United States cable channels launch Philo streaming TV service

Sports-Free OTT Bundle Philo Launches

US cable channels launch Philo streaming TV service

Philo is launching a new entertainment-only streaming service featuring networks from A+E, AMC, Discovery, Scripps and Viacom, which are also strategic investors in Philo. Subscribers to this new service will get access to 35 networks for $16 a month.

Channels on the new service include A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, AXS TV, BBC America, Cheddar, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, Food Network, GSN, HGTV, HISTORY, Investigation Discovery (ID), IFC, Lifetime, MTV, Nickelodeon, TLC, Travel Channel.

The basic Philo package comes with live and on-demand access to 37 channels, and customers can add another nine channels for an extra United States dollars 4 per month.

"Our goal at Philo is to build a television service that people love as much as they love their favorite shows".

Philo will not have programming from NBCUniversal, Disney, CBS, Turner or Fox, as those companies still demand a premium for the channels, in part due to their extensive sports programming. Philo also includes the ability to record an unlimited amount of programmes and watch for 30 days, live pause, restart programmes from the beginning, 3-day catch-up and an extensive VoD library. Consumers will be able to watch on three devices at once. At launch, the company's app is available on Roku, iOS mobile apps and most web browsers. As YouTube and Facebook continue their aggressive moves in the TV space and the OTT landscape fairly saturated, Philo will face some headwinds out of the gate but is betting on its innovative and intuitive user interface and price point well south of cable packages or other skinny TV offerings.

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