Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Comparing Vidgo plans

Vidgo is a live streaming service that doesn't get as much attention as the others. I'm not sure why.

There are eight major live streaming services that are considered cable alternatives:

  • Frndly.TV ($6/month)
  • Philo ($25/month)
  • Sling Orange ($35/month)
  • Vidgo ($55/month)
  • Fubo ($65/month)
  • Hulu+Live TV ($65/month)
  • YouTube TV ($65/month)
  • DirecTV Stream ($70/month)

As you can see, they are priced from cheapest to most expensive. They all serve one basic function, and that is to provide an alternative to cable while still offering live TV.

Sling TV was the first, and it gets a lot of attention. Hulu gets a lot of attention, building off of their cheap on-demand service. YouTube TV is Google, and gets plenty of attention. DirecTV Stream is AT&T TV rebranded, riding the DirecTV name (note that Sling doesn't ride the DISH name, even though it's owned by DISH). Fubo is huge into sports, and gets lots of attention.

Vidgo and Frndly.TV get the least amount of attention. Many streaming topic Websites talk about 5 or 6 of those, usually skipping Vidgo and Frndly.TV when doing comparisons. I've talked about Frndly.TV before. Today, it's Vidgo.

Vidgo offers two English language plans, and one Spanish Language plan. The $30/month Spanish Mas plan offers "30 channels," the $55/month plan includes "95+ channels," and the $80/month plan includes "112+ channels."

I don't subscribe to Vidgo, but the Website doesn't list that many. It lists 89 on the Plus package:

  • A&E
  • ABC
  • ABC News
  • ACC Network
  • Animal Planet
  • Aspire
  • AWE
  • Baby TV
  • BET
  • Big Ten Network
  • Bloomberg
  • BYU TV
  • Cheddar
  • Classic Reruns
  • CMT
  • Comedy Central
  • Curiosity Stream
  • Discovery
  • Disney
  • Disney Jr.
  • Disney XD
  • DIY
  • ESPN
  • ESPN Deportes
  • ESPN U
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • FETV
  • Food Network
  • Fox
  • Fox Business
  • FOX Deportes
  • Fox News
  • Freeform
  • FS 1
  • FS 2
  • FX
  • FXM
  • FXX
  • FYI
  • Game Show Network
  • Get TV
  • Hallmark
  • Hallmark Drama
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • HGTV
  • History
  • i24 News
  • ID Discovery
  • INSP
  • Kids Street
  • Law & Crime
  • Lifetime
  • Lifetime Movies
  • Longhorn Network
  • MAVTV
  • Motortrend
  • MTV
  • Nat Geo
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • Newsmax TV
  • Newsnation
  • NFL Network
  • NFL Redzone
  • Nick Jr
  • Nickelodeon
  • OAN
  • OWN
  • PAC -12 NETWORK
  • PAC -12 NETWORK Arizona
  • PAC -12 NETWORK Bay Area
  • PAC -12 NETWORK Los Angeles
  • PAC -12 NETWORK Mountain
  • PAC -12 NETWORK Oregon
  • PAC -12 NETWORK Washington
  • Paramount Network
  • QVC
  • Science
  • SEC Network
  • Sony Movie Channel
  • Teen Nick
  • TLC
  • Travel Channel
  • TV Land
  • TV One
  • Uptv
  • VH1
  • Viceland
  • Vrtuo Sports

The Premium package lists 102, those 89 plus:

  • AHC
  • BeIn Sports English
  • CMT Music
  • Cooking
  • Destination America
  • Discovery Family
  • Discovery Life
  • Great American County
  • MTV Classic
  • MTV2
  • Nick Toons
  • RFD-TV
  • Stadium
  • The Cowboy Channel

Is the $25 difference worth those 14 channels? That depends on how much you like those channels. As for the difference in count, either the Website is claiming more than it actually offers, or the list of channels isn't up to date. I suspect the latter.

Regardless, it's a good service. Missing out on NBC and CBS hurts, but if you have an antenna, you really aren't missing anything.

The real draw for Vidgo seems to be the Spanish language package. In fact, when it launched, that seemed to be the primary focus. The English language service was added later, and now makes up two of the three services.

The Spanish Mas plan includes:

  • Altres Series
  • Antenna 3
  • Atrecine
  • Baby TV
  • BeIN Sports - Spanish
  • Canal Sur
  • Centroamerica TV
  • Cinelatino
  • Cine Sony
  • Discovery En Espanol
  • Discovery Familia (DF)
  • ESPN Deportes
  • estudio5
  • Fox Deportes
  • Fox Life
  • History Channel Espanol
  • Hola TV
  • Hogar
  • Nat Geo Mundo
  • NTN24
  • NTN24
  • Pasiones
  • RCN Novelas
  • Telefe
  • TV Azteca
  • TV Dominicana
  • TYC Sports
  • VideoRola
  • WAPA America

That is the best of the Spanish language streaming services I've seen. Sling TV offers some "International" add-ons to their packages, but it doesn't compare to what Vidgo offers. None of the other services do.

If you are looking for an alternative to one of the more expensive live streaming services, Vidgo is one to consider. If you are looking for Spanish language streaming content in your Streaming Life, Vidgo looks to be the one to get.

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