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Happy Holidays – VB Support Hours

Happy Holidays to all from everyone here at VideoBox!

We just wanted to let you know what you can expect regarding customer support between now and the New Year. We are a small team and we consider the happiness and well-being of our teammates to be a top priority. So, someone will be on hand to reply to emails every weekday except December 25th and January 1st, though our holiday support hours will be a bit shorter and response times will be a little bit longer.

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Please bear with us during this time. Here’s the breakdown:

Mon-Fri 12/22 – 12/26: 10am – 4pm, every day but Christmas 12/25

Mon-Fri 12/29 – 1/2: 10am – 4pm, every day but New Year’s Day, 1/1

Please allow 48 to 72 hours for responses. We will reply as soon as we are able and will prioritize messages in the order we receive them.

Normal support hours and response times will resume on Monday, January 5th, 2015.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year,
The VideoBox Team

Site Search Updated!

Hey Everybody,

We are overjoyed to tell you that we have made a major update to VideoBox’s sitewide search engine. We thank you all for being patient as we incrementally upgraded our underlying search technology and then adjusted the search results. We think what is on the site as of today is better than the search results on our old site, and better than the new site has ever had. We think you will agree.

Let me break down a few of the major differences you will see starting today:

Relevance:

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The default result set for any search on the site is now Relevance. This pushes up items that are much more likely to be the content you were looking for. Note that the Movie, Scene and Clip searches are weighted more toward the text in the title now. If you are looking for content of a certain category, clicking the “Categories” list at the left of the page, or starting on the “Niches” page, is your best bet.

If you’re not liking Relevance, you can still choose from the other sorts we offer, as seen in the screenshot above; namely, Recently Popular, Newest to Oldest, A to Z, and Most Popular.

Vastly Improved Star Search:

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Yes, you will find that the results for searches on star names are much more accurate than they were. You will also find a link at the top of the default result set (which is Movies) to easily switch to Scenes and back to Movies as you wish.

Series Searches:

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It is now easier than ever to find other titles from a Movie series you like via the search field. As a bonus, we have added a link on the Movie details pages next to the title of any Movie with a “#” in the title, which takes you to a page of search results for that title. It’s not 100% exact, but it’s very handy.

Overall Better Results:
Generally speaking, you are going to get better results than you’ve been getting for searches, which means more of what you want and less of what you don’t, saving time you used to spend sifting through excess content.

Enjoy, and let us know how it’s working for you in the comments section below.

Bob and the VB Team

New Top Nav

Hey VideoBoxers,

As you probably noticed, we have released a new top-level navigation scheme on the site. Gone are the fat, iPhone-like graphical tiles for Movies, Scenes, Clips and the like, and we’ve grouped things into a more organized layout. It loads faster, takes up less vertical space, allows us to communicate more information in that area, and looks/feels more clean.

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We’ve also moved some things off of the home page and into a drop-down that appears when you click on your username at the upper right. That drop-down includes handy links to a whole bunch of account-specific items while allowing us to de-clutter the site a bit.

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We have also made the search bar more user-friendly. And speaking of search, we have received your feedback about it and are close to completion on an overhaul that will greatly improve it. We know the results being returned right now are not as good as they should be, and I can assure you that will be rectified soon.

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In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know in the comments section below.

Enjoy!
Bob and the VB Team

Learn What VB Can Do, Part 1

From our customer support emails, we have found that there are some cool features on VideoBox that members like you, dear reader, may not know about. Consider this part 1 of an occasionally-updated series of posts designed to keep you informed about the many things you can do on VB that you may not have known you could.

As you read on, please hear the rest of this post as spoken by the voice you imagine coming out of this sexy teacher:

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Also, if you have other favorite VB features to share, please do so in the comments below. We may even pick yours for a future post to give it a brighter spotlight!

For this first installment, let’s talk about the drag-and-drop and deletion features in the VideoBox “My Stash” page and popups.

So, let’s say you’re looking at your main movie-stash page, and you want to move some of the movies on this page to a different folder. If you click on a DVD cover and hold down the mouse button, you can drag the movie over to any folder (that you have given a name) at the upper left of the page. When you move the selected DVD over the folders, you’ll see an arrow over each folder that is eligible for dropping when you hover on that folder. Want to add it to a new folder? No problem, just click on the word “rename” below that folder and type a new name. When you drag the movie over, that folder will be “droppable.”

