New in­ter­net TV ser­vice has $16 monthly tab and no sports

Manteca Bulletin - - Dollars & Sense -

NEW YORK (AP) — The hook of the lat­est in­ter­net TV ser­vice is a low price and no sports chan­nels.

An­a­lysts es­ti­mate that in­ter­net TV pack­ages such as Sling TV, YouTube TV and DirecTV Now have so far signed up a few mil­lion cus­tomers. Th­ese ser­vices are meant to re­place ca­ble TV with a cheaper price and a smaller bun­dle of chan­nels.

Un­like the ex­ist­ing ser­vices, though, Philo doesn’t of­fer many of the net­works that are of­ten con­sid­ered must-have. It lacks sports and the dom­i­nant ca­ble news net­works and ex­cludes broad­cast net­works like NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox. In­stead, it fo­cuses on mu­sic and com­edy, scripted se­ries and real­ity shows, with net­works like AMC, Food Net­work, HGTV, MTV and Com­edy Cen­tral. (The Spike chan­nel, which is also in­cluded, does tele­vise some mixed mar­tial arts, a type of fight­ing.)

The lack of ex­pen­sive sports chan­nels and other pop­u­lar net­works helps lower Philo’s cost to just $16 a month for 37 chan­nels.

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