Friday, November 12, 2021

Frndly.TV gets friendlier, maybe, and more costly

According to a Wall Street Journal report, Frndly.TV will offer seven channels from A+E Networks soon. That's the good news. The bad news is the price is going up. The other good news is that the increase is only $1.

The Wall Street Journal says that Frndly.TV subscribers will get the new channels in about a week:

Frndly TV, founded two years ago by former Dish Network Corp. DISH +0.84% executives, said Wednesday it had signed a deal with A+E Networks to carry seven of its networks—including A&E, Lifetime and the History Channel—starting Nov. 18.

As a result of the agreement, Frndly TV will offer 30 live TV channels, adding to its current bundle that already includes the Hallmark Channel and the Weather Channel. The company said it would raise the basic monthly subscription price to $6.99 from $5.99. Frndly TV’s other subscription tiers will also increase.

Frndly.TV lists the networks they'll carry:

In addition to A&E, The HISTORY Channel and Lifetime, Frndly TV subscribers will also receive Lifetime Movie Network® (LMN), FYI®, Military HISTORY®, ViceTV® and complementary video on demand programming.

Starting on Thursday, November 18, the seven channels will begin to premiere on Frndly TV.

I haven't watched many of those channels. I dropped cable over a decade ago, and I have only occasionally used a live streaming service, mostly because I only get them for football, so even when I have the channels, I don't watch them.

This sounds like a good addition to Frndly.TV to me. However, I do wonder if this means the service is getting away from family friendly content. Some of the programming on A+E Networks isn't something that every family would sit and watch together. A&E itself isn't the old A&E that carried quality programming. Say what you want, WWE Most Wanted Treasures isn't in the same league with Breakfast with the Arts.

I'm not worried about Frndly.TV just yet, but this may not be a good sign, if TV you can watch with your kids is what you're after. The price increase isn't bad, though, and I won't complain about that. But, I'm keeping an eye out for other programming that might not fit the original draw for Frndly.TV. I wonder if it will be something families will want in their Streaming Life.

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