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Philo - competitive very-low-cost cable channel streaming

Discussion in 'Internet Streaming Services' started by phrelin, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    On April 5 Cord Cutting News Magazine had a story We tried out the new Philo Streaming Service. Here's what we found. I thought it was interesting but didn't follow up at the time.

    Then on April 16 Cnet had a story The cheapest live TV streamer heads to Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Digital Trends offered Everything to know about Philo, the latest live TV streaming service.

    It has been available on Roku since the beginning of the year.

    For $16 a month (and there is a free week trial) a Philo subscription gives you A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, AXS TV, BBC America, BBC World News, BET, Cheddar, CMT, Comedy Central, Discovery, DIY Network, Food Network, fyi, GSN, HGTV, History Channel, IFC, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, Lifetime Movies, MTV, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, OWN, Paramount Network, Science, Sundance TV, TeenNick, TLC, Travel Channel, TV Land, Velocity, VH1, Viceland, and We TV.

    If for some reason you want AHC, BET Her, Cooking Channel, Destination America, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, Logo, MTV Live, and Nicktoons you can pay $4 a month more.

    In addition to live and on-demand content, the Philo subscription also offers a free unlimited size cloud DVR (with fast forward and rewind), but with a time limit of 30 days similar to PlayStation Vue’s cloud DVR's 28 days. They also include TV Everywhere authentication unlocking the streaming apps for the TV networks included in the subscription (except OWN).

    Most of its programming is provided by investor (combined Philo investments total $25 million) channel owners A+E, AMC, Discovery, Scripps, and Viacom. Not involved are the "big five" corporations 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, NBCUniversal, CBS Corporation, or Time Warner. It reflects the current fact that the cable market is split between the corporate owners of the major broadcast networks and "those guys." Once you decide not to include the "big five" it's amazing what you offer for about the standard price of an HBO subscription.

    But that $16 price won't buy access to sports channels or all those 24/7 infotainment news channels or your locals or any of the "big five" cable channels.

    As near as I can tell, the only price competitor with a cloud DVR feature is Sling TV at $25.

    Philo's history is interesting as it goes back to when it was founded in 2009 by then Harvard seniors Nicholas Krasney and Tuan Ho as a way to circumvent the fact that Harvard did not provide cable TV service for its students. Investors in the company besides the channel owners include among others HBO, Facebook co-founder Andrew McCollum who is CEO, and Mark Cuban.
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  2. Jhon69

    Jhon69 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 27, 2006
    Central San...
    I subscribed to Philo and YouTubeTVw/Starz,so far am very happy with the services and they will save me an estimate $70. a month compared to what my cable TV service would cost me.
  3. mjwagner

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    Oct 8, 2005
    For those lucky enough to have good ota reception, Philo plus something like HDHomeRun, a NAS drive, and some streaming devices is a fairly cost effective solution.

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