TV For Everyone: Philo

by Matthew Wexler

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday July 10, 2020

TV For Everyone: Philo
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The increases in TV-watching and streaming have skyrocketed. According to Nielsen, by the last week of March, total hours spent with connected TV devices was up 81 percent, an increase of nearly 4 billion hours of use per week.

But the challenge that many Americans face is how to enjoy their favorite shows (and discover new ones once they've binge-watched an entire series) without breaking the bank. With unemployment rates soaring, emergency benefits soon to run out, and many businesses big and small struggling to stay afloat, monthly bills are being closely scrutinized. Enter Philo, 60 channels for the low cost of $20 per month.

How Philo Works
To get started with Philo, all you need is an Internet connection and a supported device. Currently, Philo is compatible with: web, iPhone & iPad, Android phones and tablets, Android TV, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV.

Your Philo account enables streaming on up to three devices at the same time and allows for ten profiles so you can customize and save your favorite content. There's no additional cost for unlimited 30-day DVR. Simply go to the guide and search for your show, select the episode and hit the plus (+) sign on your favorite shows. Your selected content will be saved to your DVR. You can also fast-forward and rewind to skip commercials, re-watch your favorite moments, or take a popcorn pause.

Philo's lineup costs $20 per month as a subscription — no contract is required. After your free trial, you can cancel or restart your subscription any time, as many times as you wish, via the account page. Philo also recently launched STARZ and EPIX and If you subscribe by July 13, you'll have the opportunity to get the add-on for a special price of $5 per month for STARZ and the new EPIX add-on for a special price of $3 per month for the first three months.

What's With the Name?
Philo T. Farnsworth invented the electronic television in San Francisco in 1927. The innovator began tinkering with the idea years early, and his tenacious spirit paid off with the first transmission. Many business deals and negotiations weighed heavily on Farnsworth, and in many ways, set the tone for an industry that evolved technologically but stayed stuck in a business model that wasn't so consumer-friendly.

Philo has reinvented the television experience for the modern age, creating a seamless service for those who love TV but are frustrated with standard packages.

Summer Watchlist: The Fabulous 7
With 60 channels (plus optional add-ons including Epix and Starz), there is plenty to watch, including LGBTQ representation from both scripted and well as reality TV. Here are our top picks:

"RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" (VH1) — Some of our favorite queens return for another season, but this time with a twist, as the elimination rounds feature a mystery "lip sync assassin" that impacts who will get sent home.

"Nate & Jeremiah by Design" (TLC) — Design experts and dads Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent juggle married life and parenthood (yes, there's plenty of footage of their adorable daughter Poppy), while turning money pits into dream homes.

"The Walking Dead: World Beyond" (AMC) — This two-season limited series event stars gender non-conforming Nico Tortorella as Felix (Tortorella also appears as one of Sutton Foster's love interests on TV Land's "Younger." "For me, 'they/them' fully encompasses all of it that exists in my own multi-dimensional dynamic being. Right? It just feels more inclusive," the actor said in an interview with ABC News. "It feels wider."

"Dispatches from Elsewhere" (TMC) — Jason Segal ("How I Met Your Mother") created this edge-of-your-seat suspense drama and features Eve Lindley as Simone, a museum docent and transgender woman who is also his character's love interest.

"Are You the One?" (MTV)" — This modern dating reality show premiered in 2014, but in the latest season, all of the contestants identify as "sexually fluid." A highlight clip of the show proclaims, "If you have a reality TV show that includes the entire spectrum of, like, racial, sexual, and gender identities, you're gonna have a really interesting show!" — you'll have to watch to find out!

"The Other Two" (Comedy Central) — In this hilarious comedy created by "Saturday Night Live" writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, two older siblings cope with the viral success of their younger brother music video, "My Brother's Gay and That's Okay!"

"Vida" (Starz) — Inspired by the short story "Pour Vida" by Richard Villegas Jr., there are now three seasons to binge as two sisters come to terms with their mother's hidden marriage to another woman and the aftermath of family secrets. Queer playwright and screenwriter Tanya Saracho is the series showrunner.

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Matthew Wexler is EDGE's National Senior Editor of Travel, Lifestyle, Health & Branded Content. More of his writing can be found at Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.

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