Cinedigm’s Dove Channel Joins Family ‘Frndly TV’

Cinedigm, the parent company of Dove Channel, March 22 announced an agreement to bring the family friendly subscription streaming service to the Frndly TV platform. The agreement brings Dove Channel’s movies and TV series, including “The Lucy Show,” “Gumby,” “The Little Rascals” and “Madeline,” to Frndly TV subscribers.

“Dove Channel’s extensive programming is a perfect fit for our goal of bringing to market family friendly TV,” Michael McKenna, chief programming officer of Frndly TV, said in a statement.

The launch of the $4.99 monthly Dove Channel on the $5.99 monthly Frndly TV lineup in the second quarter expands both Frndly TV’s offering of linear channels and increases the platform’s on-demand library by more than a thousand hours, while keeping the current price structure for subscribers.

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Los Angeles-based Cinedigm launched Dove Channel in 2015, citing high consumer demand for family-friendly content, offering viewers safe programming options and full access to a library of value-based films, children’s programs, documentaries, and series in the streaming marketplace. Titles include the above mentioned TV series as well as films such as A Christmas Kiss, Letters to God, and Left-Behind: The Movie, among others.

“Cinedigm is focused on delivering enthusiast audiences with content they’re passionate about and our partnership with Frndly TV underscores that notion of family safe programming,” said Erick Opeka, president/CSO of Cinedigm Networks.

Family-Friendly Streaming Video Service ‘Frndly TV’ Launches

Disney pledges its pending Disney+ subscription streaming service will target families with appropriate content when launching in November.

Getting a jumpstart on Disney+, the Oct. 1 launch of rival platform Frndly TV, which claims to offer the first-ever live and on-demand streaming service tailored specifically to the family viewing audience and priced at $5.99 per month.

“While more live streaming services have become available over the last few years, none of them focus on the American family,” Bassil El-Khatib, CEO, Frndly TV, said in a statement.

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At launch, Frndly TV offers live and on-demand programming across 12 different channels, expanding to 20 channels over the next year.

The full lineup includes: Hallmark Channel, Game Show Network, The Weather Channel, Outdoor Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Hallmark Drama, PixL, Light TV, BabyFirst TV, QVC, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network.

“Our channel lineup was hand-selected to meet the needs of our target audience, the American family,” El-Khatib said.

Frndly TV features include:

  • Linear TV guide: Viewers can browse TV shows the way they are accustomed to, with the very familiar and highly sought after linear grid guide.
  • Unlimited cloud DVR: Never run out of space. No worrying about managing your DVR. Truly record your favorite shows and movies and watch them whenever you want on any available device.
  • More than 1,000 on-demand titles: Browse Frndly TV’s on-demand catalog, featuring more than 1,000 titles.
  • 72-hour “Look Back”: Go back 72 hours and watch any programming that aired in that timeframe with the “Look Back” feature. No more forgetting to set the DVR or waiting for the on-demand asset to become available.
  • Start a program live from the beginning: Don’t worry if you tune-in halfway through the program, Frndly TV allows viewers to start over from the beginning across every network.
  • Available on popular devices: Stream from the comfort of your own home on Roku, Amazon, and Chromecast or on-the-go with iOS and Android. Apple TV will also be available by the end of the year.

For an additional two dollars more per month ($7.99/month), viewers will get access to high definition content, the ability to watch on two devices simultaneously and unlimited Cloud DVR that stores your favorite shows for up to 30 days – plus look back and on-demand access, similar to the core service.

And for just two dollars more a month ($9.99/month), viewers will get everything previously mentioned plus the ability to stream on four devices simultaneously and unlimited Cloud DVR that stores all recordings for 90 days.

Frndly TV Guide Screenshot