Philo on Roku

Choice is everything when it comes to streaming TV. And another interesting option is upstart Philo.

You don't have to overthink this service. It's got two plans, with the second building off the first. No fancy tricks, no cute names. Just clearly stated options and pricing.

The main package on Philo gets you 37 channels for $16 a month. (That's $192 a year.) We're generally talking entertainment here — no sports or news or major premium movie channels like HBO or showtime. And no premium add-ons, either.

Or you can bolster that main package with an additional nine channels — that's 46 total — for just $20 a month, or $240 a year.

The full smash looks like this:

Channels available on Philo

Channel Philo
A&E X
AMC X
American Heroes Channel X
Animal Planet X
AXS TV X
BBC America X
BBC World News X
BET X
BET Her X
Cheddar X
CMT X
Comedy Central X
Cooking Channel X
Destination America X
Discovery X
Discovery Family X
Discovery Life X
DIY X
Food Network X
FYI X
GSN X
HGTV X
History X
IFC X
Investigation Discovery X
Lifetime X
Lifetime Movies Network X
Logo X
MTV X
MTV2 X
MTV Live X
Nick Jr. X
Nickelodeon X
Nick Toons X
OWN X
Paramount Network X
SCI X
Sundance TV X
TeenNick X
TLC X
Travel X
TV Land X
Velocity X
VH1 X
Viceland X
WeTV X

The channels not included in the basic 37-channel package are:

  • AHC (American Heroes Channel)
  • BET Her
  • Cooking Channel
  • Discovery America
  • Discovery Life
  • Logo
  • MTC Live
  • NickToons

Now, it's not quite as simple as you'd like to think. While Philo is available on your computer, on iOS, on Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Xbox One, you don't actually get every channel on each of those platforms. (Which is kind of infuriating and crazy when you stop to think about it.)

For example: You can watch CMT on your computer, on iOS, and on Android. But you can't watch it on Roku or Apple TV or Fire TV or Xbox. The Game Show Network is only available on iOS, Android and Roku. FYI is on the web, iOS, Apple TV and Roku, but that's it.

Not every channel has limitations, but the inconsistency only makes it worse.