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rearadmiral (388) 05-04-11  01:33pm
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Status: Current Member for over 1 month (at the time of review).
Pros: - One of the biggest and best sites on the internet
- Low monthly price
- Huge variety of material available, from mainstream to fetish
- Many fetishes represented
- Excellent download speeds
- Many options for downloads available
- Streaming is available
- Editing the clips is an option
- No download limits
- New material added daily
- Some HD material being added
- Access to Ďpremium channelsí for a small fee (note that if you donít want to pay the fee the basic VB membership is still the best value on the internet)
- Added premium access to some Kink.com scenes and some Reality Kings scenes
- Seem to have improved the quality of their updates since my last review
- Daily updates seem to all occur at once now, no more checking in every few hours
Cons: - While not as obvious as in the past, there is still some reliance on lower-grade porn to make the daily updates
- Still adding compilations where the original scenes are also available
- The Evil Angel and Vivid premium channels are no longer bundled for one price
- Kink.com and Reality Kings only available on VB3
- VB3 seems like a change driven by marketing rather than a genuine move to improve the site
Bottom Line: This is my fourth review of VB since becoming a PU member many years ago. I had hoped to focus on the new, Ďimproved,í VB3 but Iíll have to leave that to someone else. Iím sure that VB3 is fairly easy to use and straightforward once you get used to it, but with VB2 being as simple and straightforward as it is already why bother changing it? Iím familiar and comfortable with VB2 so I used that.

Unless youíve been living under a rock you know about VB. This has to be one of the best, and probably the best, DVD site on the Ďnet. It offers a huge amount of material for the low price of a membership. I canít imagine that there is another site that offers this kind of value.

There are a lot of good reasons to join VB: size and variety are the two biggest ones. There are almost 10,000 DVDs on the site now, with more being added daily. The site doesnít concentrate on serving one fetish or niche to the exclusion of others either, but it serves many very well. There are members who complain when they donít like an update, but I think that approach forgets that there are probably a lot of people who are pleased with the update. Also good are the options available to view the scenes: there are multiple download options depending on the quality you want or the size you can store, and streaming is also available. Download speeds are better than average.

The downsides to the site are pretty minor and probably mostly subjective. I find that they still seem to push quantity over quality, and I find a heavy reliance on lower-grade European material.

VB now offers four Ďpremium channels.í Evil Angel and Vivid were added quite a while ago and both now have a decent library available. These two were bundled for a while, which made for a great value, but now they are separate add-ons. That probably makes more sense given that these two studios offer vastly different material and likely have few customers who seek out material from both.

The two newest premium channels are Kink.com and Reality Kings. I didnít add either of them on. Iím not really familiar with Reality Kings (though I have had a membership) so I canít give a good opinion. As for Kink.com, if youíve never been a member of any of their sites this would be a good way to access some stuff to sample it. There is a good sampling from many of their sites, such as The Training of O and Water Bondage.

Even with the few things I donít like, VB is still likely my favorite porn site. It has so much to offer at such a low price that it is a no-brainer to join. Unlike other sites you donít get a staggered membership at first Ė you get access to the probably the largest porn stash on the Ďnet with no download limits. A membership here for a few months will give you a better collection than some porn shops have. It really does have something for everyone.

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messmer (137) Excellent review, rearadmiral. I agree with you that VB2 is better than VB3. At the end of my last subscription I ignored VB3 altogether. I did have a problem with the site because I found that not enough of the updates featured mature women while models from the 18 - 23 age range (your cup of tea) abounded but, who knows, with my changing tastes I might give the young 'uns another look! :-)
05-04-11  02:16pm

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rearadmiral (388) REPLY TO #1 - messmer :

It's good to see your coming around messmer! But now that you mention it, 'mature' is probably an underserved niche on VB.
05-04-11  05:50pm

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messmer (137) REPLY TO #2 - rearadmiral :

Just an aside. I couldn't resist it, I just subscribed to this site again today! :-)
05-04-11  06:16pm

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Denner (235) Thanks for the review - great to get qualified views/news of this site.
05-05-11  07:21am

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BadMrFrosty (56) VB2? VB3? What are these strange and new things of which you speak?
05-05-11  11:41am

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TheSquirrel (53) I am one of the few dissenters here. I joined them once and never went back. No customer service, the worst download speeds I have ever encountered (down to 1kb/sec on occasions!), regional discrimination, worst of all was the way the videos had the wrong dimensions so the bodies looked distorted. I have to admit I'm virtually on my own with my contempt for videobox.
05-06-11  05:20am

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rearadmiral (388) REPLY TO #3 - messmer :

Enjoy! I'm trying to decide whether to hang around for another month. I'm caught up on video downloads but I've been going back and getting higher-resolution versions of favorite scenesnow that I have a faster connection. And i also feel a bit guilty since I've downloaded probably 700GB so far this time.
05-06-11  04:14pm

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rearadmiral (388) REPLY TO #4 - Denner :

Happy to do it. I know that this site gets reviewed a lot, but I like to think that a new review can still add something.
05-06-11  04:15pm

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rearadmiral (388) REPLY TO #5 - BadMrFrosty :

VB2 is the VB that you're familiar with if you've had a VB membership in the past couple of years. VB3 is a new, updated interface. The porn is still the same, it's just that the look is different. I really can't give you an opinion on it because I used the older interface because that's what I'm used to. VB3 does seem to be as easy to use though, so if it becomes the only interface I won't have a problem with that. Two of the 'premium' channels - Kink and Reality Kings - are only available by using VB3.

My biggest complaint with VB3 is that it 'fixes' something that wasn't broken. I suspect that it was a change made by marketing, not the webmaster.

05-06-11  04:21pm

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rearadmiral (388) REPLY TO #6 - TheSquirrel :

I'm not surprised to hear that there is no customer service. I suspect that the site is just so big now that customer service just isn't on the menu any longer. I don't think I've ever had to contact them for anything so I have no experience with the customer service.

I can't say I've experienced the speed and distortion problems that you report. I use Free Download Manager to allow we to queue up a bunch of scenes and then leave it to run on its own and my normal DL speed is 1880KB/sec.

I realize that it is a personal preference, but give some thought to trying them again. Customer service probably remains as bad, but the other issuse may have been fixed.

05-06-11  04:26pm

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