How to Watch the Hallmark Channel Without Cable

How to Watch the Hallmark Channel Without Cable

Hallmark may have made its name in the greeting card business, but it’s also in the business of making made-for-TV movies. Hallmark’s feel-good favorites can be as wholesome as its greeting cards (and, sometimes, as predictable). They range from Christmas movies with feel-good endings to horror and mystery movies with… well, still relatively happy endings, really. Hallmark knows what it’s good at, and what it’s good at is making highly watchable made-for-TV movies. And, thankfully for us cord cutters, made-for-TV doesn’t mean made-for-cable. The Hallmark Channel may be an archetypal cable-movie factory, but it’s surprisingly non-traditional on the streaming front. Hallmark Channel live streams are available from some major skinny bundle services, and Hallmark has a streaming service of its own, too. Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Hallmark Channel without cable.

 

How to watch the Hallmark Channel online without cable

There are a few different ways to get your hands on a Hallmark Channel live stream or on-demand Hallmark Channel movies, but they are not all totally dissimilar. Several fall into one category: skinny bundles. Longtime readers will recall that a skinny bundle is a type of streaming service that looks and feels quite a bit like cable. Skinny bundle subscribers get live streams of multiple network TV channels bundled together in a way that is reminiscent of cable or satellite – only the bundles are generally smaller, and the prices generally lower. You’ll see a few skinny bundles on the list below, though they’re not the only things you’ll see: we’ll also introduce you to Feeln, an on-demand streaming service that is owned by Hallmark itself. Ready? Let’s dive in.

 

DIRECTV NOW

Watch the Hallmark Channel without cable: DIRECTV NOW

DIRECTV NOW is a skinny bundle, and you already know what that means because you read the text above and didn’t skip right down here (right?). DIRECTV NOW offers a few different bundles, ranging from the modest “Live a Little” up to the much bulkier (and much pricier) “Gotta Have It.” The Hallmark Channel is included in Live a Little, which is $35/month after the service’s week-long free trial. Live a Little also includes Hallmark Channel Movies & Mysteries, a sister channel that has, well, movies and mysteries. In addition to watching the Hallmark Channel live stream, you can dig back into 72 hours of past programming on demand. We took a close look at DIRECTV NOW in our review of the service, and it has put some of its growing pains behind it since we penned that article.

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fuboTV

Watch the Hallmark Channel without cable: fuboTV

fuboTV came into being as a soccer-focused streaming service, but those days are long behind it now – this skinny bundle includes plenty of non-soccer and non-sports channels, including the Hallmark Channel and sister channel Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Subscribers can choose from a few different add-on packages to put on top of their base package, but the base bundle is all you’ll need to get your Hallmark fix. fuboTV costs $39.99 a month ($44.99 in the New York City metro area and across all of New York State), and its free trial is 7 days long. For more details on the service, check out our review of fuboTV.

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Sling TV

Watch the Hallmark Channel without cable: Sling TV

Sling TV is a skinny bundle, too, though it works slightly differently from its peers. While most skinny bundles opt for a tiered system, Sling TV goes all-in on add-ons, allowing subscribers to build out custom bundles. The base packages have different channels and, in some cases, different add-ons, but Hallmark fans don’t need to worry about that: any base package combined with either version of the “Lifestyle Extra” package will unlock both the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. With the cheaper Sling Orange ($20/month, which is less than the $25/month Sling Blue) combined with the requisite Lifestyle Extra ($5/month regardless of your base package), you can get Hallmark movies for as little as $25/month. For more on Sling TV, read our review or just check it out for yourself with its week-long free trial.

