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Philo TV Channels, Review and Cost

What Is Philo

Philo is a live TV streaming service that allows you to watch TV channels like AMC, A&E, Discovery and other channels you normally only find with cable TV. However, as opposed to the hundreds of dollars a month for cable TV, Philo is an affordable $16 per month and even offer a free trial without having to provide a credit card. They are able to keeps costs low because they don’t carry any expensive sports channels.

While Philo may seem like a new streaming service, they have been streaming TV channels online for quite some time. The company started by offering Philo as an on-campus TV streaming service for colleges and universities in the U.S. Now, Philo is available to everyone.  Combining Philo with a cheap internet plan can save you a lot of money on cable.

Philo TV Channels

As I stated earlier, you won’t find any sports channels on Philo. Instead, they cater to those looking for entertainment, lifestyle, and other non-sports programming. For just $16 dollars a month you get the following channels:

A&E, AMC, AXSTV, BBC America, BBC World News, BET, Cheddar, CMT, Comedy Central, Discovery, DIY, Food Network, FYI, GSN, HGTV, IFC, ID, LifeTime, LifeTime Movies, MTV, MTV2, Nick, Own, Sci, Paramount Channel (formerly Spike), Sundance TV, Nick Jr, Teen Nick, History, TLC, Travel Channel, TV Land, Velocity, VH1, Viceland, and We.

With the inclusion of popular networks like AMC, Philo has become the cheapest way to watch The Walking Dead online. It’s also the most affordable way to watch HGTV without cable, which has quickly become one of the most popular cable TV channels.

In addition to the  37 channels you receive with the $16 per month base package, you can add the following channels for only $4 more per month:

AHC, BET Her, Cooking Channel, Destination America, Family Channel, Life, Logo, MTV Live, Nicktoons.

It’s amazing how affordable streaming TV online can be once you eliminate all the sports channels. I know quite a few cord cutters that have been waiting for a service just like Philo. However, Philo isn’t for everyone. Aside from no sports channels, there aren’t any Disney, FOX, CBS, or NBCUniversal-owned networks either. That could be a deal breaker for some.

Try a free trial to Philo TV

Philo questions and Answers

Does Philo Come with A DVR?

Yes. A subscription to Philo comes with a cloud DVR service where you can record a show and it will save for 30 days. There isn’t a limit to the number of shows you can save, but you have to watch them within 30 days of saving an episode.

Philo will also let you pause and rewind live TV and you can watch a show within three days of it airing if you forgot to mark it to record.

Can Watch Philo on Multiple Devices?

Yes. You can watch on up to three devices at the same time. Philo is currently supported on Mac and PC on a web browser, Apple iPhone and iPad (running iOS 9 or newer), Android phones and tablets (running 5.0 or newer), and Roku. You can also stream Philo to your TV with Chromecast. They are planning on rolling Philo out to more devices soon.

However, if you don’t have one of those devices you can still use Philo. They recently announced supporting the TV Everywhere app for nearly every channel they offer. Therefore, you can download the channel’s app and use your Philo login credentials as your TV provider login for the app.

Are There Any Philo Deals or Promotions?

Like many other live streaming services, Philo offers a 7-day free trial. However, you don’t have to submit a credit card for the first 48 hours. Philo will let you watch 2 days completely free, by simply supplying your mobile number. After 2 days of viewing, you need to supply a credit card to watch the remaining 5 days of the trial. Your subscription starts after the 7th day of the trial. However, if you cancel before then, you won’t be billed. You can sign up for the free trial HERE.

If you decide to keep Philo, there is no contract with so you can cancel whenever you like.

Free Pandora Premium

From now until October 26th, all new paying Philo subscribers will receive an email with a code to redeem 3 months of Pandora premium for free. You will need to head to https://www.pandora.com/redeem, create a Pandora account (or log-in with their existing Pandora Free account), enter the code we sent them, and they will get 3 free months of Pandora Premium.

How Much Does Philo Cost?

The basic set of channels is $16 per month with more channels available for an additional $4 each month. There is no other cost or hidden fees.

Philo Review Rating

Philo is a quality streaming service that is extremely affordable. While I want to give it 5 stars for streaming quality and affordability I half to give it 4.5 out of 5 due to the lack of some important channels. However, that is exactly how Philo keeps it’s service affordable.

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    • That's great Dave. I'm starting to think this is one of the best deals out there.

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  • Hi. I would really love to do with the cord cutting. But what do you believe is the best online service there is with the sports channels I'm familiar with most of them I live in the New England area. In my wife does like WGN and Ion.
    I read every one of your articles and sometimes able to listen listen to the podcast truly enjoy it thank you so much for your information. And I'm trying to find out on your site best outside antenna.

    • Thanks Carl! For New England you may want to look at Fubo TV They just picked up NESN. They are the only service I currently know of that carries NESN.

