Philo vs Frndly TV vs Youtube TV

How do two of the cheapest cord-cutting options stack-up against the pricey giant of Youtube TV? You'd be surprised to know that Frndly and Philo have some channels that Youtube TV doesn't, for example A&E. And Frndly TV has Curiosity Channel, which neither Youtube nor Philo carry. Still, obviously, Youtube TV boasts a long lineup that Philo and Frndly can't compete with. On the device front, Frndly TV is not available on some major devices for example Samsung Smart TVs. Below we look at each streaming service's channels, device availability, and pricing.

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, YouTube TV ($72.99).

Philo vs Frndly TV vs YouTube TV channel lineups

Channel Philo
$25/month
Frndly TV
$6.99/month
YouTube TV
$72.99/month
A&EYesYes-
ABC--Yes
ABC News--Yes
AccuWeatherYesYes-
Adult Swim--Yes
AMCYes-Yes
American Heroes ChannelYes--
Animal PlanetYes-Yes
aspireTVYes--
AXS TVYes--
BBC AmericaYes-Yes
BBC World NewsYes-Yes
BETYes-Yes
BET HerYes-Yes
Big Ten Network--Yes
Bounce--Yes
Bravo--Yes
BYUtv-Yes-
Cartoon Network--Yes
CBS--Yes
CBS local channels--Yes
CBS Sports Network--Yes
CheddarYes-Yes
Cheddar NewsYes-Yes
Circle-Yes-
CMTYes-Yes
CNBC--Yes
CNBC World--Yes
CNN--Yes
Comedy CentralYes-Yes
Comedy TV--Yes
Comet--Yes
Cooking ChannelYes--
Court TV--Yes
Cozi TV--Yes
Crime-InvestigationYesYes-
Curiosity Channel-Yes-
CW--Yes
Dabl--Yes
Destination AmericaYes--
DiscoveryYes-Yes
Discovery ChannelYes--
Discovery FamilyYes--
Discovery LifeYes--
Disney Junior--Yes
Disney XD--Yes
Docurama--Yes
Dove Channel-YesYes
E!--Yes
ESPN--Yes
ESPN U--Yes
ESPN2--Yes
ESPNews--Yes
FETVYesYes-
FMC-Yes-
Food NetworkYes-Yes
FOX--Yes
Fox Business--Yes
Fox News--Yes
FOX SOUL--Yes
Fox Sports--Yes
Fox Sports 1--Yes
Fox Sports 1 (FS1)--Yes
Fox Sports 2--Yes
Fox Sports 2 (FS2)--Yes
Fox Weather--Yes
Freeform--Yes
FS2--Yes
FX--Yes
FXM--Yes
FXX--Yes
FYIYesYes-
Galavision--Yes
Game Show NetworkYes-Yes
Get TV--Yes
GetTVYesYes-
Golf Channel--Yes
Great American FamilyYesYes-
Great American LivingYesYes-
Gusto TVYes--
HallmarkYesYesYes
Hallmark ChannelYesYesYes
Hallmark FamilyYesYesYes
Hallmark MysteryYesYesYes
Heartland-Yes-
Heroes & IconsYesYes-
HGTVYes-Yes
HistoryYesYes-
HLN--Yes
HSN--Yes
IFCYes-Yes
INSPYesYes-
Investigation DiscoveryYes-Yes
ION--Yes
Justice Central TV-YesYes
Law & Crime--Yes
LifetimeYesYes-
Lifetime Movie Network-Yes-
LMNYes--
Local Now-YesYes
Localish--Yes
LogoYes--
Magnolia NetworkYes--
MeTVYesYes-
Military HISTORY-Yes-
Motor TrendYes--
MotorTrend--Yes
MSNBC--Yes
MTVYes-Yes
MTV ClassicYes-Yes
MTV LiveYes--
MTV2Yes--
Nat Geo Wild--Yes
National Geographic--Yes
NBA TV--Yes
NBC--Yes
NBC local channels--Yes
NBC News Now--Yes
NBC Universo--Yes
NBCLX--Yes
NBCSN--Yes
News Nation--Yes
NFL Network--Yes
Nick Jr.Yes-Yes
NickelodeonYes-Yes
NicktoonsYes-Yes
Outdoor Channel-Yes-
OWN--Yes
Oxygen--Yes
Oxygen True Crime--Yes
Paramount NetworkYes--
PBS--Yes
PBS Kids--Yes
PBS local channels--Yes
pocket.watchYes--
PopYes-Yes
Pop TVYes--
QVC-YesYes
Recipe.TV-YesYes
RetroCrushYes--
REVOLTYes--
RevryYes--
Science ChannelYes--
Scripps News--Yes
SEC Network--Yes
Smithsonian ChannelYes-Yes
Sportsman Channel-Yes-
Start TVYesYesYes
Story TelevisionYesYes-
Sundance TVYes-Yes
SYFY--Yes
TastemadeYes-Yes
TBS--Yes
Teen Nick--Yes
TeenNickYes--
TeleHit--Yes
Telemundo--Yes
Telemundo local channels--Yes
The Weather Channel-YesYes
TLCYes-Yes
TNT--Yes
Travel ChannelYes-Yes
True Crime--Yes
Turner Classic Movies--Yes
TV LandYes-Yes
TV OneYes--
Unimas--Yes
Unimas local channels--Yes
Universal Kids--Yes
Universo--Yes
Univision--Yes
Univision local channels--Yes
UPtvYesYes-
USA--Yes
Vevo CountryYes--
Vevo Hip-HopYes--
Vevo PopYes--
VH1Yes-Yes
ViceYesYes-
WYesYesYes
WE tvYes-Yes
Weather Channel-YesYes

