Zero Tolerance On Demand (2)
Was a member approx. 2 months prior to this review.
||-Official site of US porn studio Zero Tolerance.
-Top US porn stars at their best and in HD.
-Exclusive content not available anywhere else.
-One new HD DVD per week (5 new scenes weekly).
-Released here as soon as physical DVD hits the street.
-313 DVDs (92 in HD) yielding 2335 scenes (617 in HD).
-MP4 Resolutions: 1080p, 720p, 360p. Plus WMV or xVid at 540p.
-Photo galleries for most of the scenes.
-Membership to Black Ice Pass and Third Movies included.
-Access to 750 DVDs counting those on these other two sites.
-Fast, resumable, hassle-free downloads.
-Free tour works exactly like members area (same info).
-Thought-out powerful search engine.
-Segpay. No regional pricing, no problem canceling.
||-HD files are big by nature: easily, 1 Gb even for 720p.
-Non-HD scenes pale in comparison with HD ones.
-Not all bonus scenes from DVDs are available.
-Some scenes without pictures, including some DVD cover ones.
-Must login again at Black Ice Pass and Third Movies.
-Login through CAPTCHA every time.
-Download images 900x600. Resolution lower than 720p video!
-DVD covers available but low resolution (506x350).
-Wrong scene info when physical DVD hasn't same scene order.
-Metadata is not perfect (no director or male performer info).
-Streaming is a bit too simple: no key frame thumbnails.
-Zero interaction: no message board, no scene comments, ...
-Support pages still focus on DRM but there's currently no DRM.
||I was willing to try some HD and this site seemed the place to start: top US stars, a fairly large collection, decent price and no download limits. I really liked Zero Tolerance On Demand and its twin sites Black Ice Pass and Third Movies. I think other porn studios should follow their example: offer online all the content from their DVDs as soon as they are released physically, couple it with a powerful search engine and a plethora of download options at good speeds. It's a great idea to make the free tour work exactly like the members area; only sites who deliver are able to do that.
Search engine is very well thought-out and it gets you some powerful searches. You can, for instance, easily search for scenes that don't have a particular act you don't give a damn but have those two you wish all scenes had. I only missed that HD was not a keyword once you were in a particular star: you have to rely on a small HD logo on each scene to tell them apart. Metadata, though, is not perfect; for instance, even though you get access to other DVDs in the series, you don't get any info on who the director is so, if you want to find more scenes shot by the same guy, you have to rely on the always handy iafd.
Except for some color scheme and design differences, all three sites work exactly the same. The main drawback is probably that each studio still has its own site and search engine. When willing to watch all the scenes from a particular model, you have to go through three different searches and, likely, three different logins. Perhaps Black Ice Pass all-black scenes are a niche on their own but the differences between Third Movies and Zero Tolerance On Demand are almost non-existent. Maybe Third Movies is a little less hardcore? Zero Tolerance On Demand has a 1% lower percentage of MILFs?
Apart from integrating all three sites once and for all, another thing they should look into are the photo galleries. I'd like to know who shoots their DVD covers and movie stills because they do a terrific job: girls look as good as in any glamour photography site. It's a pity that they end up offering the pictures only at 900x600 and there's no way to get a resolution higher than 506x350 for the DVD covers. It doesn't make much sense to have those pictures at such resolutions when the video scene frame is almost twice as big.
I had no problem opening files in VLC media player but it was funny to see that their support pages don't offer any help regarding how to play HD files and they go to great lengths explaining the intricacies of DRM while there doesn't seem to be any DRM files and, it seems, they went DRM-free several years ago.
If you are curious, I'd strongly recommend that you give the site a try even if it's only the free section. If you are into US stars you'll sure find something that will catch your eye.
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