Review date: December 2016
Back in the day, Pride Studios and it's well-priced One Gay Pass membership was a quirky Miami-based collection that included hot young Latinos, guys with Extra Big Dicks, masculine studs and Men Over 30. Today the network has evolved into Pride Studios, which includes eight sites (of which three update regularly) and more than 2630 explicit videos you can stream or download. The site has a fresh and contemporary design, almost half of the videos are in HD -- and the price is right.
With all the content Pride Studios has on offer, it makes sense for the tour to offer a few explicit clips from each of the sites to prospective members. And it does just that, but the limit is five. The tour homepage offers a few dozen thumbnail images that will link to a video description and clip; you can also click "Network" to get an idea of what each site has to offer. However the tour only shows you page one of the video inventory; click "Next Page" and you go to the sign-up page. We wonder what possible reason there could there be to prevent potential members from simply browsing the video and model indexes? Another thing: they tell you that there are over 4400 videos, but this includes 1860 "Behind the Scenes" non-explicit videos.
When you go to sign-up, they don't tell you that the trial memberships is streaming only. Also, watch out on page 3, "Membership Activation" as there is a pre-checked trial offer to another site, which you should uncheck. Bottom line: the tour could definitely be more generous and transparent.
The design of Pride Studios is fresh and straightforward, with the homepage highlighting the latest, upcoming and most popular scenes. Just click "Videos" to get the master index of all the content; or click "Network" to choose from one of the sites: Extra Big Dicks, Men Over 30, Dylan Lucas, Circle Jerk Boys, High Performance Men, Boyz Party, Cock Virgins, or Pride Studios.
There is a limited search function for this large collection. You can sort by latest episode, upcoming, or most popular. There is a general search box that allows a universal site search (description text included) and some of the videos have keywords assigned to them -- though they aren't clickable. One big improvement is that there is now a model index and model names are cross-linked to all their videos. The main negative: the redesign incorporates a lot of upsells to live sex and other pay sites.
The Men and the Action
Your Pride Studios membership gives you access to a large variety of man-types in addition to Caucasian, including Latino and Afro-American, collegiate, muscular studs, horse-hung hunks, smooth twinks, and masculine guys over 30. In the different episodes you'll see them in solos, duos and some groups. In many cases, the new models are interviewed before their solo performance and there are text descriptions along with all the videos.
Video DetailsViewing quality for more recent videos is excellent when you choose the top quality options. Pride Studios now has close to half of its videos in HD and delivers episodes with excellent light, and lots of poses, angles, and closeups as the camera moves fluidly around the models. The all-important cumshots are always caught, and in the HD videos, from two angles.
The older videos that were state-of-the-art when first released are now less impressive in quality, even at their highest streaming or download speed, and all the Boyz Party videos are lower than average quality.
Across the seven sites of Pride Studios there are 2628 videos, averaging 12 minutes running time. The network updates at least three times per week (see below for site breakdown) and you can download and keep them as long as you want.
Men Over 30 - 605 videos; updated once a week.
Extra Big Dicks - 574 videos; updated once a week.
Dylan Lucas - 110 videos; updated irregularly
High Performance Men - 101 videos; no longer updated
Cock Virgins - 55 videos; no longer updated.
Circle Jerk Boys - 541 videos; no longer updated.
Boyz Party - 624 videos; non-exclusive, lower quality; no longer updated.
Most videos added since April, 2010 (half the total) will download and stream in MP4 format in four or five different qualities, the best of which are true high-definition, with bitrates from 3,000 to 6,000 kbps. For most of these the top size is 1280x720, but those added since June of 2013 (about 25% of the total) are 1920x1080.
Previous to April 2010, videos have a maximum size of around 640x480 or 720x540 pixels (though this varies a lot) with bitrates from 1300 to 2000 kbps; despite the decent bitrates, the quality of these is below average.
Screens: All of the sites are now available in a full mobile-friendly design. Videos available in high-definition look good when played back on a TV screen.
Image and Other Content
There are about 3720 image galleries on the sites, averaging about 120 images per set, complete with a slideshow feature. The galleries feature mostly digital photos, with a few video captures thrown in.
More than 1300 of the 2600 videos on Pride Studios are in excellent quality high def and all can be downloaded for a monthly price of just $15 a month. This kind of value for a great variety of men is well worth it!
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Pride Studios is operated by Next Door Entertainment and has been online since 2002.