Imlive is one of the premier adult video chat sites that's managed to survive the evolution of the business by relying on what made them successful: A wide range of features, affordable private chat rates and a little bit of fun thrown in with themed parties and promotions.
While its competitors have either gone the full "free chat" route and/or tip-based shows, Imlive still believes enough of us want the intimacy and privacy of a 1-on-1 chat. Lets see how they stack up in the current adult webcam marketplace.
Updated: Dec. 11, 2018
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While Imlive boasts a category of video chat for everyone, over the years - like many other sites - the "niche" categories have fallen behind with fewer and fewer performers. It is nice to see, however, that they still offer the buffet-style approach as many of us want something besides solo women.
As for as the shows go, you might be put off when you enter a free chat room for the first time. Not only is the video quality usually lacking, there are very few options here besides full-screen and sending a gift to the performer. There is no actual chat allowed, which I struggle to see the logic in. I know it can be a nuisance for performers with beggars pleading for to see something for free but it's also a great way to develop a little interaction before committing to a private show.
Used the advanced search tool to really narrow down what you're looking for - including the ability to set a price range. BIG fan of this feature as it saves a lot of time if you're on a budget.
When starting a private chat you have the option to commit to a 30 or 60-minute session for 20-30% off the regular rates. Definitely worth it if you know you'll be in there awhile!
Most performers offer a Discount Club for additional savings. Check a performer's profile after you join for specifics.
While Imlive's free chat could use some upgrading, the private shows are better, but nothing noteworthy (and yes, you can actually chat). They also offer multi-cam shows which allow you to watch and chat with several performers at a time. Not sure the appeal of that, but it's there.
Where Imlive stands out is in its unique offerings like "Fulfill Your Fantasy", a clever concept where you fill out a quick form stating what you are looking for and performers can contact you willing to, well, fulfill it.
The weekly themed parties can be a bit of fun and they still have a fair number of adult film stars appearing for special feature shows. They also have a "Treat" system whereby you can get credits to be used towards watching recorded video sessions and entrance to adult film star shows.
Credits, thankfully, are easy to understand on Imlive as there is a 1:1 ratio of credits to USD. A refreshing idea when compared to most other sites which seem to want to keep us confused as to the actual cost of everything.
Private chats cost anywhere from about 1 credit to 15 credits/minute but by far most performers charge a very reasonably 2 to 3 credits/minute, making Imlive one of the most affordable premium chat sites.
◊ Some performers offer remote-controlled sex toys.
◊ Imlive's group shows (called a "Candy Chat") work a little differently than other sites. Here you simply buy a ticket at a set price for access to the entire show.
◊ Most performers offer a video archive of past private sessions. Unlike most other adult webcam sites, however, you'll find many of the videos are free and the ones that do cost credits are typically very reasonably priced.
◊ Another tip: Change the default view on the main page of each section by clicking one of the three layout icons immediately above the profile listings (on the upper right side). The default layout leads to a LOT of scrolling (or swiping, if you're on mobile).
Imlive may be losing it's place among the most popular adult video chat sites but it still delivers a premium experience that won't break your bank. They also offer unique features other sites don't and as long as they cater to those of us who want true 1-on-1 shows at a fair price, they'll be a site I strongly recommend.
The Good News
- Affordable for a premium site
- Lots of unique features
- Nice search options incl. by price
- Plenty of free recorded sessions
The Bad News
- Very limited Free Chat
- Limited range of performers
- No community
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