Philo TV Reviews

Philo TV
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About Philo TV

Presently the content offered on TV is at an all-time best, though the experience surrounding the content has not improved much. This is why Philo TV was created.

Philo TV is a live TV streaming service that gives you access to watch TV channels such as AMC, A&E, Discovery, and other channels you would not regularly find on cable TV. Although Philo TV may give the impression that, it is a new streaming service but it has been around for quite a while.

In 1927, Philo .T. Farnsworth created the electronic television in San Francisco. Since then, Philo TV has been working to redefine television experience for the contemporary age and create a brand you the viewer would love as much as the channels you watch.

Philo started out as an on-campus TV streaming service for colleges and Universities in the US, but now availability is for everyone. You can save a lot of money on cable by using Philo with a cheap internet plan. 



Philo TV does not offer sports channels rather they are focused on those seeking programs around lifestyle, entertainment, and other non-sport content.

At a relatively cheap rate of $16/month, Philo TV offers you the following channels:
A&E, BBC America, BET, BBC World News, CMT, Comedy Central, Discovery, DIY, Hallmark channel, Hallmark Drama, Cheddar, AXSTV, AMC, GSN,  Food Network, HGTV, IFC, ID, LifeTime, LifeTime Movies, MTV, Nick, Own, Nick Jr, Teen Nick, History, TLC, Travel Channel, TV Land, Velocity, VH1, Vineland, HGTV, Sundance TV, Paramount Channel(formerly called Spike), and We.

The addition of popular channels such as AMC has made Philo TV the cheapest medium to watch the Walking Dead Online, also being the cheapest way to watch HGTV without cable-one of the most popular channels on cable.

You can add extra channels such as; BET Her, Family Channel, Logo, MTV Live, Nicktoons, Destination America, Life, and AHC for $4/month in addition to the 37 channels that comes with your $16/month basic package.

However, Philo TV might not appeal to everyone considering that there are no sports channels, there is not FOX, CBS, Disney or any NBC Universal-owned Channels. A free trial is also available on Philo TV.

How Does It Work?

Philo TV shares similarities with Sling TV, YouTube TV, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, Fubo TV or Hulu with Live TV in technology and the workability. However, the difference lies in different offers, rather than replace a full cable subscription, it presents a smaller subset of channels and this translates to offering one of the lowest prices ever for a TV streaming service-at just $16 a month at its lowest.

Including its live and on-demand content, Philo TV comes with a free cloud DVR like many other more expensive streaming services. This means there is no limit to how much content you can record, but recordings last for only 30 days.

Another important feature to consider when choosing a streaming service is how many devices can connect simultaneously. Philo TV provides three simultaneous streams; this means that up to three people can view on different devices simultaneously on the same account.

The streaming quality of Philo TV is great on any of the supported platforms; in navigating through available programs, the user interface is universal across all platforms. There is no traditional channel guide on both the iOS and Roku versions.

Cost and Price Plans

The basic of channels on Philo TV costs $16 a month, also with more channels available at $4 each month.

Customer Service

Do you have a problem using the service? You can contact customer support on 855-277-4456(855 CS PHILO) through either a call or a message from 10 am-midnight. Or you can submit a request on the help center on the website.

Online Review/Complaints

Many users have found Philo’s interface design to be more friendly and intuitive. Just like any other live TV streaming service, Philo shares in its own fair share of compromises.

Not being able to tune to a live newscast or browse sporting events is a shortcoming for many users. Philo TV would certainly not meet the need of everyone but for its price, it is one of the best live TV streaming services around. Many have found it to be the best ideal budget streaming TV option for people who do not have cable.

It is obvious from the listing of channels that Philo TV started with college students as its target, nevertheless, no matter what time of the day you tune in to Philo TV there is always something entertaining going on.

Competitors and Alternatives

Philo TV vs. Sling TV

Sling TV’s cheapest package at $25 is actually more expensive than Philo TV’s most expensive package of $20 a month. Philo TV has better family features compared to sling TV.

Philo TV vs. YouTube TV

These two shares some similarities in that they both allow three streams at once both inside and outside your home.
Philo TV vs. Fubo TV

Philo TV is way less expensive than Fubo TV in terms of data usage and has better account sharing features.
AT & T offers the closest competition to Philo in terms of price and programs offered, at $15-per-month AT&T Watch TV service. Although it is cheaper compared to Philo it offers fewer channels. Eventually, the service you choose will determine the channels offered.

However, there are compromises you would have to make for Philo TV’s low price.

Where to Buy?

Philo TV is available on Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV devices including Fire TV Cube. It is also available on the web and, via mobile devices. If you use an iPhone, an app is available for iOS devices. There is no app for Android users yet but you can watch via Philo Website using a chrome browser on your PC.

Presently, there is no information on which streaming devices will be supported next or which new apps would be released.


Getting the right streaming service can be an arduous task particularly when you seek an affordable and comprehensive package.

If you are skeptical about Philo and are not ready to make a commitment, there is a free trial option of seven days and this does not require your payment information for the first two days. All that is needed is your phone number.

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March 27, 2019

I use sling Hulu prime freedive and now I'm trying Philo.

It's pretty much like sling but seems to have lot more on demand content.

The interface is easy to use and not overly cluttered. That was my biggest complaint with Sony's vue.

After my free trial in probably going to keep it.