How Do You Use VideoBox

I have a question… how do you use VideoBox?  In other words, how do you navigate?  What do you watch?  What do you wish were better about the experience?


I’ll go first.  I’m not a typical user, since I’ve been around from day 1 and it’s free for me 🙂  But here’s what I do:


First place I usually go is “Top Scenes This Week”.  Most of the time, I see something that is new and looks good.


If not, I’ll check out the recommendations.  One nice thing about recommendations is we filter out everything you’ve seen before, so you know it’s all fresh.


And sometimes I look at videos I found while at work.  Since I work at one of the few places where you get yelled at for *not* looking at porn, every now and then I come across something cool and add it to My Favorites, to be watched later.


Also, I always watch Flash.  I never download, unless I’m going somewhere without an Internet connection.


My Pet Peeves


There are a couple things that keep VB from being porn nirvana.


Sometimes I’m in the mood for a style of content that we just don’t have (and that’s cause we can’t license it — more on that later).


And sometimes what I’m looking for is so specific, like just the right angle and position, and there’s just no easy way to find it.


How about you guys?

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64 Responses to “How Do You Use VideoBox”

  1. doppyman Says:

    How do I use videobox? I log on and try to figure out what price the premium channels are? since my biller can’t handle it, I get a message saying so, then I log out and pretend I haven’t joined videobox and I see the $17.95 number for a premium channel and I wonder, is that in addition to the price of basic videobox or is that a total price for one channel and videobox? Then I give up and look for other porn sites to switch to.

  2. Ditto Says:

    I’ll add a bit, here:

    Use: I check new additions since the last visit. This almost always contains something that looks good to me – hooray! I watch what interests me in the Flash player. If it’s something I think I’ll want to view multiple times in the future (I think it’s extra hot…) I download it. IF I happen to not find something in the new stuff, I start filtering the archives based on what mood I’m in. I repeat the process with Flash and downloading, and eventually I imagine I’ll get through the archive that way!

    Peeves: 1) No inclusion of a “not” filter. 2) Regular problems with synchronization of sound/filmstrip/video within the flash player. 3) The filmstrip moving on me when I’m trying to click within it. For a short while, the filmstrip “scrolled” along with your video position being the center of the strip. I loved this, and was sad when it reverted to the “jump ahead” mechanic. 4) Occasional random results from searches. Example – searching for a particular actress will return plenty of hits, none of which are her, and none of which seem even remotely related to what I searched for. 5) Dubbed porn. No – just please, no. Rip the video sound in the natural language, and don’t force me listen to random people in an audio booth trying to make up sex noises while watching the scene … 99% of dubbing is complete wood killer. 6) No preview on blog posts so I can make sure what I’m posting doesn’t look stupid. 😉

    A final and ridiculous request – I’d like an ignore function for other users. In the comments, certainly, and hopefully on the blog, though I realize this is likely just a blog package that VB doesn’t maintain. I enjoy the comments, and also the blog a great deal, and mentally skipping past people who routinely do/say ridiculous things (such as borderline Alison-stalking…) is onerous.

    Aside from these things, I love the site and remain a loyal user. Cheers for creating a great thing.

  3. Garp Says:

    I enjoy VB so I usually check out the latest downloads, then check out the screen caps of movies I might like, then I go to the blog. I will probably never do premium content because what you serve is usually good enough and there are free sites if I want to see more. My peeve is the same. Ass or Nice Ass or Big Ass (NOT BBW) category. Also, I wouldn’t mind the ability to filter out the nasty. BBBBW and tranny vids. I don’t even want to see that ever.

  4. VVV Says:

    I check in on most days and see the screenshots for almost all new DVDs with a few exceptions (not interested in transexual stuff for example). The stuff that I’m not interested in doesn’t bother me. I applaud the sites’ intent to cater to many different tastes.

    When I first subscribed I downloaded all scenes that interested me. Now I seem to use the flash controls and lists to set them up in batches. I keep them all in portable hard drives. I now also have lists organized by categories that interest me and a ‘favorites’ list with the stuff that I’m just crazy about. I use the flash viewer much more often now although downloading is still very important. There is this weird sense of satisfaction from having the files even though I’m sure I haven’t seen all the scenes I’ve downloaded.

    Finally, every so often I look at the recommendations and I do searches based on categories and stars that I like. The interface is fantastic!

    I’ve been surfing internet porn for a good 14 years and VB is by far the best site for non-original content I’ve ever come accross. The price/content ratio is phenomenal and as long as the quality is maintained I expect to be a subscriber for many, many years.

  5. damon Says:

    I check the new videos posted usually on a daily basis and will add the ones I like to my favourites. I will also look at what is being recommended to me as well in terms of movies and scenes and will peruse the content and stars within and will mark as favourite for a further look/download later. Next if I am looking for something specific and haven’t found it in the above methods I will will do a specific search and usually find something I have an apetite for. I will often skip from looking at the new videos to this step however. I used to actually view scenes using the flash player before I download them but now it takes so long to cache that I will just take the chance if the content and caps look appealing. Hardrive space is valuable and would prefer to use the flash player to sample before downloading. I prefer downloading as I can watch the content off line and wherever I want.

  6. Jer Says:

    I’d really like to be able to subscribe to content based on the tags you already provide – starlet, type of content, studio, etc.

    When new scenes that meet my criteria are published, they should be added to a list that I can peruse later.

    So, for example, if I’m subscribed to Tiffany Rayne, I should be able to see that she’s had a new video posted I haven’t looked at.

  7. Bouncy Says:

    Like many others, I start by looking at the “what’s new” list right on the front-page. Should there not be I may start searching, either by text or by genre. Usually there is something there worth watching of course, or a girl that I want to see more from which is then only a click away.

