VidAngel Browser Player and Chromecast Player Updated

HDTVsWe have spent the last year teaching all our customers to use the Chrome browser and the VidAngel extension to filter their movies. We also incessantly taught people, wanting to watch VidAngel filtered movies on their HD televisions, to use the Chromecast “tab cast” feature instead of using the YouTube cast button. But with the launch of Angel HD, we opened up more options for getting filtered movies on the big screen — Roku, Apple TV, and a desktop player that was “Cast-Ready,” utilizing Chromecast’s native playback functionality instead of simply mirroring a Chrome tab.

Since this launch, there have been certain bugs that our beta invitees have continually reported: A) the browser player for Angel HD often stalls and never recovers, and B) Chromecast playback has sometimes been really choppy. We’ve discovered that problem B is actually an extension of problem A, as our users, trained to click on the tab cast button, were inadvertently bypassing our dedicated Chromecast player and ended up mirroring an already stalling desktop player to their Chromecast devices.

This hasn’t been a great experience, especially for a device designed to be drop-dead simple like the Chromecast. We’ve finally solved both these problems, leading to a much simpler and much more reliable experience for you on both your browser and your Chromecast. No more incessant stalls on your desktop, as we’ve rolled out a new player to ensure that when you choose to watch your movies on your PC or Mac you’ll get close to the same smooth, consistent playback you see on Roku, AppleTV, iPads, iPhones, and Android. What’s more, you can connect your browser playback to your Chromecast through both the Cast icon on the player as well as through directly clicking the extension icon — in other words, you won’t accidentally start a tab casting session, but will be able to launch the Chromecast direct player no matter where you click.

While we’ve lost lots of lost sleep solving these problems, we’re eager to get the new players out to you so both are available starting now. We hope that, whether you’re watching on your computer screen or leaning back on the couch, you enjoy the better playback experience.

 

41 thoughts on “VidAngel Browser Player and Chromecast Player Updated

    1. Yes, it is still an option. You'll find a bypass link at the bottom of every page. You'll also find a link off the the left for YouTube. It was causing too much confusion combining everything so we separated it out.

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      1. I think this is much more confusing, and I can’t get it to work, it just keeps sending me to purchase movies through Vidangel – even if I already own them. It looks like this isn’t an option at all on the app either. The “rental” option is nice, but sometimes I like to use my Goggle credit to purchase movies and then use Vidangel to edit them. It seems like that’s no longer an option. We now have to purchase through Vidangel?

        1. Mike, you don't have to purchase through VidAngel. We've just gotten a lot of complaints because of confusion so the other route is more difficult to find.

          There's a YouTube link on the left of the website under ratings. Also, if the movie is in HD, there is a link at the bottom of the page to bypass Angel HD and go straight to YouTube.

          Thanks!

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        2. Is there a way I can view the movies I’ve purchased through Goggle Play with the app?

          On Mar 9, 2015 12:07 PM, “VidAngel Blog” <blog@vidangel.com> wrote:


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        3. YouTube and Google Play movies only work on the Desktop and Laptop via the Chrome extension.

          Our new system was launched because we had so many requests for Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android, etc.

          So, unfortunately, there is no way to show you filtered versions of those movies on our app.

           

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        4. So with the new system movies have to be purchased through Vidangel? So going forward I won’t be able to filter movies I purchased through Goggle Play?

          On Mar 9, 2015 12:18 PM, “VidAngel Blog” <blog@vidangel.com> wrote:


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        5. Oh, okay. That’s great. I just thought that going forward you wouldn’t be filtering movies for Google Play, but if we have both options, that’s great. Thank you so much for the clarification.

          On Mar 9, 2015 12:26 PM, “VidAngel Blog” <blog@vidangel.com> wrote:


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  1. Hi. So I was going to try and watch a VidAngel movie, but not sure how to get started. I don’t have any of the devices listed for viewing (Chromecase, Apple TV, Roku), so I’m assuming I first need to go out and by an Apple TV, right?

