What channels are on Philo TV?
Channels include AMC, Comedy Central, A&E, Discovery, nick and many more, please see image at the bottom for the full list.
Is Philo TV free?
No but you can get a 2 day and 7 day free trial from our link.
Can I watch Philo on my smart TV?
Yes Philo is now available on browsers as well as any TV with Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, web, iOS, and Android Chrome, if you have an older smart TV with a custom interface and store then this is where you may struggle to find an app.
Does Philo TV have local channels?
No, by removing local channels Philo is able to keep their price so much lower than regular cable or satellite.
Does Philo TV have on demand?
You can record and save an unlimited number of shows for up to 30 days, but will not give you box-sets like you would have with Amazon, HBO or Starz.
Philo TV is an online alternative to satellite or cable TV but much cheaper. It is not a competitor to Amazon or Netflix but is instead a competitor of companies such as Verizon or DISH. For many users it may not be a replacement simply because as with many of these online TV alternatives they do not offer live sports or local TV, however it is because of this that they are able to keep the cost so much lower than the major TV providers.
With Philo you can pay either $16 per month for 45 channels or $20 per month for 58 channels, you can see the channels at the bottom of this post, however we have seen several different reviews all with a different number of channels, I’m guessing this is because they are slowly adding more channels as the service grows in popularity.
Philo also offer an interesting free trial option, initially you only have to enter a valid phone number and you will have instant access for a 2 day free trial, to then unlock the remaining 5 days you will need to enter your billing information, cancellation will then have to follow to avoid paying for your first month.
Originally Philo lacked support from Apple TV, Roku and Fire TV as there was not a proper app and was relying on browsers for users to access. This is no longer the case and is available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, web, iOS, and Android Chrome. In addition to this it allows 3 users at any one time, which is more than any on demand streaming service we have reviewed
You can record an unlimited number of shows and films (as long as your device memory permits it) however it is a live TV service so you will only have 30 days to watch what you have saved. Philo seems very easy to interact with as expected with any streaming app but it also has very good response times with no lagging and no blurry starts (I often find Netflix flows start blurry and clear after a minute). Another feature many streaming services lack is a thumbnail scene shot when you are scrolling through the time line of a show, this helps the user to identify where they need to watch from if for whatever reason they have lost their place.
Philo was named after Philo Taylor Farnsworth who was an early inventor of essential television technology, to be more precise he invented the first ever image dissector as well as the first television system complete with receiver and camera. We are not sure what all this means either but we understand its important for the development of TV as we know them today?
I am giving this a 4 stars as whilst it does not offer box sets and therefore lacks binge watching it does for many replace regular TV at a far cheaper price, and I am positive there are many people out there who only watch a handful of channels and shows and do not bother with local TV or sports, so this if for those that pay far to much for stuff they never watch.