William Higgins was reviewed on 2 Jul 2013 by GayDemon
|Site Score: 92 out of 100||Videos:||17 / 20||Tour Claims:||5 / 5||Find out more about ratings, read the score criteria.|
|Pictures:||4 / 5||Uniqueness:||20 / 20|
|Content Amount:||19 / 20||Usability||3 / 5|
|Updates:||15 / 15||Value:||9 / 10|
947 newer videos in two downloadable sizes of WMV and QuickTime at 960x540 @ 2.8 Mbps and 1280x720 @ 3.9 Mbps (bitrates for QuickTimes slightly lower), good quality. Streaming MP4s plays at 640x360, mobile version at 640x360 @ 1.6 Mbps. Older section contains videos from 2000-2009 with 3,400 downloadable clips most shown at 320x240 @ between 200k and 300k, low average to average quality. No DRM used.
947 picture sets plus 7500+ pic sets in the archived section. New pics shown at 800x600 and 1280x1024 at good quality, older pics shown at about 400x600 at good amateur quality. Slideshows and downloadable zip files available.
Studio Spycam runs from 3 am to 3 pm and from 8 pm to 10 am; they feature casting shows where you watch guys audition.
Pre-checked email offer on join page. 7GB per day download limit for members' first 30 day membership (unlimited downloads after rebill).
Credit Card processing and billing by CCBill.
- Trial: $19.95 (5 days, recurring at $29.95 every 30 days)
- Monthly: $29.95 (recurring every 30 days)
- Monthly: $39.95 (30 days, non recurring)
- Quarterly: $69.95 (recurring every 90 days)
- Half Year: $129.95 (recurring every 187 days)
- Annual: $199.95 (365 days, non recurring)
William Higgins is the granddaddy of gay porn. He started filming porn in the early 1980s and around 2000, Higgins moved to Prague and started filming athletic, college-aged guys. And his online site is a massive presence packed full of options and features that drive a reviewer crazy because there's so much to talk about. We last reviewed William Higgins in 2011 and there have been some changes, so we better get busy.
Williams Higgins offers us a dizzying collection of hot Czech and Euro guys. They range from 18 to twenty-something and are sporting a variety of body types, but most are packing well-defined bodies with tight abs, and some of the models can be pretty muscular with bulging biceps and rolling shoulders. One thing they all have in common is that their cocks are mostly uncut, so foreskin fans like me are very happy at William Higgins. The guys are almost always smooth, clean shaven, and tattoo-free, but of course you will find some of those among the thousands of guys on William Higgins.
The action will take some explaining. The crew at William Higgins assigns each video session to a brand or category, if you will. And if I didn't miss anything, there are 15 different areas of focus. Session Stills and Backstage are simply guys filmed during their photography and video sessions, so a camera man filming the camera men filming the guys jerking, sucking, and fucking. Erotic Solo and Helping Hand are pretty self-explanatory, but these feature guys jacking off or getting handjobs; and similarly, Massage gives us guys getting their bodies rubbed and their dicks serviced by a hot masseur. Soft Duo has guys in blowjob action and Full Contact films the guys sucking and fucking. Wrestling features real, 15-round fights where the guys start off wearing shorts or singlets and wrestle their way through the rounds until they're completely nude and very sweaty. These usually end with the guys jacking off together. Wank Party is where you'll find the group sex scenes with horny guys in full-on sucking and fucking sessions with four or five guys.
There's a DVD Scenes section that includes the scenes William Higgins has produced for his line of DVDs. There's also Czech Up which features doctors and patients playing together. And last is the Kink section, which I call BDSM-light; it shows guys tied up being used, spanked, and manhandled a bit before taking a cock down their throat or up their asses. I giggle at this section - just because a guy has chain hanging over his shoulder, doesn't make him a big, scary master. But it's playfully fun. And there's a Gonzo section where the guys are holding the cameras themselves while having sex.
