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lk2fireone (194) 03-10-13  10:18pm
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Status: Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
Pros: -Discount through PU. $14.95 instead of $29.99/month.
-Easy login. No captcha.
-Can view photosets as slide show or download the zip set.
-Long time before site timeout.
-Good download speeds. I'm getting 1.3 MB/sec, my max download speed.
-DownThemAll download manager works at this site.
-Choice of download version quality: Many videos have a WVGA480, HD720, and a HD1080 version.
Cons: -Uncheck pre-checked cross-sell.
-Search could be better. Search term "Christine Maddox" returns any photoset with the name of "Christine" as first name or last name, instead of specifically returning only photosets with the name of "Christine Maddox" included.
-Also, either they are missing photos of past playmates, or the search does not return all the photos of those playmates. For example, the annual photoguide of past playmates of the year photos are sometimes not included in the search result. There are other past photos of playmates and models that are either not on the site, or not returned by a search of the model's name.
-Some bugs in the navigation or site structure. You play a slide show of Susie Scott, and it only plays a few of the 24 photos in the set, then stops. Can't get it to play/show all the photos in the set.
-Photoset of a playmate does not include the data sheet.
Bottom Line: -Back in the 1960s and 1970s, Playboy was the premier "gentleman's magazine". Penthouse was a close second. Both those magazines were renowned for their nude photography, as well as their articles and fiction and interviews. They were money-making machines that brought their founders vast wealth. Those days are history. Both Playboy and Penthouse have flirted with bankruptcy in recent years.

This is supposed to be a softcore glamor photo and video site. Given the Playboy name, you would expect to find superior, high quality photos and videos of their models.

-I don't know why, but there are superior copies of their onsite photos available elsewhere. Years ago, I belonged to a newsgroup, and I collected the photos of most playmates.
You look at the photos at this Playboy Plus site, and the photos just don't have the same impact as the photos that I collected. The basic image is the same, but the images I collected from the newsgroups were more striking.

-Some photos are mis-labeled. You play a slide show of a photoset, and instead of identifying the model(s) in each photo, the label shows the title of the photoset. So you have to know from other sources (or your own special knowledge) who these models are.

-No choice of download version quality for zip photosets. This is surprising. For a photo-oriented site, the only option I see is for one definition of a zip file download, not the standard 3 definitions that many photo sites have of low, medium, and high quality.

-The quality of the "high definition" video files can be poor. For example, the video for "stacy-fuson-paymate-of-the-month-vid-01.mp4" is 1920x1080, total bitrate is 6049 kbps, which would seem to indicate a high quality, high definition video. But the frame rate is 7 frames/second, which might explain why the video is a poorly defined video picture. I've seen the DVD which this video is made from, and the video is much sharper than the video you download from Playboy Plus.

Let me be clear. Watching the downloaded video is like watching a shitty version of the video you should be watching.

The streaming version of that video is better quality, but nowhere near the quality of Metart, Diesel Access network, or other fine sites. The video quality of a streaming video at Playboy Plus is actually below the quality of the Teen Mega World videos.

That is amazing to me. Don't the people running this site realize the video quality of their videos is so poor, compared to the better sites on the internet?

Maybe they are blind to the poor quality of their photographs, which is not as bad as the quality of their video downloads. But the obvious degradation of their video download files is pathetic, for a site that is supposed to empasize the beauty of the female form.

The site does not use DRM. But the poor quality of the video files I have downloaded, in effect, means you can not save a high quality video file. And I am going to sign up for a new membership to a newsgroup, because I believe I will be able to find better quality photos of past playmates from a newsgroup than I can find at this Playboy Plus pay site.

I don't believe my expectations for this site were too high. But what I've found at this site, in terms of photo image quality, and video image quality, is a massive disappointment.

Not all videos are as bad (poor definition) as these 2 videos of Stacy Fuson. The videos of Erika Eleniak are better. Not great, not as good or defined as high quality sites like Metart or Diesel Access, but still better than the Stacy Fuson videos.


Giving the site a score of 68. I believe the quality of the photos at the site is inferior to what you will find at high-quality sites like Metart and MPL Studios and Femjoy.
And the quality of the videos is even further below what you will find at those other sites.

