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Joseph Knoop 

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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

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.

Monthly$20
7-Day Free Trial
Philo Guide
Philo Channels
Philo Devices

Philo is the least expensive streaming service, but it has some limitations. You won’t find the sports channels that dominate other packages or local channels. However, it’s the cheapest way to gain access to 60 great entertainment channels for only $20 a month. You’ll get popular channels like Animal Planet, MTV, Discovery, IFC, AMC, Lifetime, Nick Jr, and the Paramount Network, as well as deep cuts like ID and Game Show Network. You also get free cloud DVR, but shows recorded are deleted after 30 days, so binge responsibly.


Standard$54.99
Family$69.99
Ultra$79.99
7-Day Free Trial
FuboTV Guide
FuboTV Channels
FuboTV Devices

FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, or even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are here too, including Viceland, Bravo, TBS, and IFC.


Sling Orange$30
Sling Blue$30
Sling Orange & Blue$45
14-Day Free Trial
Sling TV Guide
Sling TV Channels
Sling TV Devices

For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Whichever package you choose, you can save $10 on your first month. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.

Sling’s now offering a 14-day free trial though July 6.


Plus$65
Max$80
Ultimate$135
7-Day Free Trial
AT&T TV Now Guide
AT&T TV Now Channels
AT&T TV Now Devices

There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up, you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO in the Plus and Max channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR, which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.


youtube tv
Monthly$49.99
5-Day Free Trial
YouTube TV Guide
YouTube TV Channels
YouTube TV Devices

YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts, and each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. You can’t beat the variety, either: There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels, while Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)


Other ways to watch IFC online

IFC app

IFC live stream IFC app
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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: Feb 1, 2019, 5:00 am