How Home Entertainment Has Become an Emotional Lifeline

by Matthew Wexler

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday August 17, 2020

How Home Entertainment Has Become an Emotional Lifeline
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When Philo T. Farnsworth invented the television in 1927, he likely had no idea that nearly a century later, home entertainment would become an emotional lifeline for millions of Americans. Laughter, tears and everything in between is stirred when watching the best TV shows. Now, more than ever, we're turning to famous TV actors and actresses and popular reality stars to whisk us away (if only for an episode) to a world other than our own.

"We're far more represented," says EDGE Media Network's entertainment editor Robert Nesti of the LGBTQ narratives now being told through today's shows. "Cis white culture has dominated our world since Stonewall. People have been saying this for years, but the way the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement have affected us is bringing about a new awareness."

Slow shifts in the entertainment industry have begun, but recent events are shining a spotlight on the desire for diverse and authentic storytelling.

"There's a pivot happening in people's lives," suggests Nesti. "Consumers have greater awareness and access through streaming services, whether they're seeking information about current events or looking to escape through episodic series or lighthearted reality programming."

And there's no reason why home entertainment can't be affordable, too. Philo is a new way to watch TV. With all of the features and none of the hassle, all you need is an Internet connection and supported device (web, iPhone & iPad, Android phones and tablets, Android TV, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV) for access to 60 channels (plus optional add-ons including Epix and Starz). All of those channels also offer access to some of the best LGBTQ shows to watch right now.


Philo offers the best of cable TV at a fraction of the cost, with bingeable favorites on Logo , VH1 for reality shows like "RuPaul's Drag Race," Comedy Central for laugh-out-loud escapism like "The Other Two," and at-home inspiration from The Food Network and HGTV. Even the family-oriented Lifetime is widening the lens of its original programming with LGBTQ-themed storylines as part of its 2020 holiday line-up.

"We are thrilled to continue our legacy of creating a holiday destination that is welcoming to all at Lifetime," said Amy Winter, Executive VP and Head of Programming at Lifetime, of the films. "With more new movies than any one cable network for streamer, I couldn't be prouder of the incredible talent joining us in front of, and behind the camera, on these new holiday movies."

Diversity in programming is only the first step in bridging the cultural gap, but without access, consumers have little chance to see themselves reflected in the entertainment landscape. At only $20/month, Philo is one of the most affordable streaming services available. A single account enables simultaneous streaming on up to three devices, and also allows for ten unique profiles to customize and save favorite content. Thirty-day DVR recording is also included at no additional cost.

"We're proud to be a television streaming service who offers diverse and LGBTQ programming and the best-in-class price point of $20 per month," said Mike Keyserling COO, Philo. "As a member of the LGBTQ community, I'm honored to work at a company that places a high value on offering a range of perspectives and has a deep commitment to the needs of our consumers. Creating opportunity and showcasing content from a broad spectrum of creators is not only essential to our business objectives, it's who we are and what we think is important."

According to recent reports, consumers are continuing to watch more TV than pre-coronavirus. Interestingly, there's also been an increase in communal viewing. No longer are spouses and partners escaping to the bedroom for "alone time," but, rather, enjoying viewership together in shared living spaces.

Whether you're on the couch with a loved one or a bowl of popcorn, it's never been easier or more affordable to take control of your viewing experience with Philo.

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Matthew Wexler is EDGE's National Senior Editor of Travel, Lifestyle, Health & Branded Content. More of his writing can be found at www.wexlerwrites.com. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.

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