Review date: December 2018
Sean Cody has been a major brand in online porn since it launched way back in 2001. The 19- to 26-year-old amateurs -- most of whom who you won't see anywhere else -- have a combination of looks, athleticism, and enthusiastic sluttiness that is unmatched. Many of the videos radiate perfect light, crystal clarity and outstanding camera work, in blazing sharp 1080p HD. If that's not enough, the site puts up three new videos a week, for over 2,320 scenes -- and the price is right.
But there are a few flaws. First and foremost, new members get streaming-only access with their monthly membership; basic pagination could be improved, as could search; and some of the newer videos are not up to the usual Sean Cody standard of videography.
The Sean Cody "tour" is basically a one page collection of large thumbnails for the site's more popular videos; they all go right to the sign-up page.
On the sign-up page, there is no indication that Sean Cody memberships are now streaming-only; this is a major oversight considering it has included downloads since it launched. There's also a pre-selected drop-down list that asks if you want to add a trial to another site (usually Juicy Boys or Men.com, both owned by MindGeek, which also owns Sean Cody).
Along the top of the page is the menu with two main choices: "Scenes" and "Models." Once you're in the main "Scenes" index you get the title (usually the model names) and an image from each of the videos, the most recent first. Just click on the image and you're taken to that individual video page which has the embedded video player, the photo gallery, and the related scenes.
The Sean Cody search options could be better. You can sort scenes by date, popularity, and alphabetically. You can also use the search option in the menu, allowing you to look for a specific model, scene, or scene tag (like "hairy" or "Latin").
Paging through the site's video index definitely needs to be improved: as you move through 150 pages of scenes you can only go two pages at a time; there's no other option (except for typing page numbers into the website address).
There are upsells, too. The most obvious are the menu items "Live Cam" and "Hookup".
The Men and the Action
So why do some of the the hottest young men in America peel down and get raunchy for the Sean Cody cameras? We do know they get paid very well. Sean Cody men are athletic guys in the 19-26 age range. Every single one of them is good looking, nicely built and fresh to the porn world. While many are straight, a healthy proportion are gay. While very fit, they usually have natural body hair -- and only some have tattoos. Cock sizes range from normal to huge. About half of the new videos are solo and the rest are duos and three-ways.
In the solo videos, there's often a chat with the guy to put him at ease and to reveal a bit about him. One of several different settings is the gym, where the guy may perform a brief workout. Many of the scenes are shot in a beautifully decorated modern home and the guys make creative use of every part of the house and every piece of furniture. The solo videos include two complete jerk-off sessions. Between sessions there's a timeout, often outdoors at the beach or a park, where these fit amateurs chat a bit while demonstrating a mad level of athletic skill.
There are plenty of hardcore videos too, with the guys carefully paired, really horned-up and into the sex. No one is allowed to just lie there -- they have to fuck and suck in every position imaginable. These hardcore videos also include some chat before or after the scene -- but never during. There are also plenty of three ways and group scenes. Since 2012, the site has focused on bareback action.
Sean Cody videos are mostly outstanding quality, not just in terms of the amazing clarity of the playback, but in the highly professional camera work. The cameras catch the action from many different angles as the models take several different and often creative positions per shoot. There is a skilled variation of well lit close-up and medium shots so you never feel like you have missed anything -- and almost all the cum shots are shown from two angles.
However, since Sean Cody changed ownership, the videography seems more formulaic.
This year there are over 2485 scenes to choose from and they typically run from 20 to 25 minutes in length. The site is updated with fresh meat three times a week.
Since July, 2013, videos are available in one format only: MP4. These stream in-browser at a default size of 960x540 pixels.
As mentioned, downloads have stopped being included for new members, though you can pay $1 to $2 per download. Since August, 2012, the MP4 videos will download in four different qualities, up to a whopping 1920x1080 pixels (4,500 kbps). Previous videos are available for download in the Quicktime (MOV) format; most of these have a bitrate of 2,000 kbps and play in a 960x540 window.
Screens: The new design is fully responsive, so looks and acts well on full sized screens as well as smaller ones. If you want to watch on a TV screen via Apple TV or another device the high-definition videos look amazing.
Image and Other Content
Most of the solo videos include a handful of high resolution digital photos, around ten pics per set, and starting in mid-2012 they include a set of 10 to 20 digital photos for the hardcore scenes as well. The site recently added a slideshow option, though you still can't download zip files.
Sean Cody has always impressed us with its personality, great looking and enthusiastic models, professional and creative camera work, and stunning technical quality. Now with over 2485 videos, it offers a lot for your dollar, though overall quality is not as consistent as in the past, and taking away downloads is really unfortunate.
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Sean Cody is operated by Mind Geek and has been online since 2001.