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standard (21) 06-10-11  10:49am
Rookie Badge  Top Monthly User TRUST USER?   YES (15), NO (0)
Status: Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
Pros: - That feeling you get the very first time you log on as a member to the website of one of the older, classier purveyors of adult material who has shown the ability to combine eroticism, beauty, and proper cinematic techniques to create some of the better adult films in circulation since the '60s.

- Um...

- Not constant login requests like a few other big name sites.

- If a grad student were researching "how companies unintentionally encourage the pirating of their material" then I'd recommend visiting this website. I think it could be an extremely useful example.
Cons: - 250KB/s max on a 6Mbps DSL connection. ~150KB/s most of the time.

- You're not allowed to queue downloads, so you'll only be able to get whatever you sit and monitor and click (and re-click when it fails) to download. Maybe you'll be able to get 8 scenes per day.. Maybe twelve?

- Constant "503 Service Temporarily Unavailable" errors if you try to look at other pages after beginning a download. The site supposedly allows four connections, but I ran into trouble with less.

- Repeated "size mismatch" errors when using download managers.

- A laughably small collection of movies for a 50 year old company.

- 350 movies wouldn't be so bad if they were decent quality, but most are comparable to early 2000's VCDs. Yep. That poor. I'd estimate only 25% or so are HD.

- You'll be lucky to download the HD movies without the connection failing or the speed dropping to 0kbps, and, when it does, you'll be lucky to resume. If you can, guess what? You start over. Hooray
Bottom Line: Videobox has almost 300 Private videos available, consistently fast connection speeds (600kbps+), and the .264 quality is better than Private.com's standard quality. Not to mention you can use download managers at VB and queue up dozens of movies to view later. It looks like they offer HD now, too, so there is absolutely no advantage to joining this site. It's a frustrating waste of money.

Seriously, don't do it. You'll be disappointed that the site even exists and you'll think to yourself, "Wow, I just wasted $30" or "I could've put that money towards a _______ membership."

Consider yourself warned.

A bad experience.

A waste of money.

Stay away.

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rearadmiral (384) Thanks for the review. i found it interesting and informative. I'm a big fan of Private stuff and often wondered about joining. But based on your experience I won't bother.

Two comments:

1) Private seems to have at least two levels of material. Let's say A list and B list. I find that almost none of the A list stuff makes it to Videobox, though some of it does.

2) This seems to be another example of a studio site that begrudginly puts material on the internet. I really don't understand this. The internet isn't the future anymore, it's the present. People want material on the internet now. Having crappy websites with slow downloads won't help any company.

06-10-11  07:11pm

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slutty (111) hey standard, welcome to PU, nice review.

Too bad download managers still don't work here. I also thought this site was pretty crappy for what you get.

Did you really only get 150kbps, or do you mean 150 KB/s? I seem to recall getting decent DL speeds here, and 150 kbps is aweful...

06-10-11  10:49pm

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RustyJ (145) Thanks for the review and welcome. Too bad Private isn't doing any better on digital age as it's my all time favorite studio.
06-10-11  11:50pm

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Capn (28) An informative & well reasoned review.
Welcome to PU. :0)

I think what we are seeing here, is the results of a half hearted attempt made by a short sighted company to enter the modern virtual media.

Cap'n. :0/

06-11-11  02:28am

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standard (21) REPLY TO #2 - slutty :

Ignorance. Sorry. KB/s.

Thanks and I'll try to edit the main review.

06-11-11  04:31am

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Drooler (220) It's weird how some of the brand names in porn get consistently low web site reviews again and again, for years. Wicked is another.
06-11-11  05:42am

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RustyJ (145) REPLY TO #6 - Drooler :

Hustler too.
06-11-11  06:34am

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Drooler (220) REPLY TO #7 - RustyJ :

Yes, definitely. Possibly the only brand names that FINALLY got their acts together as far as having workable sites are Playboy and Penthouse, but they were behind the times for quite a while at first.
06-11-11  11:42am

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Monahan (42) REPLY TO #8 - Drooler :

Good review IMO and it matches my experience.

