Frndly TV Review

Frndly TV Review: 5 Things to Know Before You Sign Up in 2021

Frndly TV is not a total cable TV replacement, but the affordable live TV streaming service is part of the solution for many of its subscribers.

That’s because Frndly TV’s lineup includes 30+ channels that can be hard to find elsewhere. 

Frndly Live TV Streaming Service Review: Is It Worth It?

In fact, some people join Frndly TV to stream family-friendly networks that services like YouTube TV, Hulu Live, fuboTV and Sling TV don’t include in their plans.

I’ve tested Frndly TV several times since it first launched in 2019. 

In this article, I’ll help you decide if the service is worth your money in the increasing competitive live TV streaming industry. 

Read on for the five things to know before you sign up for Frndly TV! 

Table of Contents: 

1. How Much Does Frndly TV Cost?

Frndly TV’s pricing is much lower than what you’d expect from a live TV streaming service. 

There are three plans: Basic, Classic and Premium. They cost between $6.99 and $10.99 per month after a November 2021 price increase. I recommend the Classic plan for $8.99 a month.

The channel lineup is the same for all plans, but there are a few main differences to consider: 

  • Video quality
  • Stream limit
  • DVR storage/expiration

Frndly TV Plans

Video QualitySD HDHD
Multiple Screens1 Stream2 Streams4 Streams
Cloud DVR StorageNoneUnlimited
Recordings ExpireN/A3 Months9 Months

In addition to the monthly payment option, Frndly TV offers an annual subscription for its plans that can save you about 15% off.

However, I do not recommend that you sign up for a year right away.

Test out Frndly TV for a month, and make sure that you use it enough to justify the cost of paying for 12 months in advance. 

New Frndly TV users can start here and get a 7-day free trial.

2. What Channels Does Frndly TV Offer? 

Frndly TV’s three plans give you access to several dozen cable TV networks that primarily focus on family content. 

All three of the Hallmark channels are included, plus A&E, History, Lifetime, The Weather Channel, INSP and Game Show Network.

Here’s a look at Frndly TV’s full channel lineup: 

  • A&E
  • History
  • Lifetime
  • LMN
  • FYI
  • Military History
  • Vice TV
  • Circle
  • FE TV
  • GAC Family
  • GAC Living
  • getTV
  • Dove Channel
  • Recipe.TV
  • BYUtv
  • INSP
  • PixL
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • Hallmark Drama
  • UPtv
  • Game Show Network
  • Curiosity Channel
  • BabyFirst
  • QVC
  • The Weather Channel
  • Outdoor Channel
  • Sportsman Channel
  • Local Now
  • World Fishing Network

For many, Frndly TV is an add-on to another live TV service.

The more expensive services (YouTube TV, Hulu Live, fuboTV and Sling TV) carry the most popular sports, news and entertainment networks.

They have deals with companies like Disney, FOX, NBCUniversal and Discovery.

But to keep their prices lower than cable, those services don’t make deals with some of the smaller content providers. 

That’s where Frndly TV comes in. 

The service isn’t trying to replace your 100+ channel cable or satellite package. It’s carved out a niche as a provider of family-friendly content.

NOTE: Aside from its 30+ channel lineup, Frndly TV offers Hallmark Movies Now for an extra $5.99 per month. This on-demand service features separate programming from the live channels.

3. Does Frndly TV Offer Cloud DVR? 

Frndly TV’s Classic and Premium plans include cloud DVR, but this feature is not included with the Basic plan. 

For plans with cloud DVR, you will never run out of space. Storage is unlimited

However, recordings expire after three months with the Classic plan and nine months with the Premium plan

When you select a program from the live guide, you’ll see the record option. And if that program is part of a series, you can choose to record a single episode or all episodes. 

The My Recordings section is where you can manage your DVR. 

Frndly TV My Recordings (DVR)
Frndly TV My Recordings

With both plans that include DVR, you have the freedom to fast forward, rewind and pause your recordings.

If you forget to set a recording, you can still watch recent shows or movies with Frndly TV’s 72-hour Look Back feature. However, fast-forwarding is not allowed.

72-hour Look Back content can be found from the On Demand section.

Although most of the on-demand shows and movies have unskippable ads, Frndly TV also spotlights content that is 100% ad-free if you prefer not to suffer through commercials.

