VRV Review

VRV Review

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VRV is gradually warming its way into the hearts of Live TV lovers, and that’s all thanks to their exceptional services and unique channel offerings. While VRV has joined the bandwagon of live streaming services that offer cable styled programming, they still deliver that convenience, freedom, and reasonable pricing you’ll never get with cable subscriptions.

With VRV, it’s live streaming like you have never seen before as they deliver a whole new experience. Giving the crowded nature of the live streaming industry; it’s no longer business as usual, as smaller brands are now rebranding their services to offer cable-like packages. That’s the only way they can go head to head against big players like Amazon Prime and Netflix.

Featuring fantastic niche channels that show cartoons and cult movies, you are in for a refreshing time every time you explore VRV’s channel catalog. Not just that, VRV boast of a vast array of alternative, classic and international animation, little wonder why it has become the number one choice for anime lovers.

What does VRV offer?

To stay ahead of the competition, VRV expertly combines and explores streaming services to deliver a massive library to its users. From Cartoon Hangover to Bloomberg to Crunchyroll to VRV’s very own Select original shows, there is so much waiting for you when you give VRV a try.

However, because of licensing deals, it has become normal to see channels come and go, the way TV shows and movies disappear from other live TV services. Over the years, VRV has seen some high profile departures, including the likes of CurriosityStream and Shudder.

But despite this setback, VRV has remained resolute and has continued to deliver exceptional programming to its users. Without mincing words, VRV has become a big player in this niche as they offer the best variety of programming we have come across. And when it comes to anime, VRV is on top of its game as its extensive library of animation will have you glued to your screen all day long.

Although VRV has its unique audience, especially geeks who are neck-deep into Adult Swim, but guess what, their exciting content mix will appeal to a general audience who are looking for something decent to watch.

With Boomerang making it to VRV’s channel lineup, you’re guaranteed to have a blast. While Boomerang is popular for offering a catalog of classic cartoons like Looney Tunes and Flintstones, they have revamped their library and now offer more recent content from Cartoon Network. And if you’re a fan of classic content like The Codename: Kids Next Door, then now will be an awesome time to get VRV.

Top channels like Nickplat take users down memory lane as they offer classic content like CatDog, Rocket Power, and All that. However, if you’re interested in more recent Nickelodeon movies, you’ll want to head to Netflix. On the other hand, Hulu offers fantastic content you’ll see on NickToons.

For edgier and indie based cartoons like Bravest warrior and Axe Cop, you’ll want to check out Mondo and Cartoon Hangover as they feature these types of content. The likes of Rooster Teeth have more unique content like RWBY, Red vs. Blue, and everything you’ll want to see from gaming YouTubers.

VRV’s Original programming

VRV’s Select features a blend of old movies and original shows that will surely keep you longing for more. With shows like HarmonQuest and Nightbreed making it to the highly coveted VRV original shows, we are sure you’ll have a surreal experience, streaming VRV.

Did we forget to mention that VRV also boasts of having two dedicated anime channels? Oh yes, with Crunchyroll and Hidive earning a spot on VRV’s massive library, anime lovers now have access to some of the finest anime shows ever aired.

Thanks to Crunchyroll, anime lovers can now easily stream shows like Death Note, Attack on Titan, and FLCL.

Elsewhere, Hidive features popular shows like Lupin the 3rd, Darwin’s Game, and Made in Abyss.

While a couple of live streaming services have been criticized for featuring libraries that are limited in scope, VRV has remained pretty solid as their massive library has lived up to the expectations of their teeming audience. With over 1,200 high-quality titles from Crunchyroll, followed by rich content from Hidive making it to VRV’s library, we doubt you’ll ever run out of content to watch.

The VRV Ecosystem

VRV may not be as big as Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, but there is no denying that they offer exciting content that will wow their audience. The company is part of the Otter Media, a subsidiary of Warner Media, which is owned by AT&T.

Let us also add that Crunchyroll is owned by Otter Media, which explains why they made it to VRV. Being a large company with lots of financial backing, Warner Media is reported to own HBO Max and DC Universe, two streaming platforms that will be sharing shows amongst themselves.

VRV Pricing and Platform

There are lots of things we like about VRV. From their original VRV Select shows to their anime collections and more, you’ll have a swell time surfing through a catalog of mind-blowing content. And besides the limited commercials you encounter while streaming VRV, you can finally stream your favorite shows in pristine quality (1080p).

And because VRV is more like a content aggregator, it’s tricky to say exactly how many shows are on VRV at any given moment. That said, VRV claims that they have over 20,000 hours of content, even though the majority of their materials come from other sources.

Getting plugged to Boomerang ($4.99) or Crunchyroll ($7.99) has never been this easy. With both packages available once you sign up for VRV’s premium plan that costs $9.99, you now have a much easier way to get things running. More so, VRV’s premium plan is the cheapest way to get all these channels at once.

