VIDGO Brings You Everything You Ever Wanted In Your Streaming Service
Every year, CES features some of the latest gadgets and services that will set new standards in the television industry for years to come. Sling TV used CES 2015 as its launch pad, which proved to be a very successful strategy. Clearly, it set a good example. So, this year at CES 2016, another streaming service made its debut. VIDGO is the latest entrant to the streaming industry and it is already creating waves across the industry with its splendid offers. To say that it has got the attention of its audience would be an understatement. Anyone who has been following the updates about the service this year has been left spellbound by the bounty of features on offer. over the course of the next few weeks. But, there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered regarding the service. But, we already have answers to some of the questions, and here they are.
What type of content VIDGO allows me to watch?
Imagine cable TV without the cord. That is exactly what VIDGO is in a nutshell. VIDGO brings you full-fledged cable entertainment. This includes a variety of channels air on cable television. VIDGO is still in the process of signing up various networks to be offered on its service, but they already have secured streaming rights for ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. More importantly, the service has managed to get PBS on board, thus making it the first streaming service to offer PBS channels. The Atlanta based streaming service is hopeful of making many such firsts in the coming months. While the above list of channels was released by the streaming service some time ago and there have been no updates on if there have been any more additions. Thus, even if your favorite channel is not on the list now, give VIDGO sometime and it is possible that they will be on the roster for you to enjoy.
Moreover, there will be many national networks included in the service as well, such as Discovery, Disney-ABC, and sports channels. In addition to the live linear programming like cable TV, VIDGO also brings on-demand content to its subscribers. This includes first run movies too. Thus, not only you can enjoy a library of movies and TV shows, but also the latest blockbusters, without having to spend big bucks on tickets.
In total, VIDGO expects to offer hundreds of channels for its subscribers. This will make it the only service of its kind in the industry. At present, Sling TV offers 20+ channels, while PlayStation Vue’s offering is just shy of some 100 channels. Thus, as of now, VIDGO appears to be the only real substitute of cable TV service providers.
Can I get sports channels on VIDGO?
Yes, yes, and yes. VIDGO is one of the very few streaming services that brings sports entertainment to you. In fact, apart from Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue, VIDGO is the only other service that brings any sporting entertainment to you at all. This is not limited to premium sports matches. Instead, VIDGO brings you sports channels to give you all-year-round sports entertainment. In another case of firsts, VIDGO is bringing unlimited sports entertainment — you can access NFL on VIDGO! This sets the streaming service apart from others in the market because no other service has managed to bring NFL as part of their offering. Furthermore, channels like ESPN will also be streamed on the service. Thus, there is no dearth of options for you to enjoy when it comes to sports.
When will VIDGO be released in my city?
VIDGO has not released the exact dates of its launch in the country. But, what we do know is that the service is to be launched in only 15 markets in the initial test phase. These include San Francisco, Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, and others. Residents of these initial markets will be able to lay their hands first on VIDGO. However, the company plans to expand its services across the country by the end of this year. Ideally, people living in all the cities in the US should be able to enjoy VIDGO eventually by the end of this year.
I live in a remote rural area. Will I be able to access VIDGO?
VIDGO is an over-the-top (OTT) service, which means that it is delivered through the internet. As long as you have an internet connection with high speed, you will be able to enjoy VIDGO’s services. Even in the most remote locations, you will be able to get one or the other type of internet service. Satellite internet is able to connect people from any part of the country to the global communications network. However, you should keep in mind that satellite internet can be quite expensive. So, make sure that you are well aware of the data charges of the amount of content you wish to stream.
What should be the speed of my internet connection to enjoy all the features of VIDGO?
Video streaming services require high speed internet connection to be able to deliver high quality content to your devices. But, ‘high speed’ is a relative term, and most streaming services do not bother to clarify or give out an exact figure. In reality, you need at least 5Mbps speed on your internet connection to be able to enjoy all the features of VIDGO. The important thing to note is that VIDGO can deliver high definition content to you. Compared to standard definition, high definition requires a much faster internet connection. So, if you want to enjoy programming on VIDGO in pure HD without interruptions of buffering, then you will need an internet connection with at least 5Mbps speed.
How do I choose which packages to choose from?
VIDGO has announced that it will be offering its streaming services in 3 different packages. Each of them will come with their own set of features. So, check what features are offered with each pack and choose one to suit your needs. What is important to note is that VIDGO will allow you to build your packages. In other words, you will be able to add and remove channels from your packages. So, take into consideration all of these things, and build a pack that suits your needs.
Are there any restrictions on how I use VIDGO?
There are very few restrictions on how you can enjoy VIDGO. For instance, all the packages offered by the service come with the multi-device streaming. Thus, you will not only be able to access VIDGO on your television, but also one your smartphone, tablet, laptop, and other devices and that too, simultaneously. There is still no official word on what each package offers. So, it is still very early to say anything about how many devices will be allowed to stream simultaneously under each package. VIDGO, being a new streaming service, is compatible with a limited number of platforms. The various platforms that support VIDGO are Android, iOS, Amazon Fire TV stick, Roku, Apple TV, smartphones, and smart TVs. Most of the mid-range and higher end TVs being sold in the US are smart TVs. So, if you have purchased your TV in the recent years, chances are that you will be able to download VIDGO on your TV. On the other hand, you can stream the programs on your smartphone and then cast them to your TV.
Is there any provision for me to enjoy whatever content I want, just like on Netflix?
Yes, and no. While Netflix has built itself around offering a huge library of content to its subscribers, which they can enjoy whenever they want, as many times as they want, VIDGO is a cable TV without the cord. That being said, there will be a lot of on-demand content on VIDGO as well, which you can watch whenever you like. But, the on-demand content will be possibly subjected to premium charges, which is the norm in the industry. Further, VIDGO comes with 30 days of on-demand cloud DVR content, which gives you even more flexibility to enjoy premium content the way you like.