It’s the most wonderful time of year again, with The Hallmark Channel airing brand new Countdown to Christmas movies every weekend through December 30, 2017. In the past, if you didn’t have cable or if your cable 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. But now that’s all different. Now you can stream Hallmark movies without a cable subscription. If you’d like to watch the Hallmark Countdown to Christmas movies as they air and you need to watch 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 Cable or Access to the Hallmark Channel
Hallmark is available for streaming even if you don’t have cable or satellite. Sling TV has added the Hallmark Channel to its Lifestyle Extra add-on, available with its Orange and Blue services. This means you can watch Countdown to Christmas on Sling. You can also watch all the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Christmas movies with the Lifestyle Extra add-on too. 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 Countdown to Christmas movies by signing up for Sling TV, an online streaming service that provides access to a handful of channels for a monthly fee. The service’s Orange package, which includes channels ranging from ESPN to CNN to AMC, costs $20 per month. (The Blue package costs $25 a month and allows multi-streaming.) You’ll have to select the Lifestyle 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 Orange package and $5 for the Lifestyle Extra add-on. That’s worth it to see Countdown to Christmas movies.
To sign up for Sling’s trial using a credit card, follow these steps:
1. Head to the Sling TV website. 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 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 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. A complete list of compatible devices can be found here.
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. But it does look like all the Countdown to Christmas movies and all the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Christmas movies will be available to stream.
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 Hallmark Movies Now (previously called Feeln), a streaming service that works with Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, iOS devices and Android devices.
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 $59.99 subscription.
Hallmark Movies Now 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.