    …Then, is there an app on the Apple TV for VidAngel? Or how does that work? I wish your instructions were a lot more simpler to implement. Like a 3 step process, for example, where there is only 3 steps and you’re ready to watch.

    I’m very excited about your product, and I hope it goes viral! Filtering junk in movies is very much needed, especially when trying to instill family values, but still wanting to watch some entertaining movies. Thank you for creating this much needed filter!

    Now if you can please guide me, as to what to do next so that our family can begin to enjoy your movies! 🙂

    1. Oscar,

      We have a help section for your reference: http://help.vidangel.com

      We recommend the Roku if you're going to buy  a streaming player. The Roku 3 is the best experience. The Chromecast is the best value and works well.

      We don't have an Apple TV app yet. You can watch on Apple TV via your iPhone or iPad and AirPlay.

      There are instructions and videos here to help you through the process the first time:
      http://blog.vidangel.com/2015/01/31/vidangel-now-works-in-hd-on-chromecast-and-apple-tv-here-is-how-it-works/

      You can, however, watch VidAngel on a laptop or desktop computer, a cell phone or tablet.

      We're working hard to make the process more simple. 

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    1. Cameron, we know exactly why and send you an apology in another email. We fixed this issue this morning and we're grateful to you for bringing it to our attention.

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  2. Any update on when the Fire TV app might be out for beta? Tried side-loading the Android apk to my Fire TV Stick, but the app crashes at launch. Thanks!

    1. None yet, but we're getting more technical help with that skillset and we hope to speed up the process with additional support.

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  3. I am still having playback issues while using the browser on my Mac (It stalls and never recovers) but not my PC.

  4. Not able to use Chromecast with this. It gives me the brain freeze screen. And yet I have no problem with Netflix on Chromecast

    1. Not able to use Chromecast with this. It gives me the brain freeze screen. And yet I have no problem with Netflix on Chromecast

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    2. I can watch the movie on my iPad but when I tried to use Chromecast (from iPad or iPhone) to watch it on tv – it would show the VidAngel logo and then the brain freeze screen.

      1. I can watch the movie on my iPad but when I tried to use Chromecast (from iPad or iPhone) to watch it on tv – it would show the VidAngel logo and then the brain freeze screen.

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      2. I have tried to use it from my iPhone and iPad. It starts but after just a few seconds it does the brain freeze thing. The movie will play on my iPad but won’t stream on the tv with Chromecast. 


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      3. Yes, I have the app on my phone and iPad and that was what I was trying to use. It would connect with Chromecast for a couple of seconds and then freeze. I then checked to see in Netflix would work with Chromecast and it did. So not sure what’s going on. 


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    3. I have tried to use it from my iPhone and iPad. It starts but after just a few seconds it does the brain freeze thing. The movie will play on my iPad but won’t stream on the tv with Chromecast. 


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  5. I was wondering what the options were in a nice home theater. I want to watch these movies edited but wanted the best SOUND as well. What sound options do they come in? I put in a HDMI cable from my computer to the receiver and it sounded terrible. I love you specific options to edit and how cheap it is, but would maybe lean towards a Clearplay blu-ray player, if I can’t get great sound. I have 9.1 in my theater but would still do it if it was in DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 like VUDU has. What are my options….?

    1. We are working on a surround sound option. It is in the cards, but we're currently only supporting stereo.

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      1. Hello, can you please provide an update when you will support surrounding sound ? It’s no good streaming vid angel movies on home theatre as I am getting stereo sound

    2. As a long time ClearPlay user (I had one of their original RCA players) I love your service way better than what they offer. IMO you’re the best solution to Amazon Prime/ClearPlay/Redbox that I’ve found. However, I’m with David, Dolby Digital 5.1 is a must.

  6. Any update regarding Dolby Digital or DTS? Started watching Spectre on the Roku app only to find out stereo is the only supported audio.

          1. I just finished my 7.1 theater downstairs and want all vidangel streaming. How close are you to streaming with surround sound?

  7. How do you use vidangle through Youtube. I am confused with what you are saying about using the chrome extension in order to watch through Youtube. Could you explain this to me please!
    Thanks.

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