Philo competes with other live TV streaming services such as Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV. It also competes with traditional live TV providers, including DIRECTV, DISH, and classic cable providers like Xfinity and Spectrum. Philo costs less than almost any of its competitors (except a few of the lowest-tier cable TV plans), but it excludes local networks, sports, and some of the most popular national networks like Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and TNT.
Philo is a great deal if you love shows about home improvement, romance, and home life. You also get a strong selection of dramas and reality TV plus some of the most popular movies and shows of decades past. However, we strongly recommend purchasing an HD antenna to catch shows and games on the local networks ABC, NBC, PBS, CBS, and FOX. You may also need a separate DVR if you want to watch anything on those channels after it airs.
Philo makes it easy to watch on the go. Its app is available on both Android and iOS devices, and you can watch on the Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or Edge browsers. In our tests, our DVR and favorites updated automatically, and it was easy to start watching a show on one device and continue on another. Switching profiles was also a piece of cake on the devices we tried.
Our only complaint, beyond the fact that Philo has a very limited library of news and no sports, is that you can’t cast to a Google Chromecast from an Apple device. You can mirror your screen if you have an Apple TV, but at that point you might as well just get the Philo app for Apple TV.
Disclaimer: Availability and pricing are subject to location. Conditions apply. For offer details, visit the provider's website.