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Private Media Group
13 Sites Listed
Partner: Private Cash

Monthly: $29.95 (recurring)
Multi-Mo: $59.85 (3 months, recurring)
1 Year: $149.95 (non-recurring)

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Review by TheBestPorn:

81.5
TBP Review

Date: 05-31-12

Type: 2.0

Spencer
+  Pretty large site overall.
+  Quality is great these days.
-  Downloads come in a bit slow; can't browse if using download manager.
-  Older quality isn't as good.

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TheSquirrel (53) 12-06-13  04:16pm
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Status: Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
Pros: No download limits, DRM, or regional discrimination.
Upmarket glossy settings instead of the usual cum stained casting couch.
Different locations plus professionally produced and lit videos with some good angles, makes the material look different to the usual mass produced porn.
Good speeds on streaming and download.
Access to one of the most well established, and professional porn studios, giving access to a good variety of new and archive material.
HD videos look really good.
Zipped photos.
Consistent updates, albeit of different age and quality.
Very little filler material.
Their representative did take the time to appear at PU and answer concerns about cancellation problems.
Easy login.
Cons: Cancellation not confirmed, took a number of messages and emails to confirm cancellation.
Awful navigation and search facilities.
Old and new, high and low spec videos, all mixed in together.
Clips from same dvd mixed up over different sites.
Some videos don't play.
Only mp4 available for download or streaming.
Too many fake breasts.
A little less material than on big sites.
Bottom Line: This place is a delight and pain in the ass in equal measure, what you get though is quality stuff. Private is yet another dvd site masquerading as a network, so I use the main home page as base, then use the various sites as a filter and search facility. I am still finding some great material, but with no meaningful category search facilities, it is hard work and time consuming being a member. Browsing can be frustrating and no fun, if you spend more time searching than viewing.

On the main home page videos are not listed in chronoligical order of update, although scenes are, and so are the scenes on the individual sites, but updates are a mix of new and old material, so you get old 480 quality, mixed with 720 and 1080 quality, and scenes from each dvd are split up across the network on different sites. This has to be one of the most irritating porn sites to browse on the internet. Everything is mixed up together like an Eton Mess (created when a student dropped his dessert on the floor resulting in everything being mixed up. That sums up navigation).

For instance, if you go to Private Castings you will find a selection of videos with names like Guns And Rough Sex, Sex Auditions, and Cum To Daddy, split up into clips, but you wont find them all on the same site. For example, Cum To Daddy has a clip on Private Castings, but the other scenes from that video are to be found on both Russian Teen Ass, and Tight And Teen.

To me some of the older 480 clips don't look at all good, despite some glamorous and luxurious location filming, directors often can't resist changing from one angle to another, like you're going to get bored watching a beautiful girl getting fucked from the same angle for more than ten seconds, and once again there are far too many gynaecological closeups, and fake breasts.

Things could be so much more enjoyable with a little thought and organisation. Or maybe there is thought and organisation behind it all. Of course you don't think a company like Private just leaves it to chance do you? They've been around since 1965, and don't get to be in business this long by leaving things to chance. You think piracy is putting these guys out of business? I don't think so. They pre date internet porn, they predate video, they nearly predate me, but not quite.

Ah yes, video tapes, remember those? You'd make the effort, to go to one of those video shops, and fork out a lot of money buying the genuine article from some distant relative of the Krays, who'd only recently got the jail bars off his arse, but it was worth it, you finally had the real thing. Then you'd get it home and put it in the video machine, and wait, and wait, and wait...then finally, finally, after half an hour, it got to the good bit, and then it was over. WHAT!? That's as bad as my sex life, that can't be it!

But it was, and you didn't even have a remote control to forward wind. Ah, but they knew how to frame a shot, and they were actors, and it was all produced so well, but you just wasted an hour and a half of your life.

Porn is now vastly improved so I'm being a little harsh in judging Private who has to compete with the number of dvd's on the likes of Video Box or Videos Z, and the number of sites on 21 Sextury or Teen Mega World, and are attempting a sleight of hand at trying to make it look as though there is more than there really is. I think there's enough anyway, without the sleight of hand, even though the older material is far inferior in picture spec, though not in production. Making searching impossible and time consuming means longer memberships.

Same goes for the cancellation problem. It maybe designed that way for a reason. It took a number of emails and messages to get them to confirm my cancellation. One of the problems was their internal service did not recognise my membership password, so it was impossible to cancel using their links. Some of those missed cancellations are going to slip through "accidentally" which means more money.

The newer vids look very impressive, and if I was going to compare them to anything it would be to those early higher budget porn movies shot on film. Picture content is varied. Some clips have only 5-10 pics, some have over 100, and some have none at all, but they are of good quality when they exist, and can be downloaded in zipped form, or browsed through on the same player as the videos.