While you can get these premium channels individually, especially considering that they are all within the $5 mark, we suggest you explore VRV’s premium subscription as it gives you access to more premium channels for less. And since VRV offers its customers a month-long free trial, you can explore their services for free and determine if it’s worth it.

Besides VRV’s premium bonuses, you can also enjoy ad-free streams and offline viewing.

VRV and Crunchyroll

On its own, Crunchyroll can be a tad expensive, especially if you consider the $14.99 per month Crunchyroll Super Fan Pack. While this package gives you everything on VRV as well as other amazing discounts, it is quite on the high side. Thankfully, you can cut things down by opting for VRV’s premium plan. With the VRV premium plan, you’ll enjoy seamless access to the massive anime catalog on Crunchyroll.

However, despite sharing libraries, VRV is missing lots of features that Crunchyroll offers. For instance, VRV doesn’t have a store, an active community, or a manga reader. So if anime is your thing, you might want to switch between these two services to get the most out of your subscription.

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How VRV compares to other services

Despite its massive channel lineup, VRV competes favorably with the big shots in this industry. To put things simply; VRV’s premium pricing matches what you’ll get on other platforms. For comparison, Amazon Prime Video costs $8.99 to get started while Netflix’s standard plan starts at $12.99. CBS All Access comes very close, too, as their pricing starts from $9.99.

For more affordable options, you might want to check out Apple TV+ and Disney+, which cost $4.99 and $6.99 per month, respectively. There is also the ad-free Hulu that cost $11.99 per month.

If you’re looking for something decent, then you should consider DC Universe, which starts at $7.99 per month.

The cool thing is that all of these other options appeal to more mainstream audiences. To this end, they feature an exciting variety of shows, along with top-notch originals.

Another thing, VRV isn’t the only platform that bundles multiple streaming services. As a matter of fact, you can bundle ESPN+, Disney+, and Hulu for a discounted price of $12.99.

And if you’re on a budget and don’t want to pay anything, you can checkout RetroCrush for vintage anime shows.

Compatible Devices

VRV is highly compatible and works seamlessly on several devices. On the web, you can easily stream VRV using Chrome Browser, Safari, Edge Browser as well as Firefox. VRV is also available on other streaming devices, including iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android TV, and Chromecast. And for those who have game consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, you’re not left out of the fun as you can also stream VRV using your consoles. For now, it is only Hulu that lets you stream using Nintendo Switch.

VRV web interface

VRV features a stylish and unified web interface that makes navigation hassle-free. Their web interface is a joy to behold as they make all their services cohesive and easy to access. Meaning you don’t have to be tech-savvy to find your way around their platform. That said, VRV features a unique home page that highlights popular picks across all its channels. This is closely followed by recommended shows and shows you haven’t finished streaming. Compared to other live streaming services, VRV keeps things simple and clean; this way, you can find your way across different menu options without a hassle.

On the left side of their web interface, you’ll find a unique panel listing that features all of your current channel subscriptions, and you can hop between them in a snap. And just like their home menu, the menu for each channel, doesn’t look any different, this is because they want to keep things consistent. Having said that, please keep in mind that the menu for each channel exclusively features content that is unique to that channel.

What we were not so impressed with is their web player. It looks pretty outdated and similar to what you’ll find on Crunchyroll. The only difference here is that VRV’s web player occupies a large portion of the screen and has a couple of distractions. Hopefully, they can upgrade to a more sophisticated web player in the future.

While streaming VRV on Mac over a home Wi-Fi network with a 60Mbps internet speed, we encountered occasional stuttering. We tried a couple of decent bandwidth recommendations, and the stuttering persisted. This means you’ll need a high-speed internet connection to stream VRV without a hassle.

Also, while watching one of our favorite shows, we were able to surf through other episodes and leave comments. This isn’t something you get with other streaming services, so it is a huge plus for VRV. More so, VRV allows you to easily favorite shows and add them to your watch list, so you can stream when it is most convenient.

Thanks to VRV, users can now create a lengthy watchlist and sort through their preferred content easily. With VRV, you can filter contents based on Title, type (movie or show), date added, anime collections, genre, dubbed or subbed.

Where VRV seems to be lacking is that it doesn’t feature a store section where you can easily purchase merchandise or physical media. And besides its comment section, there is no community provision aimed at connecting fans. Another thing we have come to discover is that the VRV’S blog section hasn’t been updated in nearly a year.

While other anime based streaming services do a more impressive job, thanks to their amazing collections of top anime shows, VRV’s anime library isn’t doing too badly as they feature thrilling anime shows you’ll love

VRV Mobile App

The VRV mobile app may not come close to the Netflix app in terms of design and performance, but guess what, it still does a decent job as it delivers a smooth experience. We tried the VRV app on iPhone, and we can tell you that it delivered a better experience than their web interface.

