Frndly TV Review: 5 Things to Know Before You Sign Up in 2022

Frndly TV Review: 5 Things to Know Before You Sign Up in 2022

Frndly TV Review: 5 Things to Know Before You Sign Up in 2022

Frndly TV’s pricing is much lower than what you may 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.

  • Video quality
  • Stream limit
  • DVR storage/expiration

Frndly TV Plans

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, MeTV and Game Show Network.

  • A&E
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • Hallmark Drama
  • The HISTORY Channel
  • Military HISTORY
  • INSP
  • Lifetime
  • Game Show Network
  • LMN
  • FETV
  • The Weather Channel
  • UPtv
  • FYI
  • Crime + Investigation
  • GAC Family
  • GAC Living
  • Circle
  • Curiosity Channel
  • Pixl
  • Outdoor Channel
  • Dove Channel
  • Dove Kids
  • Dove Family Movies
  • getTV
  • BYUtv
  • World Fishing Network
  • Sportsman Channel
  • VICE
  • Local Now
  • Recipe.TV
  • BabyFirst
  • QVC
  • FMC
  • Heartland TV
  • Story Television
  • MeTV
  • Heroes & Icons
  • Start TV
  • Decades

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 primarily family-friendly content.

NOTE: Aside from its 40+ 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

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

But for some reason, recordings don’t show up in your DVR until about five minutes after the live airing ends.

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. (Click Movies and TV from the top navigation.)

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

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.

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 relatively 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.

Frndly TV now lets you sort the live guide in alphabetical order from A-Z.

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.

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.

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 has been broken up into two categories: TV and Movies. It 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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Is Philo Still Worth It? 7 Things to Know Before You Sign Up in 2022

Philo raised its starting price for the first time ever in June 2021, but it remains the best value in live TV streaming for many households.

The service operates a little differently compared to its main streaming competitors.

While most pay-TV services include sports and news networks in their bundles, Philo does not. Instead, it carries primarily entertainment networks.

Philo Live TV Streaming Service Review: Pros and Cons

I’ve reported on Philo since its 2017 launch and have tested the service multiple times.

In this article and the video review below, I share what you need to know before you sign up for Philo and take a closer look at whether it’s still worth your money.

Table of Contents:

1. What Is Philo?

Philo is a live TV streaming service like YouTube TV, Hulu Live and Sling TV.

It packages cable TV networks and delivers them over the internet, with no annual contract or hidden fees.

But the difference with Philo is its channel lineup.

If you think about the typical pay-TV bundle, the four main components are local stations, live sports, cable news and entertainment.

Philo’s bundle of 60+ channels is made up mostly of entertainment fare.

Philo is based in San Francisco, California. The company is named after Philo T. Farnsworth, who invented the electronic television.

2. How Much Does Philo Cost?

Philo increased the price of its main bundle to $25 a month in June 2021 for new customers. Previously, the price was $20 a month.

Those who signed up before the price increase were allowed to keep their plan.

And the Epix and Starz add-ons to the main bundle — starting at $6 per month – were not affected by the June 2021 price increase.

  1. Fees from content partners are going up
  2. Costs associated with platform and billing partners

McCollum told Fierce Video that he hopes Philo won’t have to raise prices every year like some of its competitors, but he can’t make any promises.

3. Does Philo Offer Any Deals?

Like most streaming TV services, Philo offers a 7-day free trial to new subscribers.

You get started with either your phone number or email address, plus payment information like a credit card number. To avoid being charged, simply cancel Philo before your trial end date.

Aside from the free trial, T-Mobile began offering a $10 monthly Philo discount to select wireless and home internet customers in 2021.

That’s in addition to a $10 a month YouTube TV discount for T-Mobile customers.

But even if you don’t have T-Mobile, you may be able to score a one-time deal when you sign up for Philo with a promo code.

I performed a Google search for “Philo promo code” and quickly found a code for $5 off.

4. What Channels Do You Get With Philo?

Philo’s channel lineup isn’t as well-rounded as its competitors.

To charge less than other live TV streaming services, Philo doesn’t offer local broadcast stations, live sports and the major cable news networks.

Its list of channels focuses on entertainment and lifestyle networks.

The service has programming agreements and investment from four leading groups: A&E Networks, AMC Networks, Discovery and Paramount.

Channels aren’t usually added to pay-TV bundles individually, so it’s useful to know what big media company is controlling your must-have networks.

