I came across this streaming video site the other day that boasted $1 and $2 video rentals even on popular new releases . . . I decided to take a look, https://www.vidangel.com/
So I bought a HD movie for $20 to try it out.
What really got my attention about VidAngel was the ability to choose what you want to see and hear in the movie by selecting or deselecting from a list of filters that govern all the movies you watch or just a single movie. I thought that was pretty cool because some movies can have some great content and concepts to discuss but the language, sex and blood and gore distract. So with VidAngel filters you can choose the level of language, sex and blood and gore you want to see.
The other interesting part is that it does all this legally. You simply buy the movie in its unaltered original form at the original price. Yes, you will pay upwards to $20 but don’t bail on me yet. I’ll explain that below 😀 Once purchased, VidAngel applies the filters to the movie. It would be sort of like fast-forwarding the movie through scenes that have content you don’t want to see or muting the TV when there is a lot of language. I am not 100% sure if it mutes the language, bleeps it out or skips over it as I have only watched one movie, but the movie we watched I censored the language heavily and I don’t remember hearing a bleep or seeing mouths move with no audio so I think VidAngel just skips over it. Either way, VidAngel just automates all that so you just see the content you want. Once you are done watching the movie you have the choice to KEEP IT or RETURN it. VidAngel calls this return a sell-back. If you choose to keep the movie it is stored in your account like a DVD in your entertainment center and your account receives zero credits. If you choose to sell back the movie within 24 hours you get a credit towards future movies minus the $1 or $2 fee for watching it. So it works sort of like a rental.I rented the HD version for $2 and returned it shortly after watching it to see what would happen. VidAngel credited my account $18. I can now search through their site of movies and choose ones I want to watch or click watch later to save a list for future viewing!
But what if you forget to sell it back? Is there a way to prevent this? Yes, VidAngel offers an automatic sell-back option that handles the sell-back process. If you are like me you get dinged left and right because you forget to return the DVD from places like Redbox or you pay a higher price for streaming content for 24 hours to avoid all the hassle of DVD pickups and returns. All this is a thing of the past with VidAngel! I can now pay the Redbox price without the lines, return process and overage charges while filtering out the content I don’t want to see . . . I like that 😀
Of course this is a super new thing for me so I will keep you posted on this new adventure in the digital streaming, content filtering, jungle of movie things!