Earlier in the year I talked about how our family cut traditional cable television. Not much has changed in our hardware setup. We did switch cable television content providers, though.
When we made the change from traditional cable to a streaming service, we ended up going with Sling TV with the DVR option. While I didn’t care for Sling TV’s user interface, I found their channel listing and price to be acceptable.
I did find Sling to be a bit of overkill, though. There were a lot of channels that we didn’t watch and we weren’t utilizing the DVR capabilities as much as we initially did. I decided to look for even cheaper options and I found one in Philo TV.
Philo TV starts at $16 a month for 43 channels or $20 a month for 55 channels. It offers DVR service included in the cost. The saved shows will be available to view for 30 days. Philo also lets users replay most programming that has aired within the past 72 hours.
Philo is available via iOS. Philo has an app for Roku. Earlier this year they launched apps for the Apple TV and Amazon’s Fire TV. I primarly use Fire TV devices, so I was happy to see this happen. When I tried Philo earlier in the year, the only way you could access the service was through Amazon’s Silk Browser. There is no app for Android devices. Android users have to access the app through the Chrome browser.
Philo TV works well enough for our family. The channel selection is missing channels I would usually watch like USA Network (for wrestling), Bravo, Travel Channel and SyFy, but they have plenty of other channels I would normally watch. They also have Nick and Nick Jr. which my kids love. There are workarounds for the missing channels, which is why I kept my Hulu subscription active. I watch the WWE Raw and SmackDown replays on there. Hulu extended their $5.99 a month deal for another year, so that helps keep costs down.
Philo TV offers nothing for sports fans. This means no ESPN or NFL Network. There are no NBC network or Disney channels. The Fire TV and iOS apps do not offer a traditional grid guide. Philo recently introduced a more traditional channel guide to its Roku Channel. Here’s to hoping this will be included in future updates to Philo’s other apps.
There is no doubt that you can find more with other services, but those extra channels come with a cost. Philo offers live TV streaming for a bargain basement cost with access to some basic channels. It is a good filler for those who have cut the cord, but feel like they need something a little extra to round out their setup.
Philo offers a free trial with no strings attached. You don’t even have to give them a credit card during signup. You can click here to sign up here for a 7-day free trial to try Philo TV out for yourself.
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