Porn Site Glossary

3rd Party Content This is non-exclusive content. It means the site in question leases photo gallery plug-ins, video feeds or webcam feeds from other providers.
900 Number An alternative way to pay for a membership. In this case you pay by calling a 1-900 number, which charges your phone bill.
AVI Stands for: Audio Video Interleaved. A Windows movie format that will play in your browser window
Bitrate The speed at which digital data is transmitted per unit of time
Broadband Connection A high-speed connection to the Internet, via cable, DSL or satellite.
Cancellation Clause The clause in a Terms and Conditions Agreement detailing the subscriber’s cancellation obligations.
Captures Screen captures are graphical snapshots of a site’s members area.
Clone A site where the members area is identical or nearly identical to another site, mostly managed by the same people.
Company Sites Sites owned and managed by the same company as the site review you’re currently reading.
Content Plug-In Videos, photo archives, or live sex feeds that are leased from 3rd party content providers and provided to subscribers of a pay site. Also referred to as a “content feed”.
Copyright The exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish or sell media.
Cross Sales Additional check-box offers (to another site) on a site’s join page. These can be pre-checked or unchecked.
Download Limit A site might suspend your membership (temporarily or even permanently) when you’ve exceeded the specific amount of downloads defined by the site (usually measured daily by gigabytes).
Download Manager Software that helps set up multiple downloads, and sometimes speeds up downloads at compatible sites (most sites are compatible).
Downloadable When the site offers the possibility to save video, images or another type of file to your computer
DRM DRM stands for Digital Rights Management. A copyright protection technology for digital media whose purpose is to prevent illegal distribution of paid content over the Internet. When videos are protected with DRM, it prevents them from easily being shared or converted to another file type. Users don’t like it because they can’t convert the file and the video may expire at anytime.
Embedded Player A tool that allows a video to be displayed on a section of a web page without a media player opening up in a new window.
Exclusive Content Original videos or photo sets that are either created by the site itself or licensed exclusively to it.
Frame Rate The number of frames per second delivered by a video (30 frames per second is television quality).
Free Tour The free preview area of a pay site. Some companies create several different tours for the same site.
Full Scenes When a site offers a single video download file for each complete full porn scene or episode.
Geo-Targeted Pricing When a site offers different price points depending on the country you’re accessing the site from.
HD Video Videos that were shot with HD camcorders and made available in HD resolution. HD is considered widescreen 16:9 format with resolutions of 1280×720 or higher.
Hidden Cam A voyeur web cam which broadcasts the daily routines of its subjects, which occasionally includes nudity and sex.
Hi-Res Images If the site’s pictures are offered in high-resolution defined as a combined width/height total of 1,800 pixels or more.
Independent Billing These are independent billing processing companies that simply act as a financial broker for the customer and site. Independent billing helps avoid fraud.
Internet Billing Company A third-party service for billing and cancellation of online memberships.
JPEG Joint Photographic Experts Group, the common format for pictures on the Web.
Kbps Kilobits per second, the rate at which digital data is transferred; one kilobit = 1,000 bits.
Live Sex A live web-cam broadcast of one or more performers having sex.
Members Area The private section of a pay site that is only available to paying users.
Mirror-type tour When the free area of a site replicates the membership area.
MOV QuickTime movie format played with the QuickTime player.
MPEG Moving Pictures Experts Group, a movie format played with the Windows Media Player.
Non-Recurring A one-time charge for a membership to a pay site.
Pay Per View A video site that charges per minute or by scene or full-length video, as opposed to a monthly membership.
Pay Site A commercial adult site that charges a fee for access to a members area. Nearly all sites listed and reviewed with us are considered pay-sites.
Pop-Ups Those annoying pop-up windows that invade your browser space without permission. Some sites might pop-up a single ad window, others might use a chain of pop-ups.
Postal Mail An alternative to credit card payment. Sites that allow you to pay by sending a check and/or money order via snail mail
Private Cams These sites offer live girls broadcasted via webcam. They usually allow you to chat for free with the girls, and charge a premium per minute fee for a nude/hardcore show.
Progressive Download When a video starts to play immediately while the file downloads to your temporary Internet files folder.
QuickTime A popular video format, with extension .mov, that is played with the Quicktime player.
Real Media Format A less common video format (extension .rm) that is played with the RealPlayer.
Rebill: The automatic renewal of a membership at the end of a trial or agreed membership
Recurring A fee/charge that is automatically billed periodically.
Screen Capture An image that reproduces a Web page.
Secure Transaction An Internet protocol allowing confidential information to be sent from one party to another.
Spam Annoying unwanted email solicitations
Streaming Player The type of player used to stream video directly from the site.
Streaming Video Videos that can be watched immediately from the site without waiting for a file to download.
Trial A low-cost, short-term membership for the purpose of evaluating whether to join for a longer period. Some sites offer full access, while others give limited access.
Terms and Conditions The contract between you and a pay site.
Thumbnail A miniature version of an image which, when clicked on will open the full-sized image.
Tour The free preview area of a pay site. Some companies create several different tours for the same site.
Video Capture An image that is derived from a video, as opposed to being taken with a camera.
Video On Demand A video site that charges per minute or by scene or full-length video, as opposed to a monthly membership.
VOD See: Video On Demand
Watermark A small branded logo or other mark that appears in the corner of an image or video.
Webmaster The person in charge of developing and/or maintaining a web site
Webcam A camera which broadcasts live over the Internet.
WMV Windows Media Format, a popular video format (with extension .wmv) that plays in the Windows Media Player
ZIP Files If the site offers zip files allowing you to download full galleries in one compressed zip file.

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