  • Hi Dennis,

    I was very interested and curious about Philo and thought it was an excellent deal. So, last week I tried Philo via Roku. I didn't need the broadcast channels because I have TV antennas. To me it was misleading and disappointing when a Philo message appeared saying the 48 hour trial ended. They advertised a 7 day trial. I cancelled. Thanks for the info.

    • I mentioned that in the article. It's a 7 day trial, but you get 2 days if you supply your phone number, then the rest when you supply a credit card.

  • I love Philo. I cut the cord and went to a Roku. I was tired of my big overpriced satellite bill of which I watch only 3 channels. I discovered Philo and I have everything I need, including my 3 channels. I will never watch anything else. The only thing I haven't figured out yet is the DVR. Any instructions you can give me? I can't find it.

    • Sorry this is their lineup. You can check with there support to request they add it.

  • I had Philo but cancled it because every movie i clicked on would say no air date. gave an option to save. Im not paying just to save a movie and you notify me when it is airing. Cant watch any movies

    • Hi Monica. Philo is a live service, meaning shows and movies air when they normally air on the network. The “save and notify” is a DVR feature. It’s the same way pay TV works without the high expense.

  • Also missing Time Warner which is Tbs Tnt Cnn, but most of the shows I watch from them and Fox are on Hulu. I get news from Pluto. Ota give me my sports fix.

      • Yeah, but that's the idea. I don't want everything, just some decent stations (History, Food Network, A&E, DIY, etc.). No sports, no movie channels.

        • I completely agree. That's why I think this service is a great idea for those looking for a really slimmed down service.

      • Its not a bad deal. You better be a fan of reality tv, because that's 90% of the programming on these networks.

        • I don't disagree. Personally, my taste are more Netflix/HBO, but many people love these shows and there good to have on if you want to watch something and not pay that much attention to it while doing other things.

  • This service was originally going to be just lifestyle TV and Nickelodeon. The decision to include AMC networks means you do have some options for Zombies, Movies, and News: AMC/ Independent Film Channel / Sundance / WE TV/ BBC America /BBC World News.

    Since Philo does not include the big 5 (Disney, CBS, NBC/universal, 21st century Fox, Turner Broadcasting) it does not resemble media as most people know it in the United States. But since people are increasingly turning to Video on Demand services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime for their primary viewing, it gives you an inexpensive $16 Live TV option probably more suitable for watching on phones or tablets.

    • Totally agree. Cutting the cord is not about replacing cable. It's about changing how you watch TV. The best way to do that is to just cut the cord. You soon find that you don't need cable, and only had it out of habit. I found I watched a lot of shows just because they were there. Philo provided a great way to get quite a few quality TV shows without breaking the bank.

      • Viacom's 94 year old multi billionare CEO recently felt that his girlfriend who was 50 years younger was stepping out with a younger man. Viacom's venerable 11 channel lineup has the same problem. It is increasingly being ignored by streaming services as redundant and replaceable with newer services like Disney channel and Pandora.

        From a business standpoint, Philo TV is trying to create a new outlet where Viacom is the top dog. Although Viacom alone would cost about $8, the selection is too limiting. Discovery Networks and newly acquired Scripps were an obvious choice, as well Arts and Entertainment. But the decision to include AMC networks means there are some movies that you may end up liking that you wouldn't know enough to choose from a VOD lineup.

        VIACOM channels
        Nickelodeon 40 years
        MTV 36 years
        Spike 35 years
        BET 38 years
        Nick Jr 30 years
        VH1 33 years
        Comedy Central 27 years
        TV Land 22 years
        Teen Nick 16 years
        CMT 35 years
        MTV2 21 years

        Philo is hoping to make it TV geared toward social networking.

        Younger viewers are wondering if HBO Now will give them 685 movies and 103 high quality TV shows including GOT for $15 a month all without commercial interruption, they should spend many times that price for TV where they are being interrupted by commercials. Philo TV is catering to people who ask that kind of question.

        Now we just need COPS (Cantankerous Old People Streaming service) built around Hallmark Channel and Fox News.

  • I signed up for Philo and couldn't figure out why I couldn't get it to load on my Roku stick. Turns out my stick is an older model (one of the first Roku sticks that came out), and Philo won't load on it. However....I have a newer Roku Express in my bedroom and Philo loaded to that just fine, so I guess the answer is to eventually replace the stick with a newer model.

    • Yeah, the older sticks fell out of support. Thank you for the heads up.

      • Actually, Roku finally rolled out Philo to the older models as well - I can get it on my older stick now! :-)

    • if there is an android app, you could always sideload it on a fire tv. I did it with a few apps.

    • My hunch is that it will be eventually. I can't see why they wouldn't.

  • I recently was surfing through my 80+ channels of my cable company's
    "silver" package and realized there were TWO channels I wanted to see, so now I'm getting my feet wet in "cable-alternative" TV and appreciate any information I can find. Thanks for your educational efforts. Unfortunately I live in a "hole" (mountains) and don't get broadcast channels, even with a tall antenna.
    BTW, you have two pages of posts and not one insult! Congratulations, I LOVE this place! People are actually interested in helping or learning.

