|✔ Excellent Spanish-language plans|
✔ Great selection of family channels
✔ Nearly every channel that airs college sports
|✘ Terrible user experience|
✘ No regional sports networks
✘ No DVR storage or on-demand content
|Vidgo is below average in every category but one: It’s the only live TV streaming service that has entirely Spanish-language plans.|
What is Vidgo?
- Live TV streaming service with plans 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 game. Similar to other live streaming 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.
Vidgo currently has 67 channels in its $40/mo. Core plan and 84 channels in its Plus plan. Here’s how each of Vidgo’s packages breaks down, along with the major channels they’re both missing.
|Core ($40/mo.)||Plus ($50/mo.)||Neither|
|Everything in Core plus: |
Accurate as of 2/17/20
Vidgo is especially strong when it comes to family channels. Along with AT&T TV and AT&T TV NOW, which both start above $60/mo., Vidgo is one of the only live TV streaming services with Cartoon Network, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon in its lineup.
How does Vidgo compare to other live TV streaming services?
To evaluate the quality of those channels, 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:
|Vidgo Core ($40/mo.)||AT&T Watch TV ($15/mo.)||Philo ($20/mo.)||Sling Orange + Blue ($45/mo.)||YouTube TV ($50/mo.)|
|Top 25 channels||12||13||9||18||18|
|Top 50 channels||27||21||19||33||34|
|Top 100 channels||40||35||36||42||53|
|Total number of channels||67||41||59||53||92|
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 02/17/20.
In terms of price and the channels it comes with, Vidgo falls somewhere in between “skinny bundles” like Philo and cable replacements like YouTube TV. 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.
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.
Here are all the channels you’ll get in Vidgo’s Spanish-language plans:
|Latino Streaming Plan ($15/mo.)||Latino Más Streaming Plan ($25/mo.)|
|Everything in Latino Streaming Plan plus: |
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. What’s more, the $25/mo. Latino Más plan includes DAZN, a service specializing in boxing and MMA, and which costs $20/mo. on its own.
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.
Poor user experience
There’s no way around it: Vidgo’s user experience is absolutely atrocious. We tested it out on an Amazon Fire TV Stick, an Apple TV and a Roku Streaming Stick, and in every case, it felt like we were using an unfinished version of the app.
Vidgo doesn’t use a channel guide like every other streaming service and cable TV interface of the past decade. Instead, the channels are arranged in rows of five with the channel logo in each spot. There is also an image that shows what program is currently playing, but it failed to load on our Fire TV Stick.
What’s worse, when those images did load, they weren’t always accurate. Nat Geo Wild, for instance, showed that it was playing a college basketball game. And when we clicked on the channel, it took us to Investigation Discovery.
We weren’t the only ones who had a bad experience with Vidgo’s apps, either. At the time of writing, it has a paltry two-star rating for its Fire TV app and 2.9 out of 5 in Roku’s store.
This might not be a huge deal to everyone — you spend the vast majority of time watching and not channel-surfing, after all — but it’s hard to overstate how much of a step down this is from every other live TV streaming service.
We can’t say how the experience on a web browser is because every time we tried it, we got a message saying, “Please check back updating Vidgo web player!”
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?
Unfortunately, Vidgo is compatible with fewer devices than any other live TV streaming service. You’ll only be able to play it on smart TVs that run the Android TV operating system or through a Roku or Amazon Fire TV Stick streaming device. 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.)
- YouTube TV ($50/mo.)
- fuboTV ($55/mo.)
- Hulu + Live TV ($55/mo.)
- AT&T TV NOW ($65/mo.)
- AT&T TV ($60/mo. in year one, $93/mo. in year two)
- Best live TV streaming services
The bottom line
Vidgo is a pretty sub-par streaming service all-around. While its channel selection is decent, you can get a lot more by spending just $5 more per month for Sling Orange + Blue or $10 for YouTube TV. And at the time we tested them, Vidgo’s apps were almost unusable. As a newer streaming service, it will likely improve in the future, but it’s still starting from zero on that front.
With all that said, Vidgo is outstanding in one specific area: Spanish-language channels. It has 27 channels available, most of which aren’t on any other live TV streaming services. If you’re a native Spanish speaker, Vidgo is absolutely worth considering.