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Frndly TV to add Weigel’s Me TV Plus

The agreement marks the first time the channel is offered on a national basis.

The agreement marks the first time the channel is offered on a national basis.

Weigel Broadcasting has reached a deal to distribute its spinoff retro television network Me TV Plus on a national basis through the streaming service Frndly TV, the companies announced this week.

The channel will be added to Frndly TV’s low-cost, family-oriented television service in October. Frndly TV began carrying some of Weigel’s digital broadcast networks early last year.

“We are excited to add MeTV Plus which has been highly requested by our customers,” Michael McKenna, the co-founder and programming officer at Frndly TV, said in a statement. “While Me TV Plus is currently available in some local markets, with Frndly TV’s launch of Me TV Plus, classic TV lovers will be able to enjoy more great classic programming via this popular channel nationwide.”

Me TV Plus includes some of the same programming offered on the main Me TV channel, including classic episodes of “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Maverick,” “The Rifleman,” “Green Acres” and “The Flying Nun,” along with other series like “Mission: Impossible,” “T. J. Hooker,” “The Rookies” and “The Streets of San Francisco.”

Other Weigel channels offered on Frndly TV include Story Television, Heroes & Icons, Catchy Comedy (formerly Decades) and Start TV.

DEAL: Get a free trial to Frndly TV to watch MeTV, MeTV Plus and other channels

Frndly TV bills itself as “the most-affordable live TV streaming service,” and offers more than 40 channels of general entertainment, lifestyle, knowledge and classic TV channels, starting at $7 a month. Channels include A&E, History Channel, Hallmark Channel, the Weather Channel, FYI, Lifetime, Game Show Networok, Ion and Family Movie Channel.

New customers can try the service for seven days without paying anything as part of an extended free trial offer. Frndly TV is supported on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV (Google TV), as well as most popular phones and tablets.

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