About TV Frog

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff Updated on: May 31, 2017

TV Frog is an Android media hub that connects to your TV via Wi-Fi or Ethernet and allows you to stream your own media, such as photos and videos. After downloading the appropriate apps, you’ll also gain access to movies and TV shows from popular media services like KODI, Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube—and in crystal clear 4K Ultra HD.

The website tells us the hub will also be able to stream music, allow you to enjoy Android gaming, and browse the web whenever you please, all in a plug and play device that promises to “deliver unparalleled entertainment at no additional costs or stress.”

But before you hand over your money, you’ve come here to learn more about TV Frog, and whether or not it’s the right device for you. Will it really “make your TV smart”? And even if it will, are there other devices competing for your dollar?

Let’s start helping you make a more informed decision by taking a look at TV Frog’s specifications.

What Is TV Frog & How Does It Work?

In 3 Easy Steps For Cutting the Cord, we explain that there are three key components for streaming content to your TV (or making it “smart”):

  1. An Internet connection,
  2. The appropriate hardware, and
  3. The right software.

As you probably guessed, TV Frog represents the hardware in this equation. Basically, it houses software that processes signals received through a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection and translates them into images that appear on your TV.

It also houses downloadable third-party software (or apps) that can enhance the viewing experience, including popular options like Netflix, HULU Plus, and Sling TV. You can store as many apps and other media as the device's hard drive can hold.

What Are TV Frog’s Specifications?

As mentioned, TV Frog works over a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection. It also features 1GB RAM and 8GB memory, utilizes a Quad-Core Cortex A7, 2.4GHZ CPU, and runs on an Android version 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system.

On two sides of TV Frog, you’ll find a variety of ports that allow you to import pictures into a library for later browsing, as well as to play all your music (including AAC, MP3, FLAC, OGG, WAV, and WMA formats). These include:

  • 4 USB ports
  • 1 HMDI port
  • 1 SD/MMC port
  • S/PDIF audio output
  • 1 AV input

According to the website, you’ll be able to access a cue sheet, tag your files, integrate with MusicBrainz, and create smart playlists. TV shows can be viewed by episode and season, and can be sorted by watched status, description, and actors.

If you need to browse the web or stream content directly from the Internet, you can also use TV Frog’s wireless mouse after connecting its USB Bluetooth receiver into the back and downloading the browser app.

TV Frog DeviceTV Frog is an Android-based streaming media hub that allows you to download files, download popular apps, and browse the internet using the included mouse. Image credit: Strong Current Enterprises Ltd.

What will you pay for all of these features?

How Much Does TV Frog Cost?

How much you pay for each TV Frog device depends on how many you purchase:

  • 1 Unit: $79.94
  • 2 Units: $147.59
  • 3 Units: $184.49
  • 4 Units: $236.14
  • 5 Units: $276.73

Each unit includes a TV Frog, one HDMI 4.1 cable, one wireless mouse, and one AC/DC adaptor and power cable.

At the time of our research, the company was also offering a free universal power adaptor and surge protector they claimed will allow you to use TV Frog, or any of your other devices, in any country in the world.

All TV Frog purchases do not come with a 100% guarantee, although after reading through the Terms, we learned that this guarantee comes with some fairly strict guidelines.

First, we’re told that all products are sold “as is” and all sales are final. In other words, there are no refunds, only exchanges permitted.

Second, you can process an exchange within 30 days of receiving your device, although it “must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.”

In order to request an exchange, customer service can be reached at 888-836-8088 or support@freeseetv.com.

Are There Any TV Frog Customer Reviews or Feedback For the Company’s Other Products?

We didn’t encounter any firsthand customer feedback for TV Frog at the time of our research, although we did find an in-depth Snopes article titled Is TV Frog a Legitimate Alternative to Cable?

In short, they found that TV Frog appears to be a legitimate device, but emphasized that “does not enable users to watch cable television for free, whether legally or illegally, as it merely provides an internet connection to any given television set.”

This means that, in order to watch legal content from third-party services, you’ll need to pay extra or sign up for a subscription (depending on the specific service).

From a company perspective, TV Frog is brought to you by Strong Current Enterprises Ltd., based out of London and in business since 2010.

Despite their time in business, the only other product Strong Current had brought to market at the time of our research was HDZoom 360 (also sometimes referred to as HD 360X Zoom), although it also didn’t feature any customer reviews, either.

Lack of feedback aside, how does TV Frog stack up against the competition?

TV Frog vs. AppleTV, Roku, Chromecast, & Other Streaming Devices

Remember, as the Snopes article above mentions, TV Frog simply provides an internet connection to any television set, while also providing a graphical interface that can be used to view content. In other words, it’s a media streaming device.

