Frndly TV Review

Frndly TV is cheap, but is it worth it? Our expert review of the skinny-bundle live TV streaming service lays out all you get (and don’t get) with Frndly TV.

Good skinny bundle

Frndly TV
Price: $6.99–$10.99/mo.
Channels: 30+
Cloud DVR storage: Unlimited (3–9 mos.)

Plan Price Channels Streams Cloud DVR Details
Basic $6.99/mo. 30+ 1 N/A View plan
Classic $8.99/mo. 30+ 2 Unlimited (3 mos.) View plan
Premium $10.99/mo. 30+ 4 Unlimited (9 mos.) View plan

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Is Frndly TV good?

Live TV streaming service Frndly TV carries over 30 channels, including A&E, Lifetime, Hallmark Channel, HISTORY, and The Weather Channel for as little as $6.99 a month. It also offers unlimited cloud DVR storage with its more expensive plans, which are still relatively cheap at $8.99 and $10.99 a month.

But, if you’re looking for a comparable replacement for cable or satellite TV service, Frndly TV isn’t it. There are no sports or local channels, and the majority of Frndly TV’s channels are—at best—filler obscura (BabyFirst, PixL, Recipe.TV, etc.).

Frndly TV’s biggest selling point is its collection of 10 A+E Networks live channels, which includes favorites like FYI, VICE, and Lifetime Movie Network. If you’re into those channels and couldn’t care less about sports or local content, you may have found your skinny-bundle streamer in Frndly TV.

Frndly TV pros and cons

Pros

  • Low pricing
  • A&E, Lifetime, and Hallmark channels

Cons

  • No sports or local channels
  • No cloud DVR or HD on Basic plan

Frndly TV free trials and deals

Frndly TV offers a seven-day free trial to get a feel for its live TV streaming service.

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Frndly TV plans and pricing

Plan Price Channels Streams Cloud DVR Details
Basic $6.99/mo. 30+ 1 N/A View plan
Our pick
Classic
$8.99/mo. 30+ 2 Unlimited (3 mos.) View plan
Premium $10.99/mo. 30+ 4 Unlimited (9 mos.) View plan

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

The channel count and lineup is the same with each Frndly TV plan; it’s the cloud DVR and simultaneous streams that’ll cost you a little more. We like the Classic plan with two streams and unlimited cloud DVR storage for three months. if you’re not going to watch that show you recorded three months ago, are you ever? Probably not.

Frndly TV vs. the competition

Service Price Channels Streams Cloud DVR Details
Frndly TV $6.99–$10.99/mo. 30+ 1–4 Unlimited (3–9 mos., Classic or Premium plans only) View plans
YouTube TV $64.99/mo. 80+ 3 Unlimited (9 mos.) View plan
Read YouTube TV review
Hulu + Live TV $69.99–$75.99/mo. 70+ 2 Unlimited (9 mos.) View plans
Read Hulu + Live TV review
Philo $25.00/mo. 60+ 3 Unlimited (1 yr.) View plan
Read Philo review
fuboTV $66.99–$79.99/mo 112–160+ 3 1,000 hrs. View plans
Read fuboTV review
Sling TV $35.00–$50.00/mo. 30–50+ 1–4 50 hrs. View plans
Read Sling TV review
DIRECTV STREAM $69.99–$149.99/mo. 65–140+ Unlimited 20 hrs. View plans
Read DIRECTV STREAM review
Vidgo $59.95–$79.95/mo. 110–140+ 3 N/A View plans
Read Vidgo review

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Frndly TV is easily the least-expensive live TV streaming service out there, but CableTV.com doesn’t award it the editorial pick of “Cheapest”—that goes to Philo. Why? Philo’s 60-channel lineup makes it a more viable replacement for cable or satellite TV service. It’s like comparing apples to half-eaten apples.

Frndly TV channels

Frndly TV’s channel lineup is almost an even 50/50 split of popular channels and filler—unless channels like the World Fishing Network and UPtv are your jam. Cable staples like AMC, TNT TBS, FX, and ESPN are nowhere to be found, but Frndly TV’s stable of A+E Networks channels are nothing to sleep on, as they’re not available on all live TV streaming services.

Frndly TV channels

Channel Frndly TV (Basic, Classic, and Premium)
A
A&E
ABC
ACC Network
AMC
American Heroes Channel
Animal Planet
B
BabyTV
BBC America
BBC World News
beIN Sports
BET
BET Her
Big Ten Network
Bloomberg TV
Boomerang
Bravo
BYUtv
C
C-SPAN
Cartoon Network / Adult Swim
CBS
CBS Sports Network
Cheddar News
Circle
CMT
CNBC
CNN
Comedy Central
COMET
Cooking Channel
COZI TV
Curiosity Stream
The CW
D
Decades
Destination America
Discovery Channel
Discovery Family
Discovery Life
Disney Channel
Disney Junior
Disney XD
Dove Channel
E
E!
EPIX®
ESPN
ESPN2
ESPNews
ESPNU
ESPN Deportes
F
Family Movies Classic
FETV
Food Network
FOX*
Fox Business Network
Fox News
Fox Weather
FS1
FS2
Freeform
Frndly TV
Fuse
FX
FXM
FXX
FYI
G
G4
GAC Family
GAC Living
Galavisión
Game Show Network
GetTV
Golf Channel
H
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Drama
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Heroes & Icons
HGTV
HISTORY
HLN
I
IFC
Investigation Discovery (ID)
ION
INSP
L
Lifetime
Lifetime Movie Network
Logo TV
M
Magnolia Network
MeTV
Military History
MLB Network
MOTOR TREND
Movies!
MSNBC
MTV
MTV2
MTV Classic
MTV Live
N
Nat Geo WILD
National Geographic Channel
NBA TV
NBC
NBC Universo
Newsmax
NewsNation
NFL Network
NFL RedZone
NHL Network
Nick Jr.
Nickelodeon / Nick at Nite
Nicktoons
O
OANN
Olympic Channel
Outdoor Channel
OWN
Oxygen
P
Pac-12 Network
Paramount Network
PBS
PixL
Pop
S
Science
SEC Network
Smithsonian Channel
Sportsman Channel
Stadium
Start TV
Story Television
SundanceTV
Syfy
T
TBS
TCM
TeenNick
Telemundo
Tennis Channel
TLC
TNT
Travel Channel
truTV
TV Land
U
UniMás
Universal Kids
Univision
UPtv
USA Network
V
VH1
VICE
W
WEtv
Weather Channel
World Fishing Network

