By Jim Kimble / April 26, 2022
This guide outlines everything you need to know about Philo before signing up.
Table of Contents
- What Channels are on Philo?
- Philo Channel Lineup for 2022
- How can I get local channels with Philo?
- Does Philo have add-ons such as Epix or STARZ?
- Does Philo activate any channel apps?
- How to cancel your Philo subscription
What Channels are on Philo?
Philo is currently the least expensive way to live stream dozens of TV channels.
For $25 per month, you get 64 entertainment channels, unlimited Cloud DVR and a huge-on demand library of movies and TV shows.
All you need is an Internet connection and a streaming device to start watching on your TV.
It’s the cheapest way to watch The Walking Dead on AMC. There are no sports and no local channels. So you’re not going to find a local NBC channel or cable TV channels such as CNN, ESPN or YES Network on Philo.
You can use Philo on a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV devices such as Google Chromecast and NVIDIA Shield. And Philo has mobile apps for Android and iPhones. You can stream live TV on three devices at once.
By focusing on entertainment channels, Philo keeps its prices low. Philo has a free 7-day trial that you can sign up for in less than a minute by using your mobile number.
And honestly, if you pair Philo with other free cord cutting options that I’ll get into below, it might be all your need for live TV. I have been a Philo customer since it debuted in 2017, and wrote a comprehensive review on the service.
Philo Channel Lineup for 2022
- American Heroes Channel
- Animal Planet
- Aspire TV
- AXS TV
- BBC America
- BBC World News
- BET Her
- Cleo TV
- Comedy Central
- Cooking Channel
- Crime Investigation
- Destination America
- Discovery Channel
- Discovery Family
- Discovery Life
- DIY Network
- Food Network
- Game Show Network
- GAC Family
- GAC Living
- Hallmark Channel
- Hallmark Drama
- Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
- Investigation Discovery
- Law & Crime
- Lifetime Movie Network
- MTV Classic
- MTV Live
- Nick Jr.
- Paramount Network
- Science Channel
- Sundance TV
- Travel Channel
- TV Land
- WE tv
- Bloomberg Television
- Cheddar News
- Players TV
- Ryan and Friends
How can I get local channels with Philo?
Philo does not have local ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC or PBS channels. But there are lots of ways for putting together a channel lineup that includes local channels and Philo.
- Buy a TV Antenna and plugging it directly into your television. It’s easy to figure whether you’ll need an indoor or outdoor TV antenna.
- Get all your Philo and local channels under a single guide similar to what you’d see on cable TV. Adding a TV antenna to a Fire TV Recast, you can get all your channels in a single menu.
- On a Roku or Android TV device, you can use a HDHomeRun or another OTA DVR with a TV antenna to add local channels into a separate app.
In this video, you can see how the channel lineup appears within the Philo app, and options for watching local channels through your Roku, Fire TV or streaming device of choice.
Does Philo have add-ons such as Epix or STARZ?
EPIX and STARZ are offered as add-ons to Philo. For $6 more per month, subscribers can get EPIX, EPIX Hits and EPIX2. A STARZ subscription is $9 per month, and adds STARZ, STARZ Encore AND STARZ Kids & Family.
Philo has the complete on-demand library of EPIX and STARZ for those who add on the networks.
HBO was an early investor in Philo when the company was a start-up in 2013. But there has been no mention of adding HBO as a service.
Does Philo activate any channel apps?
Philo subscribers can activate apps or sign into a network’s web page to access live or on-demand content. But you’ll need to pay attention to what devices are supported as illustrated in the guide below.
TV Everywhere Support on Philo
|Roku||Apple TV||Fire TV||Xbox One||Android TV|
|American Heroes Channel||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Game Show Network||✓|
How can I watch live TV channels on Philo?
To watch live television channels on your TV, download the Philo app to a Roku, Apple TV (4th generation or later), or any model of an Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick.
Android TV devices such as NVIDIA Shield, Smart TVs, Mi Box and Nebula Capsule II all have Philo apps. Google Chromecast or any Smart TV that runs off of Google TV also has a Philo app.
You can also watch Philo using a PC, Mac, Fire Tablet, Android smartphone or iPhone.
How to cancel your Philo subscription
Philo has no contracts and you can cancel at any time. It’s really easy to cancel an account or start it back up again later.
- Go to your account page online.
- Click on “Cancel my account” at the bottom of the page.
After you cancel, you will be able to watch Philo for the remainder of your billing cycle. You can reactivate your subscription anytime.
If you canceled during a free trial, and never entered any credit or debit card info, then you don’t need to do anything else.
Got a tip for using Philo? Tell fellow readers about it in the comments below. You can look over the Philo’s channel lineup or sign up for a free 7-day trial without any contracts, sneaky fees or obligations.
Founder and Editor of The Cord Cutting Report. Before launching the site in 2016, he worked for more than two decades as a staff writer or correspondent for a number of daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe. His enthusiasm for tech began with the Atari 2600. Follow @james_kimble