The streaming video boom might have begun with on-demand video, but it’s clear that the future of streaming is either live TV packages or hybrids like Hulu Live which offer the best of both worlds. One of the up-and-coming live TV streaming services getting the most attention lately is Philo, offering over 40 live streaming channels for just $16 a month. Philo’s impressive channel list boasts some of the biggest names in the cable world including AMC, BBC America, Comedy Central, HGTV, Food Network, MTV, Nickelodeon, History Channel, and many more. Philo just made their channel list a lot more appealing this week by adding the family-friendly Hallmark networks.

Philo’s “skinny bundle” of cable networks now includes The Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Drama and Hallmark Movie & Mysteries. Philo customers have been requesting Hallmark channels for some time, so the additions are sure to please Hallmark fans looking for a well-rounded selection of channels offering Hallmark’s signature family-friendly fare at a low price.

The addition of the Hallmark networks will surely be a big boost for Philo this holiday season. Hallmark is known for its holiday programming, and its annual “Countdown to Christmas” marathon kicks off this weekend. The Countdown will see one of Hallmark’s 22 new original holiday movies premiere every Saturday from now until Christmas.

“Since our launch last November, Philo has remained focused on building a better way to watch entertainment-based TV. The Hallmark networks join an amazing slate of programming partners, and have been our most requested to add since launch,” says Andrew McCollum, Philo CEO. “What better way to kick off the holiday season than by adding three new channels from Hallmark to our service.”

If you’re looking for a no-frills, low-cost way to cut the cable but still watch cable networks, Philo is a great choice. Just note that one reason Philo remains cheaper than other cable-cutting live TV packages is that it doesn’t include any sports networks. If you’re looking for sports, you’ll likely have to pay a little bit more or look into a more sports-focused streaming service. Still, for just $16 a month, Philo is an easy way to cut the cable without breaking the bank.

Brett Tingley

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Brett lives at the foot of the ancient Appalachian mountains in Asheville, North Carolina and writes about technology, science, and culture. Disclosure: Streaming Observer is supported by readers. Articles may contain referral links. For more information, see the disclosure at the bottom of the page.

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