But, there are a whole lot of streaming devices competing in the same marketplace as TV Frog, including behemoths like AppleTV, Roku Premiere, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV. Does it fare well?

Device Price Online Content Services 4K? Web Browser
TV Frog $79.94 Google TV Yes Yes
Apple TV $140-$200 Any available through iTunes No No
Roku Premiere $50-$80 4,500+ streaming channels Yes App Available
Google Chromecast $15-$70 Google Cast No No
Amazon Fire TV $90 Amazon Prime, Amazon Fire App Store Yes No

In addition to these options, there are perhaps thousands of other generic Android-based streaming devices from third-party companies.

In fact, if you enter the phrase “Quad-Core Cortex A7, 2.4GHZ” into your favorite search engine, you’ll encounter several streaming devices that make many of the same claims as TV Frog, some of which were available for as little as $40 at the time of our research.

Comparatively, while these Android options might move your television into the online realm, they typically feature less robust functionality than some of the mainstream competition above (i.e. not as many popular apps available).

Perhaps TV Frog’s biggest advantage is that it offers a built-in browser, although the fact that you’ll have to use a mouse means you’ll have to be sitting next to a flat surface (versus in the middle of your couch under a blanket, for example). It’s also positive that the device features four USB ports, although 25% of these will be taken up by the mouse’s Bluetooth receiver.

TV Frog’s 4K output capability could certainly appeal to movie buffs, but it’s important to keep in mind that the content you’re viewing must be transmitted in 4K, and your TV must be able to display 4K.

In short, don’t think that TV Frog will magically turn the picture quality on a circa-2001 TV set into something you’d expect on something like the Samsung QLED TV.

Let’s carry these thoughts over to the next section as we come to an educated conclusion about TV Frog.

Our Final Thoughts About TV Frog

If you’re simply looking to move your TV into the 21st century and connect it to the Internet, based on what we learned from the device’s website (we didn’t test it firsthand), it seems like TV Frog is a legitimate product that might get you there.

And with its wide variety of inputs, it seems like it could also act as a central hub for connecting a handful of other devices and media (although it might not represent the most elegant option).

In the end, though, we don’t think the most important question related to TV Frog is one of legitimacy; it’s one of value.

In other words, if you’re only interested in gaining online access through your TV, and then using it to stream different media directly, there are dozens of valid options from mainstream manufacturers that can be purchased for less than $50. Which, as consumers ourselves, might deliver more value than TV Frog.

On top of this, these mainstream options will typically support a broader range of content services, which might be important if you’re looking to add a Netflix, HULU Plus, etc. subscription at some point in the future. They’re also typically backed by trained support staff who can get you back up and running quickly if something goes wrong.

Finally, many of these mainstream devices come with solid refund policies and warranties, neither of which seem to be provided by Strong Current Enterprises. As such, make absolutely sure you want to purchase TV Frog before pressing the order button.

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103 Customer Reviews for TV Frog

Average Customer Rating: 1.2
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 1 4 star: 4 3 star: 2 2 star: 3 1 star:  93
Bottom Line: 7% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Be careful!

    I've had an Apple TV and Xbox and they both work just great. My new TV Frog is unstable; picture goes blank and continuously says "the program is not responding" although I have a good wifi signal and know how to program KODI.

    I wrote to them complaining and never had a response. I would not recommend anyone to buy a TV Frog unit!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Where is my TV Frog?

    I ordered my box on June 25th, and they were quick enough to take the money out of my account. It is now September and still no TV Frog. I have tried phoning, but there is no one there. I have sent several emails and have received one answer with a tracking number. After checking the tracking number, it went quiet after July 27th. As of today, the item is not found.

    I would like to get a refund, but there is no one to help you. I will try and send emails until I get an answer. This has to be one of the biggest scams. I can't give you an order number because I never received one.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 2 people found this review helpful

    How it works

    • Repentigny, Quebec, Canada,
    • Sep 8, 2017
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    Where can I find on the internet about the way it works? I have received the TV Frog, but there no instruction for the way to use it. I have plugged it, but don't have info to show me how it works.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Total scam

    • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,
    • Sep 7, 2017
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    This device was totally misrepresented to capture TV signals from many elite channels off the airwaves; it absolutely does not do that. It is simply an interface to connect your TV to the internet, something all smart TVs already do. A total scam. Too bad I cannot give a zero rating. One is the lowest allowed. This must be illegal for false advertising.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Sep 8, 2017

      Gasaba Kabura

      This device is awful. First, it takes too long to get and no assistance provided by the vendor. This device does not work at all. This is a scam and I would not recommend it to anybody.

