Gone are the days of endlessly flipping through channels to find a program that interests you. Now, not only are cable operators more attuned to customer demand, but viewers themselves are very specific about what they want to watch. In this age of smart (Philo to Samsung TV) TVs and pay-per-view curation, it’s up to us to decide which subscriptions and services we sign up for.
That’s where a service like Philo comes in with its carefully curated entertainment and lifestyle channels. Is it something the whole family can happily handle?
Set up Philo on your Samsung TV
Now that you’ve probably decided to use Philo on your Samsung Smart TV (or any other Android TV), it’s time to figure out how to set it up.
Follow the simple steps below to access the treasure trove of entertainment that Philo has prepared for you.
- Turn on the TV and go to the Samsung TV home screen. Once there, scroll down to the Applications row.
- Click on the Google Play Store app.
- We assume that you have previously signed in to the Google Play Store. If you haven’t done so, enter your Google Account details and sign in.
- On the Google Play Store page, look for the search icon in the upper left corner. It looks like a magnifying glass. Enter the word Philo in the search box and select the app from the results.
- Click the Install button.
- Once installed, simply log in to your philo account and you’re done.
Where is Philo available?
Philo has come a long way since its launch nearly a decade ago. Philo, which boasts a large selection of channels, has seen steady growth in subscribers despite strong competition. While giants like YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV have a plethora of channels in their catalogs, Philo has carved out a fairly niche audience for itself with a head start on entertainment programming.
Philo was initially only available on Roku devices. It was a test run designed by its creators to see if the Internet TV company could play on a level playing field with its competitors. As it turns out, not only did Philo do that, but it also siphoned off several customers who were already subscribed to more prominent live TV companies.
Given Phil’s earlier success, its creators decided it was time to go mainstream. Since then, Philo has been available on a variety of other devices, including Android, iOS, and Windows.
There are a few caveats
However, some still have reservations about Phil. Most of this stems from the fact that Philo isn’t necessarily designed to be your only source of TV programming. Since Philo doesn’t have sports channels or even local, it has little to offer when it comes to the average consumer. This is especially true if you don’t plan to use Philo in conjunction with other streaming services or regular cable operators.
Still, many see Philo as an add-on to other services they already subscribe to. At only $20 per month for a subscription, it’s definitely something you should consider.
If you’re willing to go through the trouble, Philo is worth a try. With channels like BBC America, Comedy Central, History Channel, MTV and many more to boot, it looks like Philo still has what it takes to become your family’s preferred destination for quality TV entertainment.
If you own an Android TV, there are other benefits to using Philo. Not only can you record shows and programs you’re likely to miss, but you can also watch Philo on three separate devices at once. So even if each of your family members wants to watch a different channel at the same time, the great news is that Philo has you covered!
If you’re still not sure, go for a seven-day free trial
Philo also offers a seven-day free trial to help you decide. If you are not satisfied with the service, you must enter your credit card information and cancel the subscription before the end of the billing date. If you cancel before the billing date, you will not be charged.
So what are you waiting for? Check out the Philo app on your Samsung TV and see if your family likes it.