Have you heard of VidAngel? If you haven’t, know that it is awesome! If you have, you probably already know how awesome it is! VidAngel is an incredible movie and television resource for families and kids!
In fact, we have been using VidAngel for over 6 months now. And like most everything we talk about here on our site, you know that we have tested it and it tried all for a while before we post to you and guess what… it is true, it’s AWESOME! We like to experience it and test things out before sharing and we can fully recommend VidAngel for 4 BIG reasons!
VidAngel is the way we watch movies from now on. It’s the only way (other than movies we own) we have watched movies the past 6 months, whether it is just the two of us or the whole family.
What is VidAngel?
Here are 4 BIG Reasons Why VidAngel Is The Only Way We Watch Movies Now
1. We can filter movies and shows and specifically filter content we do not want.
The nice thing is that they are very detailed and allow you to pick and choose what content you want to be filtered for viewing enjoyment. There are several things about their filtering that we appreciate. First, they go into great detail to allow you to select all or pick and choose which scenes or shots you want to block in several categories. Let me show some examples from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Mind you, this is a PG movie, and yet they still find a potential of 219 questionable things that you can filter (either default of all, or pick and choose)
Example from the violence category – you can select all or pick and choose:
Example from the Immodest category:
There are several categories depending on the movie. In addition, as you pick and choose what to filter (or filter all) it will show you the total running time at the top and how much you have “cut” out based on your picks. I chose to filter all 219 questionable items and you can see how it affected the movie’s running time.
Now here’s an example from the language category from a Harry Potter movie (I am showing this one because Star Wars didn’t have any bad language!)
We love that it goes a few levels deep and allows you to see exactly what is there and filter all or pick and choose what you want to be filtered.
In addition, another filtering feature we love is that if there is a scene critical to the plot of the movie, you will see it as a spoiler – you have to make an extra click to see it to keep from spoiling the movie and to decide if you want to filter this critical scene. Here’s an example from one of the Pirates of the Carribean movie:
As you can see, the filtering options are superb, easy to read, easy to use and decide. It’s very well done!
2. Our kids can watch movies we wouldn’t have normally let them watch.
Plain and simple! There are a few movies out there that our older kids wanted to watch (10-12) and it wasn’t really easy before. For example, they had been really wanting to see Jurassic Park (I’m a huge fan!), but there are just a few scenes that are terribly questionable for kids. In addition, while I am at it, I can filter all of the language as this doesn’t cut out the movie, just the language.
I also cut out the graphic violence.
As you can see, this filtering cut out about only 1-minute of the show, but puts us at much more ease!
This means our kids can watch many movies (we’ve been watching LOTS of superhero movies :)) that we would have concerns about otherwise.
3. It’s cheaper than renting at Red Box or on Amazon or on Netflix.
Another no-brainer as to why we use VidAngel. In the end, it only costs $1. RedBox costs more, plus the inconvenience of driving and returning, plus the risk of the DVD being scratched and not working properly (yes, this seems to happen to us a lot). All around, it’s less expensive and less risk. Amazon rentals are $1.99+. So we save a ton of money! Yes, you do have to buy the movie for $20. You have to own it and VidAngel doesn’t sell more than they physically have on hand, but after purchase, you can sell back the movie for $19 after 24 hours.
4. We don’t need special equipment and extra charges for extra players, etc.
There are some other filtering services and players (like ClearPlay) that will filter movies for you, but the initial investment can be quite pricey and there is generally a membership fee on top of that. For VidAngel, there is no special equipment needed. You just need to be able to stream from the television, computer, tablet or phone.
How to use it
It’s very simple – probably less time than finding a movie in your home and popping it in your player.
- Just head to the VidAngel site HERE
- Then choose movies and filter as you wish! You can filter a bunch before hand and put them into your watchlist and make the purchase the day you are ready to watch.
Do you use VidAngel? We’d love to get your thoughts!