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Philo is raising prices, but you can grandfather in at the $16 rate

If you're already a subscriber or you sign up before May 6, the ultra-cheap plan is yours to keep.

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Philo will soon offer just one plan, and it'll cost $20 per month. Still a great deal, but I mourn the loss of the $16 option.

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Well, poop. Following in the recent footsteps of live-TV streaming services DirecTV Now, Hulu and YouTube TV, cord-cutter favorite Philo is raising prices.

Sort of. Starting May 6, the company's $16-per-month plan is going away, leaving only the $20-per-month option.

That's the bad news. The good news is that if you're already a subscriber at the lower tier or you sign up before that date, you can keep the $16 plan.

Everything else remains pretty much the same. The $16 tier includes the following 45 channels:

  • A&E
  • AMC
  • Animal Planet
  • AXS TV
  • BBC America
  • BBC World News
  • BET
  • Cheddar Business
  • Cheddar News
  • CMT
  • CLEO TV
  • Comedy Central
  • Discovery
  • DIY
  • Food Network
  • FYI
  • Game Show Network
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Drama
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • HGTV
  • IFC
  • ID
  • Lifetime
  • Lifetime Movies
  • Motor Trend
  • MTV
  • MTV 2
  • MTV Classic
  • Nickelodeon
  • OWN
  • Paramount
  • People TV
  • Sci
  • Sundance TV
  • Nick Jr
  • Teen Nick
  • History
  • Tastemade
  • TLC
  • Travel
  • TV Land
  • VH1
  • Viceland
  • WE TV

The $20 plan adds 12 more:

  • American Heroes
  • Aspire
  • BET Her
  • Cooking
  • Destination America
  • Discovery Family
  • Discovery Life
  • Logo
  • MTV Live
  • Nick Toons
  • Revolt
  • UP TV

Although the bump to $20 from $16 represents a 25% increase, Philo remains one of the cheapest live-TV streaming services. Both tiers include three simultaneous streams and unlimited DVR.

AT&T Watch currently charges $15 per month, but that package includes only 34 channels and doesn't include a DVR option. Sling TV starts at $25 (though a current promotion drops that to $15 per month for the first three months), with one to three simultaneous streams depending on the package. If you want DVR, that adds an extra $5.

Neither AT&T Watch nor Philo offers local or sports channels. Sling has lots of the latter, but a limited number of local stations.

No one ever said cord-cutting would be easy -- or cheap. Although Philo remains a great deal, the handwriting is on the wall: Streaming prices will continue to rise.

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