8TeenBoys was reviewed on 17 Aug 2007 by GayDemon
|Site Score: 41 out of 100||Videos:||12 / 20||Tour Claims:||2 / 5||Find out more about ratings, read the score criteria.|
|Pictures:||3 / 5||Uniqueness:||11 / 20|
|Content Amount:||8 / 20||Usability||2 / 5|
|Updates:||0 / 15||Value:||3 / 10|
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44 exclusive videos in WMV format, largest WMVs are 640x480 with an average bitrate of just over 1 Mbps, amateur quality, full scenes only, no DRM used, vids not downloadable.
44 pic sets corresponding to the movies, all exclusive, size 600x863, amateur quality, intrusive watermark, downloadable zip files and slideshows offered.
Intrusive watermark on many pictures.
- Monthly: $19.95 (recurring every 30 days)
- Monthly: $21.95 (non-recurring)
- Quarterly: $49.95 (90 days, non-recurring)
The tour of 8TeenBoys shows us a small sampling from their member area movies. In addition to a very short trailer, there are small thumbs from 8 movies, each shown with dates. The guys seem to be 18 to 25 years old, but the thumbs are too small to make out the details. The good news is that they are all dated, and it appears the site updats approximately once a week. What's missing here is more tour. I'd like to know and see a little more about the site and the tour doesn't tell us much. The join link goes direct to the processor, so it appears the only way to know what's going on here is to log into the member area.
There are currently 44 videos inside 8TeenBoys. They're all in WMV format, but sizes and quality and size vary. Movies I watched ranged from a smallish 320x240 at 431k to a nice 640x480 at 1.87 Mbps. Most I watched were had a screen size of 640x480 with a bitrate of around 1 Mbps. Most of the vids are offered as a full scene and are streaming-only with no downloads available.
Each video is played in an embedded player shown on a popup. If you have trouble getting the popup to appear, you might want to either turn on your Java or disable your popup blocker.
The pic sets offer photos of average size of around 600x863. There are 44 pic sets, and each set are pics shot during one of the videos. The pics are saved at good quality, but for some reason the lighting often makes the pics appear lower in quality than they actually are. Photos sets are offered in thumbnailed galleries or you can download the pics in a zip file or watch as a slideshow. Something I found annoying is that a lot of the pics are watermarked in the middle or near the middle or at different and distracting angles. Believe me, these are not subtle watermarks, and their placement definitely distracts from being able to enjoy the pics.
There's a navigation issue that caused me some confusion at first. When you click on the older videos, there are two or more thumbs on the page that look exactly alike. The first one links to the pic set, the second to the video. Or in the case of one video, there were 3 thumbs that linked to pic gallery pages and the exact same thumbs directly below, each linked to a movie page.
18TeenBoys offers no bonus sites or extras for members, nor are there any blogs, live shows or forums.
My biggest issue with 18TeenBoys isn't actually the content - it's the presentation. The site is dark, the preview thumbs aren't optimized and tend to be a little dark or blurry. The tour and main member page don't tell us anything, and a site welcome plus a model index would work wonders to help me feel more involved. Also the content quality variances and the poorly placed watermarks on the pics are off-putting.
18TeenBoys offers 44 movies, each offered with a set of pics. The videos are amateur quality, and the guys seem to be real amateurs from 18 to 25. Vids are not downloadable, which was disappointing. Photos can be downloaded in zip files but watch out - there are some pretty intrusive watermarks on some pics. The site updates about once a week and currently offers 44 videos and no bonus content. On the plus side, it appears the videos are exclusive. On the downside, this site lacks a feeling of personalization. If you like the few samples you see on the tour, you'll probably be happy with the content in the member area of 18TeenBoys.
Things we liked:
- Exclusive content
- Pics offered in downloadable zips
- Real amateur guys 18 - 25
- Updates about once a week
Things we didn't like:
- Intrusive watermarks on pics
- No bonus content
- Tour gives little information
- Site has no personality