Review date: November 2016
Channel 1 Releasing -- aka C1R.com -- is legendary porn director and drag diva Chi Chi LaRue's home site, offering streaming scenes from Rascal Video, All Worlds, Catalina and Dirk Yates. The new design, video quality and membership options are a definite improvement over the previous site, though the new site currently offers less content. At review date there are 1000 re-encoded scenes from over 200 movies; a new re-encoded scene is added each day, with plans for a mass migration in 2017.
The C1R tour homepage highlights current and popular scenes and includes explicit trailers for fifteen of them. You can browse the "Movies," "Scenes" and "Models" indexes, but clicking on anything within the index pages will take you right to the sign-up page. This "less is more" approach is a trend we've noticed in pay site tours for some time now. The tour also claims 2,500 titles and 10,000 scenes, but the numbers are lower inside as the site upgrades its catalog. When you go to sign up be aware of the pre-checked offer for a trial to Titan Men.
The new design of C1R is responsive, so it looks good on no matter what size of screen you are watching. The homepage features the newest movies and scenes as well as popular models. Most of what you're looking for can be found in the "Movies" and "Scenes" indexes. In "Movies" the newest ones appear first and you can also browse alphabetically by title. In "Scenes" you can filter your search by over fifty categories.
Each movie has a scene by scene synopsis and cross-links to models, directors and studio. But if you're browsing "Scenes" there are no cross links or descriptions. The model index allows you to browse over 1200 models and then check out the scenes they've appeared in. You can also search movie titles and model names with a general search box.
The Men and the Action
The studios here are All Worlds, Catalina Video, Rascal Video, and Dirk Yates, so every type of guy from masculine and muscular, to jocks, twinks, military, Latinos and some African-American guys are represented. A good number of these titles are older, shot back in the day when movies had a budget, so there are a variety of locations, from beaches to back yards to back alleys, to balconies, to bear rugs! Many of them have full sets, story lines and dialogue.
Porn veterans and newbies alike will have fun re-living the haircuts and decor from a bygone era, as well as enjoying many of the fine and raunchy Chi Chi LaRue productions from recent years. Of course, in the Dirk Yates scenes the format is very basic: put a military man on a bed or a chair in front of a camera. But the other studios have more creative set-ups and professional camerawork throughout. Channel One is also now offering new bareback scenes from William Higgins, under the Catalina label.
The overall viewing quality varies, usually depending on the original video's release date and production values at the time. Many of the most recent Rascal videos are very good quality, but older content ranges from fair to good and is usually best viewed at a smaller screen size.
There are almost 1,000 scenes available to stream at C1R.com. There are updates daily, either a re-encoded scene or a brand new one.
CR1’s videos are available as streaming MP4 files at several qualities; the highest one listed is "1080p," though in most cases playback is not HD quality. The viewing screen is fully resizable; usually quality drops noticeably if you max out the screen size, so adjust for each one to get the quality you desire.Screens: The site is now fully responsive so it's easy to navigate and watch the content on any device. We could not get the videos to stream on an Apple TV, but most are not sharp enough to view on a very large screen.
Image and Other Content
CR1 used to host thousands of images, but these have been dropped in the new design. The live show archives -- with almost 1,700 porn star shows from Live and Raw and 800 rough-and-ready amateurs from Dirk Yates Live -- are also gone.
C1R.com's new look and simplified membership is a great improvement over the previous iteration, though the video still streams only and there is less content than there once was. The site will improve over time as more and newer content is added.
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C1R (Channel 1 Releasing) is operated by Channel 1 Releasing and has been online since 1999.