4 Things to Know Before You Sign Up for Frndly TV


If you want to watch Hallmark Channel, Game Show Network or The Weather Channel without cable, Frndly TV is an internet-based streaming TV service that you may want to consider.

Frndly offers more than a dozen family-friendly channels starting at $6 per month, but is it worth it?

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I signed up for Frndly TV’s 7-day free trial and streamed 12 hours of content to review the service’s pricing, channel lineup, key features and more.

Read on to learn everything you need to know before you sign up for Frndly!

Table of Contents

1. How Much Does Frndly TV Cost? 

Frndly TV offers three plans that cost between $5.99 and $9.99 per month. Annual plans are also available at a discounted rate of 15% or more.

The three plans are called Basic, Classic and Premium. I tested out the $7.99/month Classic plan.

The channel lineup is the same for all plans, but there are differences in video quality, the number of simultaneous streams and cloud DVR capabilities.

Frndly TV Monthly Plans

Video Quality
Streams 124
Unlimited DVR Recordings---3 months9 months

Whether you choose a monthly or annual plan, Frndly offers a 7-day free trial. Cancel before your trial period ends if you don’t want to be billed.

Canceling is easy through Frndly’s website. Just sign in and navigate to the settings page.


2. What Channels Do You Get With Frndly TV? 

There are 15 channels included with Frndly TV, including Hallmark Channel and its two sister networks: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and Hallmark Drama.

Frndly TV’s entire channel lineup features family-friendly programming that you can watch live or on-demand.

Frndly TV Channel List

Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Hallmark Drama
Game Show Network
Outdoor Channel
Sportsman Channel
World Fishing Network
BabyFirst TV
Light TV
The Weather Channel

The channel list is short, but it includes a few niche networks that aren’t available on streaming TV services like YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV.

For many, Frndly could be an affordable add-on to one of those other cable TV alternatives.

3. Does Frndly TV Include DVR? 

Cloud DVR is included at no additional charge if you sign up for Frndly TV’s Classic or Premium plans, but it’s not available on the Basic plan.

  • Unlimited cloud DVR storage lets you record as many programs as you want at the same time.
  • Fast forward and rewind your DVR recorded content with no restrictions.
  • Recordings are available for three months on the Classic plan and nine months on the Premium plan.

4. What Equipment Do I Need to Stream Frndly TV? 

Frndly TV requires a high-speed internet connection. After you sign up, you’ll need a supported device like a Roku Express to stream content on your TV.

Supported streaming media players include Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.

For my 7-day trial, I tested Frndly using a Roku Express and then switched to an Amazon Fire TV Stick. The streaming quality was consistently good with both devices — no buffering.

Frndly recommends an internet speed connection of 5 Mbps for HD quality and 1.5 Mbps for SD quality.


Final Thoughts 

Frndly TV offers fewer channels than YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV and even Sling TV — but the price is right.

If Frndly’s channel lineup includes one or two of your favorite channels that are missing from your current TV bundle, it may well be worth the cost.

I like how the monthly plan gives users the flexibility to stop and start their subscription throughout the year.

For example, Hallmark Channel is very popular during the holidays. You could sign up for a month to binge-watch Christmas movies, then cancel your subscription.

There are no fees to cancel the monthly plan, and you can always reactivate your subscription.

If Frndly TV’s channel lineup is a little too thin for you, take a look at Philo. For $20 per month, it includes 60+ networks — including Hallmark Channel and Game Show Network.

Have you tried Frndly TV? Leave your review in the comments below! 

This article was originally written by Michael Timmermann and published on December 20, 2019.

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