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Philo Streaming review: Product, price and features

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Experience your favorite shows without the price of cable and long-term contracts.

With more than 50 channels to choose from, Philo is a streaming service that allows you to enjoy both live TV and on-demand features. Entertainment and lifestyle channels abound, with few sports or news networks. But its low monthly cost could make up for it.

Details

Service typeOn-demand streaming
Free trial7 days
Pricing$20
Lock-in contractNo

Pros and cons

Pros

  • 50+ channels for only $20 a month
  • 10 personalized profiles per account
  • Save shows for 30 days
  • Stream on 3 devices at once

Cons

  • No premium upgrade
  • Supports limited devices compared with other services
  • No sports and limited news

What features does Philo offer?

Philo allows you to watch TV on your time with an extensive collection of channels that lean toward lifestyle and entertainment, including big names like A&E, Comedy Central, Discovery, History and the Travel Channel. It’s an inexpensive alternative to cable TV as well as other streaming services that offer similar channels, like Hulu and Sling TV. Philo’s main features include:

More than 50 channels

Channel surfing is easy with 58 channels like HGTV, Discovery and Lifetime — and at a lower price than you’ll find with Sling and similar services offering live TV.

Save shows for 30 days

Unlimited DVR capacity, allowing you to save shows up to 30 days, and record future airings.

Personalized profiless

Customize your streaming experience with up to 10 personalized profiles on your Philo account.

What devices is Philo compatible with?

Philo is compatible with a limited number of devices but says it’s working to add more to its platform.

  • Smart TVs
    • Android TV
    • Amazon Fire TV
    • Apple TV
  • Mobile devices
    • iOS
    • Android
  • Tablets
    • iOS
    • Android
  • Other devices
    • Roku

Stream up to 3 devices at a time from a single account.

How much does Philo cost?

Philo only offers a no-contract streaming option at $20 a month for 58 live TV channels and shows on-demand. You can pay by monthly or prepay for six months to save, or receive a bonus.

It’s hard to know what Philo will offer in the new year, but past signup promos have included a free Fire TV Stick 4K by prepaying for six months of streaming.

Free seven-day trial

You can watch Philo for a week before paying a fee — but signing up requires two stages:

  1. Begin your free subscription by entering only your phone number.
  2. After two days, you’ll need to add your credit card details and other billing information to unlock the remaining five days of your weeklong trial.

Cancel online before the 7 days to avoid a charge.

What can I watch with Philo?

You have access to 58 channels in Philo’s extensive streaming library, including:

  • The Food Network
  • Cartoon Network
  • A&E
  • MTV
  • History
  • Nickelodeon

And stream thousands of TV shows including:

  • The First 48
  • PAW Patrol
  • House Hunters
  • The Pioneer Woman
  • Adventure Time

How much data does Philo use?

Philo doesn’t disclose data use. But a Redditor in a recent PhiloTV thread states video resolution is related to available bandwidth. So the best SD experience requires 1.3 Mbps and the best HD experience needs 4.3 Mbps, based on personal use.

What Internet speeds does Philo recommend?

Philo recommends at least 3 Mbps to stream — anything less compromises quality and could cause buffering. If you plan to stream on more than one device at a time or want to watch in HD, you’ll need at least 13 Mbps.

Philo recommends:

  • 13 Mbps gets you the best streaming for HD and multiple streams on the same network.
  • 7 Mbps streams one HD video without buffering.
  • 3 Mbps streams SD video on one device.

Compare streaming services

Name Product Service type Pricing Free trial 4K or UHD Number of devices Simultaneous streams
Hulu
On-demand streaming
$5.99
30 days
Yes
99
1
Disney+
On-demand streaming
$6.99
7 days
Yes
10
4
ESPN+
Sports
$4.99
No
No
99
3
Sling TV
Pay TV
$30
7 days
No
3
3
Amazon Prime
On-demand streaming
$8.99
30 days
Yes
99
2

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Expert review

Philo is a streaming service for fans of entertainment and lifestyle who enjoy binge-watching live and on-demand TV. If you’re looking for a way to avoid the contract and high bills that come with cable TV, this service can meet your needs at $20 a month. If sports and news networks are more your thing, you may want to put down more money for bigger streaming services like YouTube TV and Hulu+Live TV.

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