83 Gay Life Network Review [visit now]


Videos:
960 (avg. 22 min.)  Stream and Download
(plus Twinky Toons comics)
MP4 (stream/dwnld); 1920x1080;  5000k  (15% of videos)
WMV (download); 770x430;  2000k  (50% of videos)

Pics:
Photos - 1086 sets of images

Mobile:
Works well on desktop, laptop and mobile devices.

Hot:
True twinks; HD videos.
Not:
Limited trial; pre-checked cross-sell to another site.; crashed Internet Explorer browser

Review date: May 2015

Gay Life Network is the name for a collection of twink videos that are divided up into eight sites, each with slightly different themes but often using the same model pool. And that works well because these young guys are just about the smoothest, creamiest, and well, twinkiest you'll see anywhere. The more recent HD videos are excellent quality and the oldest are less perfect but still very good. Some of the videos could be shorter and more tightly edited, there are upsells to other sites in the members' area, and the action tends to be a bit on the vanilla side, but GLN is still a good choice for lovers of twink and collegiate guys.

Tour

As you begin your tour on the non-members homepage you'll see a large graphic picturing a couple of smiling models. Just below is film strip with rotating images from recent updates, none of which open to a clip. Scroll down past an area called "Featured Sites" (where none of the images open to clips) and you'll see an area called: "Our Members' All Time Favorite Videos." This grid of 12 rotating images is live and each opens to juicy and explicit 60 second clips. Next, a grid of 24 of "Our All Time Favorite Models" and happily, these also open to 60 second clips of smooth tanned skin, hard dicks, and bubble butts. At the bottom of this first long page are links to all eight of the Gay Life Network sites. These lead to the episode index of each site, which in turn feature some more randomly placed preview clips. In the end, this tour provides a fairly comprehensive sample of the high quality videos available with your one-price membership.

Usability

Within the Gay Life Network container, text links just below the masthead will guide you to any of the eight sites, or to a complete scene index or the entire model roster. Thankfully, the design and navigation of each site in the network operates in an identical fashion. And there is a sophisticated search function that includes ranking by various criteria, and advanced search using various keywords. But the reasons for the content being labeled with many different names is far from clear. Several of the categories should be collapsed and a number of the labels dropped, especially for the areas that are not being updated.

You can customize what appears on the homepage and how search results are displayed, which is a neat feature. We were less crazy about the upsells for hookup and cam sites inside the members area. Also some of the eight sites in the network don't have a lot of videos and aren't updated any longer. And sometimes, when using Internet Explorer, the HD video streams would buffer.

The Men and the Action

Get ready for a rich, creamy casserole of slender and lightly muscled guys aged 18-25, seasoned with smooth, young, muscular Euro-guys, and topped with regular-looking American porn stars aged 25-29. Twinks do form the majority of the models, often with similar names like Aiden, Braden, and Haiden. These guys have a way of winning you over with their sweet honesty, smooth contours, and almost-virgin butt holes.

At the beginning of a video the guys often have a few lines to say as they participate in the little scripted stories that start off the action. Most of the videos are shot in a well-lit studio and the most popular models are interviewed. The right answer to every question usually contains the word "awesome." Most of the sex is conventional and there appears to be no black or Asian models. While there are eight sites, they all focus on young guys and most don't really have much of a theme beyond that:

Beddable Boys: 212 scenes (updated every 10 days)
Lollipop Twinks: 225 scenes, often with lollipops (updated biweekly)
Teach Twinks: 219 scenes (updated biweekly)
Gay Life Network - oddly the name of the network of sites is also the name of one of the sites. There are twinks galore here with almost 200 videos, but no updates since Jan, 2013.
Twinklight: 32 scenes (no updates since June, 2013y)
Twinkylicious: 29 scenes (no updates since Sept., 2010)
Best Bareback: 68 bareback scenes (no updates since March, 2013)
Twink Toons: hundreds of gay sex cartoons

Video Details

This hefty package of videos has only been around a few years, so about half are in high-definition; these have great viewing quality.at full-screen. At the highest speed, you'll see clarity, sharp contrast, and good lighting.

Videos that are available at less than 720p look good at their default size but loose sharpness when upsized. A few of the videos suffer from low light and there is occasional motion judder with fast movement. Streams also sometimes buffered at the high speed setting. And the HD quality downloads can take many minutes to complete.

Gay Life Network current counts 960 videos averaging 23 minutes in running time (not including the 435 twink cartoons). Currently the network updates about once every two days. There is no DRM so you can download and keep the videos for as long as you like.

You can stream and download the videos in MP4 format. The streams play in a Flash-like embedded player at Low, Medium, and High speed. There are three or four sizes; for about half, the largest is 1280x720 pixels, with a bitrate between 3400 and 5000 kbps. Very recent ones (less than 15%) are also available in a 1920x1080 pixel HD version. About half top out at 640x360 or 640x480 pixels, 1300 kbps.

Windows Media files can be streamed or downloaded as well. These come in two qualities; for the most recent half the top size is 770x430 pixels, 2000 kbps. Older ones are 640x480 pixels.

Screens: There is a full mobile version of these sites included with your subscription.
- the site worked well on an iPad;
- videos labelled 720p or 1020p look good on a TV screen.


Image and Other Content

Every episode on each of the sites, excluding Twink Toons, has an image gallery averaging 120 video captures. The size of the images can be quite large and not every one of them is crystal clear, a problem that's common with screen grabs. The galleries have a slideshow feature which starts up as soon as you look at one picture, not a feature we found desirable. Under "Bonus" you'll find 38 mediocre bonus videos that we'd really prefer they didn't bother with.

User-friendly

The network loses points for having a pre-checked sign-up to another site and for having a very cut-down trial of only six videos (though they do tell you this).

Summing Up

While the vids could be a bit edgier and more tightly edited, the oddly named Gay Life Network does a very good job of showcasing a choice roster of cute and slender twinks, along with a few European guys and some professional porn models. For one monthly price you'll get a generous number of videos, many video viewing and download options, and lots of HD content. Gay Life Network is a solid choice for twink fans.

1 day: $1.95 (limited trial) (rebills @ $24.95)

30 day: $24.95 (rebills @ $24.95)

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83

Quality 27/33
Quantity 20/20
Personality 4/5
Video Options 5/6
Updates 6/6
Content 61/70
Tour 4/5
Usability 11/15
Fairness 2/5
Value 5/5
User-friendly 22/30

[score criteria]

Condoms: No
Some bareback scenes.
[safer sex in porn]

Memberships

1 day: $1.95 (limited trial)
(rebills @ $24.95)

30 day: $24.95
(rebills @ $24.95)

Billed as:
Epoch.com *BAKERSTREE

Gay Life Network is operated by Stunner Media and has been online since 2007.


Videos:
960 (avg. 22 min.) DRM: Stream and Download
(plus Twinky Toons comics)
MP4 (stream/dwnld); 1920x1080;  5000k  (15% of videos)
WMV (download); 770x430;  2000k  (50% of videos)

Pics:
Photos - 1086 sets of images

Mobile:
Works well on desktop, laptop and mobile devices.

Hot:
True twinks; HD videos.
Not:
Limited trial; pre-checked cross-sell to another site.; crashed Internet Explorer browser

Visit Gay Life Network Now!

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