Saturday, July 10, 2021

Frndly.TV is friendly TV

I've been a fan of Frndly.TV ever since it launched. The primary reason? Hallmark.

It's been difficult to find family friendly streaming content with which family members were already familiar. Hallmark is the, well, hallmark of family friendly programming. Sure, the programming is sappy at times, but if it says Hallmark, it's going to be family friendly.

There used to be a streaming service called Feeln that I was delighted to discover. I started watching it and was a yearly subscriber from the time Feeln launched in 2014. Actually, Feeln was a rebranding of a service with which I was not familiar: Spirit Clips. That was where you could find Hallmark content on-demand. That became Feeln, and with the rebranding push, I came aware of it, tried it, liked it, and became a yearly subscriber.

I continued to subscribe to Feeln until 2017, when it changed its name to Hallmark Movies Now. And, I continued to subscribe until Frndly.TV was launched in 2019. I liked Frndly, particularly liked that it carried current content -- there was no, or at least very little, overlap between Hallmark Movies Now and Frndly.TV -- and family members liked the live stream. I decided to stick with just one of the services, and when the Hallmark Movies Now yearly subscription expired in 2019, I let it lapse. I kept Frndly.TV.

And that's the background on how I came to be a fan of Frndly.TV. It actually had more than just the three Hallmark channels -- Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Drama, and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries -- and had more family friendly content. Today, at least as of this writing, it has 19 channels of live and on-demand content, with a 20th scheduled to launch soon.

The service has apps for the major streaming platforms -- Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast/Google TV, Android TV -- as well as mobile platforms. And, with plans as low as $6/month, it's a heckuva deal.

Frndly.TV is an important part of My Streaming Life.

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