Friday, June 17, 2022

A closer look at Frndly TV

I said recently that I would be looking at live streaming services. And it's only fair for you to know ahead of time that I don't regularly use a live streaming service. If you want to know why, read my recent post about that.

For now, I'm taking a look at one of the live streaming services that I think is a real gem: Frndly TV.

I've been a fan of Frndly TV for quite some time. And with plans starting at $7/month, it's a great deal. Well, to me it is.

Unlink YouTube TV, Hulu+Live TV, Fubo TV, and DirecTV Stream, there are no local channels in the Frndly TV plan. Which means if you want local channels streaming, this may not be the service for you.

Of course, if you have an antenna, or can add an antenna to your setup, then Frndly TV is one to consider.

Mostly, it's a matter of taste. What type of content to you want? If you want family friendly TV, it's hard to beat Frndly TV. Even if you want other content, using Frndly TV as an add-on rather than a primary service is still an option.

Three Hallmark channels, UP TV, MeTV,and so many others make this one of the most affordable ways to watch those channels.

While the number of available channels isn't huge, right now it's at 38 channels, the selection of a good one if you want family friendly TV.

Family Friendly Channels

  • A&E
  • Hallmark Channel
  • The HISTORY Channel
  • INSP
  • Lifetime
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • Gameshow
  • Lifetime Movie Network
  • FETV
  • The Weather Channel
  • Hallmark Drama
  • UPtv
  • FYI
  • GAC Family
  • Circle
  • CuriosityStream
  • Pixl
  • Outdoor Channel
  • Dove Channel
  • getTV
  • BYUtv
  • GAC Living
  • Military HISTORY
  • World Fishing Network
  • Sportsman Channel
  • VICE TV
  • Local Now
  • Recipe.TV
  • BabyFirst
  • Dove Kids
  • QVC
  • FMC
  • Heartland TV
  • StoryTV
  • MeTV
  • Heroes & Icons
  • Start TV
  • Decades

The downside of Frndly TV is you need to know which plan you want. And all the plans carry the same lineup. Why is that? Well, it has to do with the quality of the stream, the number of streams, and the DVR functionality.

The Plans

For $7/month, you get the channels listed, but at 480 resolution. If you have a smaller TV, or a 720p TV, then it's not as noticeable. On a large 4K TV, you can tell the difference. And for $7, you get a single stream, and no DVR.

The $9/month plan gets you HD quality (1080) stream, and two simultaneous streams. You also get three month DVR capability.

The $11/month plan gets you four streams, and nine month DVR library.

All plans get you the same channels, and on-demand content.

Oh, one other thing. The interface is okay. It's not ideal, but it's good. It's on par with Hulu+Live TV in how easy it is to use. And while it's easy to use, you can't rearrange the channels, and that's the drawback for me. Still, you get a lot for the money, and there's no better live streaming service for family friendly content. If that's something you want in your Streaming Life, then Frndly TV may just be for you.

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