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Frndly TV becomes the latest streaming service to raise prices

The cost of Frndly TV's budget-friendly package goes up to $8 a month, though annual subscribers can get a deal.

The cost of Frndly TV's budget-friendly package goes up to $8 a month, though annual subscribers can get a deal.

Frndly TV's electronic program guide makes it easy to find channels and content to watch.
Frndly TV’s electronic program guide makes it easy to find channels and content to watch. (Image via Frndly TV app, Graphic by The Desk)

Frndly TV has become the latest streaming service to raise prices on its customers as the cost of delivering live television programming continues to go up.

Starting this week, Frndly TV has adjusted the price of its basic package to $8 a month (previously $7 a month), which offers access to more than 40 live channels of general entertainment, lifestyle and knowledge content along with retro shows and family-friendly movies.

Frndly TV has two other packages — Classic ($10 a month, previously $9 a month) and Premium ($12 a month, previously $11 a month) — that offers additional features like high-definition video streams, the ability to watch content on multiple devices at the same time and an expanded cloud DVR feature that stores recorded program for longer periods of time.

The price increases come as Frndly TV continues to invest more in its live programming, to include the addition of several channels operated by the E. W. Scripps Company (Ion, Grit) and Weigel Broadcasting (Movies, Me TV Plus) over the last few months.

In addition to those channels, Frndly TV offers access to A&E, the History Channel, Lifetime, the Weather Channel, Game Show Network, Family Movie Channel, Hallmark Channel and others.

While the cost of Frndly TV’s monthly packages is going up, streamers can save money by switching to an annual plan, which clocks in at $84 for the year (or roughly $7 per month, though it has to be purchased in one annual payment) for the Basic plan. The Classic and Premium plans are also available with annual discounts, which cost $95 and $120 per year respectively.

All monthly plans come with a seven-day free trial, which is available to new subscribers who sign up for service by clicking or tapping this link.

Frndly TV is widely supported on streaming TV platforms, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV (Google TV) and newer-model Samsung TVs, as well as most popular smartphones and tablets.

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Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).