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Philo vs AT&T TV NOW
November 19, 2020
There are plenty of streaming options to choose from. Philo and AT&T TV Now are two of the more intriguing options. Both provide live TV streaming service highlighted by network TV channels. However, there are some key differences between Philo and AT&T TV Now. Let’s take a look at what these two live TV streaming services are really all about.
Philo is more affordable than AT&T TV Now. Philo is cheaper because it doesn’t provide news, sports and local channels. These are generally the most expensive channels for carriers, and that expense gets passed on to viewers like us — so when they’re left out, we get lower prices.
AT&T TV Now is comparably comprehensive. Though AT&T TV Now costs more than Philo, it offers more live streaming channels. If you’re interested in watching sports, news and local content, then you’ll probably favor AT&T TV Now over Philo.
You can record up to 500 hours with AT&T TV Now’s cloud DVR service. Philo provides unlimited DVR storage, but only lets you keep recordings for 30 days.
AT&T TV Now offers eight packages, whereas Philo only has two packages. The basic Philo package provides more than 60 channels. You can also opt for the add-ons in the form of Epix and Starz for $6 per month and $9 per month more, respectively. The options are a bit more complicated with AT&T, but there are plenty of AT&T TV Now bundles with lots of channels, including premium networks like Starz.
Philo provides some of the most popular network TV channels. As of this writing, Philo provides 61 channels. Examples of Philo channels include:
That’s a lot of good stuff! Philo will give you a lot of great entertainment. Just keep in mind that it’s missing sports, news, and local channels. Philo customers can add Epix and Starz for an additional fee.
AT&T TV Now also provides network TV channels. But, unlike Philo, AT&T TV Now’s channel lineup includes sports, news and local channels. The AT&T TV Now Plus package provides 45+ channels, including major networks like ABC and NBC, sports channels like ESPN, and news channels like CNN. There are also plenty of entertainment channels, like BET, Disney Channel, TNT, and USA.
AT&T TV Now’s Max package includes 60+ channels including HBO Max and additional sports channels, including:
AT&T TV Now’s Max package also offers regional sports networks (RSNs). For example, if you’re in New York, you can use AT&T TV Now to watch the Yankees on YES online.
AT&T TV Now provides another six package options besides Plus and Max: Entertainment, Choice, Xtra, Ultimate, Premier, and a Spanish-language bundle called Optimo Más. Each of these packages has its own unique channel lineup, and you’ll get more channels with each step you take up the price tier. If this seems overwhelming, don’t worry: Our AT&T TV Now channel list breaks down these bundles nicely.
Philo is more affordable than AT&T TV Now. Philo costs $20 per month, and the company has done a good job of avoiding price hikes (AT&T TV Now has not been as successful in this department). There’s no need to sign a contract to watch Philo live streams. You can cancel and restart Philo whenever you want. If you want to add Starz to your Philo streaming service, it will tack on an extra $9 to your monthly bill. The addition of Epix tacks on another $6 to your monthly Philo bill.
AT&T TV Now is more expensive than Philo. We think this price difference makes sense, because AT&T TV Now provides streaming sports, news, and local channels that are unavailable on Philo. The AT&T TV Now Plus package provides 45+ channels for $55 per month. AT&T TV Now's Max package provides 60+ channels with additional sports coverage for $80 per month. More bundles and options can increase your channel count all the way up past 140 — and your bill all the way up to $183 a month. You can pay extra for premium channels and services, including HBO Max.
The price differences are clear. Ultimately, you’ll have to decide: Do you want to pay more and get every kind of channel with AT&T TV Now, or ditch certain types of channels and save money with Philo?
If you want to watch TV network channels at a low price, Philo is the best choice for you. If you want to watch sports, news and local channels, AT&T TV Now is the better of the two live streaming services for you.
If you’re looking for Spanish-language programming, you’ll favor AT&T TV Now, as it offers the Optimo Más package.
If you simply want to be entertained with cable network channels that show movies, shows, reality TV, and more, then we think you’ll be happy with Philo’s offerings. If you’re not extremely interested in sports, news and local content — and if you’re primarily concerned with the cost of streaming video services — then we think you should opt for Philo. Philo provides plenty of content at a very affordable price.
Can I get live streaming FOX TV national news on my Roku TV with Philo’s basic package?
Nope, but you can get it with some other services! Here’s a guide: https://cordcutting.com/how-to-watch/fox-news/
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