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Philo’s CEO Says He Is Open to Adding Broadcast Networks

This week Philo CEO Andrew McCollum held an AMA on Reddit about the new sports-free live TV streaming service.

During the AMA (Ask Me Anything) session the question of live locals on Philo came up. Currently Philo offers no live locals as part of their live TV streaming service; however, their CEO said, “We’ve spoken to them many times, and we’re definitely open to adding them to the service, but we aren’t going to do it if we can’t preserve the flexibility and value that we think consumers want.”

While Philo may be open to the idea, the fact that they are unwilling to raise their price and probably unwilling to include the required bundled channels makes the possibility of locals added to Philo far less likely.

Currently the big five—ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, and NBC—are all owned by companies that also own sports networks. Philo has made it clear that they are unwilling to add sports, and broadcast network owners have been unwilling to sell access to locals without them also caring a bundle of their cable networks including sports networks.

So the question now is will someone blink. Will Philo offer sports or will broadcast networks agree to unbundle their locals on streaming services?

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15 Responses to Philo’s CEO Says He Is Open to Adding Broadcast Networks

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    Soyntgo4it December 22, 2017 at 8:26 am #

    Would be nice if we got just local stuff and no sports, and other channels. Not everyone watches sports.

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      Mike Thaler December 22, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

      A lot of sports is on the major local networks. I might watch ESPN once or twice a month – sometimes zero. Not worth the nearly $8/mo it costs providers. I would drop it if I could.

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    Fred Koot December 22, 2017 at 9:13 am #

    Fire tv support and I’m in, no we don’t need another service that forces locals.

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    Robert Simandl December 22, 2017 at 9:44 am #

    Forcing us to pay more for locals that we don’t want is the reason I’m now looking for alternatives to PSVue (though admittedly haven’t found one that’s better *yet*). Once Hulu Live goes to 60fps or YouTube TV comes to the Roku, I’ll be trying them out since they’re both cheaper than Vue right now.

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      Me December 22, 2017 at 11:07 am #

      Before having a conniption I’m fairly sure that IF they offer locals it will be an ADD-ON. So just chill and don’t get worked up about something may never happen. YouTuveTv and Hulu are both $40 how is that cheaper than Vue?

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        Fred Koot December 22, 2017 at 11:46 am #

        Everyone else is forcing locals how do you know they will be different?

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          TaiPeng December 22, 2017 at 6:15 pm #

          You mean forcing sports on us just to watch FX and FXX or get Fox News.

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            Fred Koot December 23, 2017 at 7:43 am #

            Spectrum doesn’t

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            Me December 23, 2017 at 11:11 am #

            @TaiPeng:disqus Blame Fox. They are the ones forcing the bundle.

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        Robert Simandl December 22, 2017 at 11:46 am #

        Last I checked, YouTube was $35, and Hulu includes their on demand content which I’m already paying for. That’s how.

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        Vegas Steve December 22, 2017 at 11:51 pm #

        Seriously? There isn’t a streaming service that does OTA broadcasts as an addon. Wishful thinking.

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      Vegas Steve December 22, 2017 at 11:50 pm #

      Both of those are going for OTA broadcast, and both will charge everyone for the few who get all the OTA channels. SlingTV is the only one who isn’t. Sling has it’s issues, but they all do.

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    Robert Anthony Hartzell December 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm #

    Locals always drive up prices. Not all of us need them (not interested or have an antenna). Philo should stick with adding non-sports cable channels, and keep the prices low. For the most part they have a lot of them (Disney/Fox/Turner won’t negotiate). Hallmark and El Rey would be nice.

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    Vegas Steve December 22, 2017 at 11:48 pm #

    Dang, here I thought we OTA antenna people had another choice besides SlingTV. Watch that $16/mo. skyrocket.

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    Mike Blakeslee December 23, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

    I mean isn’t the whole reason Philo was started was because they wanted to offer a Sports Free, Cable Type Programming, Streaming Service. I mean my family and I rely on the local channels but that’s why we subscribe to PSVue. However those who don’t and also don’t want the sports stuff, Philo is the perfect service as is. A few additional channels would be awesome but everyone always has some type of stipulations to license them away. Like if you want X then you must also offer Y and Z. It’s all a huge ridiculous money grab.