Ready for the cheapest skinny bundle of live TV?
The first-ever streaming television service priced under $20 launched nationwide today.
Philo, an online-TV platform, is offering 35+ live TV channels for $16 per month. The service is a sports-free service that focuses on entertainment and lifestyle channels.
The debut of Philo will challenge Dish-owned Sling TV, which offers a 29+ live channel subscription for $20 per month.
Philo has A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, Comedy Central, HGTV and Investigation Discovery (ID) within its channel lineup. An additional nine channels can be added for just $4 more per month. Subscribers can watch live TV anywhere in the U.S. — on TVs, computers, tablets and phones. So far, Roku is the only over-the-top streaming device with a dedicated app. But more streaming devices are expected to get apps soon, according to the company.
Subscribers get an unlimited 30-day DVR, a deep on-demand library, plus the ability to pause any live channel. You can also start programs from the beginning, and watch programs that have aired in the past three days.
Watch Philo on up to three different devices at the same time.
“Our goal at Philo is to build a television service that people love as much as they love their favorite shows. We’re constantly looking for ways we can improve the experience because at the end of the day, we’re also building Philo for ourselves,” said Andrew McCollum, Philo CEO. “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.”
Sling TV no longer cheapest live TV streaming bundle
The debut of Philo unseats Sling TV as the lowest cost option for cord cutters who want to watch popular network shows like The Walking Dead as it airs live.
Sling TV has become well known for offering a $20 per month plan with 29+ popular channels like A&E, ESPN, and AMC. Cloud DVR costs an extra $5 per month, and subscribers can choose add-on channel bundles for an extra $5 to $10 per month.
Channels from Philo come from A+E Networks, AMC Networks, Discovery, Scripps Networks, and Viacom. The five companies supplying channels are also Philo’s primary financial backers, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Philo plans to soon add social media features so that users can see what their friends are watching. A similar feature is offered on Spotify. Philo first launched in 2011 as a streaming service for college campuses.
New customers are offered a 7-day free trial that you can start with just a phone number. Here’s a list of the channel bundles:
Philo 35+ Channels – $16
BBC World News
Investigation Discovery (ID)
Incremental 9 channels – $4
American Heroes Channel
- New customers can check out Philo with a 7-day free trial.
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