Tolerance, Diabolic and German Goo Girls in a better light. Those companies realized that they could keep customers happier AND make more money by losing the DRM. (Funny that link between satisfied customers and making money…)

Down with Vivid (and other companies like Anabolic who thumb their noses at customers); up with Pornusers for giving us a forum to get this important information.

Mike

01-05-09  04:43pm

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User (32) REPLY TO #6 - rearadmiral :

Mike (rearadmiral),
Outstanding reply and very well stated. My only wish is that Vivid and Analbolic would read this forum and pay attention. I know that some of the webmasters of sites read here because I think it was ZTOD that replied to me on this site.

Keep up the pressure!

01-08-09  12:55pm

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rearadmiral (316) REPLY TO #7 - User :

You're clearly right when you say that some webmasters look at this site. The example of ZTOD is perfect. I remember when they stopped the DRM they seemed to be genuinely interested in what we at PU had to say. The resolution of the files was crappy at first but the ZTOD webmaster caught hell for that too and that was changed.

I do still stand by my comment about companies like Vivid and Anabolic. I don't think they continue to use DRM because they feel a need to protect their stuff, I think that they just don't give a flying fuck about their customers.

BTW - I suggested a user poll that links DRM and file sharing. Almost universally, it seems that PU members hate DRM, so I wondered if we put our money where our mouths are. Does the average PU member bitch about DRM and then post their non-DRM files on a sharing site. If the folks at PU choose to post that poll it will be interesting to see the results.

01-09-09  01:44pm

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User (32) REPLY TO #8 - rearadmiral :

Yes, agreed, the DRM thing has got to go and it's a good campaign that we should all fight. And, I think we've won some of the battles. I dont know about file sharing sites. I've tried eMule and some Bit Torrent thing, but had a lot of problems with downloaded files. I'm not as techy as most guys though, so it was probably me.

I would like to pick another fight and that is the one against Download Limits. I will NOT join a site with a DL limit. There are too many good sites without them. Why would they have them other than to just milk their customers for more and more monthly fees. I've belonged to VideoBox for two years, at a reasonable monthly price, and they have no DL limits. Why do customers stay there? Because they put up enough damn updates to keep us on board. Sites like Reality Kings, which admittedly, has some great content, imposes these ridiculuous limits on us. I refuse to join a site like that again.

In conclusion, I'm glad this site and TBP exist and I'm very happy that there are users that care enough to help us make our decisions easier and more economical. Thanks to all.

01-10-09  07:05pm

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