Vivo Play launches IPTV from R$ 30 per month for those who do not subscribe to pay TV – Tecnoblog

The streaming TV market has heated up: Vivo launches this Monday (18) the Vivo Play App, an IPTV platform that gives access to up to 70 paid channels per application, without the need for cables, antennas or decoders. The IPTV service must compete with Claro Top Streaming, Guigo TV and DirecTV Go.

Vivo store in São Paulo (Image: Felipe Ventura / Tecnoblog)
Vivo store in São Paulo (Image: Felipe Ventura / Tecnoblog)

The arrival of the Vivo Play App was already expected: the technoblog released in February 2022 some screenshots from Vivo’s website that mentioned the IPTV service. The operator did not submit any placements at the time, but immediately removed the mentions from its service store.

Vivo Play App has two plans, but no Globo channels

Vivo markets two Vivo Play App plans: Inicial, with 30 channels, and Extended, with 70 stations. Monthly prices are R$29.90 and R$49.90, respectively, and the operator allows customers to use the same login for up to 10 devices, with a maximum of three simultaneous transmissions.

Site do Vivo Play App
Vivo Play App website (Image: Reproduction)

Everything looks good so far, but there are some downsides. The first one is that the contracting of the Vivo Play App is restricted to mobile telephony customers with a control or postpaid plan. This keeps users away from other operators, who use only Vivo Fibra broadband or have a prepaid package, for example.

The other downside is that none of the Vivo Play App plans include Globo channels, such as SporTV, Globonews, Multishow, GNT, among others. These stations are available on the operator’s conventional pay-TV service, but not on pure streaming packages.

Anyone who wants to watch the Globo group stations or other linear channels needs to appeal to other services, since the Vivo Play App does not allow the contracting of additional packages. In my opinion, it would be more convenient to have the option to include extras and gather everything in a single app; those who want to watch GNT, for example, will have to subscribe to Globoplay + live channels and change apps.

The complete list of channels for the Vivo Play App plans is available at the end of this post.

Vivo Play does not need a TV Box and is on smart TVs

One of the great advantages of Vivo Play is the wide availability of the application. You can watch streaming on your phone, computer and tablet, in addition to Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and smart TVs from Samsung (Tizen 2.4 or higher) and LG (webOS 3.0 or higher).

It’s much better than Claro, which doesn’t make the NOW app available for smart TVs and requires the customer to watch it on their cell phone or direct the display to a Chromecast. The operator also has Claro Box TV, a version that requires a connected box and costs R$ 79.90 in the plan with linear channels.

Is it worth subscribing to the Vivo Play App?

Vivo Play App prices are inviting and the range of supported devices is great. However, I consider it a great shot in the foot to restrict sales only to Vivo cellular customers with a postpaid or control plan.

It would be much better if Vivo Play allowed online subscription for any customer and payment via credit card, like almost every streaming service. The operator would attract many pay TV customers from other operators that use Claro, TIM or Oi cell phones.

Vivo Play would be even more interesting if it allowed the inclusion of additional ones, such as Canals Globo, HBO, Telecine or Premiere. Leaving content decentralized in several apps compromises the user experience, in addition to decreasing the feeling of loyalty to the operator’s service.

Alternatives to the Vivo Play App

The Vivo Play App is not the only legitimate streaming TV option with pay channels.

A clear has Claro Top Streaming, which costs R$ 59.90 per month and gives access to more than 100 channels, including Globo Channels. The downside is that the subscription is only available to carrier customers. In addition, the content is streamed through the NOW app, which is not available for smart TVs. Anyone who wants to watch television with a better experience should opt for Claro Box TV, with a monthly price of R$ 89.90 in the Top HD package.

Another option is the DirecTV Go, which does not depend on any cellular or broadband plan. The price of the monthly plan is R$79.90 and the subscription gives access to more than 70 channels. It is possible to hire optional content, such as Telecine, HBO and Premiere.

Lesser known, the Guigo TV It is also an alternative for those who want to watch TV over the internet. Prices start at R$20.90, and the app is available for smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.

Vivo Play App channel list

Initial Plan
BRL 29.90 per month
Extended Plan
BRL 49.90 per month
Discovery Channel HD
History HD
Nat Geo HD
ESPN Extra HD
ESPN HD
ESPN 2 HD
ESPN 3 HD
A&E HD
AXN HD
FX HD
Prime Box Brasil HD
Sony HD
Space HD
Star HD
Warner HD
TNT HD
Discovery Kids HD
Disney Channel HD
Cartoon Network HD
CNN Brasil HD
Bandnews HD
Art 1 HD
Chef TV
weather
Discovery Home&Health HD
E! HD
FashionTV HD
Fish TV HD
MTV HD
Travel Box Brazil HD
Animal Planet HD
Discovery Channel HD
Discovery Science HD
Discovery Theater HD
History HD
History 2 HD
Nat Geo HD
Bandsports HD
Discovery Turbo HD
SPN Extra HD
ESPN HD
ESPN 2 HD
ESPN 3 HD
ESPN 4 HD
Fox Sports 2 HD
Cinemax HD
TNT HD
A&E HD
AXN HD
FX HD
Paramount Network HD
Prime Box Brasil HD
Sony HD
Space HD
Star HD
TCM
TNT Séries HD
Warner HD
TNT HD
Cartoonito HD
Discovery Kids HD
Disney Channel HD
Cartoon Network HD
Disney Channel HD
Nick Jr. HD
Nickelodeon HD
Tooncast
TV Ra Tim Bum HD
DW
Rai Italy
SIC International
phone
TV5Monde
TVE
CNN Brasil HD
Bandnews HD
BBC World News
Bloomberg HD
CNN International
Art 1 HD
Chef TV
Cinecanal
weather
Comedy Cewntral HD
Discovery Home&Health HD
Discovery World HD
E! HD
FashionTV HD
Fish TV HD
Food Network HD
HGTV HD
ID HD
Lifetime HD
MTV HD
MTV Live
Flavor & Art
TBS HD
trace brazuca
Travel Box Brazil HD
truTV HD
Woohoo
Depending on the region of the user, it is also possible to tune into the open channels Band, Record, RedeTV!, SBT, TV Cultura and TV Gazeta

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