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Posted on Aug 1, 2020   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 2:25 pm CDT

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.

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, 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.

Recently, the channel has expanded from its indie past. Sure, it still dabbles in the highbrow side of Hollywood. During the day, you can expect to catch an arthouse film or two. But it’s also a destination for hilarious comedies like Comedy Bang! Bang! and Brockmire.

Here’s everything you need to know to stream IFC online.

What is IFC?

  • 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, you can stream IFC, Bravo, MTV, and VH1 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.


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.

Orange + Blue$50

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 to live stream IFC, get in at the AT&T TV Now Choice tier to watch it.


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.

1 Month$64.99

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

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