Hustler Mega Pass (1)
Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
||- Large Network (access to 18 sites)
- Variation in site themes
- Supports download managers
- No obvious time-outs
- Site updates daily (one scene per day)
- Great price, great value
||- Search function is limited
- Streaming starts automatically when scene page loads
||Hustler Mega Pass really isn’t a network in the true sense of the word as applied to online porn. I define a network as a collection of unique sites available through one umbrella site and that isn’t the reality here. Here there are 1500+ DVDs that are categorized into any of several possible niches. What I mean is that if there was a DVD titled “Anal Teens and Big Dicks” (that’s trademarked, BTW, for when I retire and start a porn company…) the DVD would appear on the anal-themed ‘site’ and on the big-dick-themed ‘site.’ That isn’t necessarily bad, but Hustler makes it worse by putting different scenes on each site. If, for example, one of the anal teens sported big breasts, that scene might only be available on the big breast ‘site.’ It appears, but haven’t confirmed it, that the complete DVDs may be available on the main Hustler site. The problem with that is that on DVD pages there are no tags so you have to open each scene to see any tags.
The ‘sites’ here are fairly standard, and I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. There are the sites that cater to those who like legal teens, amateurs, MILFs, Black women, classics, anal sex, transsexuals and even a site that showcases Hustler’s parodies. There is something for most preferences.
I realize that MiztaBlu recently did a review of the same network and found a lot wrong with it. I agree with some of those concerns, but I also have to add I didn’t experience the problems that he did. For example, I didn’t find audio or video playback problems. So far the videos are working fine for me. I’ve been a member here before and those older videos still work fine for me too.
One warning: all sites here follow a new trend. When you click on a scene it starts to stream right away. That’s bad enough, but what bugs me is that it continues to load even if you stop or pause the scene. To me, this seems like an enormous waste of bandwidth unless someone really wants streaming. And if someone really wants streaming just let them click a button to start that.
The network does seem to promote streaming since all the many streaming options are readily available while the download options must be selected through a pull-down menu. Streaming options are for MP4, FLV and WMV. You can also choose the quality of the stream. I prefer downloads so really can’t give any opinion on the streams except to say that they shouldn’t start automatically.
The sites are all well laid out and are easy to navigate. They’re divided by scene (labeled by performer) and also listed by DVD. Clicking a scene opens to the streaming and download options, and clicking on the DVD opens to large thumbnails of the scenes in the DVD. In an earlier review of VCA XXX, which is part of this network, I noted that a lot of the scenes are mislabeled or not labeled at all, and in some cases the thumbnails are wrong. That seems to be a problem exclusive to VCA XXX because the problem doesn’t exist on the other sites.
Downloads are available in a variety of formats and resolutions. The most commonly available format is WMV though most scenes are also available as MP4s. Resolutions vary, but HD isn’t available on many scenes. In this area, Hustler is really lacking. I download WMVs and I suspect the highest available resolution depends on when the scene was uploaded. Resolutions range from 320x240 at 1200kp/s, through 720x480 at 1300kb/s to 864x480 at 2100kb/s and finally through to 1280x720 at 3100kb/s. By far, the most commonly available are the 720x480. That’s fairly low by today’s standards, but subjectively they look good.
On the plus side, the network offers DRM-free access to a lot of good Hustler material. There are a lot of options for streaming and downloading and the video quality, while not the best available, is still pretty good.
On the downside, the site would be better organized if they just had one Hustler site with good tags that could be searched. The name Hustler has a lot of brand recognition among porn buyers so just offering 1500+ Hustler DVDs should be enough to entice anyone to join. Other minor negatives are the weak search function. Searching “anal” for example, brings up anal scenes but not DVDs. That may sound fussy, but I prefer to associate scenes with DVDs and this site can make that difficult.
The bottom line is that the good definitely outweighs the bad – and by a wide margin. Hustler makes some excellent porn and this site gives access to a lot of it. It could be better, and with a large catalogue I wish they offered more, but it is a good site offering good value and I’d definitely recommend it.
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