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Frndly TV and Local Channels: What You Should Know Before Signing Up

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Frndly TV does not offer access to local channels, including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, and The CW affiliates, and that might not change anytime soon. However, Frndly TV does offer access to Local Now and some homes may find that to be enough of a solution for their local TV needs.

Arguably, the main benefit of Frndly TV is the price. With plans starting at just $7.99 a month, Frndly TV is considerably cheaper than most other live TV services and packages. The problem with Frndly TV is that the low price does directly impact the channel selection. For example, Frndly TV is not only missing local channels, but also popular news and live sports channels as well.

For those primarily interested in a live TV package that includes local channels, Streaming Better recommends considering an alternative live TV service. While other services will likely cost more than Frndly TV each month, homes may find that the channel lineup is better suited to their needs.

Frndly TV includes Local Now

A Frndly TV subscription does include access to Local Now. While Local Now isn’t a typical local channel, it does provide access to local news, entertainment, traffic, weather, and more. Local Now makes use of a device’s IP address to determine the location of the viewer and provide programming based on that designated location.

Frndly TV Local Now
Local Now on Frndly TV

Whether Local Now is enough of a solution for a home will depend on their individual local needs. For example, Local Now won’t be a solution for anyone looking to watch live local sports. In addition, Local Now only covers 220 cities in the United States so some homes may find that their city isn’t currently covered. Considering this isn’t a finite list, it is possible that additional cities will be added in the future.

As Local Now is a free channel in general, there is no need to sign up for Frndly TV to get access to the channel. Instead, Local Now can be accessed through the website or on a number of platforms and devices by downloading the app. This also means that it is possible to check Local Now out and confirm whether it is a good enough local streaming solution before signing up to Frndly TV.

If it is, then Streaming Better would still recommend using the Local now app in addition to the Frndly TV app, as the Local Now app also unlocks access to a variety of additional free channels, including news stations from ABC, CBS, NBC and more. This is in addition to thousands of on-demand movies and shows that are also available to watch for free.

Accessing local channels over the air

For those that would still rather sign up to Frndly TV to take advantage of the low price and selection of entertainment channels, accessing the over-the-air version of a local channel is an option. While Frndly TV won’t help in this respect, many homes may find they can access some or all of their preferred local stations with the help of an antenna.

Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed outcomes when using an antenna, as various factors, including the location of the user and the strength of the antenna, play a role in determining which homes can access which local stations over the air.

Basically, the only way to determine how well an antenna will compensate for Frndly TV’s lack of local channels is to manually try an antenna and see what you get.

John Finn
John Finn

By John Finn

John Finn is the Founder and Editor of Streaming Better, a platform created in 2019 to help consumers navigate the complicated live TV streaming and subscription service market.

John has been covering technology for various online publications since 2014. After originally covering the wider tech industry as a writer and editor, John now spends his time focusing on the emerging video-streaming market, including live TV streaming, SVOD, AVOD, FAST, and TVOD services.

In a bid to keep up to date on the industry, John actively subscribes to multiple streaming services at the same time. However, John continues to advocate that the best approach for consumers is to rotate between streaming services as needed.

A Psychology graduate from England, who now lives in the US, John previously worked in the aviation industry as an airline reviewer. While reviewing airlines isn't quite the same as reviewing devices and streaming services, John brings the same analytical eye to all of his reviews and industry analysis, along with a special emphasis on what's best for the consumer.

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