Philo vs Frndly TV: which is better?

Philo and Frndly TV represent two of the cheapest live TV streaming services out there. But how do you choose between them? They both have their perks. Philo has a great selection of channels, while Frndly TV is super affordbale. In the end, it all comes down to your preferences.

Below we talk about who each service is for. Then we talk about their differences based on: popularity, price, device availability, channel count, which channels each one has, specialties, and whether they offer a trial. Basically, everything you need to know to make a choice.

Channels on Philo and not Frndly TV

The channels that Philo has and which are not available on Frndly TV:

Channels on Frndly TV and not Philo

The channels that Frndly TV has which are not available on Philo:

  • BabyFirst
  • Bounce
  • BYUtv
  • Circle
  • Court TV
  • Cowboy Way Channel
  • Dove Channel
  • Dove Family Movies
  • Dove Kids
  • FMC
  • GRIT
  • Hallmark Movies Now
  • Heartland TV
  • ION
  • ION Mystery
  • JusticeCENTRAL.TV
  • Laff
  • Lifetime Movie Network
  • Local Now
  • Military HISTORY
  • Movies!
  • Outdoor Channel
  • PixL
  • Pursuit
  • QVC
  • Recipe.TV
  • Sportsman Channel
  • StoryTV
  • The History Channel
  • The Weather Channel
  • Waypoint TV

Popularity: Philo is more popular than Frndly TV

Philo has 800,000 subscribers whereas Frndly TV has 700,000 subscribers. This means that Philo has 100,000 more subscribers than Frndly TV.

Price: Frndly TV is cheaper than Philo

Frndly TV's costs $7 whereas Philo costs $25. Getting Philo instead of Frndly TV will set you back $18 more every month.

Why get Philo?

Nothing beats the price: $25 is really cheap, one of the cheapest ways out there to get Live TV. And the fact that you get unlimited DVR -if you care about that kind of stuff- on top of that is kind of crazy. Just as a comparison, Youtube TV offers unlimited DVR but it costs three times as much.

Go to Philo

Why get Frndly TV?

Frndly is one of the cheapest Live TV streaming services out there, so if there is a chance you're only interested in the channels it offers (such as Hallmark), go for it. However, if you like more options and are willing to pay more, there are streaming services with many (many!) more options.

Go to Frndly TV

Devices: Philo is more widely available than Frndly TV

Philo is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, iPhone, Roku or Samsung TV.

Whereas Frndly TV is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS or Roku. That's 2 less devices than Philo.

Channel count: Philo has 43 channels more than Frndly TV

Philo's lineup includes 86 channels whereas Frndly TV has only 43 channels. Getting a subscription to Philo will give you access to 43 more channels than Frndly TV. That's quite a bit of channels.

Trial: Philo offers a trial

Philo has a trial. The trial duration is 7 days.

Find out more on Philo

Trial: Frndly TV offers a trial

Frndly TV has a trial. The trial duration is 7 days.

Find out more on Frndly TV

Philo's specialty

The specialties of Philo are: Lifestyle, News, True Crime.

Frndly TV's specialty

The specialties of Frndly TV are: Family.

Channels on both Frndly TV and Philo

The channels that are available on both Frndly TV and Philo are:

  • A&E
  • Catchy Comedy
  • Crime-Investigation
  • FETV
  • FYI
  • Game Show Network
  • GetTV
  • Great American Family
  • Great American Living
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Family
  • Hallmark Mystery
  • Heroes & Icons
  • History
  • INSP
  • Lifetime
  • MeTV
  • Start TV
  • UPtv

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Frndly TV is a streaming platform focused on family-friendly live TV channels, with an attractive price starting at $6.99. There are three plans, Basic, Classic and Premium, which respectively cost the $6.99 starting price, $8.99, and $10.99. The Basic plan only allows for SD streaming, but both other plans allow for HD. The basic plan doesn't allow for DVR recordings, but the other plans allow for 3 months and 9 months respectively. And lastly, the basic plans allows for only one simultanious stream, but the Classic allows for 2 and the Premium allows for 4.

Price: $6.99/month

Free Trial: 7 days

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, Roku

Channel lineup: A&E, AccuWeather, BabyFirst, Bounce, BYUtv, Catchy Comedy, Circle, Court TV, Cowboy Way Channel, Crime-Investigation, Dove Channel, Dove Family Movies, Dove Kids, FETV, FMC, FYI, Game Show Network, GetTV, Great American Family, Great American Living, GRIT, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Family, Hallmark Movies Now, Hallmark Mystery, Heartland TV, Heroes & Icons, INSP, ION, ION Mystery, JusticeCENTRAL.TV, Laff, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network, Local Now, MeTV, Military HISTORY, Movies!, Outdoor Channel, PixL, Pursuit, QVC, Recipe.TV, Sportsman Channel, Start TV, StoryTV, The History Channel, The Weather Channel, UPtv, VICE TV, Waypoint TV

Features: DVR, likely to work with a VPN, on-demand content, unlimited DVR, up to four concurrent streams, up to two concurrent streams