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rearadmiral (328) 03-11-12  06:17pm
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Status: Current Member for over 1 year (at the time of review).
Pros: - Likely the biggest VOD collection on the internet
- Many titles not available anywhere else
- Multiple ways to stream and download
- Good search function
- Can sort by theme/niche
- Can sort by studio
- Good search function
- Offers a subscription to “channels” which allow unlimited streaming of select titles
Cons: - Can get VERY expensive
- Videos are DRM-protected unless you pay (dearly) for a DRM-free download
- The ‘channels” have lots of titles but few big studios
- Many of the older titles have poor bitrates
Bottom Line: I know a lot of members here have a strong negative reaction to VOD sites, and I share all of the same concerns. Building a video collection using just VOD sites would be incredibly expensive when compared to DVD sites like Videobox, but when used as a supplement to DVD sites, VOD sites like AEBN can work well. If you’re a serious collector, like many members here are, VOD sites are a useful way to see some titles that aren’t available elsewhere. I’ve been using AEBN for several years but hadn’t actually bought anything from them in probably 12 months, until a week ago when I rediscovered them.

So why would you choose AEBN over another VOD site? The primary reason would be selection: AEBN has studios and titles that are unavailable on other sites. An example of this is that AEBN continues to offer a wide array of Max Hardcore titles when other sites have dropped him. The fact that they still carry Max indicates how broad their collection is.

The site has a good search function using star, title or many other keywords. I also like being able to sort by studio because there are several studios that I really like so it gives me a chance to see some titles that I might have not otherwise known about.

The site is pretty simple once you find a title you want to see or buy. Clicking on that DVD brings you to a page with all the streaming and purchase options available. In most cases you can stream a movie for either 48 hours or for life. In most cases the ‘for life’ option costs $10 and the 48 hours costs $5, though there are many titles that you can stream for $2. In most cases there is also an opportunity to ‘buy’ a DRM-free download of the title. The price for that us usually $25. Yes, that is expensive, but it is the cost of the DVD and if it’s a must-have title for you it may be a viable option. I certainly wouldn’t complain if they lowered the price though. Some titles offer a download rental that is DRM protected and expires after the allotted time.

Once you select and pay for your access you get access immediately. There are other VOD sites that can take several minutes for your title to be available. Not so here. There are options for streaming quality so you can choose based on your internet connection. Bitrates of 56k, 225k, 512k, 1024k, 2048k, 4000k and 6000k are often available. I generally use 2048k and find that it is smooth and looks good. Streaming can be through Windows Media Player (which I use) and Silverlight. I didn’t try the latter one so I can’t comment on it.

The download option gives you the technical specs on the file before you buy so you can make an informed decision. You can see the size of the file and the bitrate so you can gauge the quality. In most cases there are no download options, which seems a bit puzzling to me.

One flaw in the streaming is that some titles will only stream at a maximum of 512k. In 2012 that just isn’t good enough. That seems to be mostly with older titles. Fortunately newer titles have better options.

The thing about AEBN that appears to be relatively new and may be a game-changer in the VOD world is the ability to buy a membership to a “channel” that gives you unlimited streaming. I subscribed to the channel called “Super Pass” which is the largest selection of all the channels. There is a 1-day trial for $1 that then recurs at $20 for a month of access. That’s the good news. The bad news is that not all titles are available on the channel, and a lot of what is available isn’t mainstream porn. Some of it looks pretty interesting and I’ll be there for at least a month, but you won’t find many of the major studios available. Currently there are just shy of 8000 titles available on the Super Pass channel.

The channel is great for people who prefer streaming, but for a guy like me who prefers downloads it can be a bit frustrating. The same streaming options (see above) are usually available on the channel.

There are two other channels available: Vivid and West Coast Productions. If you’re a Vivid fan, my recommendation is that you carefully compare the value of the AEBN channel with the value of the Vivid channel at Videobox.

I’m not going to weigh in on whether or not I’d recommend this site because it isn’t a traditional membership based site. What I would recommend is that you spent some time browsing there because it may cause you to rethink any notions you have about VOD sites. And the “all you can eat” option really does change the value equation.