Device availability comparaison

Where each streaming service has an app:
Device Philo
$25/month
Frndly TV
$6.99/month
YouTube TV
$72.99/month
AirplayYes-Yes
Airplay supportedYes-Yes
Amazon Fire TVYesYesYes
AndroidYesYesYes
Android TVYesYesYes
Apple TVYesYesYes
ChromecastYesYes-
Fire TVYesYesYes
iOSYesYesYes
iPhoneYes--
LG--Yes
LG TV--Yes
PlayStation--Yes
RokuYesYesYes
SamsungYes-Yes
Samsung TVYes-Yes
Shareplay supported--Yes
Sharp--Yes
Vizio--Yes
Xbox--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

Trials: YouTube TV includes a free trial

YouTube TV has a free trial of 7 days.

Go to YouTube TV

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 YouTube TV?

Youtube TV boasts a wide offering of almost every major channel, unlimited DVR, six accounts, and up to three simultaneous streams. It's the perfect option for families. The cost is a little steep, and there are cheaper options out there, but with a great interface (Live TV services are not known to always have the most intuitive interfaces) and wide availability across devices, it's fair to say that you'll get your dollar's worth.

Go to YouTube TV

Youtube TV boasts a wide offering of almost every major channel, unlimited DVR, six accounts, and up to three simultaneous streams. It's the perfect option for families. The cost is a little steep, and there are cheaper options out there, but with a great interface (Live TV services are not known to always have the most intuitive interfaces) and wide availability across devices, it's fair to say that you'll get your dollar's worth.

Price: $72.99/month

Free Trial: 7 days

Device availability: Airplay supported, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, LG TV, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung TV, Shareplay supported, Sharp, Vizio, Xbox

Channel lineup: ABC, ABC News, ACCN, Adult Swim, AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, BBC World News, BET, BET Her, Big Ten Network, Bounce, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CBS, CBS local channels, CBS Sports Network, Cheddar, Cheddar News, CMT, CNBC, CNBC World, CNN, Comedy Central, Comedy TV, Comet, Court TV, Cozi TV, Dabl, Discovery, Disney, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Docurama, Dove Channel, E!, ESPN, ESPN U, ESPN2, ESPNews, Food Network, FOX, Fox Business, Fox News, FOX SOUL, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Fox Weather, Freeform, FX, FXM, FXX, Galavision, Game Show Network, Get TV, Golf Channel, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Family, Hallmark Mystery, HGTV, HLN, HSN, IFC, Investigation Discovery, ION, Justice Central TV, LAFC Channel, Law & Crime, Live Now, Local Now, Localish, MotorTrend, MSNBC, MTV, MTV 2, MTV Classic, My TV, Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic, NBA TV, NBC, NBC local channels, NBC News Now, NBC Universo, NBCLX, NBCSN, NECN, News Nation, NFL Network, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Orlando City Channel, OWN, Oxygen, Oxygen True Crime, Paramount, PBS, PBS Kids, PBS local channels, PC Mag, Pop, QVC, Recipe.TV, Scripps News, SEC Network, Smithsonian Channel, SNY, Start TV, Sundance TV, SYFY, Tastemade, TBS, Teen Nick, TeleHit, Telemundo local channels, The CW, The Great Courses, The Weather Channel, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, Tru TV, Turner Classic Movies, TV Land, TYT, Unimas, Unimas local channels, Universal Kids, Univision, Univision local channels, USA, VH1, WE tv

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