New US Entertainment-Focused Live TV Streaming Service

Marco Green
November 14, 2017

Launched by Philo, the new service is priced at $16 per month.

The $16-per-month tier offers more than 35 channels including A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, Food Network, HGTV, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TLC and Viceland.

Unlike the existing services, though, Philo doesn't offer numerous networks that are often considered must-have. "We started delivering streaming television at universities six years ago, and we've taken all of the unique insight we gained about this new generation of TV watchers in order to build a unique product and content package at an incredible value". Philo also includes the ability to record an unlimited amount of programmes and watch for 30 days, live pause, restart programmes from the beginning, 3-day catch-up and an extensive VoD library.

The service will be available on web browsers, Roku, iOS and Android via Chrome (an Android app is in the works). Subscribers can watch on up to three devices at the same time. A spokesperson for Philo told it remains to be seen when the service will be available to Apple TV users.

Philo has a live page for all networks as well as a channel grid-running vertical instead of horizontal-that allows viewers to scroll up to two weeks forward or backward.

"Have plans to be on several other platforms in the future", a statement read.

What's more, unlike YouTube and Hulu's packages, local affiliates for the major over-the-air networks are not included.

The basic Philo package comes with live and on-demand access to 37 channels, and customers can add another nine channels for an extra United States dollars 4 per month. While BBC World News is included, USA -based mainstays like CNN, Fox News and MSNBC are not. That, he believes, will make Philo a different alternative for cord-cutters interested primarily in entertainment programming and "skinny bundles" of channels at a reasonable price.

San Francisco startup Philo is starting an online streaming TV service that focuses on entertainment networks, with no sports or broadcast channels.

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