Is Philo Still Worth It? 7 Things to Know Before You Sign Up

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Philo raised its starting price for the first time ever in June 2021, but it remains the best value in live TV streaming for many households. 

The service operates a little differently compared to its main streaming competitors. 

While most pay-TV services include sports and news networks in their bundles, Philo does not. Instead, it carries primarily entertainment networks. 

Philo Live TV Streaming Service Review: Pros and Cons

Low monthly priceNot for sports or cable news junkies
Lots of entertainment and lifestyle networksNo local channels
Unlimited cloud DVR storage Some filler channels included
Free trial typically offered

I’ve reported on Philo since its 2017 launch and have tested the service multiple times.

In this article and the video review below, I share what you need to know before you sign up for Philo and take a closer look at whether it’s still worth your money.


Table of Contents: 

  1. What Is Philo?
  2. How Much Does Philo Cost?
  3. Does Philo Offer Any Deals?
  4. What Channels Do You Get With Philo?
  5. Does Philo Offer Cloud DVR?
  6. How Do You Stream Philo?
  7. Is Philo Still Worth It? 

1. What Is Philo? 

Philo is a live TV streaming service like YouTube TV, Hulu Live and Sling TV.

It packages cable TV networks and delivers them over the internet, with no annual contract or hidden fees.

But the difference with Philo is its channel lineup. 

If you think about the typical pay-TV bundle, the four main components are local stations, live sports, cable news and entertainment. 

Philo’s bundle of 70+ channels is made up mostly of entertainment fare.

Philo is based in San Francisco, California. The company is named after Philo T. Farnsworth, who invented the electronic television.

2. How Much Does Philo Cost?

Philo increased the price of its main bundle to $28 a month in June 2024 for new customers. Previously, the price was $25 a month. The service added AMC+ to the bundle with this change.

Those who signed up before the price increase were allowed to keep their plan and not pay more.

3. Does Philo Offer Any Deals?

Like most streaming TV services, Philo offers a 7-day free trial to new subscribers. 

You get started with either your phone number or email address, plus payment information like a credit card number. To avoid being charged, simply cancel Philo before your trial end date.

You may be able to score a one-time deal when you sign up for Philo with a promo code.

I performed a Google search for “Philo promo code” and quickly found a code for $5 off.

4. What Channels Do You Get With Philo?

Philo’s channel lineup isn’t as well-rounded as its competitors.

To charge less than other live TV streaming services, Philo doesn’t offer local broadcast stations, live sports and the major cable news networks. 

Its list of channels focuses on entertainment and lifestyle networks. 

The service has programming agreements and investment from four leading groups: A&E Networks, AMC Networks, Discovery and Paramount

Channels owned by those four groups are carried in Philo’s main bundle. Here’s a partial list:

A&E NetworksAMC NetworksDiscoveryParamount
BBC America
Sundance TV
WE tv
Food Network
Comedy Central

Channels aren’t usually added to pay-TV bundles individually, so it’s useful to know what big media company is controlling your must-have networks.

That knowledge can also help you understand why some networks are left out. 

For example, ESPN, CNN and NBC aren’t available on Philo because it doesn’t have deals with Disney, WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal. 

Take a look at Philo’s full channel lineup below:

Philo Channel Lineup

  • A&E
  • AccuWeather Network
  • AMC
  • American Heroes Channel
  • Animal Planet
  • aspireTV
  • AXS TV
  • BBC America
  • BBC World News
  • BET
  • BET Her
  • CMT
  • Comedy Central
  • Cooking Channel
  • Crime + Investigation
  • Decades
  • Destination America
  • Discovery Channel
  • Discovery Family
  • Discovery Life
  • Food Network
  • FYI
  • G4
  • GAC Family
  • GAC Living
  • Game Show Network
  • getTV
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Drama
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • Heroes & Icons
  • HGTV
  • History
  • IFC
  • INSP
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Law&Crime
  • Lifetime
  • LMN
  • Logo
  • Magnolia Network
  • MeTV
  • Motor Trend
  • MTV
  • MTV Classic
  • MTV Live
  • MTV2
  • Nick Jr.
  • Nickelodeon
  • Nicktoons
  • Oprah Winfrey Network
  • Paramount Network
  • PeopleTV
  • Pop TV
  • Science Channel
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • Start TV
  • Story Television
  • Sundance TV
  • Tastemade
  • TeenNick
  • TLC
  • Travel Channel
  • TV Land
  • TV One
  • UPtv
  • VH1
  • Vice
  • WE tv

Philo’s core bundle now includes AMC+ as of June 12, 2024.

