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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

Roku & VideoBox: So easy … a ropeadope could do it

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VideoBox contacted me a couple of weeks ago and asked if I owned a Roku. I replied no, but was intrigued by zapp’s blog posts here and here. The exchange went something like this:

VideoBox: We’re sending you a Roku, want you to install the VideoBox app, and write a blog article detailing the procedure.

rope: Me?

VideoBox: Yes.

rope: You do realize I’m the least tech savvy person in the universe?

VideoBox: Exactly! If you can manage it, anyone can manage it. Do you have a high speed internet connection?

rope: Yes.

VideoBox: Do you own a television manufactured post 1955?

rope: Yes.

VideoBox: See, it’s easy. Just hook up the Roku to your home network.

rope: What’s a home network?

VideoBox: (stifling laughter) You’ll figure it out.

rope: Will you also be sending me a 1080p LCD HDTV so I can fully immerse myself in the Roku experience?

VideoBox: Goodbye.

Come inside and I’ll walk you through the Roku setup and VideoBox app installation. It actually is easy, and provides great entertainment. I would encourage everyone to consider a Roku purchase.

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AEE Expo 2011 – Day 3

Hey Everyone,

In the spirit of less text and more show, here are some photos from our final day at AEE.



Kristina Rose



Annie Cruz with Alec Knight



Rachel Starr



Tory Lane



Diamond Kitty



Trina Michaels



Bree Olson



Tara Lynn Fox



Tiffany Star



Gianna Michaels



Gina Lynn


We’ve got a lot more footage to come, so stay tuned and remember to check back regularly for more photos and videos from this years Adult Entertainment Expo!!

- Phil

AEE Expo 2011 – Day 1 & 2

Hey Videoboxers,

Phil here reporting to you guys from the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. We’ve got a ton of awesome footage and photos to share with you guys, but for now I’m going to share some highlights from Day 1 and 2.

Day 1 – VIP Bowling Party with Digital Sin/New Sensations


Kagney Linn Karter Hitting The Lanes with a Disney Princess Bowling Ball

Kagney Linn Karter Hitting The Lanes with a Disney Princess Bowling Ball!!





Kagney Linn Karter was bowling right next to us, she was very sweet and took a picture with us.



The beautiful Courtney Cummz!



I caught Alexis Texas just before she left and jumped in for a photo! =)



Just before we called it a night, I ran into Steve Holmes at the circle bar (inside the Venetian).


Day 2 – AEE Convention


Our good friend Annie Cruz came with us to the convention and did a killer job as the Videobox Hostess. Here are some of the stars we talked to:



Allison Moore



Dana DeArmond



Joanna Angel



Nina Hartley



Kagney Linn Karter



Sophie Dee



Jynx Maze



Kelly Madison



Zoe Voss



Cali Lee



Monique Alexander



Francesca Le



Phoenix Marie


So far I’ve had an amazing time at AEE! Thank you to all the stars that took the time to chat with us. I’m excited for Day 3, so be sure to check back on the blog tomorrow night when we close out our final night in Fabulous Las Vegas! Cheers!

- Phil

WMV Custom Clip Update!

Hey everyone,

We are aware that many of you are having problems downloading custom clips from WMV files. Some of the common issues we’ve observed include:

1. Custom clips downloads end up downloading an entire movie
2. Windows Media Player gives an error when trying to stream a custom clip
3. Custom clip playback issues

We’ve been working tirelessly to resolve this issue for the last week, and I’m happy to report that we’ve found a solution! We’ll be pushing out this fix and re-encoding the affected files. We expect all instances of this problem to be absolved by the end of this week. If any of you experience further issues downloading custom clips from WMV after the end of this week, please report your issues to Customer Support. In the meantime, you can continue downloading custom clips using the new custom clip method and downloading your clips in H.264 format. When using the new custom clip mode, simply select either the “iPhone” or “H264″ file format. Again, I apologize for the recent issues with WMV files — we definitely hear your reports of such problems, and our main priority is to ensure that you have the best user experience on Videobox.

Cheers!
Phil