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Hallmark Movies Now

Watch the Hallmark Channel without cable: Hallmark Movies Now

Hallmark Movies Now was originally known as Feeln, and that’s the name it had back when we reviewed it. Whatever name it goes by, though, Hallmark Movies Now is unmistakably a Hallmark property. This on-demand streaming service boasts a broad selection of Hallmark’s original movies – the same ones you can catch on the company’s two channels. Hallmark Movies Now will run you $5.99/month ($4.99/month if you sign up for the annual plan). If you’re not sure whether or not you want to shell out the cash, good news: Hallmark Movies Now has a free trial, so you can find out risk-free. You have 7 days to make up your mind before Hallmark starts billing you for your subscription.

Try Hallmark Movies Now for free

 

Buy Hallmark movies individually

The list above is all you’ve got when it comes to Hallmark Channel live streams and unlimited on-demand streaming. But you can still watch Hallmark movies on your computer without any subscription service at all, provided you’re okay with buying those movies one by one. Hallmark gives its original movies digital releases on major online services like Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes, so you can always just head to one of those sites and make a purchase. Owning digital copies means you can watch your films whenever you want and never have to pay a subscription fee, but it also, of course, means that you’ll have to buy each one individually.

Buy Hallmark movies on Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes.

 

Can I watch the Hallmark Channel on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?

You absolutely can! The services above offer broad platform support, so it’s easy to find a skinny bundle that will let you watch the Hallmark Channel on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast (in the case of Chromecast, you’ll be casting from Android, iOS, or your web browser). Hallmark Movies Now works on every device listed above and more, including Android TV and XBox One.

 

Does Netflix have Hallmark movies?

Before we wrap up here, we should address a question we hear a lot: does Netflix have Hallmark movies? The answer is no, I’m afraid. The good news is that you have plenty of alternatives in the form of the options listed above. You can also always check out our sister site AllFlicks to choose some Christmas movies, romances, and mysteries from other producers. And if you read our regular New on Netflix series every month, you’ll be the first to know if Hallmark and Netflix ever do decide to get together. That seems unlikely as long as Hallmark has a streaming service of its own (Feeln), but it sure would be a happy ending.

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Stephen Lovely
Stephen Lovely
Stephen Lovely is a freelance writer and a longtime cord cutter with a passion for technology and entertainment. You can find his work on Cordcutting.com and his tweets at @stephenlovely.

14 Comments on "How to Watch the Hallmark Channel Without Cable"

  1. Where can you watch Hallmark Mysteries on TV without cable or satellite?

  2. Is there a way to record movies from any of these OTTs?

  3. Ella Mae Collett | May 18, 2017 at 5:02 pm | Reply

    Would love to know when new “When Calls the Heart” will return?

  4. My AT&T U-verse bill is ridiculous! Account charges $4.29, U-verse $165.10 (U450), internet $67.00, land line $48.69 = $285.08.

    We watch Hallmark channels, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and need a decent internet connection. We never watch sports. Do any providers let you opt out of sports channels?

    What do you recommend?

  5. Does Sling have the Hallmark TV series as well? Such as Chesapeake Bay?

  6. Marguerette Vanvakas | August 10, 2017 at 10:14 pm | Reply

    We are on just SS but love the Hallmark Channel. We have a Fire Stick and NO cable. What is the best way to pick up the Hallmark Channel as the Holiday movies will start soon and we both enjoy them? Can anyone make a suggestion that won’t cost a lot.

  7. Does Sling TV have Chesapeake Shores on the Hallmark Channel?

  8. Maria J De Los Santos | September 9, 2017 at 1:19 am | Reply

    Does Sling TV have the new Hallmark movies to be aired Christmas? I have Sling. If so, how much would it cost to add the Hallmark Channel? As we are on limited income.

    • You can add the Lifestyle Extra pkg to your Sling for an additional $5/mo. Includes the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Lifetime, DIY, Cooking Channel, and others.

    • Yes, Sling does if you have the basic channels which are about 25-30 cable channels for $20.00 and entertainment channels – $10.00 ($3.00 tax) -, which include the Hallmark and Mysteries channels. It will cost you about $33.00 (tax included). If you want the DVR service, it will be $38.00 (tax included).

  9. Can you use Sling TV with a smart TV?

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