Philo is a skinny bundle service that makes it possible to watch live TV without having to pay through the nose for a satellite or cable subscription. But before you sign up, you’ll probably want to know what, exactly, Philo is offering. What channels are on Philo? What channels aren’t? Good news: we come bearing a full Philo channel list. In this post, we’ll tell you everything that you need to know about which channels you can watch on Philo – and which ones you can’t!
Philo is a skinny bundle, which puts it in the same category as services like Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now. But, in some ways, Philo is a very different thing from these other big names. Sure, like other skinny bundles, Philo is setting out to give cord cutters a way to watch live TV without cable. But unlike its peers, Philo is focused specifically on offering that service for the lowest price possible – even if that means that it can’t carry certain channels.
Philo keeps its prices significantly lower than most of the competition’s by deliberately omitting certain types of channels. Specifically, we’re talking about sports channels and local TV stations. The latter category includes local affiliate stations of the four major networks: ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC.
In other words, don’t expect to find those major networks (or any other type of local TV network) on the channel list below. Ditto for sports networks – you won’t find national sports networks like ESPN or FS1, and you certainly won’t find regional sports networks like YES and NESN.
But you will find a lot of good stuff, including AMC, Animal Planet, Comedy Central, Food Network, HGTV, and MTV. And the cost-cutting has really paid off for Philo: the service offers all of this (and more) for just $16 per month. Bump things up to the $20-per-month plan, and you’ll get even more. On the list in the next section, we’ll show you which channels are on which deal.
So, without further ado, let’s move on to our Philo channel list and take a look at the full Philo channel lineup.
Philo Channel List
BBC World News
Cheddar Big News
Lifetime Movie Network (LMN)
Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite
Everything above plus:
American Heroes Channel
More to Know About Philo
Hey, there are a lot of great channels on this Philo channel list – but how much do they cost?
Philo currently offers two possible plans. The smaller of the two offers 40 channels and is labeled on Philo’s site as, sensibly enough “40 Channels.” Sign up for the 40 Channels plan, and you can expect to pay $16 a month – a really good price for a skinny bundle.
If you want to step things up and get 49 channels – again, Philo simply labels this plan with its channel number – you’ll have to pay $20 per month. That’s still an extremely competitive price for a skinny bundle service.
You can tell which channels are available in which bundle by checking out the list under the Philo Channel List section of this article.
Philo launched with relatively weak platform support – when it first debuted, it worked only on Roku devices and some mobile devices. Fortunately, Philo has really stepped things up in the days since its initial rollout. Here’s how the service’s platform support stacks up now:
- Fire TV
- Apple TV
- In-browser app for: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari
Not bad! It’s particularly impressive to see so many browsers supported (many modern services focus on Chrome at the expense of other browsers). Keep in mind that while Philo does not offer native Chromecast support, you should be able to use Philo with Chromecast by relying on the Chrome browser’s built-in Chromecast support.
Is Philo Right for You?
We’ve said a lot about Philo here in this piece, but there’s something we still haven’t really touched on: the overall quality of the service! Naturally, there’s more to a service than just how many channels you can get for a given price. You want quality streaming, great features, and more of that sort of good stuff.
Talking about Philo’s overall quality is a bit outside of the scope of this piece, though, so please allow us to direct you elsewhere – to our complete Philo review right here on Cordcutting.com. It’s got all of that analysis and judgin’ that you’re looking for.
If you decide that Philo is the right choice for you, we have good news: the service offers a free trial, which means that it’s easy to test it out without having to spend a dime. You can sign up for the trial on Philo’s website and watch free TV without cable for a week.
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