What does Philo TV offer? 20+ things to know before buying

If you’re looking to cut the cord, but are interested in a service that combines live TV, with DVR and a large library of on-demand content, then Philo might just be a good choice for you.

Before subscribing to Philo (or even using the free trial), it’s best you should know as much about Philo as possible, especially since some features aren’t immediately obvious from the documentation section of Philo’s site.

What is Philo and how does it work?

Philo is an Internet streaming service that offers live 60+ TV channels and 60,000 video-on-demand titles for just $20 a month, with a 7-day free trial. All you need is an internet connection and a supported device, such as Roku, Fire TV Stick, Chromecast, Android device, PC, MacOS or iOS device.

What features does Philo offer?

Does Philo have live TV?

Philo does have 60+ live TV channels with a DVR function to pause shows or movie at only $20 per month. To keep its price low, Philo does not offer live sports channels like NFL or ESPN, local channels or ABC, Fox, CBS, or NBC.

Does Philo have video on demand movies, series and shows?

Besides live TV channels, Philo does have 60,000 video-on-demand (VOD) shows, movies and series plus movie channels such as AMC, BET, Hallmark, IFC, LMN, Showtime, Paramount, Sundance and more.

Does Philo have a TV guide?

Philo TV does have a program channel guide with schedules for every channel, show, and even individual episodes. From the TV guide you can save shows to view later and watch replays from shows that aired in the past 3 days.

What devices does Philo support or work on?

Philo supports a wide array of streaming devices and works on Android phones, Android TV, Roku, Fire TV and Fire Tablet, Apple TV, iOS devices and finally PC and MacOS internet browsers.

Does Philo have DVR?

Philo TV does have an unlimited DVR function that allows you to record unlimited shows and movies for 30 days. DVR recordings are stored in the cloud, not on your hard-drive, and you can rewind or fast forward to skip ads.

Does Philo DVR cost extra?

Philo’s unlimited DVR function does not cost extra and is included in the base price of $20 per month.

How does Philo DVR work?

Philo’s DVR function allows you to record unlimited shows or movies by clicking a save button. The DVR function will record all future airings and even replays from past 3 days. These recordings are kept for 30 days.

Does Philo really have unlimited DVR storage?

Yes, Philo really does have unlimited hours of DVR recording. However, movies and shows are saved in the cloud, and you cannot download them to a hard-drive. Also, all recordings are automatically deleted after a 30-day period.

How long does Philo keep DVR recordings of movies and shows after they air?

Philo automatically saves a DVR replay of every movie and show for 3 days after it has aired on live TV. You can then save this replay to your account’s DVR recording library for an extra 30 days after which they are deleted.

Does Philo have access to past seasons or previously shown shows?

Philo does have access to past seasons and previously shown shows since they are aired continuously on Philo’s channels. You can then save these past seasons and shows to your account using the DVR function. 

How many streams does Philo allow?

A single Philo account lets you stream on up to 3 devices and screens at the same time.

Does Philo stream in 4k, Full HD or HD resolution?

Philo streams live TV channels only in 720p HD resolution, so no support for live TV at 4k or 1080p. However, shows that are video-on-demand or saved to DVR will stream at 1080p resolution.  

Does Philo have 5.1 or Dolby Surround Sound? 

Philo currently only supports 2.0 stereo sound, and does not have or support surround sound such as Dolby Digital or 5.1 audio.

Does Philo have commercials or ads?

Philo does have commercials and ads, and these are unskippable on VOD or Live streamed shows.  You can only skip or fast forward commercials when viewing shows saved to DVR.

Does Philo TV work with Roku Stick or Express? Does Philo cost extra on Roku?

Philo TV does work with Roku devices such as Roku Stick or Roku Express. Philo also offers a dedicated Roku app, that includes all features such as Live TV streaming for 60+ channels, TV guide, unlimited DVR at no extra cost.

Does Philo TV work with Chromecast?

Philo works with Chromecast and allows you to cast on your TV. Simply open the Philo app on your mobile device or computer browser, and then use Chromecast to stream Philo on your TV.

Does Philo work with Amazon Fire TV Stick or Tablet?

Yes, Philo does work with Amazon Fire TV Stick, Fire Tablet, or even Fire TV. All you need is to have a Philo free trial or active subscription, download the Philo app, log in to your account and start watching.

Does Philo have an Android or iOS app?

Philo does have an Android app that works for mobile, tablet and Android TV box. It also has an app for iOS devices. Both iOS and Android apps let you continue watching shows from the point you left on other devices.

Does Philo work on Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo or other consoles?

Unfortunately, Philo does not have an app for PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo or any other console.

Does Philo work or have an app for Samsung Smart TV or LG Smart TV?

Philo does not support and work on Samsung TV, LG TV and Vizio TV, however you can stream Philo on those smart TV’s by using a Chromecast device.

Does Philo provide internet service?

Philo is not a cable provider, and does not offer internet service. Philo is a TV streaming service that runs off your Internet connection and offers 60+ live TV channels, unlimited DVR recording, and 60,000 video-on-demand titles.

How much bandwidth and gigs per hour does Philo use?

