Philo is a live TV streaming service designed for entertainment lovers which includes 58 channels for $20 per month.
Unlimited Cloud DVR
Philo has Unlimited DVR storage, but you can only keep shows for 30 days. You can only record an entire series, not a single episode.
If you start recording after you tune into a channel, the recording will start from the beginning of the program.
While it’s still recording, you can watch from the beginning but you won’t be able to fast forward through commercials.
Up to 3 Devices
Philo allows you to stream on up to 3 devices simultaneously.
33 TV Everywhere Apps
Philo gives you access to 33 different TV Everywhere apps.
List of Compatible Apps
- A&E App
- AHC Go
- AMC App
- Animal Planet Go
- BBC America App
- BET NOW
- CMT App
- Comedy Central App
- Destination America Go
- Discovery Life Go
- FYI App
- Hallmark Channel Everywhere
- IFC App
- Investigation Discovery Go
- Lifetime App
- LOGO App
- MTV App
- Nick App
- Nick Jr. App
- Paramount Network App
- Science Channel Go
- SundanceTV App
- TLC GO
- TV Land App
- VH1 App
- VICELAND App
- Watch Cooking Channel
- Watch DIY
- Watch Food Network
- Watch HGTV
- Watch Travel Channel
- WE tv App
There is a variety of on demand content to stream within the Philo app.
No Parental Controls
72-hour Rewind Feature
This feature allows you to watch shows that you didn’t record, for up to three days after it aired. This feature adds a lot of additional shows that aren’t normally available on demand.
Philo is compatible with these devices:
Phone & Tablet Apps
Philo has an iPhone app, but does not currently offer an iPad app (you can use the iPhone app on iPad though). The look and feel mimics their other apps, but there is no standard channel guide.
While on Android, there is not a native app, you can play using Chrome on Android 7.0+. The interface looks similar to a native platform, but feels more sluggish.
Philo has support for Roku, Apple TV, and Fire TV. They don’t support Android TV, Chromecast, or AirPlay. While they have a alphabetical grid of currently live shows, they don’t have a standard channel guide.
You can watch Philo on Mac and Windows computers using most major browsers. It is the only platform that includes a standard channel guide.
Top Cable Channels
Philo offers top cable channels from A&E Networks, AMC Networks, Discovery, Scripps Networks, and Viacom.
You get 18 of the top 35 cable channels.
The top 35 cable channels are listed below. For a list of all channels, look at Philo’s full channel lineup.
In order to keep monthly pricing low, Philo doesn’t include access to any national sports channels, regional sports networks, or college or pro networks.
National Sports Channels
Regional Sports Networks (RSNs)
Philo doesn’t include access to regional sports networks (RSNs) as part of their service.
RSNs in Other Markets
Other Sports Channels
Philo doesn’t currently offer the ability to add premium channels.
- The service currently offers 720p / 30 fps across all channels.
- Limited buffering or playback issues in our testing.
- Changing channels only takes 4.5 seconds, which was slower than most services.
Most live streams are broadcast in 720p HD.
Live TV streams are broadcast in 30 fps.
Live content has stereo audio.
Philo was generally stable for both live and on demand content. We had no issues when streaming content.
Philo recommends at least 5 Mbps for each HD stream.
Live content is about 25 seconds behind cable TV, which is similar to the other services.
It takes about 4.5 seconds to switch between channels, which is slower than most of the other services.
- Simple and consistent design across apps to switch from Home, Live, & Saved.
- Channel guide is informative, but feels odd because it lists channels horizontally. Unfortunately, it’s not available on mobile.
- Search works well and offers quick access to both live and on demand content.
The Philo app’s home screen gives personalized suggestions of shows to keep watching, those you’ve saved, and top shows on Philo.
On most platforms, Philo channel guide lists all available channels alphabetically in a grid, but does not include a standard channel guide.
The Philo search interface is very intuitive. Series, episodes, and people appear as you type.
The show details page displays episodes currently live, on demand, and upcoming on a future date. You can automatically record future airings by clicking “Save”.
When you tune into a live channel, Philo takes you to the beginning of the show. You can skip ahead to live, but you may be shown commercials if it’s also available on demand.