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Philo is a litmus test for the future of sports-free TV

The elusive sports-free skinny bundle has finally made its debut. Philo, a small company known for its college dorm streaming service Tivli, has stepped out with a new – yet not so new – alternative to cable TV. The skinny streaming bundle is grabbing headlines because it doesn’t include any sports channels. It’s also offered at a surprisingly low monthly price, just $16 a month for 36 TV channels, but there’s a good reason for that: it doesn’t have any broadcast channels, and it’s missing some of the bigger pay TV networks. So what does Philo offer? Nothing more than another ad-hoc collection of streaming linear TV channels. There are quite a few of these products now available in markets…

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