Comparing the photo and video quality of this site to high grade sites on the internet, you begin to realize the Playboy brand has really fallen from its former quality standards.

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luv lickn clit (21) Great review! I tried a subscription to Playboys website many years ago (back in the late 90s I think). At the time I was a subscriber to the magazine, and probably had ten years worth of back issues in my closet. I remember thinking that if the site was good and the Playmate photo sets were complete, I was going to get rid of all the mags I had. But when I joined, the photos were really crappy, so I kept the mags for a few more years. That was over 10 years ago and it sounds like not much has changed! Amazing that a company known for the quality of its printed magazine has never gotten it right on the internet. But I do have a question: does this site have a complete Playmate archive, and what else in addition to the Playmates does it have? Thanks!
03-11-13  05:56am

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Denner (233) Fine, fine review, lk2 - and it's strange that a company this size is not doing any better when it comes to websites.
03-11-13  06:29am

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lk2fireone (194) REPLY TO #1 - luv lickn clit :

I would guess that all the playmates would have their original photosets on this site.
The photosets are different from the original spreads that were published in the print magazine.
If you ever joined a newsgroup and collected the playmate photosets, you would have a better understanding of what I mean.

The site structure could be laid out much better.
To try to find a playmate, you can either enter her name in the search box, which gives her photos and videos, plus any other matching name. Like I said in the review, if you enter the search term "Christine Maddox", the results include any model named "Christine", and any model named "Maddox". So you get results that don't include "Christine Maddox", and you have to search (open) each file to see if that model is in that file, or use some other way to exclude files that are not what you want.

Trying to collect all the photosets for each playmate is a time-consuming process.
The site stucture does not make it easy.

The Playboy Plus site has the following categories:
(But here again, searching through each category is a time-consuming process. It would have been much better if they organized the contents based on the date the playmate-model-cybergirl was first published in the physical magazine or on the internet site).

03-11-13  08:21am

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lk2fireone (194) REPLY TO #1 - luv lickn clit :

Playboy Plus Categories:
Girls
Playmates
Cybergirls
College girls
Amateurs
International
Celebrities

Articles
entertainment
nightlife
lifestyle
sex & dating
celebrities
sports
news
gaming
funny

Videos
World of Playboy
Hugh Hefner
Magazine
Shop
Sitemap
Playboy Mobile
Webmasters

03-11-13  08:21am

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lk2fireone (194) REPLY TO #2 - Denner :

That was my thought exactly.
03-11-13  08:26am

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Cybertoad (104)

Kinda depressing actually, great review. But PB will always have a soft heart for since being a young
Kid in the 60's and that was what we saw as the grail of porn.

Just my opinion and maybe it was intentional, but seems the world move right past PlayBoy, and they stayed in the 60's and 70. I remember in the 1980 when playboy hit cable I thought now here we go. But alas they stopped short of being a porn powerhouse. And maybe that is because Heff sees PB as art of the female body or adult material but not porn. And guy growing up like me in the 60-70 ERA will tell you, even seeing the cover would get you wood. So are far as I was concerned that was PORN. I remember being depressed learning about air-brushing and later in todays world photo-shop.
Porn did used to be about slammin and hammering. It used to be about raw sexual energy the Heff once had full control of. I guess I always assumed PB would be the mountain top all other would aspire to accomplish.

03-11-13  08:46am

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lk2fireone (194) REPLY TO #6 - Cybertoad :

The magazine and internet site Playboy Plus is softcore. But what surprises me is that the company is heavily into hardcore.

From Wikipedia:

Sales of Playboy magazine peaked in 1972 at over 7 million copies.[2] The company now derives only one-third of its revenues from Playboy magazine, with the other two-thirds from the dissemination of adult content in electronic form, such as television, the internet and DVDs.[3] Much of this electronic revenue comes not from the soft nude imagery which made the magazine famous, but from hardcore pornography connected with the company's ownership of Spice Digital Networks,[4] Club Jenna,[5] and Adult.com [6]

03-11-13  09:43am

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luv lickn clit (21) REPLY TO #4 - lk2fireone :

Thanks for the info lk2fireone!
03-11-13  12:49pm

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