One last caveat when using any VOD site is to check the other main VOD sites for that same title. You might find another site offering the title in the same quality for less. It pays to shop around. You should also check the DVD sites like Videobox because you may find what you want there. It all comes down to how you perceive the value for yourself.

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TheSquirrel (53) Truly excellent review Admiral, telling me everything I want to know. Like you, I am not a big fan of those VOD sites. I probably wont give it a go, but your review intrigues me enough to take a look.
03-12-12  09:29am

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rearadmiral (328) REPLY TO #1 - TheSquirrel :

As much as I regret what I have to spend on these sites, it does give me access to some older titles that I want to see. The "channel" idea really cuts down on the cost, and with 8000 titles on the channel I subscribed to it will probably be a good value.

Thanks for your kind comments.

03-12-12  06:06pm

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rome476 (0) REPLY TO #2 - rearadmiral :

Do you think that stream for life is a good option? It seems a less expensive way to almost collect the title if it really is.
03-12-12  06:38pm

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rearadmiral (328) REPLY TO #3 - rome476 :

I think in a lot of cases using that option would make sense. Obviously a lot of that is subjective in the sense of how many times will you stream it again. If the option is the $2 48-hour streaming or $5 48-hour streaming that would have some impact. This is also a bit subjective, but I think there's a lot of objectivity too - that's considering the bitrate options available to you. A lot of the $2 rentals are older and offer a maximum of a 512k bitrate. That's pretty low quality. I accepted that so I could see a few older titles that I wanted to see, but the quality is so poor I'm not sure I'd go back to watch it again. But... if it's a movie you'd watch again and again and there are higher bitrates available then I think that could be a good option.

As I said in my review though, make sure to check the other main VOD sites for the same title. You might be able to get a better quality video for less cost at one of the others. In case you're not familiar with the other VOD sites, some of the bigger ones that you should check are Adult DVD Empire, Adultempire.com, HotMovies, DownloadtoOwn, Gamelink and Sugar VOD. (Two things about Adult DVD Empire and Adultempire.com: 1) they're affiliated but make sure to check them both because they have different pricing structures, and 2) there is a disreputable site called Adult Empire. Make sure you're on the VOD site. Entering Adultempire.com in your browser should get you to the right site.)

03-13-12  04:15am

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Ergo Proxy (21) First of all, thanks for the review.

"It all comes down to how you perceive the value for yourself."

That was a good final remark! I am also registered at AEBN for some time now and occasionally watch this or that title. I joined mainly with the idea in mind to obtain some old fetish titles in a decent quality, but alas it's true that the quality and quantity starts to suck if you go back in time.

03-13-12  11:09am

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rearadmiral (328) REPLY TO #5 - Ergo Proxy :

Thanks for the comment. I have a love/hate relationship with VOD sites. I prefer downloading but that can be very expensive, but VOD sites have allowed me to watch some titles from my early days as a porn user. Depending on how much you watch one of the channels may be a good value for you.
03-13-12  05:15pm

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rome476 (0) REPLY TO #6 - rearadmiral :

I was wondering if you have any comments on Video Box's VOD service.
03-15-12  05:50pm

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rearadmiral (328) REPLY TO #7 - rome476 :

I've never streamed from VB, but if their streaming is as good as their downloads I have no reason to think it isn't great. My recollection is that they have several streaming quality options too. My suggestion, though, is that if you have the harddrive space why not download? The ability to stream will end with your membership but the downloads at VB have no DRM so they're yours forever. I realize that many people have various reasons for wanting to stream but consider downloads from there since they're available for the same membership price.
03-15-12  06:35pm

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rome476 (0) REPLY TO #8 - rearadmiral :

I do have a regular VB membership and do a lot D/Ling. My interest in the VOD is that have Marc Dorcel and new Private for lifetime streaming for $10.
03-15-12  08:17pm

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rearadmiral (328) REPLY TO #9 - rome476 :

I didn't know that VB had some titles that were streaming only. Is that new? Is it one of their separate channels?
03-16-12  06:06am

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