Review date: November 2016
Helix Studios has created a fun and sexy headquarters for hundreds of hot American twinks and college men starring in almost 2800 exclusive Helix scenes, plus over 400 scenes from other producers. The video quality is nothing short of stunning, with over 45% available in 1080p or 720p HD, capturing condom and non-condom scenes with amazing clarity.
Helix has tiered pricing: streaming-only memberships are much cheaper than the stream / download memberships (bonus scenes are streaming-only, regardless). Another thing to know: there are a number of up-sells to other websites and live cams in the members' area.
The Helix Studios tour gives you some sugar right off the bat. It begins with a large filmstrip graphic of nine recent episodes, all of which open to clips. Just below, a grid of graphics from Recent Videos offers up more explicit clips from these very high quality videos. On the page with your clip you'll see a large gallery of up to 60 images: but if you click on the thumbnails you'll be bounced to the sign-up page. As you travel down the homepage to Bonus Scenes and Top Rated Videos, or browse the video and model indexes, there are fewer freebies and more links to the sign-up page, but you do get a very good idea of what's inside.
Navigation through this well-organized site is really easy and intuitive: go to "Videos" and choose any of the 3200 scenes from eleven studios (Helix is by far the largest). You can filter by almost 70 categories and sort by most popular. Or you can choose "Movies" and select by DVD box cover. Or you can take a delicious journey through the roster of over 900 models. Each model's profile is cross-linked with the video scenes in which he has performed. Note that if you are looking to download a scene, the options are way, way down at the bottom of the scene page.
There are a lot of up-sells on this site, including ads in the right column. Something we haven't seen before: integrating scenes from other websites right into the main video index -- and placing banner ads for those sites directly below, along with ads for other sites and products as well.
The Men and the Action
All of the guys here are a particular type: smooth and slender, aged 18-24, cute faces, and instantly ready to use their big cocks and willing butt holes. You'll find them in recent exclusive web videos, alongside scenes from almost the entire Helix Studios DVD catalog, and in varying numbers, from 10 other producers.
The Helix Studios videos are the most polished and entertaining on the site. You'll find solo, duo and group action in a variety of indoor settings, and outdoors around the pool or hot tub, in the forest, or someone's back yard. Sometimes there's a dramatic story line to draw you into the action. Favorite scenarios include solo jerking off, sucking, fucking, rimming, facials, spanking, a few toys, and double penetration. There are also quite a number of bareback scenes. Look for bio information and recent tweets on the model's individual page.
The viewing quality of the videos is mostly excellent. At the same time, remember that you're looking at more than 3200 videos shot over a number of years so there's bound to be some variation in camera work, light conditions and overall quality. When it comes to close-up shots, poses, camera angles and sound quality, the Helix team are experts and of course the camera loves all that smooth skin, the golden tans, and those cute faces and twink cocks.
In total, you'll find more than 3200 video scenes, averaging 15 minutes each in length. There are five weekly updates and (if you opt for a download membership) the 2800 videos from Helix Studios can be downloaded and kept.
Here's the inventory of videos from 11 different producers that you'll have access to with your membership:
Helix Studios: 2800 videos
Boy Crush: 209 videos
Staxus: 193 videos
Latin Studs: 47 videos
Raw Lads: 45 videos
Spank This: 21 videos
PZP Studios: 21 videos
Dominic Ford: 6 videos
French Twinks: 5 videos
Puppy Pro: 5 videos
Most video is available to stream or download in MP4 (or M4V) format. You can stream the videos in-browser in a choice of qualities; the largest are usually 960x540 pixels.
If you go for the downloadable membership, you can download Helix Studios videos in two or three quality choices. (Video from studios other than Helix remain streaming only.) Those added since late 2013 (over 30% of the total) are ultra HD with a top size of 1920x1080 pixels and bitrates around 5,000 kbps. And another 15% (published since January, 2012) are 1280x720 pixels, 3,700 kbps. Older videos top out at 960x540 (or 640x480) pixels with bitrates of up to 1800 kbps (though some of these are labelled 720p.)
Screens: There is a mobile version of the site included with your subscription and the videos will stream on an iPhone or iPad. If you happen to have a Roku box, Helix has a channel for streaming to your TV. Apple TV or other media box owners can stream to their TV either direct from their mobile device, or after downloading.
Image and Other Content
Each video is accompanied by an image set. The more recent of these are large, high quality digital photos, about 45 to a set. Also there are high quality digital image galleries accompanying some of the model profiles. Older image sets are average-quality video captures. All image sets can be downloaded as a zip file. <
If you are looking for a top-tier selection of American and European twinks and college men, Helix Studios should be one of your choices. Many of the videos are high-definition, with 4K just introduced, and the rest are still very good quality. The huge amount of content and frequent updates should clinch the deal.
30 day: $19.95 (rebills @ $19.95)
30 day: $34.95 (rebills @ $34.95)
(Lower monthly price is for streaming-only membership.)
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30 day: $19.95
(rebills @ $19.95)
30 day: $34.95
(rebills @ $34.95)
(Lower monthly price is for streaming-only membership.)
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Helix Studios is operated by Helix Studios and has been online since 1997.