Philo adds two Weigel channels to line-up

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Wallet-friendly streaming pay television service Philo has added two channels programmed by Weigel Broadcasting to its base package, the company announced on Wednesday.

The drama-focused Start TV and retro pop culture network Decades were integrated into Philo’s base package, which costs $25 a month for access to over five dozen cable networks delivered over the Internet.

Both channels are available over-the-air in some major television markets, but adding them to Philo ensures Weigel has solid national coverage, as the streaming service is available to access throughout the United States.

Start TV is billed as “the first and only TV network dedicated to scripted dramas featuring strong, successful women in diverse and compelling roles,” a Philo spokesperson wrote in a press release on Wednesday. The channel offers syndicated re-runs of dramas like The Closure, Rizzoli & Isles, Crossing Jordan, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and The Good Wife interspersed with real-life vignettes of women who share their experiences in business and life.

Decades offers access to classic television programming like I Love Lucy, the Donna Reed Show, the Mary Tyler Moore Show, the Bob Newhart Show, WKRP in Cincinnati and Cheers.

Both Start TV and Decades are operated by Weigel through a joint venture with Paramount Global, which is an owner-investor in Philo. Paramount Global’s cable networks from the pre-merger Viacom portfolio are also offered on Philo, including Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, BET and TV Land, among others.

Philo also carries cable networks from AMC Networks (BBC America, AMC, IFC, We TV), A+E Networks (A&E, History Channel, Lifetime), Warner Bros Discovery (Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, OWN, HGTV), Bloomberg and AccuWeather for $25 a month. The networks come bundled with an unlimited cloud DVR where users can store their favorite shows and movies for one year after they air on a channel.

The service is accessible on Apple TV, Android TV (Google TV), Roku and Amazon Fire TV as well as most popular smartphones, tablets and web browsers.