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HomeTechTell Review: FyreTV’s Fyre BoXXX, the “Netflix of Porn”

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FyreTV Fyre Boxxx

Disclaimer: All links herein are NSFW.

Porn. Maybe you’re into it, maybe you’re not. If you fall into the latter category, I hope the mere presence of this review doesn’t offend your sensibilities, and assure you that HomeTechTell isn’t likely to become a sanctum of smut anytime soon. If you fall into the former category, there’s a 50/50 chance you also fall into the “yeah, but why would I pay for it?” subset of the population. And that’s all fine and dandy; there’s nothing about FyreTV’s Fyre Boxxx that’s going to change your mind.

If, on the other hand, you’re not loathe to indulge in the occasional bit of tawdry entertainment and don’t mind paying for A) the convenience of viewing it in any room of the house, B) the fact that you don’t have to make a pact with a friend to delete your browser history should you suddenly and unexpectedly die, and C) the assurance that you’re not turning your computer into a bigger virus farm than that monkey in Outbreak, the Fyre Boxxx is definitely worth a look.

Setting the Fyre Boxxx up isn’t… umm… difficult at all, especially if you’re going the HDMI route (although it does include component, composite, and S-Video outputs, as well as an optical digital out), and network setup is a cinch, whether you’re using a wired LAN connection or the built in wireless antenna. Given that video quality is dependent on your network and internet connection, a… err… direct wired connection may be preferable, but I’ve been running the Fyre Boxxx wirelessly for a while now and have yet to dip below DVD quality once. (If DVD quality isn’t enough, you’ll have to wait for FyreTV’s HD Fyre Boxxx to hit the market).

The Boxxx itself is unassuming enough. In fact, unless you opt to attach the tacky stickers included in the package, there’s nothing to indicate the product’s purpose. And without a six digit PIN, you can’t get even get to the home screen, so the nosy guests will never know that you’ve got porn on demand (unless they own one themselves, in which case, who’s to judge?).

Once you’ve passed that security gate, browsing and playing content on the Fyre Boxxx is incredibly easy. Almost too easy, considering how expensive it can quickly get. FyreTV boasts complete studio packages available from $9.95 a month, but for that price, you’re only going to get access to, shall we say, less polished studios with fewer titles. If you want unlimited access to content providers like Vivid (which currently has 715 titles available) or Evil Angel (1152 titles at present), you’re going to have to fork over $29.95/each every month.

Then again, if you’re a regular shopper at your local adult video store, you can a studio packages for what you’d probably spend on one DVD, and have access to a whole lot more content. Or you can purchase individual titles (from a selection of tens of thousands), or even scenes (well over 100,000 available), or purchase minutes for as low as .09/minute if you buy in bulk. There’s also the option to rent a Fyre Boxxx instead of buying, with rental fees also including 100 viewing minutes per month (with rollover).

Browsing is, for the most part, easy. You can search by categories, performers, etc., and even stack category searches, so if you’re looking to watch very specific naughty acts done to very specific types of naughty people, chances are you won’t have much trouble finding it on the Fyre Boxxx.

I say “for the most part,” though, because navigation is a bit tricky thanks to the remote, which is… sigh… there’s no other way to say it: the remote is stiff. It’s a stiff, sticky, unwieldy chode, okay? And its IR range is pathetic. So if you’re in the market for a Fyre Boxxx, plan to invest in a good universal remote and IR repeater, as well.

My only other complaint about the Fyre Boxxx is more a comment on the service than the device itself. While there is a multitude of content to select from, most of the movies and clips sport the sort of titles that would make Randall Graves blush. There are also a few softcore offerings, too — but the problem is, there’s not much in between. So if you’re sharing an amorous evening with your special lady, good luck finding much explicit-but-female-friendly fare. (Unless you’re both into female-on-female-friendly fare, in which case, there’s oodles to choose from.)

Other than that, there’s not much to complain about. The Fyre Boxxx works well, is discrete, and offers a number of purchasing and rental options. If you absolutely need your smut in high-definition (or just want a halfway decent remote), you might want to wait for FyreTV’s HD box, which should be available soon. But if you’re content with DVD quality, and don’t mind paying for porn, the Fyre Boxxx is a slick, simple, and — most importantly — secure option.

Price: $89.95, or rental options available from $9.95 a month

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  • ron gliatti

    I can’t find the porn sight help please