VidAngel Is Back! Here’s How it Works Now
This post was most recently updated on April 9th, 2018
VidAngel is back…sort of. Thanks to the VidAngel lawsuit between Hollywood Studios, VidAngel was barred from streaming popular movies and new releases. They’ve returned with a new way to watch filtered movies and TV shows although it’s not the same. Keep reading to learn how VidAngel works now…
How VidAngel Works Now
I can finally watch shows that *I* want to watch without the youngin’s picking up exotic new words to try out.
You can also choose to skip or mute violence, sex, drugs and other content to the degree that you want it. That means you can watch movies together with your family and not worry about the content. Each movie and TV show has filters you can choose to decide the level you’re comfortable with. Movies you wouldn’t see in the theater because of adult content can now be viewed at home by all ages.
While they started as a movie streaming service with their own library of movies, VidAngel is a filtering service only that works with other services. In other words, they don’t new releases and it’s no longer $1 a night. Instead it’s a subscription service that works with other online movie streaming services.
Right now you can use VidAngel to watch movies on Amazon’s HBO and Prime video channels as well as Netflix for $7.99 a month and your first month is free. If you have credit on VidAngel it’s still in your account. You can use it for the new service.
We recently went to Universal Orlando Resort and took our daughter on the ET ride. She’d never heard of ET! So when we got back we had a family friendly movie night at our friends. We used Netflix and VidAngel ran on top of it to filter out the swearing. It was so fun! Just be sure to bring popcorn and Skittles!
VidAngel is compatible with the following movie streaming services:
- Netflix (with an existing subscription)
- Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Movies (available through your Amazon Prime account)
- HBO (through Amazon)
You can get Amazon Prime which includes a large selection of Amazon Prime movies: Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial. Get Amazon HBO here: HBO Free Trial (it’s $14.99 a month) after the one week trial.
Watch Filtered Movies through Your Movies Anywhere Account
Movies Anywhere is a streaming service that allows you to connect movies you have purchased on VUDU, Google Play, iTunes, and Amazon Video or Amazon Prime Movies (a movie library that comes with your Amazon Prime subscription). It includes HBO through Amazon.
If you sign up for an account and connect those streaming services to your Movies Anywhere account you will be able to play movies purchased from VUDU, iTunes, and Google Play on Amazon, which in turn means they would be available to filter on VidAngel through Amazon.
“Movies Anywhere is an app and website that lets you sync your purchased movies across participating Digital Retailers, including Amazon. By connecting your Amazon account to Movies Anywhere, all your eligible movies purchased from other Movie Anywhere Digital Retailers to which you’ve connected your Movies Anywhere account become available to watch on Amazon Video. You can easily stream your digital movie collection or save your movies for offline viewing on compatible mobile devices.”
Watch the video below for step by step instructions on how to connect your Movies Anywhere account to VidAngel:
I like to use Common Sense Media to check the content in movies.
The most popular titles on VidAngel as of this writing listed in order of popularity, are:
- Game of Thrones
- Kellen Erskine’s comedy Composed
- 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
- The Man in the High Castle
- House of Cards
- No Escape
- Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
- The Office
- The Big Short
- Ex Machina
- 13 Reasons Why (Netflix)
- Terminator Genisys (Amazon)
- Mission Impossible (Amazon)
- Serena (Netflix)
- Woman in Gold (Netflix)
- Nacho Libre (Netflix)
- Darkest Hour (Amazon Video)
- Allied (Amazon)
- Leap (Amazon)
New Movie Releases
Be sure to sign up for VidAngel’s weekly email so you know the new titles being added. Recently added movies include:
- Paddington 2
- Despicable Me 3
- I, Tonya (I HIGHLY recommend this movie and it has an F word every 3 words so it would be great to skip them over, it also has disturbing violence)
- Pitch Perfect 3
- Lady Bird (Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy 2018)
- Emoji Movie
- Lion (loved this movie)
- Captain Underpants
VidAngel’s site has a some movies that are their original content or movies they’ve purchased the rights to. Most of them are clean comedy shows but there are a few movies like Tim Timmerman (which is actually quite fun). Each month they add new movies from the services mentioned above.
There are over 2000 movie titles available to use with VidAngel and they’re constantly adding new ones. There really isn’t a great way to discover movies except to browse by category. You can search but given there are so few movies you could waste a lot of time. When I heard the announcement and watched the video I mistakenly believed you could watch ANY movie on Amazon or Netflix with VidAngel’s filters. Nope. I look forward to them adding more.
Note: VidAngel subscribers get unlimited access to their original movies and shows including Dry Bar Comedy specials, VidAngel exclusive movies, and any movies you already own on your VidAngel account before the lawsuit.* Now we’re kicking ourselves for not buying some of our favorites!!!
VidAngel cannot stream the works owned by Disney, Lucas Films, Warner Bros., or 20th Century Fox. So no Star Wars. Marvel movies are also available to be streamed and filtered with VidAngel through Netflix, etc. According to VidAngel, “Disney has chosen not to contest the fact movies owned by its subsidiaries are not subject to the California court’s injunction and so there will be additional titles available for filtering on VidAngel. Marvel is a subsidiary of Disney.”
TV Shows on VidAngel
Breaking Bad (Netflix) – 5 seasons
House of Cards (Netflix) – 5 seasons
Parks & Recreation – Seasons 1-3
Note: this is available through other services, not on VidAngel’s website directly.
If you have trouble with the Amazon connector for Game of Thrones and other programs, the fix is to disconnect your Amazon account and reconnect. That clears out your old session and establishes a new improved session and fixes the issue.
How to Use VidAngel
The easiest way to view a movie is to sign into your VidAngel account your computer and watch movies through their website. First, connect to the service with your username and password for that service. Find a movie, enable filters and start watching. You can watch full screen (I recommend it because the play window is really small even on my larger monitor). There are no previews so the movie starts right away.
To watch your own version of any movie in the VidAngel library through another device, follow these steps.
- Download the VidAngel app on a compatible device. Since VidAngel doesn’t work on desktop you have to log on through their app. I downloaded it on my iPad. If you already have it, delete and reconnect.
- Connect your Amazon, Netflix or HBO channel on Amazon accounts. While once a competitor of Netflix now VidAngel could actually send them new business.
- Browse the movie selection and select one. Choose your filters to decide how much language, sexual content or violence to allow.
- Watch the movie through the VidAngel app or list of compatible devices.
Right now you can’t filter by service the movie is on, so if you’re a Netflix subscriber you can’t easily see the selections from Netflix. You have to click on each movie to see where it is. That’s very cumbersome and I hope it’s fixed soon. At least the VidAngel titles have a “VidAngels Studios” label on them.
Current List of Devices
For now you can watch VidAngel movies on Google Play, Apple Store, Chromecast or Roku. They announced they intend to add Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, AndroidTV, Samsung Smart TV, desktop, Playstation 4 and the Wii.
In addition, VidAngel plans to add more movie services such as Hulu, Apple TV, Vudu, Google Play and Showtime movies (through Amazon).
Have you tried the new VidAngel to watch VidAngel movies? What do you think?