If you can’t find all of your must-have channels with Philo and you’re on a budget, check out Sling TV. It’s cheaper than YouTube TV and Hulu Live. 

Here’s my strategy to compare streaming TV plans and get your favorite channels.

5. Does Philo Offer Cloud DVR? 

Philo is a live TV streaming service, but you don’t have to watch shows as they premiere thanks to its cloud DVR. 

The DVR got a major upgrade back in 2021.

Philo’s DVR has always been unlimited, meaning that you can save as many shows or movies as you want to. 

But recordings will now be saved for a full year. Previously, it was 30 days. 

When you’re using Philo’s DVR, which it refers to as Saved or Saved Shows, there are a few things to know:

  1. When you find a show or movie that you want to record, just select “Save” before it starts 
  2. Philo’s DVR records all future airings, new and reruns 
  3. Access your recordings from the “Saved” section and select the DVR version to fast forward through the ads

Philo records everything that’s aired in the last 72 hours, which comes in handy if you forget to set your DVR. However, the on-demand version (VOD) will include unskippable ads.

6. How Do You Stream Philo? 

You can stream Philo on your phone, computer or to a TV set with a compatible device.

Supported Devices 

If you subscribe to my YouTube channel, you know I recommend Roku devices for first-time streamers. I’ve been using the Roku Express 4K+ with Philo. 

Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast and some Samsung and VIZIO TVs are also supported

Minimum Internet Speed 

Philo recommends a high-speed internet connection with a download speed of at least 13 Mbps for HD streaming, even with multiple streams or devices. 

You can stream at slower speeds, but video quality and performance may be affected.

In my cord-cutting guide for beginners, I recommend that you buy a high-speed internet plan with download speeds of at least 50 to 100 Mbps.

You can test your current internet speed for free at

Multiple Users 

You can stream Philo on up to three devices at the same time, and there are up to 10 user profiles per account.

Each user gets their own sign-in credentials, DVR and viewing history.

7. Is Philo Still Worth It? 

Despite its price increase, Philo is one of the few remaining values in live TV streaming.

If you watch a lot of reality TV and like to keep up with your favorite shows as new episodes premiere, Philo is worth considering.

But a growing number of people are dropping live TV in favor of on-demand apps. 

For example, Discovery+ starts at $5 a month. It features content from Discovery-owned networks like HGTV, TLC and Food Network. 

But it also has shows from A&E Networks like A&E, History and Lifetime. 

Discovery+ allows you to stream on your own terms, but the tradeoff is that it leans heavily on library content.

Meanwhile, Philo has live channels of Discovery-owned networks and dozens more. 

The choice is yours. If you’re committed to the bundle, I see Philo as a good fit for two types of consumers

  • People who watch reality and drama TV but can live without live sports, cable news and broadcast stations 
  • People who have another live TV streaming service but are looking for must-have channels that they don’t currently get

If you want to try out Philo, remember that it offers a 7-day free trial. Get started here and let me know how you like it in the comments below!

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6 thoughts on “Is Philo Still Worth It? 7 Things to Know Before You Sign Up”

    • Since Philo doesn’t carry them, I would recommend an antenna. is a good resource. Outdoor antennas can be more effective, but they’re also more of a pain. You could try an indoor antenna (like Mohu Leaf, what I have) if you live pretty close to broadcast towers and don’t have too many obstructions.

  1. I have Philo and love it. It’s the best TV service for the price and I love the DVR and have numerous shows on series record. I added Reelz to my package and only pay an extra $3.00/month. Unfortunately, they don’t have the referral program anymore as I had a friend that was interested.

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