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!
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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
Basic Classic Premium Price
$5.99 $7.99 $9.99 Video Quality
SD HD HD Streams 1 2 4 Unlimited DVR Recordings --- 3 months 9 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 Movies & Mysteries
Game Show Network
World Fishing Network
The Weather Channel
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.
Frndly recommends an internet speed connection of 5 Mbps for HD quality and 1.5 Mbps for SD quality.
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.