    One very, very nice thing about VB is that the genre and actor links actually work 99% of the time – there is the odd mistake here and there but rarely. Actresses with several noms de guerre can be a problem but realistically I cannot see a solution for that. (Eurobabeindex can be useful for such of course.) Other sites do have the content, but none that I have found have the metadata, not the the degree that VB does. Which is why I keep the subscription running 🙂

    One peeve, if i may? Like many others these days I use a very high-resolution screen. The preview thumbnails are TINY – could we have larger preview pix please?

  8. pimpslipper Says:

    I’ll try to keep this brief and easily scanable. Like most, I start with what’s new and branch out from there. Then my browsing typically takes this form (and usually in this order):
    – if there’s a particular hot star I hadn’t seen before, I’ll search for her scenes
    – I filter them based on my daily craving (usually anal with a good facial)
    – then I branch out into exploring some of their better movies and start the cycle again

    I typically download the iPhone movie vs. watch the Flash. That’s because I usually need to save the movies until I can, um, get some viewing time. As a result, I spend far more time browsing than actually watching. But for me, I love the excitement of discovering better and better stars and scenes.

    One filter I’d love to see is whether a scene has a facial cumshot, as that’s something I enjoy watching. Another thing that would be very slick is the ability to create a personal star hotness rating. Compare that to users’ ratings of similar tastes and recommend new stars we might find particularly hot based on our preferences. Just an idea.

  9. Boots Says:

    I visit roughly once a week, often rarer. I start scanning “New DVDs” starting where-ever I left off last time. I have a text file on my PC where I keep track of the date I reached; I’m currently at March 4th so I’m about a month behind (a good thing if it means there’s more in my life than porn).

    I open each DVD’s page in a new tab, then open interesting scenes in another tab. I’m going mostly by the screencaps, although I also look at star ratings and often read the reviews. I download every scene I want to watch. I sometimes use the viewer to help decide whether the scene is worth a download.

    Easiest thing to make my life better? Increase the size of the scroll area for the “Custom Clip” selector. If it was 2 or 3 times as tall it wouldn’t need scroll bars so often. The scroll bars are a pain because there are also scroll bars on the page itself and my mousewheel gets confused about which thing to scroll. You could make the size user-selectable if you like, but I doubt anyone would mind if you just changed the control’s height for everyone.

    User tags would be nice too. And a forum so the kinds of conversations that take place in the reviews would have a proper home. Many people here are open minded so the chat could be interesting.

  10. yesman Says:

    I’m a browser. I click the new DVDs, preview some caps, watch small parts in the flash player. I click actresses and studios I see, browse around there, and make heavy use of the recommended scenes on the right. I open new browser tabs for things I might want to browse later. Then I come across a scene I’m in the mood for and watch it in the flash player because it’s easy and fast. I like looking around almost as much as I like watching the scenes.

  11. Greg Says:

    I first look at the new material that’s released since last time I was here. But generally, I use the tags 95% of the time. A typical session goes something like this:

    Tags, (results sorted by popularity):
    anal/big boobs/brunette

    And then I flip through looking for attractive performers who **start out wearing clothes**. Although the European flicks generally have great looking girls, I really hate dubbed dialog, or worse, a blathering idiot behind the camera. These also tend to have more humiliation than domestic films, so these steer me off.

    I’m always looking for “feature” scenes. However, the “feature” tag is always unreliable. I prefer scenes with a little bit of set up or story. I’ll watch gonzo, but it’s not my favorite.

    More and more, I’d really like to see options for exclusion on the tags … like:

    anal/big boobs/brunette/threesome/(NOT) double penetration

    This would generally give me girl-girl-boy scenes only.

    Or: big boobs/japanese/(NOT) hairy/(NOT) midget

    Or, even better, and perhaps more applicable to others:

    anal/red head/(NOT) Performer->Audrey Hollander

    Though this might only come up with one or two hits, it’s still useful.

    So I’d like to see additional tags, like voyeur, hairy, european, quality (obviously $$$ video). Perhaps, expand out the “fetish” tag to be more specific to take account for each viewer’s shoes, clothing, hair, latex, midget, choking, gargling preferences.

    Also, one final wish, I’d love to see a universal/comprehensive exclusion feature:

    Don’t ever list or show me scenes (while browsing or searching) that have X … For instance:

    Audrey Hollander

    This way, there’s no surprises. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten wood seeing a great rack on a DVD cover and clicked through to find those tits have balls. Wood gone. This happened this past week, though I forget the name of the DVD. I’m generally not reading the text on the cover or reading the tags when I browse through the new releases.
    So, these are my thoughts. Not sure if any will sprout, but at least I’m planting seeds.

  12. Vampirum Says:

    I pretty much get a kick out of any type of porn as long as it is of good quality (and I find that VB puts up some good quality stuff). For the minor imperfections with this site it is hard to complain when you look at the very low price. You can find virtually any actress on VB so if you are a fan of any particular star you can find her listed here.

    My only real complaint is that many of the scenes are listed improperly. For example, some are listed as lesbian yet have male actors in the scene and should thus be listed under “threesome” rather than “lesbian”. Or you may find some scenes listed under “big boobs” where the actress would have medium/average sized breasts. If you are looking for one specific scene in particular (and are very picky) you may find it hard to find exactly what you are looking for.

  13. tjstjs Says:

    i usually just look at the new dvds and see which ones i like. watch using flash, never download.

    the one thing you could do to improve things is to be able to filter OUT categories as well as filtering categories in (e.g. i might want to search for big boobs scenes on videobox only and NO anal).

  14. Dan Says:

    One thing I wish was that the start of the sixth part of the video was BEFORE the cumshot. I always find myself rewinding after clicking on the sixth part.