Philo channels: A complete guide to the cheapest live TV streaming service

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Philo drives a hard bargain.

Philo is the best live TV streaming service you (probably) haven’t heard of. At the very least, it’s the cheapest—and the Philo channels are worth a closer look.

With Philo, you get 40 channels of live TV for just $16 per month. And these aren’t throwaway channels, either. We’re talking about MTV, Comedy Central, AMC, and the Food Network, among others. You won’t be able to watch local channels—for that you might want to invest in an HD antenna—and you’ll have a hard time streaming football or other sports, but you’ll have no shortage of entertainment options.

Here’s everything you can look forward to with Philo.

Philo channels: $16 per month

Philo is the cheapest way to watch AMC online, which is helpful if you’re looking to upgrade to the ad-free AMC Premiere. There are some other surprising cable favorites to be found too, including Comedy Central, MTV, IFC, and VH1. Just in time for Hallmark’s annual Countdown to Christmas, Philo added Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Drama, and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, for a total of 43 channels in its base package.

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Philo channels:

  • A&E
  • AMC
  • Animal Planet
  • AXS TV
  • BBC America
  • BBC World News
  • BET
  • Cheddar
  • Cheddar Big News
  • CMT
  • Comedy Central
  • Discovery Channel
  • DIY Network
  • Food Network
  • FYI
  • Game Show Network
  • Hallmark
  • Hallmark Drama
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • HGTV
  • History
  • IFC
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Lifetime
  • Lifetime Movies
  • MTV
  • MTV2
  • Nickelodeon
  • Nick Jr.
  • Oprah Winfrey Network
  • Paramount Network
  • PeopleTV
  • Science Channel
  • Sundance TV
  • Tastemade
  • TeenNick
  • TLC
  • Travel Channel
  • TV Land
  • Velocity
  • VH1
  • Viceland
  • WE tv


Philo channels: The add-ons

For an additional $4 per month, you can unlock 12 more channels. That includes Revolt, Sean Comb’s hip-hop-oriented culture channel; UPtv, which features family-oriented programming that includes Gilmore Girls and, surprisingly, Fresh Off the Boat; and aspireTV, the entertainment network from basketball icon Magic Johnson. All three were added in October 2018.

  • American Heroes Channel
  • BET Her
  • Cooking Channel
  • Destination America
  • Discovery Family
  • Discovery Life
  • Logo
  • MTV Live
  • Nicktoons
  • Revolt
  • UPtv
  • apsireTV

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Philo devices

Thanks to an update earlier this year, you can watch Philo on most streaming devices: Roku, Apple TVAmazon Fire Stick, and iOS and Android devices. 

Even better: You can stream Philo on up to three devices at the same time.


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Philo features

Philo drives a great bargain, in part because it offers free cloud DVD storage for up to 30 days. You can also get started with a free trial without giving up your credit card information. All you need to get started is a verified phone number.

New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites of 2018 and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for a specific channel, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, Starz, ESPN and ESPN2, AMC, FX, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, FS1, TBS, TNT, Golf Channel, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, the CW, NBA TV, MTV, the Weather Channel, and NFL RedZone without cable, as well as free movies on YouTube. If you’re on the move, here’s how to watch Fox Sports Go and live stream NBC Sports.

Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

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Austin Powell

Austin Powell

Austin Powell is the managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.