Last week at the Pay TV show in Denver Cord Cutters News had a great opportunity to interview Philo’s CEO, Andrew McCollum. During our talk, McCollum reconfirmed their plans to launch Philo on the Fire TV and Apple TV this summer. When asked why the wait, he said things like this take time. Now it looks like that wait is almost over for some Philo subscribers.
Last night Philo started to email their subscribers looking for users to test out their new Apple TV app. For now we have only been able to confirm that Philo is looking for Apple TV testers so it looks like the Fire TV beta has not started yet.
So why the wait? According to Philo’s CEO they are building everything from scratch with a 15-person team product team that builds the app. While that may seem like a lot of people, YouTube has a massive army of programmers and it took them almost a year to launch on Roku and the Apple TV.
Not only is Philo’s team of 15 people working on building new apps for more devices but the team is also working on maintaining the current platform. So only about six months after launch is a fairly impressive achievement if they pull it off.
McCollum also said that they hear the subscribers’ feedback and he personally has been paying attention to it. So hang in there Philo still plans to have a Fire TV app live this summer.
If you are a Philo subscriber you may want to check your email to see if there is an Apple TV beta invite waiting for you.
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