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Philo begins accepting Amazon Pay for subscriptions

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Wallet-friendly streaming television service Philo has quietly rolled out a new feature that will let Amazon Fire TV users sign up for a subscription without the need to pull out their credit card.

Last month, Philo began accepting Amazon Pay as a method of payment for its $20 a month subscription to over 60 live television channels and thousands of hours of on-demand programming.

The feature wasn’t formally announced by the service, but a spokesperson for the streamer acknowledged it was a new perk that recently rolled out for users of Amazon Fire TV devices.

Amazon Pay is a payment processing feature that links to a customer’s Amazon account — the same one used to make purchases on Amazon’s website and other services. The feature integrates into third party websites and businesses, allowing customers with an Amazon account to make a seamless transaction without having to re-enter in their debit, credit cards or checking account information.

At the moment, the feature is only offered through Philo on Amazon Fire TV devices, including the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Amazon Fire TV Cube. The service accepts major credit and debit cards for subscriptions on all other platforms.

Philo offers access to more than 60 live television channels from its owner-investors ViacomCBS (BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon), Discovery Communications (Discovery, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Travel Channel), A&E Networks (A&E, History Channel) and AMC Networks (AMC, IFC, We TV, BBC America, BBC World News). It also has carriage deals with independent programmers to offer channels like Newsy, Cheddar News, Bloomberg, Cleo TV, Revry, AccuWeather Network and Get TV.

In addition to supporting Amazon devices, Philo is available on Apple and Android-powered streaming TV devices, smartphones and tablets, as well as Roku streamers and smart TVs.

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Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).