By Jim Kimble / Updated May 15, 2023
Philo TV is an affordable live TV streaming service with over 70 networks, including AMC, Lifetime and HGTV.
At $25 per month, subscribers get more than 70 entertainment channels, and unlimited DVR stored in the cloud. You won’t find any local channels on Philo. There are no sports channels.
How does it compare to other popular live TV streaming services such as Sling TV or YouTube TV? Here is everything you need to know.
Philo Channel List for 2023
- AccuWeather Network
- American Heroes Channel
- Animal Planet
- AXS TV
- BBC America
- BBC World News
- BET Her
- Catchy Comedy
- CLEO TV
- Comedy Central
- Cooking Channel
- Crime + Investigation
- Deck the Hallmark
- Destination America
- Discovery Channel
- Discovery Family
- Discovery Life
- Food Network
- Game Show Network
- Great American Family
- Great American Living
- Hallmark Channel
- Hallmark Drama
- Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
- Heroes & Icons
- Investigation Discovery
- Law & Crime
- Magnolia Network
- Motor Trend
- MTV Classic
- MTV Live
- Nick Jr.
- Oprah Winfrey Network
- Paramount Network
- Pop TV
- Science Channel
- Smithsonian Channel
- Start TV
- Story Television
- Sundance TV
- Travel Channel
- TV Land
- TV One
- WE tv
- Cheddar News
- Gusto TV
- Ryan and Friends
- USA TODAY
How much does Philo cost?
A Philo subscription costs $25 per month for more than 70 live TV channels that are mostly available on cable TV and satellite. Sports channels and local channels are not an option. But you can increase your channel lineup through a few different add-on premium channels.
Add-ons with Philo
There are a few entertainment add-on bundles that broaden your selection of movies, and original shows.
- MGM+ add-on includes MGM+, MGM+ Marquee and MGM+ Hits. These three channels costs $6 per month, and have thousands of hit movies, comedy specials and original series. (MGM+ was formerly known as EPIX)
- STARZ add-on features commercial-free movies, and original series from the network for $9 per month. Subscribers get STARZ, STARZ Encore and STARZ Kids & Family as live TV channels.
- Movie & More is a standalone add-on with award-winning movies from FMC, REELZ, HDNet Movies and Sony Movies along with documentaries and cult classics for $3 per month.
Philo has the complete on-demand library for MGM+ and STARZ as well. Each add-on package has a free trial.
Does Philo have sports channels?
You won’t find any sports channels on Philo such as ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS Sports or even Bally Sports. Philo is uncommon among most live TV streaming services because it does not carry sports as a way to keep its price affordable.
Can I get local channels with Philo?
Philo does not carry local channels such as ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, or the CW. By offering lifestyle and entertainment channels, subscribers get a core of cable TV channels without the high costs associated with carrying local channels or sports channels.
But there are ways for putting together a channel lineup that includes local channels and Philo without having to rely on a higher-priced live TV streaming service. You can:
- 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.
- On a Roku or Android TV device, you can use a HDHomeRun, Tablo or another OTA DVR with a TV antenna to watch local channels in a separate app.
- Some Smart TVs running Google TV (such as Sony Bravia) have built-in channel guides that incorporate Philo TV channels and over-the-air (OTA) local channels into a single guide.
Does Philo have news channels?
Philo does carry some news networks, but not the big three cable news networks, CNN, FOX News and MSNBC. AccuWeather Network, BBC World News, Cheddar News and USA Today are the news networks that are part of Philo’s channel lineup.
Does Philo have a free trial?
Yes. Philo is a live streaming service that lets you try out its service free for seven days. You start the free trial sign up process with your mobile number, and you can later create a profile.
If you don’t want to keep Philo, make sure to cancel before the trial ends so you don’t get billed.
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.
How can I watch live TV channels on Philo?
You can use Philo on a Smart TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV devices such as Google Chromecast and NVIDIA Shield.
Philo has apps for a variety of mobile devices, including Android smartphones and iPhones (with current iOS). You can stream live TV on three devices at once.
To watch live television channels on your TV, download the Philo app to your streaming device or Smart TV.
Samsung TV (2017 models or later), and Smart TVs running on Google TV or Android TV are supported.
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 through a web browser. Fire Tablet, Android smartphone or iPhone stream live channels on Philo as well.
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.
What is the cheapest Philo subscription?
The cheapest Philo subscription is its main channel bundle, which costs $25 per month.
By focusing on entertainment channels, Philo keeps its prices lower than competing live TV streaming services. Philo has a free 7-day trial that you can sign up for in less than a minute by using your mobile number.
I have been a Philo customer since it debuted in 2017. It’s a great value if you want live channels such as A&E, History, HGTV and Paramount Network without paying for a cable TV package.