All of the above can be done with your stashed scenes, clips and stars as well, on their respective stash pages.

But let’s say you want to remove some items from your stash, or even remove every item in a given folder? You can do this one item at a time using the trash-can icon at the lower right of each item’s thumbnail image, or delete the whole folder and its contents by using the “DELETE ENTIRE FOLDER” button at the upper right of the page. For more details on this, see this previous blog post.

For our final lesson today, go to any movie, scene or player page and click the “add to stash” button for that piece of content. Did you know that if you have this piece of content in a stash folder already, that folder will be green and have a check mark and a trash can icon on it? You can then stash the item in a different folder by selecting one, or remove it from the folder it’s already in by clicking the trash can. The popup stays open so you can stash it elsewhere after deleting it, and you can just close the popup with the red “X” if you decide not to stash.

Pretty cool, right? Personally, I’m a big fan of the VideoBox Roku channel, so my stashing these days is designed mostly to queue up interesting content for TV viewing. We’d all love to hear your thoughts about these features and how you use your stash in the comments below, so please chime in!

Happy Stashing, Dragging and Dropping,
Bob and the VB Team

Get Your Porn On A Stick!

Hey Everybody,

This past April, Roku released the Roku Stick: a convenient little stick that plugs discreetly right into the HDMI port on your TV and offers the most movies, TV shows, sports, news, music, and free channels (like our awesome VideoBox porn channel) of any streaming player.

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We gave it a try and loved it, so starting this week we’re offering it for FREE with an 18-month subscription.

If your TV has an HDMI port, the stick is the one you want. There is no longer a need for line-of-sight communication between the remote and the device, so the Stick can be hidden away on your wall-mounted TV or otherwise tucked away out of sight. If you want to see more info on the stick, go here: http://www.roku.com/products/streaming-stick. And, if you want to compare the stick to the other Roku models, go here: http://www.roku.com/products/compare. Note that the stick only works with HDTVs.

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As I mentioned, we are going to start offering the stick as the default option for our 18-month free-Roku plan this week. Within the next 2 weeks or so, we will add a drop-down menu so you can choose between the stick or a Roku 1, which we suggest you choose only in the event that your TV is not an HD model.

Cheers,
Bob and the VB Team

New Download Labels

Hey VideoBoxers,

I’m sure many of you noticed that we changed the labels on the download links and rearranged the order of them recently, as shown below:

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Popular technology is changing rapidly, and we felt that the labels and grouping of our links were a bit behind the times. For instance, calling a smaller .MP4 file an “iPhone” file seems a bit restrictive, given that you could play that file on an Android phone, an iPad, a PS4 or a Windows Surface.

We also felt that it made more sense, especially once they were renamed, to have the MP4s and the WMVs grouped together rather than intermingled. While this may disrupt you a bit at first if you’re used to going right for the link you always hit, we’re expecting that this will make everyone’s lives easier in the long run.

So enjoy the new labels, and we hope they make things a bit clearer and a lot more current. Rest assured that we have not removed any file types, we have just renamed them and rearranged them.

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Cheers,
Bob and the VB Team

New Features Added!

Hey Everyone,

We recently released a couple of things I want to point out to you, since I’m hoping both will enhance your VB experience and just generally make your porn-browsing time better.

Delete Entire Folder

First off, to aid your stash management, there is a new button at the top of your stash pages that says “Delete Entire Folder.” (See image above.) This does exactly what it sounds like: whatever stash folder you’re viewing at the time will be emptied and the folder name will be removed. So now, you can quickly delete individual items by clicking the little trash can icon (see image below), or wipe out a whole folder at once. Happy stash cleanup!

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Second, did you know we have a VideoBox VOD site? If there’s a scene or DVD you really want to see, and VideoBox doesn’t have it for some reason (usually because the studio wouldn’t license it to us), you can hit the VideoBox VOD site and search through more than 100,000 movies to watch on a pay-per-view basis, rent, or download to own. We’ve had a link to it in the top nav for years (see image below), but you’ve always had to create a new username and password, and re-enter your billing information…

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until now.

Much like our Live Girls implementation, if you paid for your VB membership with a credit card you can now just click the VOD tab, hit the link on that page, and you will automatically have an account at VideoBox VOD under your current VB username. Any charges you incur will go through your VideoBox account. As of today, you will also get 15 minutes of pay-per-view time absolutely FREE the first time you visit via the new page! The combination of our current library and this huge database of content is true nirvana for porn collectors.

