Barebones streaming service Philo targets "late summer" for Apple TV app launch

The channel lineup available for $16 per month

The channel lineup available for $16 per month

There are no sports channels (or big cable channels that have a lot of sports on them), news networks or local affiliates.

Livestreaming TV service Philo is adding support for Apple TV and Amazon Fire devices this summer and lighting up some TV Everywhere app authentication for its users. Philo CEO Andrew McCollum made the announcement in an interview last week.

The service, now available on iOS devices, is able to keep costs down by not offering any live sports or news channels.

Philo launched in November and includes A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, Food Network, HGTV, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TLC and Viceland in its 37-channel intro package. You can watch on up to three devices at once and there are no contracts, so you can cancel at any time. When Philo launched its $16-per-month streaming service a year ago, it began with support for iOS devices, Roku and Google Chromecast. TV Anywhere allows users to log into standalone apps, rather than exclusively viewing the content through the provider - in this case, Philo.

Philo is missing numerous channels that you'll find on other services, but if you couldn't care less about live sports or 24-hour news, you'll end up saving a bundle by choosing Philo over its competitors. At the very least, it's great to see new services popping up that offer something different than what everyone else already provides.