Philo TV: Everything There is to Know

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Originally founded by a couple of Harvard students back in 2010 under the name Tivli, Philo began life as a streaming service aiming to provide streaming television to Harvard students living on campus. Somewhat mirroring the Facebook origin story, the service intended to branch out among other universities, giving students an alternative way to watch media. As the company grew over the next few years, Philo began expanding its clientele from university students to anyone who was looking for an over-the-top streaming service. With so many streaming services available, though, is Philo right for you? 

How Much Is Philo?

Unlike a lot of its competitors, Philo simplifies its membership plans – there is only one. The single plan runs $25 per /month for 60 channels such as AMC, BBC America, BET, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, Food Network, HGTV, IFC, Lifetime, MTV, Nickelodeon, TV Land and VH1. Philo also comes with four additional channels, which are Bloomberg Television, Cheddar News, Crackle, and Revry. 

If those channels aren’t quite enough, though, Philo does offer a few add-ons. For an extra $3 per month, you can have access to movies & more from Cinémoi, HDNET Movies, MGMHD, REELZ, and Sony Movies. For an additional $6 per month, you can add three Epix channels: Epix, Epix Hits, and Epix2. For $9 per month, you can add three channels from Starz: Starz, Starz Encore, and Starz Kids & Family. 

There are also no contracts for the service, which is in line with Philo’s theme of simple pricing, and Philo also has unlimited DVR that keeps your shows for up to 30 days. You can also simultaneously stream on up to three devices and can create 10 profiles per account. 

Does Philo Offer Any Discounts or Specials?

Philo currently offers a seven-day free trial for their standard service, as well as for the Movies & More, Epix and STARZ add-ons.

The service will sporadically offer deals, like $5 off Philo, or 50% off the Epix channel, so if you’re unsure of the entry cost, you could hold off on signing up until you find some deals.

How Can I Watch Philo?

The following media players support the Live streaming service:

Roku: All models
Fire TV: All models
Apple TV: 4th generation or later.
Android TV: 5.0 or higher. The device needs to be officially approved by Google to use on the Play Store
Chromecast: 2nd generation or later (i.e. firmware 1.42 or higher) using theour Android mobile app.

If you want to take Philo on the go, it’s supported by the following devices:

PC or Mac: Using a supported browser
Android: OS 5.0 or higher using the mobile app or Chrome
iOS: Using the mobile app, but you can also use Safari, Chrome, or Firefox on your iOS device to manage your account and settings.
Fire tablet:, OS 5.0 or higher

What Can You Watch on Philo?

Here are a few of the most popular shows that you can watch on Philo:

Alone: A reality show where ann isolated group of people are subjected to the harsh conditions of the wilderness and must survive with limited resources.  

Yellowstone: Kevin Costner's prestigious family drama that follows the Dutton family, who control the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. 

Heartland: The long*-running Canadian drama follows the Fleming family as they navigate life’s trials and tribulations.*

The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch: Astrophysicist Dr. Travis Taylor, astrophysicist, investigates this mysterious UFO hot spot.

Is Philo Worth Getting?

With so many different streaming services available, we say this probably isn’t worth subscribing to. The Live TV streaming service offers a decent mix of entertainment and lifestyle channels and it is affordable, however, there are very few news networks and virtually no sports content available on it.

With so many different streaming services available, from movies and shows to live TV and sports, Philo’s 67-channel offering may seem a little narrow. However, the low cost of entry to gain access to television channels, simple plan options, and the ability to cancel or re-subscribe at any time make Philo a decent option. You may find that what Philo offers is perfect for you, or it may act as a stepping stone toward getting a broader streaming package from a different service.


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