The Ultimate Guide to Philo (Updated January 2019)




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Since we last shared the details of Philo, the streaming service has made some changes to offer more content and a better user experience. Here’s what you’ll get when you sign up, along with some of the updates that have made Philo a more unique and user-friendly service.


Philo is known for being a streaming service that skips local channels, including sports and most news, to keep costs low and quality high. While Philo alone might not have all the channels you’re looking for, it makes an excellent add on service to your cord cutting setup.

With your Philo subscription, you can watch content on up to 3 devices simultaneously. You’ll also get unlimited cloud storage where content can be saved for up to 30 days.

Philo is available everywhere in the US, so you can watch at home or from your mobile device while traveling. Last year, the service also partnered with TV Everywhere, allowing users to use their Philo login info to tap into the content offered on TV Everywhere.

Plans and Pricing

When you sign up for a Philo subscription, you can choose between a basic channel package and an upgraded package. The basic package has increased to 44 channels, still at $16/month. The upgraded package now offers 57 channels for $20/month.

Philo is still offering a 7-day free trial without requiring a credit card. Just enter your mobile number to get started.

What You Can Watch

While Philo has made some changes and updates, one thing is the same. The streaming service is still focused on being an affordable option for cord cutters by eliminating some of the more costly channels from their lineup. You won’t get a variety of news and sports from Philo, but if you’re looking for movies, lifestyle, and entertainment, you’ll find it.

With the basic package, you can watch the following channels:

  • A&E
  • AMC
  • Animal Planet
  • AXS TV
  • BBC America
  • BBC World News
  • BET
  • Cheddar Business
  • Cheddar News
  • CMT
  • Comedy Central
  • Discovery
  • DIY
  • Food Network
  • FYI
  • Game Show Network
  • Hallmark
  • Hallmark Drama
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • HGTV
  • IFC
  • ID
  • Lifetime
  • Lifetime Movies
  • Motor Trend
  • MTV
  • MTV2
  • MTV Classic
  • Nick
  • OWN
  • Paramount
  • People TV
  • Sci
  • Sundance TV
  • Nick Jr
  • Teen Nick
  • History
  • Tastemade
  • TLC
  • Travel Channel
  • TV Land
  • VH1
  • Viceland
  • WE TV

With the upgraded package, you’ll get all of the basic channels, plus the following:

  • American Heroes Channel
  • Aspire
  • BET Her
  • Cooking Channel
  • Destination America
  • Discovery Family
  • Discovery Life
  • Logo
  • MTV Live
  • Nick Toons
  • Revolt
  • Up TV

Philo Updates

Since our last guide, Philo has made one update that will make it easier for a wider audience to get affordable content. The streaming service now works on the following devices:

  • PC and Mac web browsers
  • Android TV
  • Apple TV
  • Fire TV
  • Roku
  • iOS mobile devices
  • Android mobile devices

To make your viewing experience more personalized, Philo added user profiles. Create a profile for everyone using your account so each person can have their own sign in credentials, saved shows, and viewing history. You can create up to 10 profiles per account. With updates channel guides, finding your favorite content and personalizing your profile is easier than ever.

In our previous Philo guide, we mentioned that the company was working on developing social features. Recently, they announced that they’ll be launching a co-viewing feature. This new feature will allow you to watch shows and movies with your friends or family without being in the same location by using a share link. If the company continues developing the social aspect of the service, those features will help them from standing out among competitors.

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