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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

Heartbleed Bug: No Worries

Hey All,

As many are aware by now, the “Heartbleed” bug was a major issue on the internet, which allowed a malicious user to request information from a compromised secure server without password or usernames. The people at OpenSSL along with all of the major OpenSource software companies that use OpenSSL for their Secure Sockets have patched their applications and regenerated public certificates.

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Over the past week we have been investigating our systems and have found that www.videobox.com is not affected by this issue. Our SSL (secure socket layer) is handled by a specialized piece of equipment that does not run OpenSSL but uses another form of SSL that does not have the Heartbeat functionality enabled. Our tech team is taking the steps needed to guarantee that our SSL certificates are safe by having the upstream providers of the certs issue new ones as a precautionary step. We have performed some tests and attempted to exploit our own systems using the known means for Heartbleed exploitation and were unable to gather any information from our systems.

If you’d like to understand some more about how the Heartbleed exploit works, here is a small comic that explains things pretty well: http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/heartbleed_explanation.png.

Rest assured that VB users have not been compromised by Heartbleed. You may want to change your VB password anyway, though, as an event like this is a nice reminder that keeping your passwords fresh is a good idea.

Cheers,
Bob and the VB Team

Video Issues Update

As some of our members have mentioned on this blog and via email, we have recently had issues with some of our video servers. Aging hardware, heavy recent traffic and content scrapers repeatedly blasting the servers requesting videos (including what is likely a purposeful denial-of-service attack) have created a storm of activity for our Ops team to deal with. Sometimes the issues disappear completely and then return suddenly as attacks change, and we always respond as quickly as we can.

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Please accept our apology for any inconvenience this has caused you, and rest assured that these issues are being addressed directly and will continue to be until service is not only restored but improved. We are literally working 24/7 to make things better, but with such a huge library of content any solution takes longer than anyone would prefer.

One important note: a common suggestion we have seen members offer up in scene comments is to change the mcache URL in a download if a particular scene is not downloading. This trick has actually made things worse, and as part of our operational improvements, it will stop working at all in the near future, so please refrain from doing it. If you have trouble with a given file, please let us know via our contact form, or try downloading it again a little later. In the meantime, hopefully one of the other 94,000+ scenes on the site will also be to your liking. :-)

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P.S. If you are frustrated or unhappy with any aspect of the site, send us a message using our contact form and our customer service team will do their very best to make you happy again. We believe it is our job to provide you with a satisfying service in return for your money and loyalty, and contacting us is always more effective and direct than blog or scene comments which we may not see until later.

Best Regards,
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

Who’s The Girl In The Home Page Video?

Hey VideoBoxers,

We’ve had several people ask for a list of the girls in the looping preview video we show on our home page before you login to the site. The final version was culled from a huge selection of our content which was whittled down over time, and some of the starlets’ appearances are so brief or difficult to identify that there’s no way we could figure out who everyone is. Individual portions of preview videos like this are selected for the hotness of the action, and what we think will show off our wares in the most enticing manner to potential members, rather than strictly by title, studio, or star.

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All that aside, I asked our hard-working team members to come as close as they could to a list of “Who’s That Girl?” and here’s what they could determine for you:

Starting from “15,000 movies” girl giving double handjob:

  • Double handjob – Kristina Rose
  • Oiled Ass- ???
  • Standing dog 3some – don’t know
  • Big booty dick rider – Alexis Texas
  • Girl with finger in mouth – Tori Black (not positive)
  • Blonde with big tits getting fucked – Alanah Rae (not positive)
  • Tit fucked brunette – Rebecca Linares
  • Bukkake broad – London Keyes
  • 2 leopard print lesbos – No clue (Euro girls for sure)
  • Screaming girl getting boned – Kristina Rose
  • Drooling dick – Skin Diamond
  • Big titty fuck with tongue ring – Katie Kox (we think)
  • Pantie chick – Rebecca Linares (we think)
  • RCG anal grinder- No clue
  • Oiled up titty fucker – Kagney Linn Karter
  • Oiled doggie style – Tori Black
  • Kissing girls – One is Kelly Divine (we think)
  • Dick Sucker – Sunny Lane
  • Crying Doggie style girl – Sadie West
  • Facial chick – Diamond Kitty
  • Blonde with finger in mouth – Angelina Armani
  • Blonde facial – Nikki Sexx (not positive)
  • DP – No clue

So, there you have it. We hope this helps you find some new favorite stars! And, you can always have some fun tracking down the ones we didn’t know on VB and letting us all know what’s what in the comments below.

Cheers,
Bob

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.

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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

Valentine’s iPad and Roku Giveaway!

UPDATE 3/4: The giveaway drawing took place on Wednesday, and we have our winners! We have emailed all of them, and we’ll announce them in a separate post as soon as we have heard back from every one. Thanks to every one of you who entered! If you didn’t win, please stay tuned… there will be another cool giveaway announcement soon.

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Hello Everyone,

Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, and it’s all about love, so we want to show you some love by offering you a chance to win a new 32GB wi-fi iPad with retina display (retail $599) or one of five Roku LTs, all absolutely FREE! These prizes will be awarded via a random drawing of eligible entries which will take place on Monday, February 25th. Read on for more details…

To be eligible to win the iPad or 1 of the 5 Roku LTs, you must:

  • Have an active VideoBox account as of 2pm PST on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013;
  • Be opted-in to receive email at the address on file in your account;
  • Have been logged-in to VideoBox within the previous 60 days prior to Wednesday, February 13th, 2013;
  • Click on the link in the email we will send to all members who meet the above criteria.

That’s it! Just make sure you can receive our emails, then click on the email and you’re entered! Don’t forget to add haley@vb-mail.com to your email address book. For instructions on how, click here.

The email will be sent on Thursday, February 14th (a.k.a. Valentine’s Day). Please allow time for delivery; sometimes ISPs queue up or stagger large email sends, so it may not get to you exactly on Valentine’s Day. If you think you are eligible but have not received the email by Monday, February 18, email us using the contact form at http://www.videobox.com/support/contact and we will look into it. If you don’t know how to update the email address you have on file, check here.

Happy Valentine’s Day from the VideoBox Team!

P.S. For official rules please see: VideoBox Valentine’s Giveaway