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Cord-cutting and cutting ties with your cable company is an easy choice, but finding a streaming replacement can be a struggle. For budget-conscious streamers, Philo is an obvious choice. Philo is a cheap, yet feature-rich service that delivers the goods. Of course, you’ll need to make sure you have a Philo device that supports the service. Before you sign up, here’s everything you need to know about how to watch Philo, from compatible devices to simultaneous streams.
Philo started as a streaming TV package for college students on campuses around America. When you take a look at their mostly entertainment focused channel options, you’ll find MTV and Comedy Central, but no major American news networks. You get Nick and three Hallmark channels, but no ESPN. Membership comes with unlimited cloud DVR, with episodes saved for 30 days after they’re recorded. This is a Godsend for binge-watchers, but if you’re dead set on saving episodes forever, you’re out of luck. At just $16 per month, Philo is a perfect substitute for losing basic cable. You can find a complete list of Philo channels here.
Philo started out in college dorm rooms, so it’s natural the service supports some of the most popular names in streaming for a discounted price. To help you find the device that’s right for you (or at least the one you already own), we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of every device Philo supports.
- Roku TV (8000, 7000, 6000, 5000)
- Roku Ultra (4660, 4640)
- Roku Premiere+ (4630)
- Roku Premiere (4620)
- Roku 4 (4400)
- Roku 3 (4230, 4200)
- Roku 2 (4210, 3100, 3050, 3000, 2720)
- Roku Express+ (3910, 3710)
- Roku Express (3900, 3700)
- Roku Streaming Stick+ (3810)
- Roku Streaming Stick (3800, 3600, 3500, 3420, 3400)
- Roku 1, Roku SE (2710)
- Roku LT (2700, 2450, 2400)
- Roku HD (2500)
- Amazon Fire TV
(2nd gen or higher)
- Amazon Fire TV Stick
(2nd gen or higher)
- Amazon Fire TV Edition Smart TV
(2nd gen or higher)
- Amazon Fire TV Cube
- 4th gen
- Apple TV 4K
- Android 7.0 or higher using Chrome app
- Google Chrome
- Mircosoft Edge
How many devices can you use with Philo at once?
Whether everyone in your apartment is watching in different rooms or your family members are streaming on different sides of the country, it doesn’t matter. Philo supports up to three simultaneous streams per membership. In other words, up to three people can use a Philo account at once, so feel free to split the cost with friends or simply share the wealth.
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What’s the best device for Philo?
We’ve tested Philo on Roku, Amazon Fire, Chrome, Safari, and iOS. In each instance, the app ran quickly with no hiccups. Based on personal taste, we recommend using a Roku, thanks to the company’s incredible product support, the price range of devices, and its wonderful smartphone app.
While any model works, Roku stands out. Users get a compact streaming stick that offers 1080p HD picture, a voice-controlled Bluetooth remote, and a ton of additional channels for just $49.99. The Roku stick is tiny, so you can throw it in your bag when you’re traveling, or just enjoy that it doesn’t take up space in your entertainment center.
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, 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.
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John-Michael Bond is a tech reporter and culture writer for Daily Dot. A longtime cord-cutter and early adopter, he's an expert on streaming services (Hulu with Live TV), devices (Roku, Amazon Fire), and anime. A former staff writer for TUAW, he's knowledgeable on all things Apple and Android. You can also also find him regularly performing standup comedy in Los Angeles.