Here's everything you need to know about Philo
We break down Philo's multi-channel streaming service
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With a focus on live TV channels at a fixed monthly price, Philo is an affordable cable TV alternative. Most streaming services, like Netflix and HBO Max, offer a library of on-demand content, but Philo is a little different. This service, named after television pioneer Philo Farnsworth, offers a range of popular cable channels that you can watch live or record, alongside a modest library of on-demand TV shows and movies (all of which previously aired on one of Philo’s networks).
Updated 6/16/2021: This article has been updated to reflect a price hike for Philo's service. Effective June 8, 2021, the service will cost $25 per month, and will also offer unlimited DVR storage for one year rather than just 30 days.
What is Philo?
Philo offers live access to a number of popular cable channels and a library of on-demand content from those channels. A Philo subscription includes a cloud DVR that lets you record your favorite shows and save them for up to a year. The content on Philo does include ads, but you can pause live TV and you can skip ads in on-demand or recorded content. Philo doesn’t include any local channels or live sports and it doesn’t produce any original programming.
How much does Philo cost?
Philo costs $25 per month and there’s no contract commitment so you can cancel at any time. There is also a free seven-day trial to let you test the service. While there are no premium plans, you do have the option of adding Starz for an extra $9 per month or Epix for an extra $6 per month.
How do I get Philo?
You can sign up for Philo at the website or through one of the Philo apps. You must provide a mobile number or email address and payment information. Philo is only available in the United States right now.
What does Philo include?
At the time of publication, Philo offers 63 channels. These currently include options like A&E, AMC, BBC America, CMT, Comedy Central, Cooking Channel, Discovery Channel, Discovery Family, Food Network, FYI, Game Show Network, getTV, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, IFC, Motor Trend, MTV, MTV Classic, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Oprah Winfrey Network, Paramount Network, Sundance TV, TLC, Travel Channel, TV Land, VH1, Vice, and others.
Philo also comes with an unlimited cloud DVR that can save TV shows for as long as you want them. The on-demand library offers more than 50,000 television shows and movies. You also get free channels like Bloomberg Television, Cheddar, Crackle, and Revry.
There are also premium add-on options available including the following:
Epix: $6 per month for Epix, Epix Hits, and Epix 2.
Starz: $9 per month for Starz, Starz Encore, and Starz Kids and Family.
What TV shows are on Philo?
Philo offers a wide range of familiar shows, but it doesn’t produce any original content. If it’s on one of the channels listed above, then you can watch it on Philo.
You will currently find shows like The Walking Dead, Killing Eve, The Waltons, Golden Girls, Murder She Wrote, The Office, Parks and Rec, Magnum P.I., Gilmore Girls, Law and Order, and Star Trek. There are also loads of reality shows like Cash Cab, Mythbusters, Storage Wars, and Catfish. You can watch animated shows like South Park and Futurama, too, and there are kids shows like Paw Patrol, Sponge Bob Square Pants, and Peppa Pig.
By adding Epix to your subscription you could watch shows like Godfather of Harlem, Condor, and Pennyworth.
Starz is currently offering shows like Power, Outlander, Luther, and American Gods.
What movies are on Philo?
Most of the movies on Philo are a few years old, but there are plenty of classics. To give a flavor of what kind of movies you can expect, here are a few showing at the time of writing: Moneyball, Forrest Gump, The Breakfast Club, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Hannibal, Addams Family Values, and The Devil Wears Prada.
If you were to add Epix to the subscription you could currently access movies like Bill and Ted Face The Music, Skyfall, and Flight.
With a Starz subscription, you could currently watch movies like Bad Boys For Life, Jumanji: The Next Level, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Does Philo come in 4K, HDR, or multiple streams?
Philo does not currently support 4K or HDR. Live TV is limited to 720p and video on-demand is limited to 1080p. You can, however, have three simultaneous streams with a single subscription.
Which devices do you need to watch Philo?
You can watch Philo on many different devices. There are dedicated Philo apps for Android, iOS, Fire OS, Roku, Android TV, Fire TV, Apple TV, and support for Chromecast. You can also stream the service in a supported web browser (Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge) on a PC, Mac, or another device.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.