Today at the National Association of Broadcasters Conference Ben Chambers the CTO at Philo gave a talk about the service. During that talk, Mr. Chambers updated everyone on the progress of Philo’s co-viewing feature that will allow people in different places to watch the same show and movie together even if they are in different states.
This new feature was first reported back in January but today Mr. Chambers said that co-viewing is now being tested with Philo employees using the feature. One new feature that was announced today was the inclusion of a chat feature that will allow Philo subscribers to chat together about what they are watching likely through the Philo smartphone app as you watch Philo on your TV together.
No date was announced for when co-viewing would launch but it is now being tested.
So what is Philo?
If you’re interested in watching sports and still having access to local channels after cutting cable, Philo isn’t the streaming service for you. The company has positioned itself as an affordable alternative to more expensive services. The lower prices are possible because Philo doesn’t include sports, most news, or local stations to its content lineup.
The service certainly isn’t the right option for every cord cutter. But, for those who want an affordable option and aren’t interested in having hundreds of channels to choose from, it’s an option that shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s also worth mentioning that the service is relatively new, and additional content could always be added if there’s a way to make it fit with the vision of the company.
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