William Higgins is a gay porn surfer's wet dream come true. The site updates every day, and in fact since May 2010 every month has had more updates than it has days, with some months having as many as 45 new releases. William Higgins used to have a lot of different video formats, but they have simplified things. You can download WMVs or QuickTime videos in two sizes: 960x540 and 1280x720. There's another version for mobile devices, and I have to say that surfing this site on my tablet was effortless. The site's tablet version looked identical to what I saw on my desktop computer, and while I never watch porn on my cell phone, William Higgins worked there, too. There's also an archive of over 3,500 video clips and more than 7,500 galleries covering the very early years of William Higgins from 2000-2009.
Each session also includes a photo gallery, and you can see the pics in two different sizes: 800x600 and 1280x1024. The sets are massive, sometimes containing as many as 400 pictures or more. You can view them online as galleries or slideshows, and there's downloadable zip files, too. But my love affair with William Higgins ends with the galleries. There are too many repetitious poses; I simply don't need that many pictures. I'd be happier if this site would trim those galleries down to the hottest 100 pictures. And as a result, if you choose to view the pictures in the slide-show feature, it takes a while to load the gallery.
There's another section called Castings, which offers more videos that I didn't include in the overall count. These are the audition videos of guys who want to get into porn, so you'll watch as they undress and the photographer tells them to do this or that, and most of these guys never make it onto the main site, but a few do - that's what a casting call is all about.
Members get access to a section called Live Camera, which is also called Prague Buddies. The All-In-One player there shows two streaming feeds: Studio Spycam runs from 3 am to 3 pm where you'll see guys in duo action and from 8 pm to 10 am they feature casting shows where you watch porn hopefuls doing their jack-off auditions. But those times are Prague time, so for Americans, these shows happen in the wee hours of the night.
One thing I didn't care for occurs on the list of video sizes and formats on each video's page. The last listed size is full HD (1920x1080), but while it looks at a glance like the other video options, that one isn't included for paying members - it links to a page where you have to buy it.
I do have a couple more complaints about William Higgins. Due to a combination of factors, and because there's so much stuff, navigating the site is challenging. It would be great if the behind the scenes stuff was in its own section rather than with the regular videos. The site is organized so that, for example, all of May's videos sit in the May section, which is inside of its year section, and there are four years worth of monthlies to go through by year - there's no way to just go through the content by date. And if you happen to find a guy you really like, there's not an easy way to find more of him. You can use the search engine, which is great if his name is Zdeno, but if his name is Pavel or Tomas, good luck.
Having said that, when you click on a particular flavor of video like Wresting or Massage, the ensuing page has your episode at the top with lots of other wrestling or massage videos underneath. So in this way, William Higgins makes it easy for you to hone in on what you really like, I spent a lot of time in the Wank Party section. On the menu bar there's also a section called Actions, which will take you to page displaying some pre-defined sex acts like tickling, spanking, rimming, feet, and softcore, to name a few.
One last thing worth mentioning is that for the first 30 days of membership, members get a 7GB per day download limit. While no one likes limits, this one seems pretty reasonable.
I really do like William Higgins a lot - it's even in my top three. The site is packed to overflowing with hot guys and uncut dick; a member could just get lost in here, as I did several times while trying to write this review. There's so much to see and they provide members with good quality video in two formats every single day. The site worked well on my desktop computer, tablet, and cell phone; as a member you couldn't ask for a better site. And watching all those videos and jacking off three times a day, you still couldn't get through this site in a year. I didn't love every guy on the site, but with thousands of guys available, it's simply not a problem.
Things we liked:
- Exclusive content with hot uncut European guys
- Videos are downloadable (no DRM)
- Daily updates
- Great tablet and mobile set-up
- Fast download speeds (over 1.5 Mbps)
Things we didn't like:
- Pre-checked email offer on join page
- Content in original section is smaller and lower quality
- Largest videos (1920x1080) requires members pay to download
- 7GB per day download limit for members' first month