The Hallmark Channel is my jam. I am pretty much in love with it year-round, and can’t live without it at Christmastime. Although, can we not discuss Jack’s death right now… cause I am still coping. When I decided to cut the cord to my cable subscription several years ago, I had to make sure I knew everything about Hallmark Channel streaming if I was going to survive the separation.
Where is Hallmark Channel streaming NOT available?
As of right now, you cannot stream Hallmark Channel through YouTube TV or Hulu Live. Also, despite being the official streaming app for the channel, Hallmark Movies Now does not have the current shows or movies available through its service.
Where can I stream Hallmark Channel live?
Although many people no longer care about catching shows as they air, they still like to have the option to view it live when needed. Like in the case of the aforementioned death of Jack Thornton, I absolutely needed to watch that episode live. In order to stream Hallmark channel, you will need a subscription to a cable streaming service, or sign up for FrndlyTV.
Currently, the services that carry the main Hallmark Channel are DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, Fubo TV and SlingTV. DirecTV Now and Fubo TV only have Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. PlayStation Vue adds Hallmark Drama and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries at the Elite package level and has the main channel included in their Core package (starting at $35/month for the slim version). The best bang for your buck will be a subscription to SlingTV Orange + Lifestyle extras. This package costs $25/month and will give you all three Hallmark Channels.
Can I stream Hallmark Channel movies on demand?
Unless you sign up for the DVR options on one of the cable subscription services mentioned previously, you might be limited to watching the movies and shows as they air. The Hallmark Channel Everywhere app also seems like it would have the shows available to watch after they air, but they only select a few movies to stream. Much like the Hallmark Movies Now app, it is a huge disappointment. Plus in order to access the Hallmark Channel Everywhere app content, you need a standard cable subscription (like Xfinity or Cox). If you already have service from a standard cable provider, you really wouldn’t need the app anyway. Most of those providers have mobile apps to give you access to your DVR content.
Where else can I watch Hallmark Channel Movies & TV Shows?
If you don’t want to get a subscription to any of the above-mentioned services, you are not completely out of luck to view your favorite Hallmark Channel movies and shows. Hallmark channel’s popular TV shows, like When Calls the Heart (nooooooo JAAAACKKKKKK!!) and Good Witch, are available on Netflix. You may have to wait a bit for the latest season to show up, but you can get caught up or rewatch the older seasons while you wait. Netflix also has some great Hallmark-esque movies, but they do not have any actual Hallmark movies.
You can also purchase many of the Hallmark Channel Christmas movies on Vudu. This has the added bonus effect of allowing you to watch the shows whenever you need a Hallmark Channel fix. I swear, I’m not addicted, you’re addicted. Many of the DVD’s are actually on sale at your local Hallmark store as well.
What devices will work with Hallmark Channel streaming?
Most of the above-mentioned services (SlingTV, Vudu, Netflix) are available on your mobile device, smart TV, computer or streaming device like the Roku or Amazon Fire TV. Wherever you enjoy your entertainment, there is likely an option for you.
I am just so glad there are so many options now. When we first cut the cord to cable, there weren’t nearly as many choices for me (and I may or may not have borrowed my friend’s cable service login to watch my Christmas movies that year). Feel free to ask me any questions you might still have in the comments below or on our Facebook group Family Tech Talk.
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Sarah Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 16 years of her career as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on KSL News, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com