I think the biggest problem is that because there are no videos a bunch of users have left, and thus their is less discussion.
I don't think so. The video content was very slow for the last few months of Screened yet it was still a daily visit for me.
Up-to-date news and personality made the site, as well as a general sense of competence in the writing.
About a month after the BB takeover I left because the articles were outright bad. I think it was the Cabin in the Woods review that had a heading saying something along the lines of "Watch it at home." which is just lazy.
Whiskey put a lot of time and effort into providing engaging personalities who would deliver well written or well thought out content. That's why I had no problem paying for their services. BermanBraun however cannot keep me compelled enough to visit for free.