Private has lasted this long, mainly because they've maintained a high standard, and given people what they want - action, and done it with a style and professionalism that few others have. The videos don't all look the same as they do on some networks, due to a number of different directors working in different locations.

If not for the cancellation problems and navigation I would have stayed longer and scored higher. Just before I was due to post this review, the Private representative appeared on PU to answer the cancellation concerns. If that improves I will join again.
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rearadmiral (306) 11-13-13  10:33am
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Status: Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
Pros: - 660 Private titles
- Likely the most lavish productions of any current large studio
- Stunning models
- Some HD available
- Supports download managers
- Lots of anal (might be a con for some)
- Updates with two scenes (not full DVDs) added per day
Cons: - Not a true network of sites as indicated
- Download speeds can vary
- Sorting functions are limited
- A few minor issues with separate links leading to the same scene and wrong star names
Bottom Line: This is one of the better studio sites where Iíve had a membership, but since I find most studio sites lacking in some key areas that isnít necessarily praise. This is a good site that offers solid value though.

Youíll note that I refer to this as a site while others consider it a network. The TBP review notes that a membership to the main site comes with ten sites in total. Thatís sort of true, because those other Ďsitesí exist, but it is also misleading. The additional sites contain nothing different from what is on the main site. The additional sites are more like niche tags. If you sort by DVD and then open a DVD youíll see that some of the scenes in the DVD are tagged with the watermarks of those bonus sites. While this may be useful for sorting a niche you like, no one should join expecting access to both Private and bonus sites offering additional and unique content.

Currently the site has 660 DVDs available. Unlike so many other studio sites it appears that Private hasnít neglected to upload some scenes in DVDs. For those who know Privateís videos they donít need an introduction, but for those not familiar with them, Private is a European studio (likely the oldest in the industry) known for high quality productions. The studio uses only the best looking models (mostly European but a few American A-listers too), has incredibly high production values and often shoots in exotic (and expensive) locations. Like so much of European porn, anal sex is frequent which may deter some members. If the site has a weak point, it isnít the quality of the porn.

The siteís main weak point, as seems to be common with studio sites, is in the website execution. The site itself is simple, which in many cases is an advantage, but in this case more detail and options should be made available. For example, when sorting by DVD (my preference) the only option is to sort by popularity or title. There is no option to sort by upload date or HD versus SD content.

Iíll confess that Iíve become a bit of a Ďsize queení in recent months: life is too short for low res porn. The result is that unless there is a specific scene that I really want, I wonít download anything less than 720p. On this site, that meant leaving a lot of porn on the table. (I canít really say how much HD is available because there is no way that I can find to sort for it, but I estimate that maybe 40% is available as HD.) Given that some of the DVDs available here were filmed prior to HD I canít fault the studio for this and I assume that all newly shot and uploaded DVDs will be available in HD.

Where only SD is available there is usually only one option of 720x480, though some come in at 720x540. The only file type offered is mp4. Many scenes also offer a lower-res version for mobile devices.

The HD scenes still only offer mp4 but there are more options for resolutions. Those are 480p, 720p, 1080p and mobile. I downloaded the 1080p and those came in at 1920x1080 at 4,100kb/s and 25fps. Interestingly (for a non-tech guy) the file sizes are much smaller than Iím used to seeing for scenes of this resolution. I donít understand how theyíre encoded, but the site really has struck a great balance between how the scenes look (they look great Ė clear and crisp) and the file size. I certainly appreciate their effort.

Scenes are also available for streaming in the same resolutions offered for downloads.

The site allows download managers and I had no issue with timeouts. I realize that some have reported being limited to five downloads at once, but since I only use a manager to queue up downloads for one-at-a-time download I had no issues. I was also able to continue navigating when downloading contrary to what some others have reported. Download speeds were up to normal standards but I did see speeds drop off on a few occasions. I usually saw 10+MB/s but it could drop as low as 3MB/s for short periods.

A couple of minor issues popped up in that on more than one occasion I went to download a scene and my download manager said I already had downloaded it. It appears that some of the links may lead to the wrong scene. Another relatively minor quibble is that on maybe a dozen or so of the scenes I downloaded the female talent was incorrectly listed. As this is the studio that shot the video Iíd like to think they could avoid this mistake.

The bottom line for me is that this is a solid site that offers a lot of top-quality porn for a fair price. While the site could use more tags and search tools, and should continue to add HD content, even as it stands it offers great value for your porn dollars.
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studslut (8) 01-12-07  07:53pm
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Divinx (4) 04-05-14  03:13am
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There's a cheap Trial, but not full

Just wanted to let you know that Private is at present offering a 2 days trial, but it only allows you to view and download 5 episodes of your choice. It also reminds you continually (and annoyingly) that you can access everything by upgrading.

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rearadmiral (306) 12-05-13  01:10pm
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Tricky to cancel a membership

I'm coming to the end of a month membership and went to cancel. It was a much more frustrating experience than usual so I thought for future members my lessons-learned may be of use.