    • Thank you! I have been really lucky with the visitors to this site. All of you folks are great. In fact, moderating the forums is extremely easy. I can't recall ever having to delete a comment because someone was being mean or "jerky."

      Hopefully, you can find a streaming service that offers local channels in your area. Have you seen my live streaming services comparison page?

  • Just got a Roku+ and ready to launch Philo. Do I need another Roku stick for my bedroom TV ??? I realize I can stream on IOS devices .... but appreciate any help as I try to cut the cord.

    • Yes, you would need a device on each TV. If you want to save money you could move the device from TV to TV.

  • I just joined. and just now found out you only take credit card. We don't do credit cards But we do paypal is there away we can do that?

    • I am not with Philo. This site is a "Hot To" website that covers cord cutting an services like Philo.

      • What is a Hot to site? can you tell me where to go so i can get this answered. I really like this site.

  • I've been piggy backing on a friend's cable to get access to Discovery/Scripps channels, History, etc. on my Roku with their individual channels. She's dropping her cable and I'm looking for a way to keep that access. I don't do live tv that much, and can through those channels anyway. I'm looking at Philo, because it's got all but one of the channels that I'd like, but I'm more interested in access to the Roku channels than access through the Philo channel.

    Is there anything other than DirectTV Now that will get me that access? To get the same channels with DTVNow, I'd be at the $60 level to get all the channels I want.

    • Try Sling TV you can get it on Roku and it's cheaper then $60.00 a month or check out fobu tv you can get it on Roku also it's also cheaper then $60.00

    • I find that DIRECTV NOW, PS VUE, Youtube TV, and Hulu TV are the best when it comes to using the "TV Everywhere" apps. Sling TV is supported by some channels but it's spotty compared to the other ones I mentioned. You can check the apps for channels you care about. They will usually let you look at the supported providers and they list streaming services they support.

  • Love cutting the cord which I did 2 years ago. Now my aim is to convince streaming services to offer yearly rates. CBS access does now and I am stoked and paid up till next year! Anyone else think this is a good idea?

    • yes

      I am disabled & live on $830. a month I pay for everything I ca Buy the Year that way I can save up for it . & i do not have to worry about it every month

  • Just got my free trial of philo and I'm loving it. Looks like it works well and it is a good price. Place to keep it

  • Pardon my lack of tech-ness, but we have the Amazon Firestick and HDTV antennas. We would like to add a service like this but have no idea how it would work. Does it come thru the firestick, our regular TV channels or will it be another input of some sort. Thanks! Again, sorry from an old guy!

    • Go under apps on amazon fire stick: download silk browser or Firefox. Anything to get on the internet. Then go on Philo.com. For first time key in phone number. Then it Will send you a code on your cellphone. Enter the code. That simple. If I can do it anyone can!!

    • I don't have a Firestick, but I assume there's a way to look at their “channel” list to see if Philo is there yet. If not, you would need to get a Roku device, cheapest would be a stick, and plug it into a different HDMI port on your tv. Then, create a Roku account and add the Philo channel on your Roku. The downside will be that, once you start exploring Roku, you'll wonder why you have an Amazon Firestick. (BTW, while you're on Roku, add the Pluto channel and check it out. Between Philo, Pluto and Netflix I have way too much tv to watch.)

  • I have read two different things: That Philo is usable with Chromecast--and that it is not! Which one is true?? I'm thinking of getting Philo but want to use my Chromecast

  • You don’t mention a Tiki live tv app. I have been trying to find out more, and it seems safe and affordable and gets many channels including the national broadcast ones and sports. Then I read that it was broadcasted from Roumania, with offices in Florida.

  • Andrew
    I wonder if I could add any other channel that is not listed on the packets? In general, we, my wife and I, watch 20 channels in total but must of them are not listed. Thanks

  • I am fuzzy about the recording feature since I have always had a DVR that allows me to record for a later date & time. I like to watch shows when I want to.
    Can Philo be setup to record a show not airing or do you have to be on it when it is live.

    • Sure, Philo makes it very easy. Just search for the show you want and click "save" From then on new airings will be recorded.

  • so I am considering Philo tv for my doctor who fix on BBC America...I have read the posts that were written a while ago and wondering if there are any downsides to philo that hasn't been mentioned. Any advice? I love streaming and have my trusty Roku for when the new season of the doctor is on. lol

    • It's really good. If the channel selection is what you want then I recommend it.

    • I'm not with Philo, but they do not do phone service. It's a Live TV streaming service.

  • I hate spectator sports. Watching other people playing is like watching grass grow to me. If Philo would just get Fox news, then I would sign up today for up to $25/mo and dump YouTube Live in a second.