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nadiencendia (83) 11-13-10  11:53am
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Status: Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
Pros: -Good video quality (HD for newest movies)
-Big movie archive
-Regular updates
-Beautiful actresses (including Vivid Girls such as Jenna Jameson, Briana Banks, Brea Lynn, etc.)
-Good price (with the PU discount)
-Nice web design, stylish and glamorous
Cons: -Navigation is not easy, videos are only listed chronologically
-Too many problems with the scenes, sometimes it's a pain to watch one single scene)
-No download option, only streaming
-Search tools could be greatly improved
-Bonus content is non-existent, or at least I haven't been able to get it.
Bottom Line: I felt kind of obliged to write this review, since I wrote a previous one some years ago and the site has changed quite a lot since then. So I took advantage of the PU offer, and joined (it is not a big sacrifice, really :P)

And yes, the site has changed, and in most aspects it has improved: it offers the same old Vivid style movies (stylish, wel lit, glamorous, gorgeus big-titted girls...), in acceptable to good quality and with some improvements in the navigation and search options. Contrarily to what other users have said (probably referring to the old version of this site), the archive is quite big (I've calculated around 600 movies), with each movie splitted into scenes, all of them accesible individually.

Now, to the cons. In my experience, the worst thing about this site is the tremendous amount of time you waste trying to watch a single scene. Most of the time, the site charges up to a point, and then it stops. And I haven't found a way to avoid this, or to make the site work properly. It's really frustrating to search for a movie, and when you have it, not being able to watch it because the site won't load properly. And this happened to me a lot; almost all the time.

Another big fault for me is the limited ammount of search options the site offers: there is a search box where you can look for actresses and movie titles, but there is no alphabetical list of titles, there is a category filter but it's hard to understand and to use, and scene description is not clearly stated.

In summary, my experience with Vivid.com has been highly disappointing. I have been able to stream (not download, there is no download options) a bunch of scenes which, it's true, are not available elsewhere, but I've also lost a good deal of time clicking F5 and reinitializing my browser to try and access movies and scenes in the site. And that's just no way to enjoy porn.

I would say that those low ratings, in the range of 50s, are too harsh on a site that includes gorgeus girls and good movies, but I also wouldn't strongly recommend this site.

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Drooler (220) Thanks for this review. I joined it once over three years ago. The problems that I noted were that the video viewing area was very small and those streaming-only videos would break down and not be viewable all the way through. Doesn't seem that enough has really changed even after all this time.

Maybe a 50 is too harsh. As you say, it has a large collection and the women are hot. But when you can't download the videos nor even view a single streaming video all the through after waiting for the buffering and all that to complete, well, worthless is worthless. I mean, we can't give it a 10.

11-13-10  04:17pm

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nadiencendia (83) REPLY TO #1 - Drooler :

Thanks, Drooler. Well, the problem with the viewing area has been solved: now you have a wider and bigger screen, and you can even watch it on full screen. The other problem, with the site not loading properly, remains, and is truly a pain. But when you get to see the scenes you are looking for, you are almost never dissapointed...
11-14-10  01:47am

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rearadmiral (340) Thanks for the great review. This is a site that I would definitely want to join but thanks to your review and the review at TBP I won't. If all they offer is streaming, then my credit card stays in my wallet. I can understand a company wanting to protect their material, but streaming only will limit their customer base.

Again, thanks for the heads-up on the streaming-only issue.

11-14-10  07:08am

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nadiencendia (83) REPLY TO #3 - rearadmiral :

You are welcome, Admiral :) I always feel a bit guilty when someone decides NOT to join a site because of one of my reviews, but in this case, being a big company like Vivid, I won't have to feel sorry for them... :P
11-14-10  10:03am

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rearadmiral (340) REPLY TO #4 - nadiencendia :

Good point. And I'm sure that they decided that losing some customers over the streaming-only issue is worth it to maintain control of their material.
11-14-10  10:34am

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nadiencendia (83) REPLY TO #5 - rearadmiral :

Yes, that could be it. The "funny" thing is that a lot of Vivid's movies are accessible (both for streaming and download) in other sites, for example:

http://www.hotmovies.com/studio/2508/Vivid-Premium/ and
http://www.hotmovies.com/studio/144/Vivid/

Anyway, if the site worked properly all the time, I wouldn't mind the no-download thing; the problem is that a lot of times I can't properly stream the movies either...

11-14-10  01:20pm

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rearadmiral (340) REPLY TO #6 - nadiencendia :

I've commented here before that it seems a lot of the big studio sites seem to be an after-thought. Yes, I know that they are in the business of producing movies and not necessarily distributing them, but it seems to me to be obvious that the internet is the most popular way to distribute porn, and certainly will continue to dominate porn distribution. Sites like Hustler and Diabolic just don't seem to take the internet seriously.

I've used Hot Movies and sites like that before, but they can get pretty expensive and most of them have some DRM attached.

11-14-10  04:16pm

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