This $16 TV Service Is a Great Way to Cut the Cable Cord

This cheap cable alternative might be just right if you don't need sports or news, but enjoy A&E, Animal Planet, HGTV, Lifetime and the Travel Channel.

This $16 TV Service Is a Great Way to Cut the Cable Cord Photo by Olena Yakobchuk / Shutterstock.com

If you’re tired of sending gobs of money to the cable company every month — or if you’re looking to subscribe to another streaming video service — there’s new reason to consider Philo.

This internet-based TV service will soon become accessible through a wider array of devices. CNET reports that Philo will be compatible with Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV this summer, calling this “a significant expansion” for a service that officially launched only five months ago.

According to Philo’s website, it is currently available only for:

  • Mac and PC (through a web browser)
  • Apple mobile devices
  • Android mobile devices
  • Roku

Cable networks without cable prices

Philo offers two channel packages that feature many of the same networks available through traditional pay-TV providers. You can view all these networks on Philo’s website.

They cost a lot less than typical cable or satellite packages. Philo’s 37-channel package is $16 a month, and the 46-channel package is $20.

CNET notes:

“Philo’s sweet-spot customer is someone who’s a superfan of one of its cable networks.”

CNET notes that you won’t get sports or around-the-clock news. But you will get “the cheapest live-TV streaming package out there.”

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 entertainment packages are cheaper than those with Philo, although those less expensive packages might not include your favorite networks.

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 also talk more about them in “How to Cut the Cable TV Cord in 2018.”

If aren’t ready to leave your traditional pay-TV provider, find 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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Karla Bowsher
Karla Bowsher
I’m a freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter who has covered both personal and public finance. I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as ... More

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