Watching TV on a TV isn’t a new concept.
You’ve been faring just fine for a couple of decades now. Then you hear about a filtering service called VidAngel that allows you to take out whatever content you don’t want to see or hear. That’s great news, right? The concept of VidAngel sounds really wonderful, but you can’t figure out a way to watch it on your TV. So here I am, an unqualified source who still uses an iPhone 8 that’s about 12 updates behind, who’s completely content watching shows (not in full-screen mode might I add) on my phone… giving my unfiltered feedback on what’s actually the best way to enjoy VidAngel on your TV.
I love our VidAngel customers more than I hate trying new things, so here goes nothing.
If I hadn’t gotten the Apple TV 4K as a Christmas present then I probably wouldn’t have it. With that said, it is everything. A seamless experience with the app directly in the App Store. Being able to AirPlay to the screen or watch directly from the app; this is what “it’s the simple things in life” dreams are made of.
Apple TV Price: $149.99
Overall takeaway: Easy. The 2 solid options make you feel like your options are endless.
If you’re a coupon king or queen:
Bring on the side-loaded Roku-like magic, without the Roku. This manual installation makes for a bumpy implementation, but worth your while. The best part is, you don’t have to venture the journey alone. Our tech specialists are ready to walk people through the process step-by-step.
Fire TV Stick Price: $29.99-$39.99, unless there’s a sale. Then your guess is as good as mine.
Overall takeaway: Made me nostalgic for the side-loaded Roku app era.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option with an easy implementation:
Android TV with “onn.”
or Chromecast with Google TV.
I would have never given this one a chance had it not been for this article.This was a pleasant surprise though. Bravo Android! Just like the Apple TV, there’s a VidAngel app right in the Google Play App Store AND you also have the cast option. A great experience either way and easy to use.
Android TV with “onn.” Price: $19.99
Chromecast with Google TV Price: $49.99
Overall takeaway: For that cost and the user-friendly interface, I’d consider changing my phone-watching ways.
If you like a little bit of mystery and promising potential:
Other than phone-watching, casting is the method I use the most if I have to share. You can cast directly to your Samsung TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Apple TV (with an iPhone), Chromecast, and select Smart TVs. Not sure how? Our tech specialists are here to help! Visit our help center or get in touch with one of our tech specialists to get started.
Overall takeaway: Fast-forwarding or changing filter options with casting can cause buffering. Other than that, the amount of casting options is overwhelming.
Hopefully this was a bit more helpful than those coupons on the back of your grocery store receipt. Happy watching.