Saturday, July 17, 2021

Discovery+ or Philo?

One of the most popular streaming services is Discovery+ (Discovery Plus). At last count, the service had over 15-million subscribers. Keep in mind that it launched in the U.S. in January.

AT $5/month, it's a good price for the content. The Discovery+ gives subscribers access to content from:

  • A&E
  • Animal Planet
  • DIY Network
  • Discovery Channel
  • Food Network
  • HGTV
  • History
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Lifetime
  • Oprah Winfrey Network
  • Science Channel
  • TLC
  • Travel Channel
  • Magnolia Network
  • The Dodo

Those are some pretty good networks, to my way of thinking. Many of those are the content I like. Well, I'm personally not a fan of Oprah Winfrey or Lifetime, and really don't care for Food Network or HGTV. And History has gone to hell in a handbasket when they quit with history and started carrying pawn shops and space aliens programming. Still, Discovery, ID, TLC, and Science have lots of shows that are of interest to me.

So, is Discovery+ the best way to watch those channels? Maybe. Or...

What about Philo? It carries most of those channels (Magnolia Network and the Dodo are not part of its programming) plus 49 more:

  • AccuWeather Network
  • AMC
  • American Heroes Channel
  • aspireTV
  • AXS TV
  • BBC America
  • BBC World News
  • BET
  • BET Her
  • CMT
  • Comedy Central
  • Cooking Channel
  • Crime + Investigation
  • Destination America
  • Discovery Family
  • Discovery Life
  • FYI
  • Game Show Network
  • getTV
  • Great American Country
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Drama
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • IFC
  • INSP
  • Law&Crime
  • LMN
  • Logo
  • Motor Trend
  • MTV
  • MTV Classic
  • MTV Live
  • MTV2
  • Nick Jr.
  • Nickelodeon
  • Nicktoons
  • Paramount Network
  • PeopleTV
  • Sundance TV
  • Tastemade
  • TeenNick
  • TV Land
  • TV One
  • UPtv
  • VH1
  • Vice
  • WE tv

Philo is $25/month. Yes, that's quite a bit more, but here are some reasons you might opt for Philo rather than Discovery+:

Well, to start with, the extra 49 channels. That's enough to make it worth the extra money. Well, maybe, if those are channels you like. And some of them are indeed some that I like.

Another plus is the live streaming functionality. Philo is a cable replacement service, and you are able to switch to a channel, just like on cable. And, like Discovery+, you can stream some content on demand.

Which do I use? Well, I've tried both. I use neither. I can get a lot of similar content on Pluto TV.

But, let's limit the answer to Discover+ or Philo. So, Discovery+ or Philo?

If you want a live streaming service, then it has to be Philo. But, if live streaming doesn't mean that much to you, and if you can stand the 16 channel lineup vs the 62 channel lineup, then the cheaper Discovery+ may be the better fit.

Heck, at the price Discovery+ is, you could carry it for a month if you did a trial of Philo, or even was a full Philo subscriber for a month. Then, you could make up you mind.

Whichever you choose, you'll find the service a welcome addition to your Streaming Life.

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