Frndly TV: A cheap way get Hallmark Channel, Weather Channel and more without cable

Sometimes just one channel stands in the way of someone cutting the cable TV cord. And given what I’ve heard from readers, it can often be something niche like The Hallmark Channel.

For those prospective cord-cutters, a new streaming called service Frndly TV might be the answer. It starts at $6 per month and has a dozen cable channels, including The Hallmark Channel (plus its Movies & Mysteries and Drama offshoots), The Weather Channel, and Outdoor Channel.

Frndly TV is by far the cheapest and most focused live TV streaming package yet, and while it might not have everything cord-cutters want or need, it could supplement other streaming services and spare folks from getting much more expensive channel bundles. In a perfect world, we’d have a lot more options like it.

What is Frndly TV?

Frndly TV offers three price tiers: The $6-per-month Basic plan streams in standard definition and allows one stream at a time. An $8-per-month Classic plan streams in high definition on up to two devices at once, and it adds 30 days of unlimited cloud DVR storage. There’s also a $10-per-month Premium plan with 90 days of DVR storage and support for up to four streams at a time. Annual pricing is also available: $60 for Basic, $80 for Classic, and $100 for Premium.

In all cases, the lineup is the same, with Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Hallmark Drama, Game Show Network, Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network, BabyFirst TV, PixL, Light TV, QVC, and The Weather Channel.

As for device support, the app is available on Roku, Fire TV, iOS, Android, and the web.

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A grid guide serves as Frndly TV’s main menu.

Loading up the Roku and Fire TV apps, it’s clear that Frndly TV knows its target audience, which mainly skews older and won’t tolerate a drastically different interface than cable. The apps launch directly into live TV, and the main menu is a cable-style grid that shows 10 days of guide data. You can quickly switch channels or flip to your most recent channel while watching live TV.

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A “last channel” button is just a couple of clicks away.

The DVR can record individual episodes or entire series through the grid guide, and you can look up specific shows in the search section. The service also provides movies and shows on demand, and with all channels you can jump back to the beginning of any live program or view the past three days of programming.