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|✔ Excellent Spanish-language plans|
✔ Great selection of family channels
✔ Nearly every channel that airs college sports
✘ No regional sports networks
✘ No DVR storage or on-demand content
|Vidgo is solid all-around, but it stands out in one specific area: It’s the only live TV streaming service that has entirely Spanish-language plans.|
What is Vidgo?
- Live TV streaming service with plans of 65+ channels starting at $40/mo.
- No contracts — pay month-to-month
- Spanish-language plans available for $15/mo. and $25/mo.
- Three simultaneous streams allowed
- Works with Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku
Launched in December 2019, Vidgo is the most recent entrant into the live TV streaming space. Similar to other services like YouTube TV and Sling, Vidgo doesn’t come with any equipment or contracts, and it’s available everywhere in the U.S. You simply download the app on your streaming device of choice and pay month-to-month for more than 60 cable channels.
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Vidgo currently has 68 channels in its $40/mo. Core plan and 90 channels in its Plus plan. Vidgo is especially strong when it comes to family channels. Along with AT&T TV and AT&T TV NOW, Vidgo is one of the only live TV streaming services with Cartoon Network, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon in its lineup.
Vidgo Core ($40/mo.)
- ACC Network
- Animal Planet
- Big Ten Network
- Comedy Central
- Curiosity Stream
- Disney Channel
- Disney Jr.
- Disney XD
- DIY Network
- ESPN Deportes
- ESPN Goal Line
- Food Network
- FOX Business
- FOX Deportes
- FOX News
- Game Show Network
- Hallmark Channel
- Investigation Discovery
- Longhorn Network
- National Geographic
- Nat Geo Wild
- NFL Network
- Nick Jr.
- Pac-12 Network
- Paramount Network
- SEC Network
- Travel Channel
- TV Land
- UP TV
Vidgo Plus ($50/mo.)
Vidgo Plus includes everything in the Core package, plus 17 additional channels:
- CMT Music
- Cooking Channel
- Destination America
- Discovery Family
- Discovery Life
- Law & Crime Network
- MTV Classic
- NFL RedZone
- Pac-12 Los Angeles
- Pac-12 Arizona
- Pac-12 Bay Area
- Pac-12 Mountain
- Pac-12 Oregon
- Pac-12 Washington
- Velocity Network
What channels is Vidgo missing?
There are a number of channels you won’t be able to get in any of Vidgo’s plans or add-ons. Here’s what you’ll miss out on:
- BBC America
- Cartoon Network
- MLB Network
- Music Choice
- NBA TV
- NBC Sports
- The CW
- Weather Channel
How does Vidgo compare to other live TV streaming services?
To see how Vidgo’s channel lineup compares with other services’, we relied on the same methodology we used for our review of the best live TV streaming services overall. We utilized TiVo’s recent Video Trends Report, which asked 3,330 respondents, “Which channels would you be interested in including in your TV package?” The more people wanted a channel included, the higher it ranked.
Here’s how Vidgo compared to some of the other live TV streaming services in its price range:
|Top 25 channels||Top 50 channels||Top 100 channels||Total number of channels|
|AT&T Watch TV ($15/mo.)||13||21||35||40|
|Vidgo Core ($40/mo.)||12||27||41||68|
|Sling Orange + Blue ($45/mo.)||18||33||42||52|
|Vidgo Plus ($50/mo.)||12||28||43||90|
Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. As of 06/23/20.
In terms of price and the channels it comes with, Vidgo falls somewhere in between “skinny bundles” like Philo and cable replacements like fuboTV. It has more channels in TiVo’s top 50 and 100 than the services priced below it, but fewer than the ones above it.
This might be a happy medium for some, but most people will probably find a few must-have channels missing from Vidgo’s lineup.
Excellent Spanish-language packages
Where Vidgo really separates itself from the pack is with its Spanish-language channels. It’s the first live TV streaming service we’ve seen that has plans that are entirely dedicated to Spanish speakers. While most services offer add-ons with a handful of Spanish-language channels, Vidgo lets you include them without paying for an English-language base plan first.
- Azteca América
- Baby TV
- beIN SPORTS
- beIN SPORTS Español
- Discovery en Español
- FOX Deportes
- FOX Life
- ESPN Deportes
- History en Español
- Nat Geo Mundo
- TyC Sports
- WAPA América
Latino Más ($25/mo.)
Upgrading to the Latino Más package gets you everything in the $15/mo. plan, plus all of the following:
- Antena 3
- Canal SUR
- Centroamérica TV
- Discovery Familia
- Estudio 5
- ¡Hola! TV
- RCN Novelas
- RCN Nuestra Tele Internacional
- Telehit Urbano
- Televisión Dominicana
- Video Rola
As far as we can tell, Vidgo is currently the only way to get most of these channels in the U.S. — and the price isn’t all that steep considering you can get them without paying for a base plan.
Unfortunately, you can’t add these Latino plans to Vidgo’s “Core National English” streaming plans. If you want English- and Spanish-language channels, you’ll have to create two Vidgo accounts or go with another service for your English channels.
Is Vidgo good for live sports?
