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Philo adds Me TV Plus, Movies! to budget streaming package

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Wallet-friendly streaming service Philo has added three new channels to its $25 a month package.

The channels include Weigel Broadcasting-owned Me TV Plus, the companion channel to Me TV that serves up retro television shows and movies like “Remington Steele” and “Hawaii Five-O,” available this week in the base programming package.

Weigel and Fox’s joint venture, Movies!, has also been added to Philo, though streamers will have to pay a few dollars extra for the “Movies & More” package if they want to watch the channel. Other channels available in the Movies & More package include Sony Movies, HD Net Movies, FMC (Family Movie Channel), Fandor and Reelz.

The addition of Me TV Plus and Movies! helps round out Philo’s offering of Weigel-owned channels. The service also provides streaming access to other Weigel broadcast networks like Me TV, Start TV, Catchy Comedy, Story Television and Heroes & Icons, among others.

Finally, Philo has added Confess by Nosey, a free, ad-supported streaming (FAST) channel that helps expand its TV programming offering. While Confess by Nosey is considered a FAST channel, users will still need a Philo subscription to watch or record programming from the network.

Philo has managed to add more television channels to its base and supplemental programming packages without raising its fees too much over the last few years. The price has held steady at $25 a month for some time now, with Philo focused on adding general entertainment and lifestyle channels — and, more recently, free streaming networks — while choosing not to carry more-expensive sports and cable news channels that drive up subscription costs.

At the moment, Philo also offers channels from Paramount Global (Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Pop TV, MTV, BET, VH1, TV Land, Logo), AMC Networks (AMC, IFC, BBC America, BBC World News, We TV, Sundance), A+E Networks (A&E, History Channel, Lifetime) and the Discovery side of Warner Bros. Discovery (Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Travel Channel).

Philo offers a seven-day free trial to new customers who sign up by clicking or tapping this link. The service is available on most popular streaming TV platforms — Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV (Google TV) and newer-model Samsung smart TVs — as well as phones, tablets and through the Philo website.

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