Philo Review: 5 Things to Know Before You Sign Up

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  • 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. Philo’s bundle includes 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.

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 more than 60 channels for $20 per month.

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

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 to $65 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 7-day free trial for new subscribers. You must provide an email address or phone number to sign up, as well as future payment information.

However, you can cancel the service before the trial expires and you won’t be billed.


DEAL ALERT: Philo has partnered with Best Buy for two special offers: Get one month of Philo free with a qualifying purchase or 50% off your first month of Philo if you sign up through Best Buy.


2. What Channels Do You Get With Philo? 

Philo’s lineup is unlike its main 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.

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Philo Channel Lineup

Philo
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
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Philo guide on tvOS

T-Mobile’s TVision Vibe plan is the closest thing to Philo. At launch, TVision Vibe is $10 a month for T-Mobile wireless subscribers. It includes about half as many channels as Philo.

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 to $65 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.

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