Choice is everything when it comes to streaming TV. And another interesting option is upstart-turned must-see option Philo.
Philo has just single plan that gets you 63 channels for a single price. Starting June 8, 2021, that price is going to be $25 a month. Anyone subscribed to Philo before that date will continue to pay $20 a month. And that's it. No having to pick and choose which channels you want on which packages. it's all or nothing.
The good news? Philo still has a fairly comprehensive set of channels — particularly given the price. It can go a long way toward filling the holes in competitors' plans — or maybe it's just enough on its own. Your call, of course.
Let's break down everything there is to know about Philo. The good. The great. The reasons you might well want to consider it as your only streaming option, or to bolster another strategy, like free over-the-air TV.
How much does Philo cost?
Philo is $20 a month for the standard service. (Again, until June 8.) That's it. No plans to pick from. No charts of channels from which to choose.
There's no contract, and you can cancel any time you want.
Does Philo have a free trial?
Yes, Philo has a free trial. You can give it a go for a week before paying the monthly subscription free.
How many subscribers does Philo have?
Philo says that as of August 2020, it had some 750,000 subscribers. By comparison, that's more than AT&T TV Now, which is languishing away at a little more than half-million subs.
What channels does Philo have?
Here's the full list of channels available on Philo:
A&E, AMC, American Heroes, AccuWeather, Animal Planet, Aspire, AXS TV, BBC America, BBC World News, BET, BET Her, Cheddar, Cleo, CMT, Comedy Central, Cooking Channel, Crime + Investigation, Destination America, Discovery, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, DIY, Food Network, FYI, Game Show Network, Get TV, Great American Country, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Drama, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, HGTV, History, IFC, INSP, ID, Law & Crime, Lifetime, LMN, Logo, Motor Trend, MTV, MTV Classic, MTV Live, MTV2, Newsy, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, NickToons, OWN, Paramount, PeopleTV, Revolt, Science Sundance TV, Tastemade, TeenNick, TLC, Travel, TV Land, TV One, UpTV, VH-1, Vice, WE TV
What add-ons does Philo have?
Philo also has a couple of premium add-on options. You can get three channels of STARZ for $9 a month, or three channels of EPIX for $6 a month. Both have a free seven-day trial.
Does Philo have a cloud-based DVR?
Yes — Philo has an unlimited cloud-based DVR, so you can "record" all the shows you want. Recordings are saved for up to 30 days so you can watch something over and over during that tame frame.
Can you stream Philo on multiple devices?
Philo allows up to three streams on three devices at the same time. So you can watch on a TV in the living room while someone else is watching from the bedroom, and a third person is watching on their phone while on the go.
Philo also has the ability to create up to 10 profiles on a single account, so each person in your family can watch what they want.
Which devices can you watch Philo on?
Philo supports most major modern hardware platforms. That includes iPhones and iPads, Android phones and tablets, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV. You also can watch via a web browser, or with Chromecast.
Phil spent his 20s in the newsroom of the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, his 30s on the road for AndroidCentral.com and Mobile Nations, is the Dad part of Modern Dad, and is editor of WhatToWatch.com.
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