New Streaming TV Service Costs $16 a Month: Should You Switch?

This new alternative to cable and satellite providers lets you watch favorite TV shows live or record them for later.

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Folks itching to ditch their cable or satellite TV provider for a streaming service now have one more option.

It’s called Philo, and it officially launched this week with a price tag of either $16 or $20 a month, depending on the channel package you choose.

Philo describes itself as “the first-ever streaming television service featuring live TV, DVR and on-demand services, focused on entertainment, lifestyle and knowledge programming.”

So, you can watch TV shows three ways through Philo:

  • Live: You can even pause any live channel.
  • DVR: You can record an unlimited amount of shows and save them for up to 30 days. You can also fast-forward and rewind while watching recorded shows.
  • On demand: You can choose to watch any show at any time from Philo’s on-demand library — which boasts more than 1,000 hours of primetime content.

Philo offers two channel lineups: a 37-channel package for $16 a month and a 46-channel package for $20 a month. The specific channels included in each package are listed on Philo’s home page.

A free seven-day trial is available. You just have to fork over your phone number to get started — no credit card is necessary for this trial.

Other alternatives to traditional TV

The likes of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Video are among today’s best-known streaming TV services. Some of their packages are cheaper than those of Philo, too.

So, be sure to check them out if you’re considering leaving your cable or satellite TV provider, or if you’re considering switching up your streaming video subscriptions. We talk more about Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Video — and how much money they can save you — in “How to Cut the Cable TV Cord in 2017.”

Money Talks News contributor Geof Wheelwright, who wrote that article, used to pay more than $100 a month for cable TV. Now, he pays less than $50 a month, and that’s for multiple streaming video subscriptions.

If you just can’t see yourself leaving your traditional pay-TV provider, at least consider finding out if a service like BillCutterz can slash your bill for you. We detail this process in “Should You Hire a Service to Negotiate Your Cable and Other Bills?

Do you watch traditional or streaming TV? What’s your favorite service? Let us know below or on Facebook.

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