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What is Philo, and how can I watch it?

Philo started life as a method to receive TV signals and deliver them wirelessly around the students of Harvard University. Without the provision for cable TV, this method provided a replacement service for those on campus.

In 2009, Philo—previously called Tivli—was launched. By 2018 the service was reported to have amassed around 50,000 subscribers.

Philo is a live streaming service, offered as a skinny bundle at a skinny price. For only $20US/month, viewers currently pick up 59 entertainment-based channels. Subscribers can access the service on up to 3 devices with an unlimited 30-day cloud DVR facility.

As well as the live channels there’s a mass of on-demand viewing, with live pause functionality on any channel. Viewers can start programs from the beginning when joining mid-program, and have the option to watch any program aired over the previous 3 days at no additional charge.

Its interface is clean and easy to navigate; its search facility is simple and intelligent. This makes finding and saving your favourite shows for later incredibly straightforward.

Even better, you can sign up for a free trial with just a phone number.

So far, you can watch Philo on practically any Mac or PC browser, iOS and Android smartphone or tablet, on Amazon Fire, Apple or Android TV, and Roku.

Philo is a great option for cable-cutters in the US. For everyone else, the world over, it’s a superb opportunity to access a generous selection of American live TV at a very low price.

How can I watch Philo with StreamLocator?

Philo requires its viewers to be in the USA to access its service. StreamLocator provides a virtual US location for the Philo servers, making them believe that you’re in the US—just where you need to be to view their streaming channels.

No complicated settings or software installation required

The beauty of StreamLocator over a VPN or Smart DNS service is that there’s no software to download and install on any of your devices. Philo allows users to connect to one account on 3 devices or systems, so that would mean you’d have to download and install at least 3 different workarounds if you’re going to take advantage of such functionality.

StreamLocator works with your WiFi router, so once it’s installed, there’s nothing else you have to do. It’s always on, ready and waiting to get to work.

Because our smart hub works with your router, it connects seamlessly with closed system devices that often don’t have a VPN or Smart DNS apps or functionality.

Our hub is shipped when you take out a subscription and is super simple to install. It doesn’t have any impact on your network and WiFi speeds, nor will it affect any of your typical Internet use.

Another of StreamLocator’s chief advantages is that there is no limit to how many users can connect using it. VPNs and Smart DNS will often limit you to 1, 2 or 3 users—not StreamLocator.

Connect as many devices as you like, with each one accessing a different service in a different country if that’s what you need. StreamLocator will manage each of them at the same time without a problem. How’s that for smart tech!

How to watch Philo from outside the USA

Philo requires you to be in the US to access their channels, and to find out if you are, it uses a system called geolocation tracking. This pinpoints precisely where their users are, and if they’re not in the USA, they are blocked from using the service.

VPN and Smart DNS have been the most popular ways to provide a virtual location for quite some time, but as time goes by, they’re becoming easier to detect and block. StreamLocator works differently to those systems, with a few more tricks up its sleeve to always grant you the access you need.

How to register for Philo from outside the USA

You can register for a free trial with Philo using your email address or phone number. However, after 2 days, you’ll need to give Philo a payment method to continue your free trial, pre-empting your subscription when the trial period comes to an end.

Philo accepts major credit and debit cards as well as PayPal. If you have trouble paying for the service outside the US, then there are options to subscribe through Roku Pay, via Amazon, or Apple Pay via an iTunes account.

Do you need a VPN or DNS to watch Philo from outside the USA?

To get around Philo’s geolocation blocks, you will need a virtual US location. VPN and Smart DNS can help with that—and so can StreamLocator.

As many of the streaming services are cracking down on VPN and DNS services—finding more up-to-date methods of recognizing the regular offenders—StreamLocator uses intelligent systems to navigate those same blocks.

By communicating with the Philo servers, it finds out which is going to be the best way to work around their blockades. Because StreamLocator uses a combination of different technologies, it detects the best workaround method for each service, automatically granting you the access you need.

How to unblock Philo

StreamLocator has been designed to make life simple. With its plug and play system, there’s no software or settings to mess with—just an easy-access way to access previously restricted content.

When you receive your StreamLocator smart hub, you can plug it straight into any open port of your existing WiFi router. Once you activate your account, you’ll find a new option in your WiFi options—STREAMLOCATOR. All you have to do is connect your devices using this new network, and our hub does all the switching for you—automatically.

Does StreamLocator allow me to watch Philo for free?

Sadly, no. Philo is a paid-for service, and you’ll still have to pay for a subscription to view its shows and channels.

The current list of available channels on Philo, USA

  • A&E
  • AMC
  • American Heroes Channel
  • Animal Planet
  • aspireTV
  • AXS TV
  • BBC America
  • BBC World News
  • BET
  • BET Her
  • Cheddar
  • Cleo TV
  • CMT
  • Comedy Central
  • Cooking Channel
  • Destination America
  • Discovery Channel
  • Discovery Family
  • Discovery Life
  • DIY Network
  • Food Network
  • FYI
  • Game Show Network
  • getTV
  • Great American Country
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Drama
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • HGTV
  • History Channel
  • IFC
  • INSP
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Law&Crime
  • Lifetime
  • Lifetime Movies
  • Logo
  • MotorTrend
  • MTV
  • MTV Classic
  • MTV2
  • MTV Live
  • Nick Jr.
  • Nickelodeon
  • Nicktoons
  • OWN
  • Paramount Network
  • PeopleTV
  • Science Channel
  • Sundance TV
  • Tastemade
  • TeenNick
  • TLC
  • Travel Channel
  • TV Land
  • UPtv
  • VH1
  • Vice
  • WE TV