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Congrats to Roku Giveaway Winners!

Happy New Year, everyone. Just wanted to congratulate the following lucky recipients of a brand-new Roku 2 XS, who entered our giveaway via this post:

  • n8dogcliff
  • Smokey8131
  • wildSM
  • colvidcon
  • chillinvillin

To all of you who entered but did not win, thanks very much for your entries, and of course for your membership! We are just beginning to sort through the massive amount of great feedback you gave us, and we’ll soon be discussing it to look for ways we can make you guys even happier this year.

And, our next giveaway will be starting soon. We have more great prizes in store for you, so be sure to check back now and then so you don’t miss out on the awesomeness to come. In the meantime, I guess you’ll just have to settle for watching some porn while you wait. :-)

Cheers,
Bob and the Whole VB Staff

Holiday Free Roku Giveaway!!

UPDATE: The giveaway drawing is now closed, and we are no longer accepting new entries. We have emailed all the winners, and we’ll announce them in a separate post as soon as we have heard back from all of them. Thanks to every one of you who entered!

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Hello VideoBoxers! ‘Tis the holiday season, and to ring in this special time of year, we have decided to give away 5 top of the line Roku boxes to you, our valued members! What better way to escape and relax from the holiday craziness than watching your favorite VideoBox scenes and movies on your big-screen TV?!

We’re giving away Roku XS boxes to 5 lucky winners that will be drawn at random. These Rokus are top of the line and retail at $99.99.

To be eligible to win a Roku, all we ask of you is to answer the following questions in the comments section of this post:

  • What is your VideoBox account username?
  • What is your favorite feature or aspect of VideoBox.com or the Roku channel?
  • What is your #1 suggestion that would make VideoBox or the Roku channel even better?
  • What specific studio or content genre would you like to see more of?

That’s it! Just answer the above questions in the comments section of this post and you’re entered! Don’t forget to include your username so we can contact you if you’re chosen.

The drawing will be on Thursday, December 20.

This giveaway is only available to residents of the United States and territories, and you must have a current active account at the time of the drawing.

We will be doing many more giveaways in the new year, so keep your eyes peeled!

Happy Holidays from the VideoBox Team!

For official rules please see: Holiday Roku Giveaway

Favorite VideoBox Scene? part 3

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It hardly seems possible that 4 1/2 years have transpired since part 1 of favorite VideoBox scene appeared on the blog, as well as 3 1/4 years since the part 2 follow-up. I do believe my all-time favorite VideoBox offering continues to be the scene (two scenes actually) I discussed in this article. However, with over 70,000 scenes on site, it’s quite difficult to isolate one particular favorite. In today’s post, I’ll present one of my favorite scenes which I haven’t previously discussed. I invite all within the membership to list your favorite VB scenes in a reply to the post, and I’ll link them up for easy accessibility.

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MP4 Clips Fixed

Just a quick note to let you all know we have discovered the source of our problem with MP4 custom clips. Content released from here forward should not be affected, and will play on the major video playback programs for both Windows and Mac. Last night we began re-encoding affected files that are currently on the site, so those fixes will hit the site as they are completed.

If you see any issues with custom clips, please use the form on our contact page and give us as much info as possible on the affected scene.

Note: full-scene downloads were not affected, and will continue to be fine, and we have no plan to remove full-scene WMVs at this time.

Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Cheers,
The VB Team

Clip Download Issues: We’re On It

Hey VideoBoxers,

As some of you have noticed, we have recently removed WMV custom-clip download options from the site. We made this decision because of the complexity involved with creating this particular file type, and the fact that WMVs are fast becoming an obsolete format that most modern devices don’t support. We view this decision as similar to the one we made to drop support for Internet Explorer 6 & 7 a while ago.

Custom clips can still be downloaded as MP4 files, and full scenes can still be downloaded as MP4 or WMV; it’s just the custom-clip WMVs that are no longer available.

