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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88 Customer Reviews for TV Frog

Average Customer Rating: 1.2
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 1 4 star: 3 3 star: 1 2 star: 3 1 star:  80
Bottom Line: 6% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Stay away from this company!

    • Houston, TX,
    • Aug 19, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Stay away from TV Frog everyone; it's a scam. Google "TV Frog complaints."

    I also ordered and never got it after they took my money. They never answer both phone numbers they show. Their voicemail is always full, but even if you leave messages, they never call back. I'm disputing charges now. See other comments below, as well as horrible reviews from all that got scammed by this company.

    But, they will blow your phone up with recorded messages from a "John" every five minutes, saying "welcome" and saying to call that number back for more offers. When you call it's disconnected and they blow you up the next day with another new toll-free number. The same recorded message every five minutes, all day long. Then that number gets disconnected again and that crap continues the next day, AGAIN.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Still waiting for item

    • Proserpine, Queensland, Australia,
    • Aug 19, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Hi there, I'm still waiting for the item to arrive but it has not arrived. At the time of writing, it has been over a month. I purchased it on the 28th of July 2017, and now it is the 7th of August 2017. I have sent them serval emails to the PayPal email address given on the purchase invoice, and I still have not had any reply. So it looks like I am off to PayPal directly to get a refund.

    I would not recommend anyone to go ahead and try to purchase one of these as it is just a money grab and a rip-off.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    Total scam! I ordered five boxes at their discounted rate which were guaranteed to be delivered within 30 days maximum. 49 days later I received two boxes which had no apps installed, and it doesn't even switch off without disconnecting the power supply!

    Stay well clear of this product!

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

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  • 5 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Beware - fraud!

    • Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
    • Aug 17, 2017
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    I ordered and paid for three of these boxes plus the remotes. They took my money in seconds, but months later, STILL no products! They do NOT respond to my emails. I still have no refund! Buyer beware.

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

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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    • Queensland, Australia,
    • Aug 17, 2017
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    It worked for a few weeks and then died.

    I contacted the supplier and guess what? NO WARRANTY. They will give you 30% of another purchase. Why would you want to buy another when the first doesn't keep working?

    It is a cheap, plastic piece of crap. Save your money; DONT BUY.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Crap

    • Belfast, Northern Ireland,
    • Aug 16, 2017
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    Don't listen to the ads, it is rubbish and a rip-off. You can buy a better one for less than £40 ($51.46), so do not be fooled as I was. I am not so good at these techs. I thought it would be easy, but you must install your own apps. CRAP.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Buyer beware!

    • San Francisco, CA,
    • Aug 16, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Don't waste your money! Worse yet, you cannot return the item to them. Any requests about returning for a refund receives the same email to visit their website. Read the terms and conditions, it says "No refunds." I even tried returning the item, and it was refused by them.

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

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    No delivery

    • British Columbia, Canada,
    • Aug 15, 2017
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    They took my money off my credit card, and I have never received the TV Frog I ordered. Shame on them for ripping a senior citizen off and I will tell everyone I know about that. I never even received an email or nothing with my order number on it. They are a total rip off.

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

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  • 22 out 23 people found this review helpful

    Rip off

    • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada,
    • Aug 11, 2017
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    Purchased on May 17, 2017 from Strong Current Enterprises Ltd. through PayPal and paid $79.94 US funds. Opened complaint with PayPal on June 22, 2017. I received the item on July 24, 2017. The TV box has no visible manufacturer markings and no instructions on how to use it. Plugged it into TV and wall, and it doesn't work. Nothing happens. Continuing complaint process with PayPal and have requested a full refund. Do not purchase this product; it's a rip off!

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

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  • 20 out 20 people found this review helpful

    Company is a fraud!

    Don't buy! I placed an order on 7/31/17 and tried to cancel it within minutes to no avail. They don't answer the phone, there's no customer service, they don't reply to emails; it's impossible to get in contact with them.

    They charged me $99 for the TV Frog that I've been trying to cancel since my purchase.

    Total scam! I keep calling and sending them emails to no avail! I opened a case with PayPal, and I'm hoping to get a refund.

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

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  • 18 out 19 people found this review helpful

    Do not buy if requiring live TV

    TV Frog took ages to supply the product and only after prompting.

    TV Frog claims that their product will provide live TV. It does, using FilmOn, but only for up to five minutes. It is the same as connecting to FilmOn directly through a computer. To get continuous live TV without restriction, an additional fee has to be paid to FilmOn whether through a computer or through TV Frog.

    Do not buy a TV Frog just for live TV. Get the service direct from FilmOn and save the cost of the TV Frog.

    TV Frog has yet to answer a question about their live TV claim.

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

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    • Aug 14, 2017

      brian

      Total scam! I ordered it two months ago, they charged my credit card for $112 and didn't ship it to me. I tried getting ahold of company 40 times and no answer. They won't answer calls or emails. Then they called me and tried to sell a wireless modem, and when I asked where my order was, they hung up. Do not buy this product!

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