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The cheapest internet TV service yet is here, but it’s missing one big thing

Charmaine Blake

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Big cable bundles require people who don’t want to watch sports to shell out big bucks for channels they never watch.

That’s always been one of the big critiques of cable bundles. Non-sports fans basically subsidize the cost of sports packages. 

Not anymore. On Tuesday, Philo launched its much-anticipated non-sports TV package, offering classic linear television over the internet with a select group of channels. 

The lineup includes some of the major cable channels including AMC, A&E, HGTV, Lifetime, MTV, Comedy Central, and many more—35 in all. And nope, no ESPN. 

The package runs $16 per month, and offers live TV as well as on-demand content.

Philo is still missing plenty. There’s no local broadcast channels, no Fox-based channels (think Fox News and FX), or Turner channels (CNN, TNT, TBS, etc.). 

Philo started out offering internet TV on college campuses, growing to more than 50 universities. Now, it’s gunning for cord cutters in an increasingly crowded online TV market that now includes (deep breath): SlingTV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, FuboTV, Hulu, Playstation Vue, and probably others that this reporter can’t remember at the moment. 

Philo’s advantage is that it’s the cheapest option yet. At $16, it comes in below even SlingTV’s $20 plan, thought it offers fewer channels.

“Our goal at Philo is to build a television service that people love as much as they love their favorite shows. We’re constantly looking for ways we can improve the experience because at the end of the day, we’re also building Philo for ourselves,” said Andrew McCollum, Philo CEO. “We started delivering streaming television at universities six years ago, and we’ve taken all of the unique insight we gained about this new generation of TV watchers in order to build a unique product and content package at an incredible value.”

The full list of channels:

  1. AMC

  2. A&E

  3. HGTV

  4. Spike

  5. TeenNick

  6. Nick

  7. Lifetime

  8. Lifetime movies Network

  9. MTV

  10. MTV2

  11. CMT

  12. Viceland

  13. Comedy Central

  14. Animal Planet

  15. BET

  16. Sundance TV

  17. Travel Channel

  18. TLC

  19. BBC America

  20. BBC World News

  21. Food Network

  22. Discovery

  23. AxsTV

  24. GSN

  25. VH1

  26. History

  27. TVLand

  28. WE

  29. OWN

  30. IFC

  31. ID

  32. Science Channel

  33. velocity

  34. Cheddar

  35. F4YI Network

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Jeffrey Katzenberg’s streaming service Quibi books $100M in ad sales ahead of launch

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“Quibi, the short-form video platform founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg, hasn’t even launched, but has already booked $100 million in advertising sales, according to a report from The WSJ this morning. The company, which aims to cater to younger viewers with premium content chopped up into “quick bites,” says it has already booked advertisers, including Protector & Gamble, Pepsi Co., Anheuser-Busch InBev, Walmart, Progressive and Google.

It still has around $50 million in unsold ad inventory ahead of launch.

It’s hard to imagine how a service like Quibi will compete in a market dominated by paid streamers like Netflix and free services like YouTube — both preferred by a younger demographic. But Quibi has been raising massive amounts of money to take them on. In May, it was reported that Quibi was going after another billion in funding, on top of the billion it had already raised………….”

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Tyler Perry & BET Partner Up For Streaming Service Offer

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“There are reportedly over 200 streaming services in the United States alone, and now Tyler Perry and BET want a piece of the pie. The media mogul and the popular urban network are planning to launch a new subscription-based streaming service called BET+. According to Deadline, they will offer TV shows and films from fellow Viacom flagships MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central. It’s believed that Perry will begin plugging the service and the forthcoming BET Awards.”

 

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ hits Disney+ in December

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That subscription just got so much more tempting.

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“Disney’s first major move in the streaming wars comes with a super-sized punch.

Announced Wednesday, Avengers: Endgame will be available to stream exclusively on Disney+ starting December 11 — a little less than a month after the new streaming platform debuts on November 12.

For dedicated Netflix, Prime Video, and Hulu subscribers with a love of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that may mean adding another service to their monthly entertainment bill this winter.

At the time of launch, Disney+ will carry an initial subscription price of $6.99 per month — as well as be available at a discounted offering of $69.99 per year.

While it was anticipated that Disney would corner the market on streaming Marvel films, the exclusive streaming of Avengers: Endgame will likely prove a massive draw for customers.

At present, Endgame has made $2.27 billion dollars at the worldwide box office, making it the second-highest grossing film of all-time, after Avatar — and continues to climb towards that #1 spot. Disney+ is primed to make the most of their winning film, lining up a number of Marvel spin-off series for streaming exclusivity as well.

Viewers looking to own Endgame (and possibly see it sooner) can turn to Amazon, where it is already available for pre-order. While no official digital release date for Endgame has been announced, it is anticipated to arrive sometime this summer as its predecessor, Avengers: Infinity War, shared a similar release date and hit the digital shelf on July 31, 2018. ”

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