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    The worst

    • Ontario, Canada,
    • Sep 1, 2017
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    If you know what is good for you, do not buy this product. It is useless, and their customer service won't answer your question after two responses from them. The wireless mouse is the worst I've seen. I had to buy a USB wired mouse with a long extension cable, and I have to be on a flat surface for it to work.

    I won't recommend this to my worst mortal enemy. Expensive lesson I've learned.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    • Queensland, Australia,
    • Aug 29, 2017
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    It took four weeks to arrive, at least it arrived, unlike some reviews. There is no support. I tried a number of times for support but the email failed to be sent. I have tried some apps, and it freezes.

    Do not buy this product. To me, the company is a back yard shed.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Pretty good

    • Italy,
    • Aug 29, 2017
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    After seeing the other reviews, I see I am going against the current.

    Delivery was about one week longer than expected, but I did get prompt replies to my emails. When it finally arrived, I too was a little confused on its functioning, but after a few YouTube searches, I was able to find and load the free cloud TV app and started watching live sports.

    Now am currently experimenting with the built in Kodi app, and am finding 100's of channels and programs. My friends have seen it, and have since ordered theirs.

    Bottom line, it could be a little more user-friendly, but it does work.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    TV Frog a total joke

    • Ontario, Canada,
    • Aug 29, 2017
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    Well, first of all, let me tell you that I ordered five items total, according to their "so much savings" in the advertising and it took three months almost to get to me. The package came from Netherlands but when I opened it, to my surprise, I only found two items, not even looking like anything they advertised in the commercial, nor it was doing anything that they claimed it was supposed to do.

    What I mean by that is that they said it was "plug and play" and you had all the TV channels around the globe (no need for programming or reprogramming "the frog"), and actually it was absolutely empty and needed programming to be used.

    In the package I found a letter/invoice, saying that over five items ordered, they will come in different packages/shipments, but I never received anything else. I sent them an email because they never answered the phone, and I asked them to cancel my orders, being so frustrated and disappointed by them not honoring my orders as they promised. They replied to my message and asked me if I wanted to keep the orders valid for another 30% discount, and I refused.

    I have sent the package back to them, and I'm waiting to see if they will reimburse my expenses. This is exactly what happened, and I'm writing this review for anybody who wants to order this so-called new miracle/wonder product, to forget about it, because it's all a FRAUD that YOU pay for, and it's nothing even close to what they advertise, not even funny.

    Thank you and be careful.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Sep 4, 2017

      Jeff W Thigpen

      Call your bank and get the charges reversed, tell them what you did and about your total experience. You should get your money back.

    • Sep 6, 2017

      sylvie rand

      Did you get your money back?

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Piece of junk!

    After several weeks I finally received my TV Frog, and the only thing that works on it is the "LED" light. I get no responses back from my phone calls, so now I am here asking anyone who knows where is the best place to file a complaint and possible law suit. I will try the BBB and district attorney's office.

    Has anyone received any refunds or feedback from the makers of this defective device? Please let me know. Thanks!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    This is no good

    I ordered two boxes. They did arrive eventually with only one set of instruction for the two boxes. Having followed the setup instructions faithfully, I switched on and nothing happened, so I tried the other and got the same result, which was nothing. Luckily I paid for them through PayPal, so I knew I would get my money back, sent them back as requested to Hong Kong complete with a tracking number, but when Hong Kong tried to deliver, they were told the company had moved. Not only are the boxes a load of crap, the company is a scam too. Do NOT buy a TV Frog box or any thing else from them.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Sep 6, 2017

      sylvie rand

      Did you get your money back through PayPal?

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Personal experience

    While playing FreeCell on Windows 10, the TV Frog ad appeared. I clicked and called the number listed. I talked with a representative who accepted my order for the advertised $70.00. After that was completed, he asked if I wanted the gamer remote, which was the remote to operate the Frog. That cost $49.00. After that was completed, he asked if I wanted the remote, for $49.00. At that point, I said the original offer of $70.00 has now come close to $150.00 and that I am canceling the order.

    I called my credit card company to file a dispute of their charges. I was told that a "fraud alert" was triggered by the various charges coming one after the other. They accepted my complaint. They credited the amounts back, excluding $9.95 for their plan. Their investigation resulted in no fraud committed. They followed through with my dispute claim. The TV Frog company refunded my money excluding the plan amount. Several weeks later, the items ordered previously came in the mail, marked as a "gift."

    Having read your report, I see it would continue to cost more to obtain the contents of the various apps. I am glad I canceled the order.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      sylvie rand

      What did you do when you finally received your orders?

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