Pay TV networks to launch online skinny bundle in the U.S

A+E Networks, Viacom, Discovery, Scripps and AMC Networks are teaming up to launch a new streaming bundle with linear channels that will not include sports content. Subscription will cost less than USD 20 a month, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter.

The new package will be called Philo, like the company that powers the project, and will have a soft launch in the United States in coming weeks. The channels featured in the bundle were not yet revealed but the Wall Street Journal said the companies expect to offer all their main TV brands.

In May this year, Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav said that viewers should be able to access a true skinny bundle costing about $10 a month with no sports. “I think that will happen. It’s just a matter of when,” the executive said, according to Deadline.