Philo vs Sling TV: Which is a better deal?

Watching tv and using remote control
Philo and Sling TV are over-the-top (OTT) streaming services that work like traditional TV providers. As long as you have a good Wi-Fi connection, you can stream many of the same channels available through dish and cable providers.

Owned by Dish Network, Sling TV is a highly customizable service. It offers three plans: Orange, Blue, and Orange + Blue. The latest numbers reported by Statista at the end of 2019 put Sling TV at over 2.5 million subscribers. 

Philo launched in 2013 and is supported by investors like Mark Cuban. A&E Networks, AMC Networks, Discovery Inc., and ViacomCBS all own part of the company. Philo offers a single “skinny bundle” plan with 59 channels. The service does not provide access to live sports, and its news offerings are limited. 

Philo does not include local channels. But to be fair, Sling TV’s local coverage is not the best either — and what is available depends on your region. 

Plans and pricing for Philo vs. Sling TV

PhiloSling OrangeSling BlueSling Orange + Blue
Monthly price$20$30$30$45
Free trial length14 days*14 days14 days14 days
Number of titles59324753
Streaming quality720p-1080p720p-1080p720p-1080p720p-1080p

*Updated on 03/26/2020

Comparing the Sling TV vs. Philo experience

User experience 

Sling TV’s app has the same design and menu functions across devices, making it easy to operate. Its colors are black and grey, and the interface features an effective menu bar, a search tool, and a Settings icon. The My TV section contains recorded content and preferred channels. With Sling TV, you can fast forward — a functionality that is perfect for avoiding commercials. Sling TV also lets you record numerous shows concurrently. 

Philo’s user interface is less helpful than Sling TV’s. For starters, you are only able to search through its channel guide on a desktop. Its other apps do not include the channel guide feature, which can make it challenging to find programs. The interface features a home screen with a menu that lets you navigate to various sections. It also has a search bar and your account icon.

Device compatibility

Philo: 

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android devices
  • Android TV
  • Apple TV
  • Google Chromecast
  • iOS devices
  • Nintendo
  • Roku
  • Smart TVs 

Sling TV: 

  • Apple TV
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android devices
  • Google Chromecast
  • iOS devices
  • Roku
  • Smart TVs
  • Web browsers
  • Xbox One

Personalization

Sling TV has several personalization features, including the ability to add premium bundles like Sports and Kids and channels like HBO. It also lets you purchase extra storage. But, since you cannot create a personal profile with any of its plans, you will not be able to differentiate your watch history from others in your household. 

Philo gives you the ability to personalize your experience with up to 10 profiles per account. But it does not offer premium channels or bundles. 

Features

You can save and store unlimited content for 30 days with Philo. Sling TV comes with 10 hours of DVR storage, which you can upgrade to 50 hours for an extra $5/mo. Sling TV allows you to keep your recorded content for as long as you have your account. 

Philo is a good option for families since it offers three simultaneous streams. Sling TV’s Orange plan only provides one stream, but its Blue option lets you watch on up to three devices. Orange + Blue provides four simultaneous streams. 

Philo vs. Sling TV channels

Philo and Sling TV offer several channels, including:

PhiloSling TV
A&EXX
ACC NetworkX
Adult SwimX
AMCXX
American Heroes ChannelXX
Animal PlanetX
AspireX
AXS TVXX
Baby TVX
BBC AmericaXX
BBC World NewsXX
beIN SportsX
BETXX
BET HerX
Blaze TVX
Bloomberg TelevisionX
BoomerangX
BravoX
Campus InsiderX
Cartoon NetworkX
CheddarXX
Cheddar Big NewsXX
CinemaxX
Cleo TVX
CMTXX
CNBCX
CNNX
Comedy CentralXX
CometX
Cooking ChannelXX
Cowboy ChannelX
Destination AmericaXX
DiscoveryXX
Discovery FamilyX
Discovery LifeX
Disney ChannelX
Disney JuniorX
Disney XDX
DIY NetworkXX
Duck TVX
E!X
EPIXX
EPIX Drive-InX
EPIX HitsX
EPIX 2X
ESPNX
ESPN Bases LoadedX
ESPN DeportesX
ESPN Goal LineX
ESPN UX
ESPN 2X
ESPNewsX
EuronewsX
Fla MaX
Food NetworkXX
FOXX
France 24X
FreeFormX
Free SpeechX
FS1X
FS2X
FuseX
FusionX
FXX
FXXX
FYIXX
GalavisionX
Game Show NetworkXX
Golf ChannelX
Great American CountryX
Hallmark DramaXX
Hallmark ChannelXX
Hallmark Movies & MysteriesXX
HDNet MoviesX
HGTVXX
HistoryXX
HLNX
IFCXX
Investigation DiscoveryXX
Law&CrimeX
LifetimeXX
Lifetime MoviesXX
Local NowX
LogoXX
MLB NetworkX
MotorTrendX
MSNBCX
MTVXX
MTV 2XX
MTV ClassicX
MTV LiveX
National GeographicX
Nat Geo WildX
NBA TVX
NBCX
NBC Sports NetworkX
NBC SportsnetX
NDTVX
NewsmaxX
NewsyX
News 18X
NFL NetworkX
NHL NetworkX
Nick JrXX
NickelodeonX
NicktoonsXX
Olympic ChannelX
Outdoor ChannelX
Outside TVX
OWNX
OxygenX
Pac12 NetworkX
Paramount NetworkXX
People TVX
RevoltXX
RFDTVX
Ride TVX
RT NetworkX
Science ChannelXX
SEC NetworkX
ShowtimeX
SportsmanX
StadiumX
Sundance TVXX
SyFyX
TastemadeX
TBSX
Teen NickXX
TLCXX
TNTX
Travel ChannelXX
Tru TVX
Turner Classic MoviesX
TV LandXX
UnimasX
UP tvXX
USAX
VH1XX
ViceX
VicelandXX
WE tvXX
YESX
YES NetworkX

The final cut 

Sling TV is more expensive than Philo. But Sling works more like a well-rounded replacement to traditional TV thanks to its add-on channels and features. Philo is more bare-bones and works well as a supplement to another streaming service. Both offer a 7-day free trial.

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