New Streaming TV Service 'Philo' Launches at $16/Month for Viewers Not Interested in Sports Content

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The latest TV streaming service, Philo, will provide subscribers with a cost that undercuts the price of competing "over the top" services by excluding sports-related content (via Business Insider). This means Philo starts at $16/month for access to 37 entertainment networks, which you can watch on your iPhone, MacBook, connected TV, Roku, and soon the Apple TV.


    Philo started by providing programming to college students on campuses across the United States, and is led by CEO Andrew McCollum, who was a founding member of Facebook. The company gained strategic investments totaling $25 million from five programming partners, including A+E, AMC, Discovery, Scripps, and Viacom. Every channel in the basic $16/month tier is listed below:

    - A&E
    - AMC
    - Animal Planet
    - AXS TV
    - BBC America
    - BBC World News
    - BET
    - Cheddar
    - CMT
    - Comedy Central
    - Discovery Channel
    - DIY
    - Food Network
    - FYI
    - GSN
    - HGTV
    - History
    - IFC
    - ID
    - Lifetime
    - Lifetime Movies
    - MTV
    - MTV2
    - Nickelodeon
    - Nick Jr.
    - OWN
    - Science
    - Spike
    - Sundance Channel
    - TeenNick
    - TLC
    - Travel Channel
    - TV Land
    - Velocity
    - VH1
    - Viceland
    - We TV

    For $20/month you can watch everything listed above, with the following channels added:

    - American Heroes Channel
    - BET Her
    - Cooking Channel
    - Destination America
    - Discovery Family
    - Discovery Life
    - Logo
    - MTV Live
    - Nicktoons

    Because TV providers sell content in bundles, Philo's lack of sports programming also hinders some of its entertainment offerings, including any channels owned by Disney and Fox. There also won't be any content from CBS or NBCUniversal. Still, Philo comes in quite low when compared to starting prices of other services like Hulu Live TV ($40/month) and YouTube TV ($35/month), and is more competitive with Sling TV's low-tier offerings ($20/month).

    In terms of features, Philo lets you watch any channel live or save an episode of any show onto a DVR with storage that lasts for 30 days. You can also stream in HD on up to three devices at once. Although not appearing at launch, Philo also plans to debut a "Social TV" aspect in the future, with subscribers able to see which episodes their friends are on in a TV show, see a friends list of users actively watching something, and synchronize viewing of an on-demand show with a friend. Social TV features are expected to launch in 2018.

    More information on Philo can be found on the company's website here, including a seven day free trial.

    Article Link: New Streaming TV Service 'Philo' Launches at $16/Month for Viewers Not Interested in Sports Content
  2. wolfshades macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2007
    Toronto, Ontario Canada
    Any country restrictions? Will it be available in Canada for example?
  3. AllergyDoc macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2013
    Utah, USA
    Hard most of the channels we watch. Add an HD antenna for local stations and Netflix (paid for by T-Mobile, Amazon (wife’s employers pays for) and we’re good to go, for about $20/month. Lost interest in professional sports; can’t identify with the players anymore.
  4. neutralguy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2015
    Hopefully, this will reduce the college student deaths in frat hazing.:eek:
  5. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    We aren't a sports house, this will work for us. Cheaper than adding to the basic Comcast channels we get to keep our bundle price low. That gives us HBO so we keep it bundled.

    I'm psyched, bring on the AppleTV app quickly though please!

    And, they have a 7 day trial according to the website, not 48 hours.
  6. cmwade77 macrumors 65816

    Nov 18, 2008
    Now if Disney would just hurry up with their streaming service, the two combined would be the best priced option out there. Given how few shows I actually watch on Disney Channel, I am thinking this is still cheaper, even if I need to buy a couple of series on Amazon.
  7. jimothyGator macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    I want the opposite: Sports only streaming. I've got Netflix (like AllergyDoc, free through T-Mobile) and Amazon, and I don't care for the so-called reality TV programming that's taken over cable TV.

    Does anything like that exist?
  8. unobtainium macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2011
    I admire them for what they’re trying to do, but a more accurate summary would be “No sports channels and none of the major networks.”

    If ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX won’t play nice, the service is a bit hobbled.
  9. gower2352 macrumors member


    Oct 12, 2011
    Hmmmm I like this! Just missing The Weather Channel and it needs more devices!!
  10. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Nope. It's gonna be expensive. Sports content is by far the most expensive, with ESPN being far and away the most expensive channel in all cable subscriptions.
  11. gower2352 macrumors member


    Oct 12, 2011
  12. earthTOmitchel Contributing Editor


    Staff Member

    Mar 6, 2015
    Ah I see, I missed the fine print, I signed up with my phone number: "You can continue with your trial for 7 days.
    (After your first 48 hours, we’ll ask you to sign up and give us payment information, but we won’t charge you until after the trial is over.)
  13. Fall Under Cerulean Kites macrumors 6502

    Fall Under Cerulean Kites

    May 12, 2016
    Anything’s possible with a VPN!
  14. mariusignorello macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2013
    48 hours without providing a credit card. If you want the full 7 days you’ll have to submit payment info.
  15. trusso macrumors 6502

    Oct 4, 2003
    Ghostbusters is on AMC now? ...Only a matter of time before it's on TCM.

    Geez, where do the years go? :rolleyes:
  16. Fall Under Cerulean Kites macrumors 6502

    Fall Under Cerulean Kites

    May 12, 2016
    I realize not everyone has access to it, but an over the air antenna will give plenty of people local networks broadcast in quality superior to what any streaming service can offer. For free.
  17. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    Might be interesting to do that. I'm not sure which stations (if any) I'd get over the air, but could save me quite a bit of money.
  18. imronburgundy macrumors regular


    Nov 1, 2013
    ...except watching Netflix content from other countries.
  19. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    ESPN should be very afraid (internally they already are for many other reasons). Another nail in the coffin.
  20. Rudy69 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2009
    Until you go to pay using your non american credit card
  21. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    None of these services are cost effective for my house, given how few channels we need and how deeply Comcast cuts cable prices when bundled with internet. I think basic cable plus HBO is like $10 a month when added to the internet service.
  22. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2007
    This is one thing so many people ignore. “It’s only $20 a month, I’m paying <tv provider> $150 a month!” Yes, that is a big difference, but how much of that is TV vs how much is Internet. And they discount on bundles, so just internet will cost you more than it does in the bundle anyway. End of the day, you’ll save a few dollars a month, but not the $130 they think they will comparing the raw numbers.
  23. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    If you live within ~75 miles of a city, even a small one, there's a good chance you get those channels free over the air anyway.
  24. zipazane macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2016
    Fubo doesn't have ESPN and Turner channels for sports.
  25. Fall Under Cerulean Kites macrumors 6502

    Fall Under Cerulean Kites

    May 12, 2016
    There are some web sites that will show you what is available at your address with an OTA antenna. Here’s one I’ve used in the past:

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