As cable prices soar and providers drop and add channels seemingly at random, more and more viewers are looking for alternatives.
For Hallmark fans who want to cut the cord with cable — or for those who have lost one or more of Hallmark’s three networks with their cable provider — there are alternatives.
We have compiled a list of cable alternatives that will provide viewers access to Hallmark movies and shows for as little as $6 a month.* Also included in the list is an app that will let Hallmarkies access their favorite movies and shows for free.
Watching Hallmark without cable:
1. Peacock TV
The NBC streaming service Peacock TV made a deal last year with Hallmark to include its content. Plans start at $5.99 a month. The website can be found here.
2. Hallmark Movies Now
Hallmark Media owns this platform, which includes content from Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama. Plans start at $59.99 a year, though viewers can opt to pay month-by-month for $5.99 a month. The website can be found here.
3. Frndly TV
Frndly TV is another streaming platform that includes Hallmark content. The service has Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama, as well as material from UPtv, Great American Family, Lifetime, and Heartland TV. Plans start at $6.99 per month. The website can be found here.
4. Amazon Prime Video
A slew of Hallmark movies are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. Fans can also purchase DVD compilations of some of their favorite Hallmark shows and movies. For all the information about watching on Amazon Prime, click here.
Sling is a streaming service that allows viewers to watch cable content over the Internet. Hallmark content is included with the platform’s Lifestyle Extra package which is $6 a month on top of the basic package, which starts at $20. The website can be accessed here.
6. Fubo TV
Fubo TV has Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama included in its Pro Package, available for $74.99. Access the website here.
7. Philo TV
Philo TV is another streaming service. It is available for $25 a month and includes Hallmark content. Their website can be accessed here.
8. Hulu + Live TV
Not to be confused with regular ol’ Hulu, Hulu + Live TV lets viewers stream cable channels and not just individual programs and movies. Hallmark Channel is included in the $76.99 a month package. Access their website here.
9. YouTube TV
In addition to the free version of YouTube, there is YouTube TV, which allows viewers to watch cable channels. The current introductory sign-up rate is $50.99. After three months, the price goes up to $72.99. The site can be accessed here.
If you’d rather not sign up for a streaming service, you can get Hallmark for free. Check with your local library to see if it’s connected to the Hoopla app.
Hoopla Digital is an all-in-one app for public libraries that allows users to access books, magazines, comic books, movies, TV shows, and documentaries. In 2023, the company’s founder announced the company had partnered with Hallmark Media to include its materials.
“Our goal at hoopla is to provide the best content available to libraries and their patrons,” Jeff Jankowski told PR Newswire. “We pursued this partnership with Hallmark Movies Now to give access to this celebrated range of movies, specials and original series. As the needs of libraries evolve, we are too, to ensure the way library patrons consume content on hoopla meets demand. When we launched BingePass, we pledged to continue adding more diverse content and this new agreement with Hallmark Movies Now adds a beloved entertainment brand that is a natural for bingeing.”
For more information on Hoopla, visit their website.
*Prices listed are current as of December 2023. Rates change often so check the included links for the most up-to-date prices.