CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Philo, the innovative Local Area Network (LAN)-based television service for colleges and universities, today announced it is now available to students at William Paterson University. This new service provides on-campus students the opportunity to stream live television programming including sports, news and popular television series directly to their devices anywhere on campus. The service newly includes the ability to DVR hours of entertainment. Those who do not live on campus may still use the service while on campus to watch non-premium, broadcast, channels.
The launch of Philo’s service at WPUNJ marks the first time LAN-TV has been available to colleges and universities in the state of New Jersey. WPUNJ joins Harvard, Yale, and more than a dozen other schools taking the innovative step to provide their students with the benefits of LAN-TV.
Philo’s service will replace William Paterson University’s existing coax cable infrastructure, saving the school general maintenance costs and the expense of pulling cable to new locations and buildings. Unlike many other online video streaming services, Philo operates within the private campus data network, meaning that students all over campus can watch without straining the school’s bandwidth. Given that college students are increasingly consuming video content on their laptops and mobile devices, Philo’s online live TV service brings students what they want to watch how they want to watch it.
“William Paterson University is committed to providing our students with the highest quality of residence life and keeping up with the latest advances in technology to benefit our campus. Philo is an excellent addition to the William Paterson University. It enriches our students’ residential life experience with the entertainment and educational content they are looking for, while lowering our costs by using our existing and one data infrastructure.” said Eric Rosenberg, William Paterson University, Chief Information Officer.
“College students, like those at William Paterson University, increasingly look to their computers and mobile devices for all media – homework, music, and, television,” said Philo CEO Christopher Thorpe. “At Philo, we’re reinventing the TV experience so that students can watch what they want, on any device, anywhere on campus. We’re delighted that William Paterson University is joining the Philo family to deliver high quality, cost-effective television to its students.”
To start enjoying Philo, students log in at www.wpunj.edu/tv. Philo instantly validates students’ university credentials so there’s no wait to get started. Students can watch live television from a range of devices, as well as use Philo’s DVR features to schedule and watch recorded programs on their personal computers.
Philo was invented by Harvard undergraduates who wanted a more convenient way to watch TV on campus, and independently created the company’s first streaming service in their dorm room. After its initial launch at Harvard, Philo has grown to a number of colleges and universities, including Yale University, the University of Washington, Stanford University, Wesleyan University, and Fort Hays State University.
Philo offers universities a cost-effective, secure television solution that runs over the university’s existing local area network (LAN), reducing external bandwidth needs while providing students with television entertainment in the way they want to watch. With Philo, students have the ability to securely access the university's multi-channel TV lineup with a sleek interface, built-in guide, and DVR. The company is also rolling out integration with TV Everywhere and on-demand products like HBO GO, interactive content, and social media.
Visit Philo at www.philo.com.