Data effective as of post date.

Frndly TV live sports

There are no sports channels on Frndly TV. If you’re looking to stream sports live, you’ll have to pay more for a service like YouTube TV, fuboTV, or DIRECTV STREAM. Read more about your TV sportsball options in our How to Watch Live Sports guide.

Frndly TV local channels

Frndly TV isn’t friendly with local channels, either. To watch local TV broadcasts from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The CW, and PBS, you’d have to subscribe to a pricier live TV streaming service or buy an over-the-air digital antenna (a much cheaper option).

Get local channels for free

Local broadcast channels carrying ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The CW, PBS, and more channels are available for free—all you need is an antenna. Find the right one for you in our Best Antennas for Cord-Cutters guide.

Frndly TV add-on channels

Add-on Price
Hallmark Movies Now $4.99/mo.

Premium add-ons like HBO Max and SHOWTIME aren’t available through Frndly TV, but Hallmark Movies Now is. If you want to watch an endless stream of Christmas movies over the holidays (or any time of the year, we don’t judge), HMN is worth the extra 5 bucks a month.

Frndly TV specs and features

Like its subscription plans, Frndly TV’s interface and features are as straightforward as can be. One big difference between Frndly TV and most every other streaming service: it offers no parental control options (given its chaste channel lineup, no big deal).

Multiple Streams

Plan Simultaneous streams
Basic 1
Classic 2
Premium 4

Frndly TV’s Basic plan lives up to its name with just one simultaneous stream and, as you’ll see in a minute, no cloud DVR storage and limited video quality. Single viewers watching on a phone could get by with Basic, but larger households with multiple TVs will probably want to upgrade.

Cloud DVR

Plan Simultaneous streams
Basic N/A
Classic Unlimited (3 mos.)
Premium Unlimited (9 mos.)

What “Unlimited” means here: Classic’s cloud DVR will store your recorded shows for three months; Premium will keep them for nine months before deletion. Frndly TV also features a well-stocked on-demand library of shows from its channels, as well as a “72 Hour Look Back” that lets you watch shows aired within the past three days.

Devices

Device Frndly TV
Amazon Fire Cube, Stick, TV
Android phones, tablets
Android TV
Apple TV (4th gen.)
Apple TV 4K
Chromecast, Chromecast with Google TV
Echo Show
iPhone, iPad
LG TVs (select models)
Nintendo Switch
NVIDIA SHIELD Pro TV
PC, Mac web browsers
PlayStation 3, 4, 5
Roku Ultra, Express, Premiere, Stick, TV
Samsung TVs (select models)
TiVo Stream
Wii
Xbox One

Data effective as of post date.

Frndly TV covers the main streaming device bases, but no gaming consoles. Xboxers, ya burnt.

Frndly TV video and audio quality

Frndly TV’s Basic plan streams at 720p standard definition; Classic and Premium stream at 1080p high-def. All three plans feature standard 2.0 audio with no Dolby 5.1 surround sound capability.

Final take: Is Frndly TV worth it?

If you can get by without sports, local, and most popular cable channels, Frndly TV is a worthwhile live streaming deal—though we’d recommend its more expensive plans over the bare-bones Basic tier. Even at $8.99 or $10.99 a month, access to A&E, Lifetime, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, HISTORY, FYI, VICE, and the rest of the A+E Networks channels is a skinny-bundle steal

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Frndly TV FAQ

What channels does Frndly TV have?

Frndly TV carries popular live channels like A&E, Lifetime, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, HISTORY, FYI, and VICE, as well as over 20 other lesser-known channels like Decades, Heroes & Icons, and Start TV.

Does Frndly TV have local channels?

To keep its monthly cost down, Frndly TV carries no local channels affiliated with ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The CW, or PBS. You can easily get these channels in your area for free with a one-time purchase and installation of an over-the-air digital antenna.

What is better, Philo or Frndly TV?

If you want a channel lineup comparable to cable or satellite TV, the 60-channel Philo offers a wider selection of content than Frndly TV for $25 a month. But, like Frndly TV, Philo doesn’t have any sports or local channels.

Methodology

Our experts employed hours of hands-on testing with Frndly TV, rating the streaming service on bang for your buck, reliability, and features. Then we matched up Frndly TV with other live TV streaming services head to head to give a clearer picture of its strengths and weaknesses. For more information on our methodology, check out our How We Rank page.

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