Consolidated Communications said it’s the first communications company to partner with entertainment-focused live streaming service Philo.
The Philo service, which features 40 channels including HGTV, Discovery, History, Lifetime, TLC and Travel Channel, is reportedly available as an add-on for Consolidated customers at its regular standalone price of $16 per month. For an additional $4 per month users receive another nine channels. A Consolidated spokesperson told CED via an emailed response that the Philo subscription is an add-on for Consolidated customers, but the spokesperson confirmed that for now Philo will still bill customers separately, though in the future Consolidated may combine the Philo subscription into one unified bill for its customers.
According to a press release, Philo is available to all Consolidated customers and can be viewed on any connected device. Philo offers unlimited 30-day DVR and allows up to three concurrent streams.
“Today’s families want more viewing options and the content they choose,” said Rob Koester, VP of product management, consumer services at Consolidated Communications, in a statement. “We’re constantly trying to improve the customer experience and expand our streaming services. Philo is a perfect fit for Consolidated’s high-speed internet customers who choose to complement or not subscribe to a traditional TV package.”
The deal comes shortly after the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), which represents about 750 independent cable and broadband providers, reached an agreement with Philo that allows the organization’s members to offer Philo’s sports-free OTT service under pre-negotiated terms, though the structure of those deals remains unclear at this point.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Consolidated Communications as the first broadband provider to offer Philo,” added Philo CEO Andrew McCollum. “Together, we are delivering an innovative product experience and content package at an incredible value to customers.”