What's more interesting though is that I've joined all but one of the sites mentioned in past years(Private, Penthouse, Hustler and Playboy, but not Wicked).

All were total wastes of money IMO and lost me after a few days with the content, crappy downloads - or streaming only (Hustler).

I was not aware that Playboy and Penthouse have upgraded their stuff so I may have to check those sites out.

06-11-11  06:32pm

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slutty (111) REPLY TO #5 - standard :

No problem, just a pet peeve of mine! All of my friends do the same thing...

Again, welcome to PU, looking forward to hearing more from you.

06-11-11  10:55pm

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Thomas20 (2) Plus when I was a member they had drm too, although I think they have abandoned that now. So not only did you get low res material they ran out at the end of the month. I ended up picking up almost all of it later on at VideoBox just like standard says.

Even the magazine section was average with only the recent years in good quality. All the older stuff looked like screen scans so they couldn't even get that right.

06-12-11  02:53am

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Denner (235) When the Swede, Berth Milton started the Private corporation back many years ago when porn was YOUNG - he did the best in his field: Gorgeous models doing solo, lez and hc/bg (among others) - mostly - or rather only photosets in the beginning.

So it's kind of strange that Private on the internet front is what it is today....Lousy - with low resolution vids, bad buildup and support of a paysite that COULD have been a SERIOUS alternative to sites like 21Sextury and the (former) DDF....and quite a few others since then.

Some things went terrible wrong, ALAS!!!

06-12-11  07:31am

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williamj (9) no wonder why their stock is trading at 75 cents
06-13-11  05:01am

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standard (21) An update:

I've figured out what looks to be a workaround for a download manager, but I won't post any hints until after my month has run out. Sorry if that seems jerkish, but I don't want them "fixing" it until my time is up.

So, technically, "download managers: yes, should work" is accurate. Using them isn't simple or intuitive, which ultimately means they are discouraged.

Comically, even at the blazing 150KB/s speeds they provide, it's probably possible to download all ~350 videos in their "high WMV" format in a month. Let that give you some idea of the size and quality of the clips. One can assume Private has access to their own original DVDs, so it makes no sense why most of the clips should be so small and of such poor quality.

I was initially impressed with the compact size of their 1080p encodings until I reached a fast-motion and/or high-contrast section. Size-wise they did a good job, but the quality suffered greatly (single pass?) and I decided I'd rather download non-HD without their artifacts and blockiness rather than waste time on their subpar HD material.

There are ads for other sites (Reality Kings was one IIRC) inside the members area. I'd mark 20 more points off their score for this if I were allowed to. Paying members shouldn't have to look at non-related site ads. If you want to double-dip with advertisements then you should reduce the price. Ad-free price and ad-supported price, perhaps?

Their search/actress links are next to useless. It's almost like they don't know who is in their scenes and instead used broad catch-alls to connect names to scenes. "That lady is blonde and it looks like she's got a tattoo on her ankle," someone at Private.com must've said, "and Kathia Nobili is blonde and she has a tattoo on her stomach, so let's put them both under the Nobili link." Horrible.

And more points off for way too heavy a focus on their not-really-that-erotic snow/beach niche scenes. I bet they are ~15% of all the clips on the site.

(Frankly, I suspect no real time was put into this site and they just ripped whatever movies they had left in a cardboard box after breaking down their 2007 AVN awards promo booth. The website probably started with the moving of some folding chairs and a crumpled up vinyl banner.)

Hey, look at them having sex in the snow! Hey, more snow! Oh good, a snowmobile for them to have sex on. Look, a beach! More beaches! Wow, even more beaches! Hey, a boat! Another boat! Awesome! Oh good, snow again. Holy crap, that guy is wearing a bigfoot costume with the crotch cut out (yep, seriously). C'mon, Private. You were classy. You were the best. Act like it.

I can't say it enough- Don't join. Not even for a month. You'll be disappointed.

06-19-11  06:01pm

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