Frndly TV 72-hour Look Back from on Demand section
Frndly TV 72-hour Look Back

BOTTOM LINE: If you want to make sure that you can skip ads, take advantage of the unlimited DVR storage space and always set a recording.

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

To get started with Frndly TV, you’ll need two things: a high-speed internet connection and a supported device.

You can watch on your phone, computer or your TV set. 

Supported devices for streaming to a TV include Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android/Google TV and Chromecast

You can see a full list of supported devices here

During the sign-up process, I noticed this screen that recommended a Roku or Amazon Fire TV for the “best TV experience.”

That surprised me. Most services aren’t as transparent about the devices to use.

I streamed Frndly TV with a Roku Express 4K+ and had no issues with buffering.

As far as the internet speed requirement, Frndly TV’s recommendations range from 1.5 Mbps to 10 Mbps depending on several factors. 

Learn more about my personal internet speed recommendations in this guide.

5. How Is the Frndly TV User Experience?

Frndly TV is a bare-bones live TV service, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The service doesn’t have a home screen with personalized recommendations based on your viewing history.

Instead, you’re taken straight to the last channel you watched at launch.

With only about 20 channels, there’s really no need for settings to customize the live guide. Browsing it is a breeze. 

You can view what’s on now and up to 10 days into the future. 

I like how the guide includes this live marker that indicates where you would join a program in progress. Plus, you can see any programs that are being recorded from the guide. 

Live marker and record icon from guide

When you select a program from the guide, you’re not taken directly to it. There is a screen with the option to watch or record that shows up first. 

Frndly TV watch or record screen

Since there is unlimited DVR storage with Frndly TV’s Classic and Premium plans, I got into the habit of saving anything I wanted to watch later on.

That way, the My Recordings section served as my personal watch list. 

The On Demand section includes some commercial-free movies, which is nice. Most on-demand content has ads.

And Frndly TV’s 72-hour Look Back is a great backup if you forget to set a recording.

Final Thoughts 

Frndly TV is a live TV streaming service that delivers on its promise of family-friendly content at an affordable price.

For most streamers, I recommend the Classic plan since it includes HD quality video, cloud DVR and two streams at once. The Basic plan is just too basic for many people reading this article. 

Depending on your viewing habits, Frndly TV could be a seasonal or year-round subscription.

For example, I hear from a lot of people who like to watch the Hallmark Channel around Christmas. They may subscribe to Frndly TV in November and cancel in January.

Get started with Frndly TV here and let me know in the comments below how you like the service. 

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9 thoughts on “Frndly TV Review: 5 Things to Know Before You Sign Up in 2021”

  1. Michael
    Thank you so much for all your informative information. It is wonderful.
    Re: Frindly TV
    You mentioned they offer ad free viewing. I would like more information on that. How much more is it on Classic plan. I can’t stand not being able to forward past commercials.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Caroline.

      So just to be clear — there are commercials with all services that offer live TV.

      But with Frndly TV’s Classic plan ($2 more than the Basic plan), you get unlimited DVR storage. So you can add as many shows as you want to the DVR and then skip the commercials manually with your remote when you watch the shows later on.

      In addition, the On Demand section has some movies that have no commercials at all. They are labeled so you can easily find them.

    1. It’s available directly from Frndly TV’s website and then log in on your Roku. I do not sign up for services through third parties like Roku, so I’m not sure if Roku offers it when you sign up with them.

  2. You keep adding more stations and rearranging the guide sequence. If you are going to keep adding stations then you need to provide the subscribers the ability to choose the sequence of the stations in the guide. I have been a subscriber for a couple years and the guide sequence keeps changing. Many of your recent additions are of no interest to me. I would like to set the guide sequence that meets my interests as I am sure other would also.

  3. Jonathan Van Lahr

    Why do the correct GAC Family and GAC Living movies not show on the guide? I would like to record and watch later but I can’t do that if they are not on the guide.

  4. I am enjoying Friendly Tv…If I had a wish list I would love them to put into order by season and episode the on demand list. I am watching Chesapeake Shores and it is truly a pain to find the season and episodes on their list of on demand. The seasons and episodes are all over the place and out of sequence….

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