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How to stream IFC for free

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Oct 8, 2020, 2:48 pm*



Joseph Knoop

There are plenty of movie channels out there, but IFC is one of the leaders. Whether it’s an original comedy series or a hard-hitting drama, the IFC maintains a fiercely independent spirit through all its programming. Here’s everything you need to know to stream IFC online.

Best Shows on IFC

What is IFC?

The Independent Film Channel, owned by AMC Networks, was formed in 1994. IFC specializes in airing independent films, comedic series (both light and dark), and some broad interest films. Current series include Portlandia, Stan Against Evil, Baroness von Sketch Show, Brockmire, and Documentary Now! You’ll also find movies like Fury, Mission: Impossible, My Cousin Vinny, Pineapple Express, Django Unchained, and plenty more across a variety of genres on-demand.

  • Launched: September 1994
  • Slogan: "Always on, slightly off"
  • Genre: Drama/Comedy/Independent films
  • Formally called: Independent Film Channel (1994–2014)
  • Parent Company: AMC Networks

IFC live stream: How to stream IFC

IFC appears on most major live TV streaming services, and each option comes with at least a free seven-day trial. Here's everything you need to know to get started.

IFC on Philo

Philo is a budget-minded streaming service, and depending on what channels you want, it might be right for you. The 59 Philo channels lean decidedly toward entertainment; the Philo channel list includes AMC, Discovery, IFC, Lifetime, and the Paramount Network, all for $20 a month. If you're a fan of IFC, you're in luck: You can find it on Philo. Philo also comes with free cloud DVR, but shows recorded are deleted after 30 days, so binge responsibly.


IFC on FuboTV

FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans, but it's evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. Depending on the package, you can access as many as 181 FuboTV channels. If you're looking to be entertained, Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 are options even at Fubo's most basic tier. The Fubo channel list still includes plenty of sports, including the Fubo Sports Network, which has original programming mixing sports and humor. The FuboTV cost starts at $54.99 a month, and with Disney Media favorites like ABC, ESPN, and the Disney Channel coming on board in 2020, some who were on the fence about Fubo are giving it another look.

To watch IFC, you'll want to dock in at the FuboTV Standard level.

fubo tv
Family with Showtime$74.99 ($69.99 for first 3 mos.)

IFC on Sling TV

If you're looking for a streamlined, cost-effective streaming package, check out Sling TV. It offers two basic cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. There's also the third option of getting Sling Orange + Blue for just $45 per month. You'll get more Sling TV channels by choosing Sling Blue, with its 40 channels including sports favorites like FS1 and NBCSN and cable mainstays like Food Network and Discovery Channel. But Sling Orange brings must-haves Disney Channel and ESPN as part of its package. To gain access to IFC, you’ll either need Sling Blue, Sling Orange, or Sling Orange + Blue. Sling also has a number of add-ons, including robust international packages organized by languages all over the globe.

Sling TV
Orange + Blue$45

IFC on AT&T TV Now

If you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, you might consider AT&T TV Now to cover streaming for you. AT&T TV Now channels start with Plus and Max, which even include HBO. Then, AT&T plans expand from there, approaching cable selection and pricing with AT&T TV Now's biggest packages. AT&T streaming also comes with Cloud DVR, letting you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. If you're looking for IFC, get in at the AT&T TV Now Choice tier to stream it.

at&t TV Now
Optimo Mas$86

IFC on YouTube TV

The YouTube TV channel list includes local channels, sports options including ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, and NBA TV, and plenty to keep kids (and kids at heart) occupied, including Disney Channel and its companion channels, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network—all in one easy-to-access package. It even comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. YouTube add-ons include HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz. YouTube TV packages have some advantages over their competitors, including a generous DVR and multiple screens package. From one account, each user can create an individual profile to track favorite shows.

If you're looking for IFC, know that you can stream it on YouTube TV.

Youtube TV
1 Month$64.99
Sports Plus$10.99/mo.

Other ways to watch IFC online

IFC app

IFC live stream IFC app

Available on: iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, Chromecast, Amazon Fire
Cost: Free, requires stream provider

The IFC app is a solid way of watching IFC content while on the move. You'll just need to subscribe to one of the above streaming services to log in. On the app, sign in using the same login info you use for that service.

IFC site

Cost: Free, requires stream provider

Like a lot of channels, you can watch an IFC live stream from the comfort of your home computer or laptop. Follow the same directions as the app—use your streaming service provider to login, and enjoy.

Best Shows on IFC

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*First Published: Aug 1, 2020, 5:00 am