Philo, the $16/mo OTT TV service, is launching a referral program. Now, whenever a customer refers a friend they and their friend will receive a five dollar credit towards their bill. Philo CEO and co-founder of Facebook, Andrew McCollum, took to Reddit — a social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website — to announce the news.
“Thanks for your support (also your criticism — keep it coming), and we love following the discussions in this community,” the CEO Wrote in a post on a subreddit known as Cord-cutters. “That’s why we wanted to share the news here first that we are launching a referral program for Philo. Starting today, if you refer someone to Philo with your custom link/code and they become a subscriber, they’ll save $5 off their first month and you’ll get a $5 credit off your next month’s bill.”
According to McCollum, there is no limit on referrals. So someone with a lot of friends could potentially get a few months of service for free.
While the comment section of the post was optimistic about the new program, many complained about the lack of accessibility to the service. Currently, Philo is only available on a select few devices that don’t include Apple TV, Google Chromecast, or Amazon Fire — all which have been experiencing significant growth in viewing hours. According to a recent report from Conviva, Apple TV experienced a 709% increase in viewing hours from Q1 2017 to Q1 2018, while Amazon Fire experienced a 411% increase.
Here are the requirements to the referral program:
- Only new subscribers, i.e. people who have not previously signed up for a free Philo trial or subscription, qualify as referrals.
- If someone who was referred cancels before they pay for their first month of Philo, the referral is considered canceled.
- Referral credits do not expire so long as subscribers maintain an active Philo subscription.
- Credits are only valid for use on Philo and are not transferable or redeemable for cash.
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Launched in November 2017, Philo’s $16/mo OTT service comes with 37 channels that include: AMC, A&E, The History Channel, Comedy Central, The Food Network, Viceland, and Cheddar. And for an extra $4 users can get an additional 9 channels that include BET Her, MTV Live, and Nicktoons. One thing that the company does not offer –which is the reason it is able to keep its monthly fee so low — is access to dedicated sports channels like ESPN or Fox Sports.
The company’s investors include A+E Networks, AMC Networks, Discovery Communications, Scripps Networks Interactive and Viacom.