VidAngel announced Tuesday night a change to its service that will allow subscribers to stream filtered content from Netflix, Amazon and HBO.
VidAngel CEO Neal Harmon told a crowd of investors, subscribers and interested folks that that new service is now available on both iOS and Android devices.
The new service, available here, allows users to log into their streaming service accounts and filter content through the options provided by the Provo-based VidAngel.
“We want the world to know that, for all other titles and all other content not owned by the plaintiffs, parental filtering is back," Harmon said. "VidAngel is back."
VidAngel released some information Wednesday morning about the new technology.
We’ve broken down a few fast facts about the new service for you below.
Where is it available?
Right now, you can only download the VidAngel app on your iPhone or Android devices. It's also available on Desktop and Roku ( through the company's website)The company predicts the service will soon be available on Apple TV and Vudu. Streaming also works on internet browsers.
Does it cost anything?
Yes. The service costs $7.99 a month with the first month free.
How does it work?
Subscribers must install the VidAngel app on their iOS or Android device and provide credentials for their streaming accounts with Amazon, Amazon HBO or Netflix. Then, you can select any available title to filter, choose your own filter settings and then click “Watch.”
VidAngel will then virtually sign into the user's accounts and provide a filtered version of the title to the subscriber’s device.
If I watch an Amazon movie, do I automatically pay for it?
If you select a movie in the app to watch and haven't paid for it on Amazon, a notification titled "Not Owned" will pop up. Users must rent or buy films on Amazon before they can watch them VidAngel. All videos available through Prime's catalog can be watched instantly.
Did VidAngel sign a deal with Amazon, HBO and Netflix?
Harmon said his company has had "encouraging" discussions with Netflix and Amazon over the service, according to Variety. However, the companies have "not given their blessing, and it is not clear how they will react," Variety reported.
As Variety pointed out, Netflix's own terms of service asks customers to agree to not “insert any code or product or manipulate the content of the Netflix service in any way.”
But Harmon told The Hollywood Reporter that "the studios are getting their streaming fees and they’re getting windowing the way that they want it."
Will Amazon, HBO and Netflix sue VidAngel?
“We hope not. After all, we are driving new customers and new business to them,” the company said in a statement.
Will the court case affect this move?
More than six months ago, four Hollywood studios sued VidAngel for violating copyright laws over its filtered streaming, saying that the company didn’t have the right to distribute its films. A judge later filed an injunction against VidAngel, temporarily shutting down the company’s streaming service.
But, according to the company’s website, the lawsuit won’t affect the new service, which is available now. The lawsuit VidAngel faces also only applies to the four studios — Disney, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. The company can filter and stream other studio productions.
As VidAngel said in a promotional video, “We don’t force directors to change their scenes. We just let families mute and skip those scenes like they would with a remote. A remote isn’t censorship. It’s choice.”
Will Disney content be available?
VidAngel said it has filed a motion with the California Central District Court asking if the injunction applies to the new service. If not, content from the plaintiffs will be available for streaming.
Why is the app not working for me?
VidAngel said its app had experienced “unexpected traffic” on Tuesday night and is currently working through those issues.
Our servers are being crushed by unexpected traffic. Thanks for your patience.