The site being reviewed right here is Only Swallows. This is a cum-swallowing hardcore site. It promises exclusive DVD-quality videos, as to whether they deliver or not, we shall soon see. For anybody keeping track, this is the first site I've reviewed that starts with the letter "O"... astounding, right?
The members area here is easy to navigate with a navigation bar at the top of every page. The main page isn't that well organized, starting off with a lot of text explaining the site, then 2 blank areas, then finally after that some content areas; but the rest of the site is organized much more cleanly, and has lots of handy next/previous links. The site has ads only on the "shop" page, so it's not exactly a surprise.
The models here are porn girls, generally attractive but with that porn look. The theme is swallowing, usually the action has a blowjob, then some nasty hardcore (often anal), and more cocksucking ending in a cumshot. The videos run around 20-35 minutes each, and are cut up into clips but also available as a single file. Each video's page also contains a trailer of the entire video which is handy. And there's also a model index which is handy if you like that particular girl.
Only Swallows contains 45 self-hosted videos. While they claim weekly updates, and that was true at some point, there have not been new episodes added in over half a year.
The videos are available in WMV format for streaming and MPEG format for downloading. The biggest WMVs are 448x336 and a bitrate 1064kbps, and there are 2 smaller versions as well. The biggest MPEGs are 512x384 - which, as you hopefully noticed, is bigger than the WMVs so these MPEGs would be the preferred format. The videos play smoothly except for the small streaming WMVs which can get very choppy.
Both types of video look decent, though the MPEGs are a little better in the color and clarity departments, and neither lives up to the "DVD-quality" claims on the tour. Shot composition is good quality. Lighting is generally decent though the videos come off a tiny bit dark. Audio is a little quiet, but does adequately pick up the action.
Every episode has a set of video captures, and most of the episodes also have a second set of separately-shot stills, specifically there are 40 photo sets and 45 vidcap galleries. The galleries contain anywhere from around 40 to 150 images each, and every gallery has a zip file to download all the images. The photo stills are about 850x1280 and run about 150 to 350kb, and mostly they look very good across the board, though I found a few that were grainy. The vidcaps are around 752x562 and weigh in at roughly 80kb, but the quality here ranges from decent to somewhat chewed up.
Bonus content starts with their page of the same name, and what you get there is links to a bunch of live cam/live chat rooms and try to sell you 1-on-1 time -- is this a bonus or is it an ad? Some might say it's a little of both. The main attraction is access to the other sites on their network across a number of categories, at first you're let into 10 other sites, then the add 2 more per month for a total of 32.
Negatives starts with updates falling off the face of the earth. I think it may actually be more frustrating that every episode is dated since it shows they were diligent about it, then just stopped updating altogether in October '06. Another negative is the site's server which has been a little sluggish for me, nothing major, just enough to make every file take an extra beat or two -- the type of thing that accumulates frustration. Also, and this may be a nitpick, but whenever you click a link for a video or photo, it spawns in a pop-up that isn't fully maximized which makes scrolling the larger photos frustrating, plus it causes the main page to scroll itself back to the top which gets really annoying after a few times of having to scroll back down to the next video's link.
Only Swallows here is an easy to use site, has a decent but not outstanding number of videos that don't look too bad, both a nice photo set and a vidcaps gallery, and a fair amount of bonus content. However, they've abandoned updating the site which is a big drawback for any recurring membership site such as this, and the server isn't as responsive as I'd like to see. Basically, Only Swallows is the kind of site I suppose I can mildly recommend but with the condition that once you've seen all you want to see, there's not going to be any reason to continue your membership.