It’s the most wonderful time of year again, with The Hallmark Channel airing brand new Christmas movies every weekend now until January 1. Tonight is Broadcasting Christmas starring Dean Cain. Traditionally, if you didn’t have cable or if your cable or satellite provider didn’t have The Hallmark Channel, you had no way to watch these movies, unless a friend took pity on you and let you come over every weekend. This year, for the first time, that’s changed. Now you can stream Hallmark movies without a cable subscription.
If you’d like to watch Broadcasting Christmas as it airs and you need to watch it on your computer, phone, or tablet, read on for instructions below. There are options for people with or without cable.
If You’re in the United States & You Don’t Have a Cable or Satellite Subscription That Includes the Hallmark Channel
For the first time, Hallmark is available for streaming even if you don’t have cable or satellite. Sling TV has added the Hallmark Channel to its Lifestyle Plus Extra add-on, available with its Orange and Blue services. This means you can watch Broadcasting Christmas on Sling. Here’s how to give the service a try for free:
On the Web:
Users without a cable subscription can watch the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movies through Sling TV, an online streaming service that provides access to a handful of channels for a monthly fee. The service’s Best of Live TV Package (also known as its “Orange” package), which includes channels ranging from ESPN to CNN to AMC, costs $20 per month. But you’ll have to select the Lifestyle Plus Extra add-on to get The Hallmark Channel, which is an extra $5 a month. But you can watch a week’s worth of episodes for free via Sling’s free 7-day trial. If you keep Sling beyond the trial, you’ll have to pay $25 a month — $20 for the Best of Live TV package and $5 for the Lifestyle Plus Extra add-on.
To sign up for Sling’s trial using a credit card, follow these steps:
1. Click here to sign up for Sling TV. You’ll need to choose the “Watch Now 7 Days Free” option at the top of the page. You’ll need to enter your credit card information when signing up, but if you cancel your subscription before the trial period ends, you will not be charged.
2. When you sign up, you’ll be prompted to select Sling’s standard Best of Live TV package (the Orange package), which costs $20 per month. You’ll also have the option to add extra packages, all of which come with a monthly fee but are included in the free trial. But if you’re primarily interested in watching Hallmark Christmas movies, you’ll need to select the Lifestyle Plus Extra add-on.
3. Download the Sling desktop app, and navigate over to Hallmark to watch Christmas movies.
With an App:
Users with a subscription to Sling TV can watch it on the Sling app, which you can download for free in the App store or the Google Play store. There’s also a Sling app for Roku, Chromecast, Nexus player, ZTE and XBox One. Click here for a full list of compatible devices. Click here to sign up for Sling TV. You’ll need to enter your credit card information when signing up, but if you cancel your subscription before the 7-day trial period ends, you will not be charged.
If You Have a Cable Subscription That Includes Hallmark
If you have a cable or satellite subscription that includes The Hallmark Channel, you can stream Hallmark’s Christmas movies for free via the “Hallmark Channel Everywhere” app. You’ll have to sign in to watch the movies as they air, and this will only work if your cable or satellite provider is participating in the program. First you have to download the app, then verify your TV subscription by logging in using your provider’s username and password.
Unlike Sling’s Hallmark service, not every movie will be available as it airs. In addition, not every show or movie from The Hallmark Channel is part of the Everywhere app. Hallmark doesn’t specify which movies are available and which are not.
If You Don’t Have Cable and Want to Stream Older Hallmark Christmas Movies
If you’re not super interested in streaming the newest Hallmark Christmas movies, there’s another option for you. It’s called Feeln, a streaming service that works with Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, iOS devices and Android devices. Feeln is actually part of Hallmark Cards.
The downside is that the service isn’t free.
First, create a log-in account with your name, email, and password. Next, you’ll have to choose between a monthly $5.99 subscription or an annual $35.99 subscription.
Feeln has a large selection of Christmas movies, including Hallmark Christmas movies. It also has Hallmark Hall of Fame movies. These won’t be the latest, newly aired Countdown to Christmas movies, but it’s a great option if you’re looking for older Hallmark movies.