A Facebook Co-Founder Launches a $16-a-Month TV Service


A co-founder of Facebook launched a $16-a-month bundle of TV channels on Tuesday, the most recent entrant in a rising area of bundles taking over conventional pay-TV providers.

The service is named Philo — after Philo Farnsworth, the founding father of the all-electronic tv — and, at $16 a month, it’s far cheaper than rival bundles, which usually promote for $35 to $40 a month.

Philo advertises itself as distinctive in that it carries 35 channels from the likes of A&E Networks, AMC, Discovery, Scripps and Viacom, which aren’t broadly obtainable in different on-line packages. The firms can even turn out to be fairness buyers within the service. Other companions embody the youth-focused enterprise information channel Cheddar.

Philo doesn’t carry sports activities or channels owned by the printed networks to maintain the value low. In addition to dwell TV, Philo is providing on-demand channels, a recording functionality and what it is calling a modern easy-to-navigate interface that’s initially freed from promoting.

Image: Andrew McCollum, who joined Philo as the company's CEO in 2014.  Prior to Philo, Andrew was on the founding team of Facebook.

Andrew McCollum joined Philo as the corporate’s CEO in 2014.