So, enjoy these new additions, use up that free 15 minutes, and we’ll have more improvements to share with you before too long. Let us know if you see any issues or have any questions about the above.

Cheers,
Bob and the VB Team

Stream VB on Your PS4 or XBOX!

Hey VideoBoxers,

Last week we released a minor change that enables streaming of our videos from the VideoBox player page in the browser on your brand-new PlayStation 4 or XBOX One, as well as your not-as-new XBOX 360. I figured you’d probably want to know that!

Unfortunately, the browser on the PlayStation 3 does not have adequate html5 support (at least, the test model I have doesn’t, and a quick internet search returned a bunch of complaints and laments about the poor or nonexistent html5 support on that console). Last I checked, though, downloading to the PS3 and watching the videos from its hard drive works just fine. But feel free to use VideoBox as your excuse to upgrade to the new console generation — I’m sure Santa will understand! :-)

Happy Belated Thanksgiving, and Enjoy –
Bob and the VB Staff

Trusted Partners

Hey VideoBoxers,

I hope you all had a great summer and that life is treating you well here at the edge of fall. I just wanted to point out and explain the new link you may have seen on your “My VB” page, which is titled “Trusted Partners.”

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We had a similar page on VB2, so this isn’t a new idea, but we’re excited about this addition to VB3 because we’ve had some time to develop relationships with other sites that don’t just offer more of the same. So we’re kicking off our Trusted Partners page with a few offerings from the MetArt network: MetArt, SexArt and The Life Erotic. I believe that if you take a look at what they have, you’ll find it’s different from, and complimentary to, what we provide. We also know that the folks at MetArt will treat you right.

That last point cannot be overstated. We pride ourselves on conducting our business with integrity and treating our customers as valued members deserving of the best service we can provide. Many of you have come to trust us and have experienced excellent service from our Customer Support team, and we are only going to offer you deals and discounts from sites whose staff will treat you the same way we would.

Trusted Partners Page

There will be more sites added in the weeks and months to come. We hope you will check the Trusted Partners page now and then, and will find something that you enjoy. And, if you feel strongly against seeing promotions on VB, please remember that you don’t have to look at the page if you really don’t want to. But of course I encourage you to take a look; I believe you will be pleasantly surprised.

Cheers,
Bob

Big Site Update Today

Hey VideoBoxers,

As some of you may have noticed, we launched a major update to VideoBox today. Most of the changes are on the back end, but here’s a list of new things you’ll see at www.videobox.com that we think you’ll love. It’s not a complete list, mind you — you may find some other gems as you click around. There will be more to come, and we know there may be some items in need of polish; more on that after the list.

  • Category and Tag Filters: when you’re logged in, they’re on the left side of the results pages, and by popular demand, you can choose categories to exclude from your results set for DVDs and scenes!
  • Profile Pages: if you click a fellow user’s name or avatar on a comment, or in the tooltip for a clip, you’ll be taken to their profile page where you’ll see their stats and a list of all the comments they’ve made. From there you can jump to a page of all the clips they’ve created, or all the content they’ve rated, grouped into DVDs, scenes and clips.

  • Search: this now works the same as VB2, including a drop-down list to narrow your search, and it also has auto-complete for when you’re looking for something specific or which includes some portion of text that you already know.

  • Avatar Picker: yes, you can now change your avatar from the auto-assigned one you have now to one of the 5,000 options we’ve pre-loaded! The “My Profile” link on the left nav of the “My VB3″ page takes you to your own comments and stats, and it has a link at the top to “Edit Your Profile” where you can choose a new avatar image and update your stats as well.

We know that some of this will change over time as we all use the site and as we incorporate your feedback and suggestions. We’re also aware that there may be items that didn’t translate exactly from our previous tech stack to this one: some pages might be slower than they were before, or display differently than they used to. I can assure you that we’re looking for those kinds of things, and if we know of an issue, we’re working on it. Please let us know in the comments below or on the Contact Us page if you find things that aren’t working right, or that you think could be improved. We are always grateful for your input, as it helps us serve you better.

Ultimately, we hope you enjoy this update and look forward to the changes to come. It’s a great feeling to know that we can now act more quickly and easily on bugs and new features.

Enjoy,
Bob