Vidgo Bows Online TV Service

Vidgo Jan.14 announced the launch of a new $39.99 online TV service featuring sports, news and entertainment content, including more than 100 premium channels such as ABC, Comedy Central, ESPN, Fox, and the NFL Network as well as a Latino package for Spanish-speaking viewers.

The OTT service is employing Harmonic’s VOS360 live-stream platform, which the company claims simplifies the scaling of third-party content over the Internet.

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“Our new streaming service gives subscribers a simple, convenient way to watch live TV anytime, on any device, ensuring that sports fans never miss important matches, fights and games on some of the most popular channels available,” CEO Shane Cannon said in a statement.

Cannon said Harmonic’s streaming software offers a range of media processing functionalities in a cloud-native environment, including live and file transcoding, packaging and origin, dynamic real-time CDN selection, targeted advertising, VOD, SVOD, time-shift viewing and network DVR.

He said the single cloud-based platform increased Vidgo’s efficiencies and accelerated its time to market.

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“New entrants to the OTT environment don’t necessarily have massive budgets, and they need to launch services fast,” said Eric Armstrong, VP of sales for North America Media at Harmonic.

Armstrong said Vidgo can more cost-effectively scale its new OTT service on the fly and stream content ranging from on-demand to premium live sports events to millions of subscribers at a lower cost … and “differentiating itself in this highly competitive arena.”

Vidgo Expands Online TV Service

Upstart online TV service Vidgo has expanded service to include Disney Media Networks. First launched in late September, Vidgo now offers 60 channels for $39.99 per month across sports, news, and entertainment genres.

“Our new distribution agreement with Vidgo delivers consumer optionality by offering our full suite of networks as part of an economy package,” said Sean Breen, SVP of Disney Media Distribution. “Vidgo has smartly devised a robust channel line-up at a competitive price point compared to the limited economy package choices that are currently in the marketplace.”

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Vidgo joins an online TV market that has stagnated after a promising start. Pioneer Sling TV still leads the field with about 2.6 million subscribers. High-profile competitors DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue have either rebranded or shuttered.

Vidgo enables subscribers to stream on three simultaneous devices at home or on the go. Select live local channels from ABC, Fox, and My Network TV.
ESPN, Disney, Freeform, FX, National Geographic, Fox, Discovery, A&E, and ViacomCBS. Fox Sports, NFL Network, PAC-12 Network, Stadium, and beIN Sports. Fox News, Fox Business, Cheddar, participating ABC and Fox local station news. Upcoming 38 upcoming college football bowl games and college basketball games.

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“This is the next step in social TV,” said Kiswe CEO Mike Schabel, with whom the mobile carrier has a distribution with Vidgo.

Vidgo is accessible on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV, along with iOS and Android mobile devices.

New Online TV Service ‘Vidgo’ Launches in the U.S.

A new subscription-based online TV service has quietly launched in the United States.

Dubbed “Vidgo,” the introductory priced $14.99 service, which is available across all connected devices, features live access to more than 48 channels, including A&E, American Heroes, Animal Planet, Aspire, beIN Sports, BET, Cheddar, CMT, CMT Music, Cooking Channel, Curiosity Stream, Destination America, Discovery Channel, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, DIY, Comedy Central, FYI, Game Show Network, Hallmark, Hallmark Drama, HGTV, History, Investigation Discovery, Inspiration, Law & Crime, Lifetime, Lifetime Movies, Motor Trend, Motorsports Network, MTV, MTV2, MTV Classic, Nickelodeon, Nick Toons, Oprah Winfrey Network, Pac 12 Network, Paramount, Science Channel, Stadium, Teen Nick, TLC, Travel Channel, TV Land, Viceland, VH1, Velocity and UP, among others.

A separate $24.95 monthly Spanish-language “Latino Mas” plan is available as well.

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Based in Atlanta, Vidgo recently inked a partnership with Kiswe Mobile to better track mobile audiences as well as gather “strategic resources” to help it deliver live and social streaming of sports, entertainment, family and Latino programming.

Vidgo joins a crowded market looking to compete and sustain the traditional pay-TV  business model online.

Competitors include Dish Network’s Sling TV, Sony PlayStation Vue, AT&T TV Now, YouTube TV, Sony Crackle and Shout! Factory TV, among others.