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Sling TV vs Philo: Complicated or Simple?

Written by Gabriela Vatu
Published on October 19, 2018

If you're thinking about finally cutting the cord and moving to the digital era completely by watching all your live TV online, then you've probably looked into a lot of platforms. If you're down to Sling TV vs Philo, we're here to help you out.

So, a while back we reviewed Sling TV, as well as Philo, and we wanted to see how the two compare and, in the end, which one comes on top.

First up, we're going to go through the most prominent features of these platforms and see how they compare in a quick breakdown.

Overview Sling TV Philo
Bundles Sling Orange ($25/mo), Sling Blue ($25/mo), Sling Orange + Blue ($40/mo)> 40 Channels ($16/mo), 52 Channels ($20/mo)
Customization Channel bundles: Kids, Sports, News, Lifestyle, Hollywood, Heartland, International, Espanol, Comedy

Premium channels: HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, Epix, CuriosityStream, Pantaya, UP Faith & Family, Dove Channel, Stingray Karaoke, Outside TV

Device support Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Android TV, AirTV Player, Xiaomi, LG Smart TVs, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, Fire tablets, Xbox One, Chrome web browser Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, iOS apps, via Chrome, IE, Firefox, or Safari on computers, via Chrome on Android
DVR Up to 50 hours, unlimited storage time. Expandable by another 50 hours with an extra feature Unlimited
Free trial Yes, 7 days Yes, 7 days
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Also, since these will come in handy, we're going to look at what scores the platforms received in our reviews, too.

Criteria Sling TV Philo
Channel bundles 10/10 7/10
Customization options 10/10 2/10
Supported features 6/10 10/10
Streaming quality 10/10 10/10
Supported devices 8/10 4/10
Usability 9/10 9/10
Overall Score 8.8/10 7/10

Now that that part's done, let's go ahead and put the platforms head to head and see which one comes on top.

Sling TV vs Philo: Side by Side Comparison

The next step in this article is to compare the two services step by step and see which one prevails.

Channel Bundles

Sling TV Orange + Blue

Which one of the two platforms have the best bundles of channels you can pick up?

Winner: Sling TV takes this one home thanks to having more bundles to pick from, and a slightly better collection of channels.

Customization Options

Sling TV Premiums

Will it be Sling TV or will it be Philo? Let's find out!

Winner: Sling TV wins this one easily since there's really no competition to be had.

Supported Features

Philo features

Can you record any of your favorite shows if you're not home? What about multiple streams?

Winner: Philo wins this one by a landslide, especially for the DVR feature, but also for making things a lot less complicated when it comes to the simultaneous streams.

Streaming Quality

Philo streaming

When you move to online TV watching, you have to make sure your Internet connection is sufficient to carry the load.

Winner: Well, it's a tie here! Both platforms have the same network requirements and they both acted great when we tested them out.

Supported Devices

Sling TV Devices TVs and Players

Will the service work on your favorite devices? Well, let's find out!

Winner: Sling TV wins this one because it has a much wider list of apps you can watch your favorite shows on.


Sling TV OTT

How easy can you find your favorite channels? Let's find out!

Winner: It's a tie! Both platforms feature similar interfaces that are easy to navigate and you shouldn't have any problems in finding the guide, your favorite channels, or any other type of content.

Sling TV vs Philo: Which One to Pick?

Both platforms are great, each for something in particular - Sling TV for the customization options, and Philo for its simplicity. But in this battle, Sling TV wins the cake and you can go ahead and sign up for the platform.

Final Thoughts

We hope we've helped you decide between Sling TV and Philo and that we've made it easier for you to pick the perfect platform for you and your household.

We'd love to hear what you chose and why you did it in the comments section below, and please share the article online so others can find it too. Come have a chat with us on TechNadu's Facebook and Twitter pages.

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