The mobile interface is more modern and pristine; plus, it allows users to skip forward and back ten seconds. This is quite similar to what you get on the Netflix mobile app. Thanks to their intuitive notifications, you can now easily set up notifications for new shows you’d like to watch. To mix up your avatar, VRV comes with a unique feature that smartly activates this feature. All you have to do is shake your phone and watch the magic unfold.

VRV’s mobile interface has a couple of distinction that separates it from the web interface. For instance, the mobile interface features a separate section in your watchlist for synced content. That is where you’ll find all the shows you have downloaded for offline streaming. With the likes of Crunchyroll, this particular feature is not yet available. Thankfully, you don’t have to wait as VRV has you covered.

VRV and simultaneous stream

VRV has to be the only Live TV streaming services that let you stream using unlimited devices. With your VRV subscription, you can stream on unlimited devices, making it highly recommended for large families who want to keep up with their favorite movies and TV shows.

With Crunchyroll, you’re only allowed two simultaneous streams.

Note: While VRV lets you stream using unlimited devices, have it at the back of your mind that sharing your Crunchyroll account is a violation of their ToS and can have your account banned.

Streaming VRV

Without a doubt, VRV offers some of the most highly sought after streaming content available. But guess what, some users have complained of buffering speeds and connectivity issues, even though they were streaming via a strong Wi-Fi service.

We tried streaming using a 50 Mbps internet speed, and it was pretty sufficient, but this isn’t good enough as other live streaming services let you stream their content with as little as 3 Mbps internet speed. We sincerely hope that VRV does something about this.

How much data does VRV use?

On average, VRV doesn’t consume so much data. And depending on the quality and length of the shows you’re watching; you’ll consume anything from 200mb to 1GB. More interestingly, your VRV premium subscription lets you download shows on your Android or iOS devices to watch later. Once downloaded, you’ll have seven days to stream the content before it expires. Also, you’ve 48 hours to finish watching a movie or show after pressing the play button.

VRV 30-days free trial

Want to get a glimpse of what awaits you on VRV? Well, you can jump on their 30-days free trial to explore all they have to offer. With their 30-days free trial, you can explore their services on different devices and see if they are worth the hype. We would like you to pay special attention to their download options to make sure you can stream downloaded content without any glitch.

Accessibility and parental control

With VRV, you can easily control the kind of content you want to see. This is very important if your kids stream content using your account. We are sure you don’t want your kids to explore content that is too mature for them.

Thanks to VRV’s parental control feature, you can now put a plug to the kind of contents your kids’ stream. This isn’t something you’ll find on Crunchyroll and DC Universe as both of these platforms don’t include features for content blocking. Also, keep in mind that you’re limited to one account along with a couple of settings.

As opposed to having a separate menu, users can easily access accessibility options on their screens while watching a video. More so, their unique accessibility features let you shuffle between languages while customizing subtitle texts and background.

Amazingly, VRV’s video players on the web and mobile apps differ in a lot of ways. We particularly fancied the mobile version more than the web interface. And that’s because the mobile version was more appealing.

is VRV worth it

VRV’S Anime Powerhouse

When it comes to anime collections, VRV takes center stage as it features some of the best anime shows out there. From new shows to classics and more, VRV has tons of anime content that will keep you glued to your screens all day long. And because they offer content from other sources, you’ll find it difficult to get a better streaming service with a more superior anime collection than VRV. The exciting thing is that VRV keeps their pricing pretty consistent, so you wouldn’t have to worry about the consistent price hike that is very common in the industry.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Offers and exciting blend of movies and shows
  • Features a variety of content including animations and cartoons
  • Reasonable pricing

Cons

  • Channels come and go without any warning. This can be a bit annoying, especially if you’re following a particular show.
  • No sense of community, except for limited comments

Frequently asked questions

How do I download a show on VRV?

Downloading a show on VRV is easy. Simply log in to your VRV premium account, find the show you’d like to download and proceed to click the arrow icon so you can sync the show. After that, you can stream the downloaded show offline.

How long is the VRV trial?

You can enjoy the VRV’s free trial for 30-days, after which you’ll be charged a regular fee monthly.

How many simultaneous streams does VRV offer?

VRV lets you stream on unlimited devices simultaneously. This is a huge plus as other platforms allow you to stream on 2 to 3 devices simultaneously.

How long does a downloaded show last?

Downloaded shows on VRV last for seven days before they expire.

Conclusion

VRV has built a solid reputation for offering top-notch anime and horror content. With their pricing pegged at $9.99 per month, users will have access to some of the finest shows and movies. Compared to other similar platforms, VRV gives you more than you’ll ever get with other streaming services. Though you’ll encounter some buffering issues, we are sure they will fix this with time.

 

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