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.
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), Fire TV, Apple TV, 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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