“Every year, you’re feeding thousands of dollars to greedy cable companies. …Doesn’t it just make you want to call up the cable guy and tell him to stuff it?“
So, it seems that getting a TV Frog isn’t just an economic move — it’s revenge. On 5/16/17 let’s take a look at this internet streaming box. Marketed by FreeSeeTV, actually sold by Strong Current Enterprises Ltd. Contact information:
19-21 crawford street, london w1h 1pj, England
United States: 1-888-836-8088
There may be nothing illegal or wrong with the following business practices. But they suggest that the seller is not to be trusted. I’m using my Scam-O-Meter scoring system; -1 means true, +1 means false, and 0 means undetermined. A reminder; I penalize the seller for statements made by his shills.
Ridiculous claims: -1
- Get it now, before “the big cable companies successfully shut them down,” warns shill Take My Damn Money. Scammers love to claim that their products are barely legal. But that shutdown won’t happen; TV Frog is just an internet connection for your TV.
Onerous terms: -1
- “All products are sold ‘as is’ and all sales are final. …No refunds will be issued.“
- You have 30 days from the date of delivery to exchange your unused box for another box, or for store credit.
- You pay the shipping on your returned box — apparently, to London, England.
- They don’t guarantee that the box is fit for any use; nor that anything they say is true.
Ads, spam, robocalls: +1. You can opt in to receive email, and opt out.
- After floating a conspiracy theory about exploitative cable company fat-cats, Take My Damn Money asserts “Millions of Americans are saying goodbye to cable for good.” Fake news alert! MarketingCharts.com reports, “people are not abandoning pay-TV in favor of these streaming services; instead, they are choosing to supplement their pay TV services by, in essence, creating their own TV bundles.“
- TMDM also claims “it’s the only product of its kind to offer 4K resolution.” But Highya.com reports that Roku Premiere and Amazon Fire TV also have 4K resolution.
- “How can TVFrog sell at nearly half the price of its competitors? Honestly, it can’t.” Thanks for the honesty; Highya.com shows that it’s not that cheap.
- TMDM lists the price at $50 in one place and $75 in another. FreeSeeTV’s web site only reveals the $80 price on the second page.
- Careful; the order form is pre-filled for a quantity of three TV Frogs ($185).
- Important links are camouflaged at the bottom of the order form.
Phony reviews: -1. Paid shill Take My Damn Money writes “When your cable company calls you to ask why you cancelled your service, just give them our number. They know us.” Looks like the reviewer forgot to edit the puffery he got from SCE.
Crummy product: -1. (Updated 7/9/17) Replies by many disappointed readers make it clear that TV Frog is buggy and poorly-supported.
- There is no Remote in the box and no Paperwork ! ( No Manual or Instructions ) I have tried to work all three of them, Only one will come on and it won’t follow my instructions thru’ the included mouse !
- i just had mine arrive and I can’t figure out how to update Kodi or even get Ice Films or anything decent on this.
- 1) The product is sh!t quality is just horrible.
2) Android. OK, I could do a lot with the little box.
3) It read my music and video library
4) After 1 day, through some kinda bad update I suppose, Android box now won’t boot.
5) Now, 24 hours later, It’s now a brick.
75% discount: +1. False.
Total score; -4
Unauthorized charges: I found no reports of this. SCE accepts PayPal.
- SCE also markets the HDZoom360 smart phone lens. ScamAdvisor.com rates the HDZoom360 with a trust level of “Low” advising “This site may not be safe to use.“
- Other reviewers reported that SCE falsely advertised a 100% satisfaction guarantee. But I found no such advertising. Perhaps SCE removed it in response to those criticisms.
Conclusion: Buy an internet box from a reputable seller located in your own country (or city!).
Bonus outtakes: TMDM cautions, “Be careful, though – some apps exist in a legal gray area, such as Exodus, which streams TV shows and movies for free. That’s a little TOO cheap, if you ask us.” How convenient of them to disclose the name of the free streaming company–not that you’d ever use it.
Related: Snopes; “Is TV Frog a legitimate alternative to cable?“