VIDGO is a new online streaming service that was originally announced at CES 2016 with great promises (e.g. full selection of live locals, more channels than competitors, etc.) but few solid details about the specifics, such as a channel list, launch date, pricing, or list of devices it would be available on. In the months that have followed CES, all has been mostly quiet on the VIDGO front, until today. The company has just issued a press release announcing some truly exciting and potentially groundbreaking details about its launch, including options for subscribers to build their own programming packages, details about live local programming (VIDGO will be the first OTT service to offer PBS), and information about its huge sports lineup that includes NFL Network, local sports, and ESPN.
Now available in “limited release” (likely to a small, private beta test group from what we can tell) with a full public release expected in the near future, VIDGO promises to offer “high-definition streaming of live local broadcast (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and PBS), national content and sports on streaming devices like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, iOS, Android and desktop.”
And the thing that really intrigues us is VIDGO says it will allow its customers to “build your own programming packages.” Could this mean something that takes us a step beyond the skinny bundle into something more closely resembling an a la carte solution? Or is it something else?
Let’s dive deeper into this press release and other info available on VIDGO to get a better idea of what this new live streaming service offers and how it stacks up to Sling TV and PlayStation Vue.
So, if you’re wondering, what is VIDGO? We’re here to answer that question as accurately as possible in our VIDGO review, given the information currently available.
VIDGO Review: What Is VIDGO?
According to the company behind the product, VIDGO is an over-the-top television streaming service (think Sling TV or PlayStation Vue). It aims to provide the most comprehensive content at the most affordable prices possible. It will offer both live and on-demand streaming options, including live sports – most notably NFL Network, a channel not available on any other similar cordcutting service, like Sling TV or Vue.
The company’s press release says, “VIDGO’s streaming service will offer the national programming customers want to watch, alongside live local broadcast and sports, at an affordable price. Created by industry experts, VIDGO will offer truly on-the-go live video with live local and national channels, thousands of on-demand movie titles and high-definition music.”
The makers of VIDGO have also marketed it as “the future of television”. That certainly remains to be seen, and we’ll have to wait for more details before we can adequately rate this service. But when you take a look at the features mentioned in their release, it very well could live up to its lofty tagline.
VIDGO promises to offer:
- “Build your own programming packages”–It’s still not entirely clear what this means, but if they truly mean subscribers will be able to create custom bundles with the channels they want, that’s absolutely huge. No other streaming services have offered a true a la carte solution. Could this be what VIDGO is hinting at?
- “Live linear local channels in select initial markets – ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS”–To date, Sling TV and Vue have struggled to nail down the live local TV market. Both have made great strides in recent months, expanding to more markets and at least offering some on-demand options for broadcast networks, but neither has achieved a full solution. Also of note here is that VIDGO will be the first to offer PBS live streaming and it will also have CBS, which will prove attractive to football fans in those select initial markets.
- “National content providers – Disney-ABC, Discovery and many other networks”–Not a lot of details here yet on what all this will include, but it seems to at least likely be on par with Sling TV and Vue’s lineup.
- “Sports – ESPN, NFL Network, live local sports content”–NFL Network?! They’re the first streaming service to land the channel. This is a huge coup for VIDGO and could definitely make this service the go-to for sports fans.
Other features mentioned in the press release:
- “Video on demand, including first-run movie titles”
- “Automatic cloud DVR, record everything, never miss a show”
- “Favorites menu bar for quickly accessing your most-watched channels”
- “Access to full programming lineup on-the-go or at home via WiFi or 4G connection”
- “Multiple simultaneous device streams with each package”
- “Local channels in select initials markets including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami and San Francisco”
What Is the VIDGO Release Date?
As of right now, VIDGO says the service is in “limited release” with a full public release still to be announced. With the company releasing all of this information now to get people excited, it’s fair to assume we’ll likely be seeing some sort of public launch sooner rather than later. We’ll update this as soon as we have an official release date.
What Is The VIDGO Channels List?
We don’t have a full VIDGO channels list yet, but we do know the following channels will be included — NFL Network, ESPN, Discovery, Disney, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS. The website states that the service will offer live local, sports, national, and international TV stations, as well as on-demand content.
In addition to the TV channels available for live streaming, VIDGO promises thousands of hours of on-demand content, including movies, music and much more. It’s hard to say exactly what content will be offered, but we expect the service to be similar to Sling TV and Vue, likely even more robust.
VIDGO vs Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue
Two of the most popular live streaming services out there are Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. If you’re wondering how VIDGO stacks up to these two industry leaders – well, we are too.
Without full details of the new VIDGO service, we can’t fully compare these three services. However, here’s what we do know based on past information put out by the company and the current press release:
- VIDGO will likely have 3 different tiers of channel packages available, similar to PlayStation Vue.
- VIDGO says that they will offer LIVE local channels, something Sling and Vue have started to offer but not fully
- As for device support, VIDGO looks to be competitive by supporting most streaming devices, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, iOS, Android, and desktop. This will put it on par with Sling TV in device support and far ahead of Vue.
- We don’t have pricing info yet, but if the company is offering multiple tiers, we expect it will be in the same ballpark as Sling TV and Vue
- VIDGO will offer 30-days of on-demand cloud DVR content
Again, this VIDGO review is far from complete until we actually get firm details about the service. Bookmark this page to check back later, or join our newsletter.
What Devices Will VIDGO Be Available On?
VIDGO promises support of all common streaming devices, including:
- Streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV. No word yet on Chromecast support
- Smart TVs from all major manufacturers
- Mobile devices, including iOS and Android devices
It appears that VIDGO is planning to roll out live on all devices at once, instead of slowly introducing new device support. We’ll see if that pans out.
How Much Will VIDGO Cost?
We don’t have exact figures, but based on the service’s main competitors, we expect a price in the range of $20-$50.
The VIDGO cost will likely depend on the package you choose. The service will likely have 3 different tiers, each offer different channels. We expect the base package to be around $20 a month.
VIDGO is also no-contract, which is great news. It will be a month-to-month service that you can cancel at any time. No credit check will be necessary to get the service, unlike cable.
Will There Be a VIDGO Free Trial?
There’s no official word yet. Given that most competing services offer at least a 7-day free trial, VIDGO may do the same. We’ll keep you posted.
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