Philo vs. AT&T WatchTV: Which Cheap Live TV Streaming Service Is Best?

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Philo vs. AT&T WatchTV
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NEWS ALERT: AT&T WatchTV is no longer available to new customers as a standalone service, AT&T said on its website in June 2020. 


The leading live TV streaming services charge around $50 a month, but Philo and AT&T WatchTV have come out with plans for less than half that price!

If you can do without local news or sports channels, these streaming services are worth a closer look.

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While channel lineups for Sling TV, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV include a little bit of everything, Philo and AT&T WatchTV stick mostly to entertainment networks.

Read on for a comparison of the two services and learn which one is best for you…

Price

AT&T WatchTV is cheaper than Philo by $5 a month. WatchTV costs $15 a month for more than 35 channels, while Philo charges $20 a month for nearly 60 channels. Its $16 a month plan has been discontinued.

If you have a qualifying AT&T unlimited cell phone plan, WatchTV may be included at no extra charge.

Unlike cable and satellite TV providers, these streaming services let you start and stop whenever you want. There are no contracts or cancellation penalties. Both have free 7-day trials.

Channel Lineups

Philo and AT&T WatchTV don’t have local news or sports channels, but they offer plenty of entertainment networks like A&E, Discovery, Food Network, HGTV, History, Lifetime, TLC and more.

The biggest difference? AT&T’s service includes Turner networks (TBS, Cartoon Network, CNN, etc.) that Philo doesn’t.

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Channel Lineup: Philo

Philo: $20/month
A&E
AMC
American Heroes Channel
Animal Planet
aspireTV
AXS TV
BBC America
BBC World News
BET
BET Her
Cheddar
Cleo TV
CMT
Comedy Central
Cooking Channel
Crime+Investigation
Destination America
Discovery Channel
Discovery Family
Discovery Life
DIY Network
Food Network
FYI
Game Show Network
getTV
Great American Country
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Drama
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
HGTV
History Channel
IFC
INSP
Investigation Discovery
Law&Crime
Lifetime
LMN
Logo
MotorTrend
MTV
MTV Classic
MTV Live
MTV2
Newsy
Nick Jr.
Nickelodeon
Nicktoons
OWN
Paramount Network
PeopleTV
REVOLT
Science Channel
Sundance TV
Tastemade
TeenNick
TLC
Travel Channel
TV Land
TV One
UPtv
VH1
Vice
WE tv

Multiple Streams

A Philo subscription allows three streams to be played simultaneously, which comes in handy if multiple people in your house want to use the service. AT&T WatchTV only allows streaming on one device at a time.

DVR

Philo lets its subscribers save anything currently airing or scheduled to air and makes it available for 30 days. Users can also fast forward and rewind through DVR recordings.

AT&T WatchTV doesn’t have a DVR, but it provides 15,000 on-demand movies and shows that can be bookmarked.

Supported Devices

With Philo and AT&T WatchTV, customers can stream on their phones, computers and on the big screen. However, not all devices are supported for streaming to a TV set.

Supported Devices for TV Streaming

Device Philo AT&T Watch TV
Amazon Fire TV Yes Yes
Apple TV Yes Yes
Chromecast No Yes
Roku Yes No

My Review: Philo vs. AT&T WatchTV

Philo and AT&T WatchTV aren’t going to work for everyone, but the services are a good option for cord cutters who don’t feel the need for local news or sports channels.

I like AT&T WatchTV over Philo because of the channel lineup, but that’s just a personal preference.

If Philo’s channel list has more of what you like to watch, it’s probably a better choice. Philo has a DVR, allows for multiple streams and supports Roku devices — three things AT&T’s service doesn’t do.

As for the streaming experience, it’s a tie. I’ve had no buffering or freezing issues with either service.

If you’ve had cable before, you won’t have trouble with the navigation. Philo and AT&T WatchTV have traditional TV guides to browse content, but you can also use the search bar feature.

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Philo home screen
AT&T WatchTV home screen
AT&T WatchTV home screen

For less than $20 a month, these services are a great value. But if you add as little as $10 to your streaming TV budget, Sling TV becomes a contender — and you can get ESPN and Disney.

Compare your options in Clark’s guide to the best live TV streaming plans and deals!

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