Archive for February, 2011

Full HD Is Coming To Videobox!

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Ever since David let the cat out of the bag back in January that Videobox is going to start having HD releases, it’s been a popular discussion topic on this blog, and in the customer service emails. It may seem trivial to simply add an HD title to the release schedule, but there were many wrinkles to iron out. As the saying goes, the devil is in the details. The biggest issue being that many studios claimed to have full HD, but when we received samples from them it was actually only 480p. (Shocker – an adult company would embellish the description of their product…) So with all the hard work behind us, I would like to announce that there’s good news…and there’s really good news!


The Good News:
Videobox will start releasing one 720p HD title every day beginning in early March – hopefully the first week. Best case would be March 1st,, which is what we’re shooting for. Now if you’re wondering why I’m hedging (which I am a bit), it’s because the encoding process for HD is different from standard definition DVDs and we ’re still collecting the content from studios. Not to mention that this is a new process for them as well. But there are multiple hard drives traveling around the country right now and we’re feeling optimistic.


The Really Good News:
When we first started discussing having HD on VB last year, we knew that we didn’t want to roll it out with just any random content. We wanted it to look GOOD and have value to you by being differentiated with the brand, girls and production quality. The following studios; Wicked Pictures, Burning Angel, Zero Tolerance and 3rd Degree Films are the first group of studios that will be joining the VB HD family. All of these studios are known for their dedication to producing high quality original content that you now can see on VB


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You will also start seeing some of the more popular Studios in HD as well:
New Sensations
Digital Sin
Diabolic
Harmony
Anarchy
Combat Zone


I probably shouldn’t throw this out there, but there is a strong possibility that we could get Anabolic Pictures in HD as well. That said, I’ve been trying to do a deal with them for 4 years, so if it falls apart again don’t ask, “where the fuck is the Anabolic?”

Breast Exam – February 2011 Uploads

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I’ve captured images from twenty scenes added to VideoBox during February, 2011. Two images per scene, focusing on the girl’s breasts. Below the images are a list of twenty performer names. See if you can correctly match the names to the images. Each name is to be used once, and only once. Five points for each correct match. I’ve also included two bonus question from mainstream (non-porn) movies. Five points apiece for those correct answers. So theoretically, 110 points would be the maximum score, but I would consider any grade above 50 to be an impressive showing. Click on the answer key at the very bottom of the post to check your results. No need to post your answers, but let us know how you did.

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Sneak Peak at Experimental “VideoBox Flow Mode”



Hi I’m Josh, one of the founders on VideoBox.



Last month, we released the beta version of VB3, and we received some feedback saying it was “cumbersome to navigate”, “complicated, all over the place”, and “requires too many clicks to do anything”.



I’ve been thinking a lot about this problem of complexity, about how every feature we add makes the entire site a little more cluttered.  And so I’ve taken a stab at creating an interface that’s as simple as possible and optimizes for one thing: a fun, immersive porn experience.



I’d love for you guys to check it out and let me know what you think.  Keep in mind:

  • It’s a streaming only experience – no downloading.
  • It requires a high-bandwidth connection, preferably a cable modem.

VideoBox Flow Mode

Try VideoBox Flow Mode


As next steps, I intend to allow content filtering by category and star names, as well as display information about the videos you click.



Do you guys have any other suggestions?



Thanks,



Josh

My VideoBox/Favorites Issue

UPDATE! We have synced around 99% of member’s favorites! If your favorites haven’t been synced by the end of the day, simply post a comment with your username and we will take care of it. Thanks!

Some members may have noticed that their saved favorites have been a little screwy lately, this is an issue we are aware of and I can assure you, that your favorites will be restored!

A fix is in the works and we hope to have it pushed shortly. Resolving this problem is our top priority!

Here’s a note from our engineer who is working on this:

“Hi folks. I want to assure everyone that their favorites data has not been deleted. We are in the process of restoring all favorites back to the way they were before we made a code change. We have a lot of future plans ahead involving favorites and that has caused some complications with maintaining compatibility between VB2 and VB3.


To explain in more detail, the way that VB2 stored “video” favorites was a bit messy. It allowed the user to store both DVDs and Scenes in the same list. Moving forward, we found that it was advantageous to separate these lists.

Unfortunately, I underestimated the activity and personal investment people had in their favorites on VB2. And I agree with the sentiment that we should have had VB2 favorites synced up with VB3 stashes long before we launched VB3. That didn’t happen and this is where we are now. But we’re fixing it. As of this moment, we have restored a few hundred accounts and we are in the process of confirming that it works 100% of the time. If all goes well, we will begin running the restore scripts over the entire user base.

Again, we apologize for this mistake and we are committed to fixing it as fast and accurately as we can.

–b
.”


We will update this post once we confirm a fix is in place.

Thanks again for your patience!

Nice Work If You Can Get It

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Unless you’ve been galaxy hopping around the universe, you probably caught wind of the latest chapter in the train wreck life of Charlie Sheen. Embroiled in the most recent controversy is VideoBox favorite Kacey Jordan. Kacey hooked up with Charlie at his home last week, and departed with a $30,000 check. Sometime later, Charlie was rushed to the hospital with abdominal pain. Kacey claims the hospitalization was the result of a two day binge of alcohol and drugs. In a sprawling 69 minute commercial free interview, Kacey gave Howard Stern the details of her adventure with Charlie, as well as other events impacting the life of a simple, down home 22 year old working girl from Oregon. Click inside to hear the interview.

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