I'm used to billers like CCBill and Epoch so my default means to cancel is to go to those sites and cancelling is easy. Private's primary biller is Rocket Gate and that's who I was billed through. I went to their site and found nothing for consumers so I Googled "Rocket Gate how to cancel membership" that did take me to a page where I could enter my email and username. The problem is that they had no record of me even though they are the biller. So I emailed them. That was 24 hours ago and I haven't had a response.

The Private site has no link for your account, but at the bottom there is a link for support. That leads to an FAQ page where there is a question about billing. Most of the answer directs you to Rocket Gate, but if you have the same problem as I had then that's not of any use. There is, however, a link to prvtbilling.com. That brings you to a page on the Private website that allows you to enter your username and email address. That worked.

I should also note that I didn't receive a confirmation email when I joined. Those often contain cancellation information. I first thought that could have screwed up my email address when I joined and that would explain the lack of a confirmation email and the inability for the biller to recognize me, but since the Private site itself recognized the email address I'd say I wasn't at fault.

My final advice is that since your membership remains active for the month even after you cancel I recommend trying to cancel early in case you do have problems.

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RustyJ (145) 12-01-13  04:14am
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Improvement!

Looks like this site has really gone through some changes and appears to offer some really high quality stuff. Shame about no special offer and regional pricing though, 30 euros a month means no prolonged memberships for me.

Surprisingly they seem to accept PayPal too. I thought they had some kind of no porn rule...

Anybody member here sho could check if they offer Private magazines or photosets too? Might be my next subscription.

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livechat (Suspended) 11-20-13  05:31am
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Thanks

Nice post.

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rome476 (0) 07-22-12  07:48am
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Current Status

I finally bought a membership and if you are fan of high end Euro features, it is worth it at $30 for a month vist. (I got it for $15 for the first month from a discount on another review site, which was a definite bargain.)



The site includes scenes from newer features for download and for streaming. The video quality for the new HD scenes is great; the quality for the older scenes is disappointing; if you have VB, you will get better quality there if it has the same scenes. Private should be remastering these scenes.



The site has its problems. First, you canít browse the site once you start a download, which is extremely frustrating. Second, the size of the files are not stated on the site, nor is the length of the scenes. Third, if you are using the scene navigation, it does not tell you the name of the DVD the scene is from.



Download speeds varied using free download manager. At the high-end I got 2.1 mg but at the lower end around 300-400.



As to content, the new material is excellent, although there is too much silicoe for euro features.



While far from perfect, as far as I know, this is the only site you can use to get newer high end Euro features on a flat monthly basis. Dorcel Club could be an alternative, but from what I can gather it does not have any newer material, is expense, and has a bad reputation. (I donít know why.) As far as I know there are no other Euro feature sites available in English.

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RustyJ (145) 03-02-12  09:15am
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Status update?

My, it's my third comment on this site in a row. Anyway, not much activity here on this site regarding the greatest studio of the 90's and 00's (actually another retro comment made me think of this).

Anybody still a member? Are the old films generally available on at least DVD quality? What about magazine archives?

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RustyJ (145) 04-03-11  01:31am
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Getting any better?

It's been over half a year since I got some very negative comments about this site. IT appears that TPB has given it a favorable review lately so I was wondering if the issues of past are gone?

They at least promise a good deal of HD videos on the previews page but I understood from some comments that Private is not producing much new material these days and the old ones obviously cannot ever be released as HD. It also appears that the old magazines are on another site these days. I guess there's no network membership to all Private offerings?

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RustyJ (145) 08-20-10  10:05pm
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What is being offered now?

The comments below state that a lot has changed and the reviews are older than that. Anybody have a clue, is this site worth joining anymore? Do you get access to their large DVD selection or not (somebody commented about them trying to sell you films)?

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stllwtr13 (Unverified) 06-11-10  08:35am
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WARNING: SITE CHANGED. RIPOFF ALERT.

DO NOT sign up for PRIVATE.COM! It has just been taken down and replaced with a NEW SITE that has almost NONE of the old content, but promises of the old content are still all over the signup and welcome pages. It is a flat-out bait-and-switch that just cost me $30.

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ipg386 (0) 06-09-10  09:39pm
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How to make one of the best sites one of the worst

Private has managed to turn one of the best sites into one of the worst. How? Easy make navigation inscrutable, remove all the pictures that were some of the best on the internet and oh did I forget, slow the site down so that you can have a cup of coffee while simply moving from one page to the next. Yes, they really ruined this site. The removal of the incredible picture section is unbelievable. And I forget to mention the limited pictures they do still have cannot be individually downloaded with Mozilla, you have to download the anemic set as a zip file just to get the few pictures that are worth seeing. It looks like they are using the site to sell videos and have lost sight of their users. Not worth even a one month subscription.

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