Philo Review: 5 Things to Know Before You Sign Up

  • Philo’s live TV streaming service offers a single package for $20/month and no contract required. 

  • The service features plenty of entertainment networks, but sports and local stations aren’t offered. The skinny bundle includes about 60 channels. 

  • Unlimited cloud DVR is included with a Philo subscription, and recordings can be saved for up to 30 days. 

  • Philo is compatible with Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Google Chromecast devices.

  • Only a mobile phone number is required to start a free trial of Philo. You’ll be asked to enter payment information after two days to extend the trial to a full week. 

Philo is a cable and satellite TV alternative that caters to cord-cutters who are serious about keeping their costs down with a plan that offers about 60 channels for $20 per month.

It includes favorites like AMC, Food Network, HGTV, Investigation Discovery, OWN, Nickelodeon and Hallmark.

Philo Live TV Streaming Service: Everything You Need to Know 

Team Clark signed up for a free trial and quickly discovered what makes Philo different from competitors like YouTube TV, AT&T TV Now and Hulu + Live TV.

Read on to learn the five things you need to know before you sign up!

Table of Contents: 

1. How Much Does Philo Cost? 

Most of the leading live TV streaming services have starter packages that cost around $50 per month, but Philo is less than half that price.

Philo discontinued its $16 per month plan in early May 2019, leaving a single $20 package for new subscribers.

Philo offers a two-day free trial that only requires a cell phone number to sign up — no credit card — but you can extend the trial to a week by adding payment information.

You can cancel your subscription at any time. There are no long-term commitments.

2. What Channels Do You Get With Philo? 

Philo’s lineup is unlike its competitors because it doesn’t include any local or sports channels. However, you will find plenty of reality TV shows, children’s programming, documentaries and movies while browsing the channels.

Philo Channel Lineup

Philo: $20/month
American Heroes Channel
Animal Planet
BBC America
BBC World News
Cleo TV
Comedy Central
Cooking Channel
Destination America
Discovery Channel
Discovery Family
Discovery Life
DIY Network
Food Network
Game Show Network
Great American Country
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Drama
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
History Channel
Investigation Discovery
Lifetime Movies
MTV Classic
MTV Live
Nick Jr.
Paramount Network
Science Channel
Sundance TV
Travel Channel
TV Land
TV One
WE tv
Philo guide on tvOS
Philo guide on tvOS

3. Does Philo Come With DVR Capabilities? 

If Philo has the channels that you like, you’ll be happy to learn that it includes unlimited DVR. Save any shows you want and they’ll be available to view for 30 days — with the ability to fast-forward through commercials.


In addition, the company says it lets users replay just about everything that’s aired within the last 72 hours.

4. How Do You Stream Philo on Your TV? 

Like all live TV streaming services, you must have a high-speed internet connection and a supported device. They include Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV streaming media players, plus Google Chromecast as of July 2020.

Philo is also available on most mobile phones and web browsers. See a list of all supported devices here.

Philo on Roku

5. Does Philo Allow for Multiple Streams? 

If you have multiple people in your house who want to use Philo, a subscription allows three different streams to be played at the same time. The oldest stream will stop working when you reach four streams.

Final Thought 

I had no trouble using Philo during my free trial period. Its interface took a few minutes to get used to, but I found the TV guide function pretty user-friendly once I played around with it. I also had no issues with buffering.

Philo is priced below the competition, but the absence of ESPN, Bravo, CNN and Disney will be deal-breakers for many households.

Philo: Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Lots of entertainment networks for a very low price No local or sports channels
Unlimited DVR included
Three streams at a time allowed

If you’re willing to spend $50 per month, some of the other live TV streaming services offer bundles with channel lineups that will more closely resemble a traditional cable or satellite TV package.

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

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