After a bunch of movies later I think I can safely say that I really like VidAngel. It’s a little odd on how the whole sell back and buying process works but once you get the hang of how it works it’s actually pretty cool. You can find a “How to” at VidAngel for the “official” explanation.
Here is how it works from my experience:
- Buy a movie for $20 or what ever the price is listed. So far its only been $20.
- Watch the movie
- Decide if you want to sell it back to VidAngel or keep it in your owned movie list.
- You only have 24 hours to make this decision. Once 24 hours are up and you have not sold the movie back to VidAngel, the movie is yours.
- If you decided to sell back continue to step 4
- Sell the movie back for only $1 for Standard Definition (SD) or $2 for High Definition (HD)
- The account is now credited $19 or $18 depending on if you bought the SD or HD version. Lets say we bought the HD version and the account now has $18 in credits. Think of this $18 as store credit that you can apply to any movie.
- Buy another movie for $20 but since your account has $18 in credit you only pay $2 to make up the difference. This $2 includes the sell back if you so choose.
- Watch the movie and choose to have the movie auto sell back if you like
- Sell back the movie or keep the movie
- Let’s sell it back
- Since you now own the $20 movie you can sell it back minus the $2 and $18 is again credited to the account to be applied to another movie. You can now repeat steps 6 – 9 over and over and over to your hearts content and watch recently released movies like at Redbox for $1 or $2 dollars without leaving the comfort of your home!
So basically you are paying $18 or $19 bucks for a movie the first time and you will never get this back unless you contact them for a refund which they will do with no problem. After the initial $18 or $19 you pay to VidAngel all further purchases cost either $1 for SD or $2 for HD making it much like a rental if you so choose to sell back. The $18 or $19 is pretty much like a one time fee to use VidAngel’s services to filter your movie for as long as you want.
Hopefully this makes sense as it can be a little confusing but I think it is worth it due to the ease of use to watch recent and newly released movies for $1 or $2 with the option to filter out the crud 🙂
One of the draw backs I am currently finding is getting the movies to play easily on my big screen TV. I will be going into more details about this process in my “Follow Up Part 2” blog so stay tuned!
Let me know your experience with VidAngel in the comments below!