The top streaming services in the United States

Thanks to today’s internet plans and the increased bandwidth, it is much easier – and much more convenient to watch favorite TV shows and movies online.

Netflix has been one of the biggest names in the streaming TV business, but it is about to meet a serious challenge from Vidgo.

What are the differences between the two? That is what we are going to find out in this article.

Selection of TV Shows and Movies

When it comes to catalogues of TV shows and movies, both services are competing closely. On one hand, Netflix has just lost a lot of the titles many of its users love to watch.

It will lose even more titles in November, as shows such as the popular UK TV series Shameless and the movie The Truman Show leave the company’s catalogue.

Vidgo, on the other hand, is adding a lot of new titles ahead of its official launch. You can expect to see popular US and UK TV shows along with notable titles from the box office.

The streaming service is also working on adding more titles to its catalogue to make the service even more lucrative for its audience.

Between these two service providers, there is no doubt that you can watch your favorite TV shows online. All you have to do is pick a particular service that has the most titles that you like. Alternatively, you can sign up for both or use the free trials to try before you subscribe.

No Contract

Both Netflix and Vidgo have one thing in common: no contract. Unlike cable services, you don’t need to sign up for a full 12-month service to be able to watch your favorite shows.

In fact, you can start by giving the free trial a go before deciding whether you want to keep the service.

Netflix now charges around $9 per account. You can sign up using up to 5 devices and have different profiles for them.

You can also set up your own playlist and get recommendations based on the movies and TV shows you have watched in the past.

More importantly, there is an option to set up a profile for kids if you want to let your children use Netflix too.

Vidgo, on the other hand, offers the same set of features and a no-contract approach. You don’t have to worry about having to sign up for longer terms at all, because the streaming service is using the same pay-as-you-go service model.

There is no official pricing on the company’s website just yet, you can expect the service to cost around the same amount as – if not lower than – Netflix and other streaming TV services.

Live TV Streaming

There is one department where Vidgo is miles ahead of Netflix, and that is live TV streaming. While you can follow your favorite TV shows and movies once they are available on Netflix, there is no way to watch the news or other live shows on TV channels.

Vidgo is being designed to change that. Aside from on-demand television, you can also access live channels and programming directly from Vidgo’s streaming service.

There is no need to subscribe to a separate service or have to stream from other sources just to watch the latest football match or your favorite news program.

The live TV streaming service from Vidgo has another trick up its sleeve: online DVR. Yes, you can record your favorite TV programs and watch them later.

You don’t even have to be home to record TV shows, since Vidgo’s platform can be accessed from anywhere. This introduces the audience to a whole new streaming TV experience.

It will be interesting to see how Vidgo is accepted by consumers once it has officially launched. There have been several closed beta sessions and the reports so far are showing a promising alternative to other streaming TV services like Netflix.

While the two have similarities and differences, Vidgo’s (assumed) lower pricing and more programming options will certainly attract customers to try the service more. Besides, who doesn’t want the ability to DVR a football match from their smartphone or other mobile device?

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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is a former editor for Information Age (from 2018 to 2022) before moving on to become Global Head of Brand Journalism at HCLTech. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and...

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