That knowledge can also help you understand why some networks are left out.

For example, ESPN, CNN and NBC aren’t available on Philo because it doesn’t have deals with Disney, WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal.

Take a look at Philo’s full channel lineup below:

Philo Channel Lineup

  • A&E
  • AccuWeather Network
  • AMC
  • American Heroes Channel
  • Animal Planet
  • aspireTV
  • AXS TV
  • BBC America
  • BBC World News
  • BET
  • BET Her
  • CMT
  • Comedy Central
  • Cooking Channel
  • Crime + Investigation
  • Decades
  • Destination America
  • Discovery Channel
  • Discovery Family
  • Discovery Life
  • Food Network
  • FYI
  • G4
  • GAC Family
  • GAC Living
  • Game Show Network
  • getTV
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Drama
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • Heroes & Icons
  • HGTV
  • History
  • IFC
  • INSP
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Law&Crime
  • Lifetime
  • LMN
  • Logo
  • Magnolia Network
  • MeTV
  • Motor Trend
  • MTV
  • MTV Classic
  • MTV Live
  • MTV2
  • Nick Jr.
  • Nickelodeon
  • Nicktoons
  • Oprah Winfrey Network
  • Paramount Network
  • PeopleTV
  • Science Channel
  • Start TV
  • Story Television
  • Sundance TV
  • Tastemade
  • TeenNick
  • TLC
  • Travel Channel
  • TV Land
  • TV One
  • UPtv
  • VH1
  • Vice
  • WE tv

If you can’t find all of your must-have channels with Philo and you’re on a budget, check out Sling TV. It’s cheaper than YouTube TV and Hulu Live.

5. Does Philo Offer Cloud DVR?

Philo is a live TV streaming service, but you don’t have to watch shows as they premiere thanks to its cloud DVR.

With Philo’s June 2021 price hike, the DVR got a major upgrade.

Philo’s DVR has always been unlimited, meaning that you can save as many shows or movies as you want to.

But recordings will now be saved for a full year. Previously, it was 30 days.

  1. When you find a show or movie that you want to record, just select “Save” before it starts
  2. Philo’s DVR records all future airings, new and reruns
  3. Access your recordings from the “Saved” section and select the DVR version to fast forward through the ads

Philo records everything that’s aired in the last 72 hours, which comes in handy if you forget to set your DVR. However, the on-demand version (VOD) will include unskippable ads.

6. How Do You Stream Philo?

You can stream Philo on your phone, computer or to a TV set with a compatible device.

Supported Devices

If you subscribe to my YouTube channel, you know I recommend Roku devices for first-time streamers. I’ve been using the Roku Express 4K+ with Philo.

Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast and some Samsung TVs are also supported.

Minimum Internet Speed

Philo recommends a high-speed internet connection with a download speed of at least 13 Mbps for HD streaming, even with multiple streams or devices.

You can stream at slower speeds, but video quality and performance may be affected.

In my cord-cutting guide for beginners, I recommend that you buy a high-speed internet plan with download speeds of at least 50 to 100 Mbps.

You can test your current internet speed for free at

Multiple Users

You can stream Philo on up to three devices at the same time, and there are up to 10 user profiles per account.

Each user gets their own sign-in credentials, DVR and viewing history.

7. Is Philo Still Worth It?

Despite its price increase, Philo is one of the few remaining values in live TV streaming.

If you watch a lot of reality TV and like to keep up with your favorite shows as new episodes premiere, Philo is worth considering.

But a growing number of people are dropping live TV in favor of on-demand apps.

For example, Discovery+ starts at $5 a month. It features content from Discovery-owned networks like HGTV, TLC and Food Network.

But it also has shows from A&E Networks like A&E, History and Lifetime.

Discovery+ allows you to stream on your own terms, but the tradeoff is that it leans heavily on library content.

Meanwhile, Philo has live channels of Discovery-owned networks and dozens more.

  • People who watch reality and drama TV but can live without live sports, cable news and broadcast stations
  • People who have another live TV streaming service but are looking for must-have channels that they don’t currently get

If you want to try out Philo, remember that it offers a 7-day free trial. Get started here and let me know how you like it in the comments below!

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I’ve been writing about money for more than a decade and love discovering new ways to save! My areas of expertise include budgeting, streaming TV, cheap cell phone plans, credit cards and retail savings. You can reach me at

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