Some users have reported difficulties with playback of the custom-clip MP4s in certain software programs, however. We are aware that this is an issue and are working as quickly as possible to resolve it. In the meantime, we recommend VLC player to all of you. VLC is a free software program that can play all media types and provides the user excellent control over playback. It plays our MP4 custom clips without issue.

VLC can be downloaded for free at: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused, and will post here again when we have a solution for MP4 playback for a wider array of programs.

Sincerely,
The VideoBox Team

Enter to Win a FREE ROKU XS + New Roku App Preview

Hi Everyone! I’m really excited to announce the imminent release of the new roku app! It’s been a little over a year since we released the first roku app, and I’ve received a lot of positive feedback, as well as a myriad of bug reports and feature requests.  I’ve done what I can to make this the best app possible. A few new features include:

  • Parental Controls
  • Search Capabilities
  • Access to your DVD and scene stash
  • Image galleries
  • Plus more!

The new improvements are too numerous to list here, but pictures say a thousand words, so check out the screenshots I’ve attached below.

 

I will begin rolling it out to existing users over the next several days. So stay tuned, and check your roku for the update!

 

In the meantime, we’ve decided to give away some free rokus! I’ll be giving out ROKU2 XS streaming players to 5 lucky members. This is the top-of-the-line roku with gaming functionality, 1080p video and advanced wifi and ethernet (check out the specs here).

 

To enter, from VB click on MY ACCOUNT, then in the “Win a roku” section, click “send confirmation”. This will send a confirmation email to your account email address. When you receive it, just click the link in the email and you’re all set! I will announce the winners on May 27.

 

Below are some “sneak preview” screen grabs from the new roku app:

vbtv_sync_main vbtv_search vbtv_scene_view
vbtv_scene_player vbtv_scene_stash vbtv_quick_player
vbtv_main vbtv_access_control vbtv_grid_top
vbtv_grid_channel_scenes vbtv_dvd_stash

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

Star Search Fixed

Status Update On Search:

Just wanted folks to know that the broken Star Search has been fixed. There are still lots of search issues that need to be fixed. We know it. You know it. Please feel free to comment on specific search issues you are having here on the blog. The more helpful and courteous you are the more likely we can spin out some quick fixes. OK…..go!

VideoBox Wins XBIZ Adult Site Of The Year

We’re excited to announce that VideoBox has won the Adult Site Of The Year Award in the multi-genre category at the 2012 XBIZ Awards!

It is an honor to be nominated among such amazing sites, and an even bigger honor to have won in this category. Everyone here at VB is thrilled to win our very first XBIZ award. We would like to thank all of our members, content partners, and everyone who voted for us for making this possible.

We’re also especially thankful to XBIZ for recognizing us in such a distinguished category. We look forward to new partnerships and continued innovation in the new year.

Cheers!

New Mobile Site Launched!

When I started working at Videobox as a software engineer almost 2 years ago, I was really looking forward to working on mobile video.  The future was now.  Netflix on mobile was a year away.  Hulu on phones cost extra.  But I could see it coming.  What did we have to offer?  Not much, it turned out.  We had some sort of “beta” experiment going on, but it felt like an unfinished product.  I did sort of have the ability to watch porn, but just not my porn.  I wanted better.  It never passed what I called “the bathroom test”.

Introducing the new-new m.videobox.com!  Now you can see your complete stash of dvds, scenes AND movies!

The performance and video quality has been drastically improved.  And the UI has been fully tested on both Android and Apple devices.  No flash. Just great streaming video.  Anywhere.

Now With Video Format Switching!

The performance is going to be much better on WiFi connections as opposed to 3G cell networks.  I did my best to detect network latency and toggle between two formats, which are both encoded in H.264:

  • WiFi Network Format: 640×480 @1200KBs
  • 3G Network Format: 320×240 @300KBs

So pull out your phone and head to the bathroom.  You’ll be glad you did.  I guarantee it.

–Ben