Vidgo falls somewhere in the middle of the pack when it comes to the sports channels it carries. It’s not completely devoid of live sports like Philo and AT&T Watch TV, but you’ll still miss out on quite a few games. Here’s what it has and what it’s missing for the major American sports:
|League||What it has||What it’s missing|
|NFL||ESPN, FOX, NFL Network||CBS, NBC|
|MLB||ESPN, ESPN2, FOX, FS1||MLB Network, TBS|
|NBA||ABC, ESPN||NBA TV, TNT|
|NHL||CNBC, NBC, NBC Sports, NHL Network, USA|
|College sports||ABC, ACC Network, Big Ten Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FOX, Pac-12 Network, SEC Network||CBS|
No matter what kind of sports fan you are, you’ll probably want a few channels that Vidgo doesn’t have. Without CBS and NBC in any of its plans, you’ll miss out on some of the biggest NFL and NHL games of the year. And with no TBS or TNT, you won’t get a significant number of MLB and NBA playoff games.
The one area where Vidgo really excels? College sports. It’s the only live TV streaming service that has each of the four major NCAA conference networks. The only channel it’s missing for college sports is CBS, which airs marquee SEC football matchups every week. Along with AT&T TV and AT&T TV NOW, it’s one of the few services that carries the Longhorn Network, too.
Vidgo also carries beIN Sports, a network that airs international soccer matches in the U.S. The only other streaming service that carries it is fuboTV.
No regional sports networks
Regional sports networks are the channels that carry your local MLB, NBA and NHL team’s games. Vidgo doesn’t carry any of them. That’s a huge loss for sports fans, as most people won’t be able to follow their favorite teams on a regular basis with Vidgo.
Decent user experience
To get a feel for what it’s like to use Vidgo, we tested it out for a few days on an Amazon Fire TV Stick, an Apple TV and a Roku Streaming Stick. Overall, we found it to be just fine. It’s a lot more bare bones than other live TV streaming services — just a channel guide and nothing else — but it didn’t actively frustrate us like some services.
Vidgo’s channel guide is similar to most other streaming service and cable TV interfaces of the past decade. The channels are arranged in rows of five, and it show the next couple hours of programming. We liked how it also breaks up its channel lineup into categories like Favorites, Recents, Sports and Family, so you don’t have to scroll through 90 channels every time to get to the one you want.
Unfortunately, you often can’t see what’s live in the current time slot. Instead of telling us that The Office was playing on Comedy Central, for instance, it just shows that there is “17 minutes left.” To see what’s on at the moment, you actually have to click on that channel’s time slot, which opens up a description of the show.
This felt like an unnecessary extra step. Why not just show the title of what’s currently playing and open the channel when you click on it? One redundant click isn’t a dealbreaker, but if you’re someone who likes to do a lot of channel-surfing, this could get old quickly.
We weren’t the only ones who had some frustrations with Vidgo’s apps, either. At the time of writing, it has a paltry 2.2 out of 5 rating for its Fire TV app and 3.0 out of 5 in Roku’s store.
No on-demand content
Unlike every other live TV streaming service we tested, Vidgo doesn’t make shows and movies available for on-demand viewing. It doesn’t have any DVR storage, either, so Vidgo is an entirely live streaming experience.
How many simultaneous streams does Vidgo allow?
Vidgo lets you stream on three different devices at the same time. The only service that allows you to stream on more devices at once is Sling’s Orange + Blue plan, which gives you four.
Does Vidgo have DVR storage?
Vidgo currently does not include DVR storage in any of its plans. This is pretty unusual for a live TV streaming service. The only other service not to include it is the $15/mo. AT&T Watch TV. Vidgo said in October 2019 that it plans to add DVR “very soon,” but there’s still no word on when that will happen.
Which streaming devices is Vidgo compatible with?
You’ll only be able to use Vidgo on smart TVs that run the Android TV operating system or through a Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick and Apple TV streaming devices. You can also use Vidgo’s iOS and Android mobile apps to watch it on a smartphone.
Our other live TV streaming service reviews
We’ve written extensively about every live TV streaming service around. For more information on each service, you can check out our full reviews below:
- AT&T Watch TV ($15/mo.)
- Sling TV ($30/mo.)
- fuboTV ($55/mo.)
- Hulu + Live TV ($55/mo.)
- AT&T TV NOW ($55/mo.)
- AT&T TV ($60/mo. in year one, $93/mo. in year two)
- YouTube TV ($65/mo.)
- Best live TV streaming services
Should you sign up?
With plans starting at just $40/mo., Vidgo is a decent option for cord cutters looking to decrease their monthly TV spending. But even though its channel selection is solid overall, you can do a lot better by spending just $5 more per month for Sling Orange + Blue or $10 more for YouTube TV. That said, channel preferences are highly personal, and it’s certainly possible that Vidgo has more of your favorites than any other streaming service.
Vidgo did stand out to us in one specific area: Spanish-language channels. It has 30 channels available, most of which aren’t on any other live TV streaming services, and you don’t have to sign up for an expensive base package to access them. If you’re a Spanish speaker, Vidgo is absolutely worth considering.
Originally written on 2/17/2020. Last updated on 6/30/2020.
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