Philo vs Frndly TV vs Sling Blue

We all know Philo and Frndly TV are budget-friendly alternatives to more stacked (or is it bloated?) live TV streaming services. But how do they compare to the popular Sling Blue plan? You'll be surprised to know that Philo has notable channels the two others don't, namely, Paramount Network, MTV, and Nickelodeon. And for its part, the family-friendly Frndly is the only one among the three to have QVC and The Weather Channel (though it is also the only one without Discovery). But if local news is your priority, then Sling Blue might have them all beat: in select markets, it offers local NBC, Fox, and ABC networks. The downside to Sling Blue, however, is its limited DVR storage. Unlike Philo and Frndly, which have unlimited cloud DVR, you can only record up to 50 hours on Sling. So, whether you're comparing channels, DVR, device compatibilities, or free-trial lengths, you can read below to see how all three services match up to one another.

Which is cheaper?

The cheapest of the three streaming service in order are: Frndly TV ($6.99), Philo ($25), and the most expensive of the bunch, Sling Blue ($45).

Philo vs Frndly TV vs Sling Blue channel lineups

Channel Philo
$25/month
Frndly TV
$6.99/month
Sling Blue
$45/month
A&EYesYesYes
AccuWeatherYesYes-
AMCYes-Yes
American Heroes ChannelYes--
Animal PlanetYes--
aspireTVYes--
AXS TVYes-Yes
BBC AmericaYes-Yes
BBC World NewsYes--
BETYes-Yes
BET HerYes--
Bloomberg--Yes
Bloomberg Television--Yes
Bravo--Yes
BYUtv-Yes-
Cartoon Network--Yes
Charge!--Yes
CheddarYes--
Cheddar NewsYes--
Circle-Yes-
CMTYes--
CNN--Yes
Comedy CentralYes-Yes
Comet--Yes
Cooking ChannelYes--
Crime-InvestigationYesYes-
Curiosity Channel-Yes-
Destination AmericaYes--
DiscoveryYes-Yes
Discovery ChannelYes-Yes
Discovery FamilyYes--
Discovery LifeYes--
Dove Channel-Yes-
E!--Yes
EPIX Drive-In--Yes
FETVYesYes-
FMC-Yes-
Food NetworkYes-Yes
Fox News--Yes
Fox News Channel--Yes
Fox Sports--Yes
Fox Sports 1--Yes
Fox Sports 1 (FS1)--Yes
Fuse--Yes
FX--Yes
FYIYesYes-
Game Show NetworkYes--
GetTVYesYes-
Great American FamilyYesYes-
Great American LivingYesYes-
Gusto TVYes--
HallmarkYesYes-
Hallmark ChannelYesYes-
Hallmark FamilyYesYes-
Hallmark MysteryYesYes-
Heartland-Yes-
Heroes & IconsYesYes-
HGTVYes-Yes
HistoryYesYesYes
HLN--Yes
ID--Yes
IFCYes-Yes
INSPYesYes-
Investigation DiscoveryYes-Yes
Investigation Discovery (ID)--Yes
Justice Central TV-Yes-
LifetimeYesYesYes
Lifetime Movie Network-Yes-
LMNYes--
Local Now-YesYes
LogoYes--
Magnolia NetworkYes--
MeTVYesYes-
Military HISTORY-Yes-
Motor TrendYes--
MSNBC--Yes
MTVYes--
MTV ClassicYes--
MTV LiveYes--
MTV2Yes--
National Geographic--Yes
NBC--Yes
NFL Network--Yes
Nick Jr.Yes-Yes
NickelodeonYes--
NicktoonsYes--
Outdoor Channel-Yes-
Paramount NetworkYes--
pocket.watchYes--
PopYes--
Pop TVYes--
QVC-Yes-
Recipe.TV-Yes-
RetroCrushYes--
REVOLTYes--
RevryYes--
Science ChannelYes--
Smithsonian ChannelYes--
Sportsman Channel-Yes-
Start TVYesYes-
Story TelevisionYesYes-
Sundance TVYes--
SYFY--Yes
TastemadeYes--
TBS--Yes
TeenNickYes--
The Weather Channel-Yes-
TLCYes-Yes
TNT--Yes
Travel ChannelYes-Yes
truTV--Yes
TV LandYes--
TV OneYes--
UPtvYesYes-
USA--Yes
Vevo CountryYes--
Vevo Hip-HopYes--
Vevo PopYes--
VH1Yes--
ViceYesYesYes
WYesYes-
WE tvYes--
Weather Channel-Yes-

Device availability comparaison

Where each streaming service has an app:
Device Philo
$25/month
Frndly TV
$6.99/month
Sling Blue
$45/month
AirplayYes-Yes
Airplay supportedYes-Yes
AirTV--Yes
Amazon Fire TVYesYesYes
AndroidYesYesYes
Android TVYesYesYes
Apple TVYesYesYes
ChromecastYesYesYes
Fire TVYesYesYes
iOSYesYesYes
iPhoneYes--
LG--Yes
LG TV--Yes
RokuYesYesYes
SamsungYes-Yes
Samsung TVYes-Yes
Xbox--Yes
Xbox 360--Yes

Trials: Philo includes a free trial

Philo has a free trial of 7 days.

Go to Philo

Trials: Frndly TV includes a free trial

Frndly TV has a free trial of 7 days.

Go to Frndly TV

Trial: Sling Blue does not offer a trial

Sling Blue is currently not offering a trial.

Go to Sling Blue

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

Why get Sling Blue?

If you like channels such as Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, and TBS, Sling Blue is a cheap alternative to cable - costing only $40 a month.

Go to Sling Blue

Sling Blue used to be cheaper than Sling Orange, but they now cost the same - $40 per month. If you get both of them, they cost $55 for the bundle, so around $27.5 each.

Price: $45/month

Device availability: Airplay supported, AirTV, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, LG TV, Roku, Samsung TV, Xbox 360

Channel lineup: A&E, AMC, AXS TV, BBC America, BET, Bloomberg Television, Bravo, Cartoon Network, Charge!, CNN, Comedy Central, Comet, Discovery Channel, E!, EPIX Drive-In, Food Network, Fox News Channel, Fox Sports 1, Fuse, FX, HGTV, History, HLN, IFC, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, Local Now, MSNBC, National Geographic, NFL Network, Nick Jr., SYFY, TBS, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, truTV, USA, Vice

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