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Last modified: February 11, 2019
By Stephen Lovely
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. 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 how to watch Hallmark Channel without cable.
A few of our favorite ways to stream the Hallmark Channel:
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 an on-demand streaming service that is owned by Hallmark itself. Ready? Let's dive in.
Stream the Hallmark Channel for Free with Philo
Don't care about sports or news? Just want to watch The Hallmark Channel? Then your best bet is Philo, the super-skinny bundle that offers the lowest prices around. Philo has The Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Drama, and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries in its smallest bundle, which costs just $16 per month! On top of that, Philo offers a free trial. Click the link above to get it, or get more information from our Philo review.
Stream the Hallmark Channel for Free with fubo TV
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 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 packages, but either one of the two base bundles will be all you'll need to get your Hallmark fix. fuboTV's “fubo” bundle costs $44.99 a month, while the larger “fubo Extra” costs $49.99 per month. fuboTV will give you a discount for your first month on either bundle, and the service offers a free trial that is 7 days long. For more details on the service, check out our review of fuboTV.
Stream the Hallmark Channel for Free with Sling TV
Sling TV is a skinny bundle that 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 Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. With a base package like “Sling Orange” or “Sling Blue” ($25 per month, or $40 per month if you get both) combined with the requisite Lifestyle Extra ($5 per month regardless of your base package), you can get Hallmark movies for as little as $30 per month. For more on Sling TV, read our review or just check it out for yourself with its week-long free trial.
Stream the Hallmark Channel for Free with PlayStation Vue
Sony's skinny bundle service, PlayStation Vue, works on a ton of different devices (not just PlayStation video game consoles). It's also another great way to watch Hallmark Channel without cable. You'll have to move up to the second-cheapest bundle, the $49.99-per-month “Core” package, in order to snag your Hallmark Channel live stream. Moving up to pricier bundles from there will net you additional Hallmark Channel properties, like Hallmark Drama. Read our review to learn more or check out PlayStation Vue's free trial offer by clicking the link above.
DirecTV Now is a skinny bundle that offers a few different bundles, ranging from the modest “Live a Little” up to the much bulkier (and much pricier) “Gotta Have It.” Hallmark Channel is included in Live a Little, which is $40 per month after the service's week-long free trial. Live a Little also includes Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, a sister channel that has, well, movies and mysteries. In addition to watching 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.
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.
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.