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Review: VidGo

VidGo is a new streaming service that has come out recently that has quite the channel lineup and price that make it competitive with other services.

To make it even more competitive, they have prices that are comparable to PlayStation Vue, which is set to shut down later this month.

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The first thing that I have noticed with the service is that the channel lineup is pretty great, especially if you consider their generous pricing.

VidGo currently has two plans that are the Core Package for $39.99 a month that comes with over 60 channels. They have another plan called the Plus Package that is $49.99 a month that has over 80 channels.

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Core Package plan

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Plus Package plan

What makes this live TV streaming service interesting to the average consumer is that for sports fans, they have all of the ESPN and FOX Sports networks. This does not include the regional FSN stations though.

For those who are not sports fans, there are still plenty of family channels like INSP, CMT, UPtv and Hallmark networks. Kids will like it too with all of the Disney and Nickelodeon channels too.

One feature that the service has that no other service has is a social feature that is a lot like a watch party. People that have tuned-in can make comments to those who are also watching, and from there, conversations can sprout. I have not seen this feature in the Apple TV app, though.

No other live TV streaming service like Sling TV, YouTube TV or Hulu with Live TV currently has this feature on their platform.

I believe that the biggest problems with VidGo are the following:

  • No on-demand support
  • No DVR

A feature that I love from Sling TV is that it has great on-demand support. It’s been great for me when watching The Office on Comedy Central since I do not have Netflix.

Both of those features are crucial to live TV streaming services because of how we as consumers are when it comes to streaming our favorite TV shows and movies.

My last issue with VidGo is that the Apple TV app needs some work, specifically when it comes to the channel guide. The UI is in need of some work.

When using other services like Sling TV and YouTube TV, you have an easy-to-use interface. The channel guide is made so that when I click a channel or program, it immediately starts playing that program.

VidGo’s app for some reason make you click the channel and then click the program that is currently on. I know it only sounds like one extra step, but it is a little annoying, especially when comparing it to other streaming services out there.

The good news is that the service is available but still considered to be in the development phase, and you can bet that it have more feature additions this year and “mature” as a streaming service.

Lastly, the service does have local channels in select markets and for select broadcast networks. Both ABC and FOX are available on the service in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Dallas-Ft. Worth,  Atlanta, Houston, Tampa, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis, Orlando, Charlotte and Austin, according to The Streamable.

From everything said here, I am giving it 3/4 stars. That might sound too good to be true given its lack of on-demand and DVR support, but since the price and channel selection are so good, it truly shows just how much potential this service has.

If you’re a sports fan, this could be THE streaming service for you. The same goes for family-friendly and children’s programming too.

VidGo can be streamed on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apple TV and Mac.

Rating: 3/4 stars

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