Live streaming services are flooding the industry today, with groups such as Sling TV and Playstation Vue shouting guarantees of good service to potential consumers, there is an upcoming service that could stand apart from all of them.
Streaming heavyweights, Netflix and Hulu, set the standard for TV show and movie streaming, but they have not taken any massive steps in innovation. New challenger, VIDGO, is attempting to perfect streaming massive content and streaming live cable TV shows.
It promises to offer the most streaming channels of any service provider in the field. The developers plan to have all the potential channels and packages of streaming services such as Verizon and Comcast, but at a much more affordable price.
VIDGO also says its primary attributes will be working through apps, and you will be able to stay connected from smartphones and tablets. This freedom of mobility and on-the-go viewing is not new, but they strive for crystal quality while others suffer from infinite buffering issues.
How will VIDGO benefit the customer?
The developing streaming service has already promised the most possible channels in a streaming service package to date and might be. The basic package has already been set at a couple hundred channels. This basic package includes large stations and even local stations.
A massive basic package is a good start for a satisfied customer, but this new streaming service promises an unprecedented amount of control given to the consumer. The modern consumer wants to feel empowered, so the ability to have control over what they watch is meaningful.
“VIDGO is putting 100 percent of its resources toward a best-in-class video stream solution that truly puts the customer in the driver’s seat,” Shane Cannon, Chief Marketing Officer for VIDGO, told Motherboard. “This is allowing us to develop strong relationships with programmers, and will help us reach and acquire customers who have opted not to subscribe to a traditional, paid TV service.”
According to Motherboard and going off of what VIDGO stated, we assume “puts the customer in the driver’s seat” means that customers will be able to build packages to their own personal preferences. This is nothing new, but the magnitude of the bundles that customers will have access to is unprecedented.
The bundle packages for most network providers usually come with strings attached — a one to two year contract — however, it works like regular streaming services and has monthly cost.
What makes VIDGO differ from Netflix or Hulu is the fact that you have the ability to stream TV shows and movies like every alternative, but then users have access to local channels and major live TV stations.
How they will be able to accomplish this is a bit ambiguous, but the licensing regulations over television are easing up on certain stipulations for streaming services having access to cable station. This could result in more charges, but the channels will not hike up prices.
VIDGO will also be offering seamless transition from desktop and big screen to mobile devices. Smartphones and tablets are in heavier use than televisions and desktops, so a feature like this, without additional cost, should attract a large quantity of modern consumers.
When can we expect VIDGO to be available?
VIDGO is still in the beta phase, and the claimed at CES 2016 that they would release sometime in the first half of 2016. SInce back in January, when the conference was held, they have been little updates here and there, but recent news release remind anxious anticipators that the service should hit the market near the end of 2016 or early months of 2017.
Most of the delays, according to VIDGO, are due to the fact that they are trying to secure strong relationships with programmers to ensure strong streaming experiences. An undertaking as large as incorporating live channels along with streaming channels would usually be susceptible to a wide array of bugs, buffering errors, and poor quality streams.
It’s solidarity with programmers will satisfy the desires of sports enthusiasts since they will be offering sports access stations such as NFL Network and MLB Network.
The reasons why this new company could make such an impact is because of the potential it has to revolutionize the television industry.
There is a movement called “cordcutters” in the television industry, which is geared to finding ways to completely eliminate cable and unnecessary wire piles behind televisions. Current proponents for “cordcutting” are providers such as Sling TV, but they still suffer from buffering issues that prevent people from completely switching.
The poor loading and regulations that make it too difficult for streaming providers to incorporate cable channels into their package also inhibit the ability for the cordcutter movement to come to fruition. Innovations are stymied by regulation and poor server maintenance.
VIDGO is venturing into territory for streaming services that have not been explored, and since they want a major success, they decided to focus all of their energy in making sure the streams are crisp and smooth. A service attempting so much content wise should try to avoid buggy streams and buffering issues.
VIDGO’s solidarity with programmers will satisfy the desires of sports enthusiasts since they will be offering sports access stations such as NFL Network and MLB Network.
It is venturing into territory for streaming services that have not been explored, and since they want a major success, they decided to focus all of their energy in making sure the streams are crisp and smooth. A service attempting so much content wise should try to avoid buggy streams and buffering issues.
Delays until launch only build anticipation for the already much awaited product. As soon as the new streaming service hits the market, we could see a new up-and-comer challenge the likes of Netflix in access to content and even user growth.
VIDGO’s innovative streaming layout will make it one of the hottest new services available in 2017. The potential for the new contender, with all of its strong programmers, streaming content, and unique features as a streaming service, is through the roof.
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