Philo requires a bandwidth of 7 Mbps to stream in HD for a single device, and 13 Mpbs to stream on HD for multiple devices. In terms of data usage, Philo uses between 2 to 2.5 gigabytes per hour.

Does Philo work overseas or outside the US?

Philo is a USA only internet TV streaming platform, so you can’t use it while overseas or outside the US. You can however use a VPN to make Philo think you are in the USA.

Does Philo have parental controls or adult channels?

Philo does not have any parental controls at this time, however Philo does not carry any adult-oriented content and all of its channels are child friendly.

How many subscribers or users does Philo have?

According to Philo’s own statements, they have 800,000 subscribed users as of November 2020.

Philo pricing

How much does Philo cost per month?

Philo TV has a cost of only $20 per month, which is a much lower price compared to other Internet TV streaming services. Philo costs so much less because it doesn’t include expensive channels such as ESPN, NFL and major networks.

Does Philo TV offer a free trial? How does the free trial work?

Philo TV offers a 7-day free trial period with full features, including a working DVR function. Philo does not charge you for the 7-day free trial, and only bills you after the trial period has ended, through credit or debit card.

How does Philo charge you?

Philo TV charges you through credit cards and even takes prepaid debit cards (except Discover). At this time Philo doesn’t accept PayPal, and also doesn’t bill your cell phone if you create an account on it.

Does Philo require a contract?

Philo is a monthly, pay-as-you-go subscription and does not require a contract. However, it does not prorate cancellation, so you can use Philo until the current billed month expires but can’t get a partial refund for the remaining days.

Does Philo have a student rate or discount?

At the moment Philo does not offer a student rate or discount, but you can use the 7-day free trial to see if it’s worth $20 per month or not.

TV channels that are on Philo

Does Philo have AMC?

Yes, Philo does have AMC included for free, allowing you to watch original shows such as The Walking Dead, The Terror and many more on demand shows and movies.

Does Philo have MTV?

Philo does have MTV Channel, MTV Classic, MTV 2, MTV Live and VH1. Combined, you will have access to current music, hits from the 80’s to early 2000’s as well as numerous original shows from MTV.

Does Philo have Discovery Channel?

Philo does have Discovery Channel plus 3 other channels: Investigation Discovery, Discovery Life and Family Discovery. Combined, the 4 channels offer more than 500 documentary shows you can watch.

Does Philo have Hallmark?

Philo does have the Hallmark Channel, as well as Hallmark Drama and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. With Philo’s replay feature you can watch any show or movie 3 days after airing.

Does Philo have Cartoon Network or Nick Jr.?  

Unfortunately, Philo does not have Cartoon Network or Adult Swim. However, Philo does offer Nickelodeon, Nicktoons and Nick Jr as a source of animated shows and cartoons.

Does Philo have TLC channel?

Yes, Philo does have TLC channel, complete with older episodes of TLC shows. On top of that, Philo also offers channels with similar content to TLC such as Cheddar, Aspire, DIY Network, FYI and more.

Does Philo have Paramount network?

Yes, Philo does have Paramount Network and carries some of its most popular shows such as Friends, Two and a Half Men, The Office, Sponge Bob, Jersey Shore and more.

Does Philo have History channel?

Philo is great for documentary lovers, since it does have History Channel, all 4 Discovery channels, and even Animal Planet. Combined, you have access to some 700 shows and documentaries on nearly every topic.

TV channels not on Philo

Does Philo have ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX News or The CW? Does Philo have local news channels?

Philo does not have ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, The CW or any live local news stations, and you can’t stream major broadcast networks at this time. You can however use an antenna to pick up local channels for free.

Does Philo have live sports channels like ESPN, Fox Sports, NFL or local channels?

Philo TV does not have ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS Sports, NFL or any other live sports channel. There is no separate add-on for sports either, but you can use an antenna to watch local sports channels for free.

Does Philo have CNN & MSNBC?

No, Philo does not have CNN News or MSNBC, but it does offer Newsy, BBC World News and BBC America to cover your news needs. 

Does Philo have Syfy, HBO, FX, Showtime or TNT?

Currently, Philo TV doesn’t have Syfy Channel, Cinemax, HBO, FX Channel, Showtime and TNT Channel. However, Philo does have Hallmark Channel, AMC, Paramount plus a library of 60,000 video-on-demand titles.

Does Philo have Telemundo

Philo does not have Telemundo and does not offer any Spanish speaking channels.

Does Philo have National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild?

Unfortunately, Philo does not have National Geographic or Nat Geo Wild. However, it compensates by having Animal Planet, Cheddar and Science Channel which have similar documentaries.

Does Philo have TBS?

At this time Philo TV does not have TBS, but it does offer Comedy Central and even shows such as Young Sheldon or Friends.

Does Philo have Disney

Philo TV does not have Disney Channel, so no Marvel or Star Wars content. Fortunately, Philo compensates by offering, AMC, BET, Hallmark, IFC, LMN, Showtime, Paramount, Sundance and more.

Does Philo have USA Channel?

Philo does not have USA Network at this time and there are no known plans to include it.

Does Philo have Bravo TV?

Unfortunately, Philo does not have Bravo TV but it does carry other channels with similar content such as A&E, HGTV, OWN and People TV.