For 25 glorious years, Turner Classic Movies has served as the movie geek’s movie channel of choice. The ultimate hangout for film buffs far and wide, TCM launched with a focus on classic theatrically released films from the Turner Entertainment film library. Think gritty black-and-white noirs, classic Hollywood weepies, and glorious Technicolor musicals, all aired ad-free and uncut. Over time TCM’s roped more and more studios and distributors into its expansive library, including classics from Disney, Fox, Janus Films, and Sony. They’ve shown everything from zany Marx Brothers comedies to beloved Studio Ghibli classics to gonzo Grindhouse favorites, courtesy of TCM Underground. They’ve even screened running Paul Rudd joke Mac and Me.
Truly, it’s an embarrassment of riches, and these days you don’t even need cable to enjoy it. Nab a live TV streaming subscription, and you’ll be able to dive into TCM’s rich library any time you like. Plus, your subscription will also give you access to Watch TCM, which will let you view most movies that air on the channel within 7 days — on demand, any time you like.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch TCM online.
Robert Osborne served as Turner Classic Movies’ voice and host from the time he introduced the channel’s first screening—the classic Gone With the Wind on April 14, 1994—till his passing in March 2017.
Now, Ben Mankiewicz hosts TCM in primetime Thursday through Sunday. In March 2018, Alicia Malone and Dave Karger were also added as permanent hosts.
Watch TCM, how to stream TCM for free
There are a number of live TV streaming services that offer TCM. So, how do you decide which one is right for you? Well, that depends on your budget, what other channels you just can’t live without, and what device (or devices) you plan on streaming with. We cover all of those essential issues below. But don’t worry: No matter which service you select, you’ll be able to start with a one-week trial, allowing you to watch TCM for free.
TCM on Hulu Live TV
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Hulu Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV, perhaps because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have a ton of local, entertainment, and sports channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geographic and Syfy.
TCM on Sling
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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.
TCM on YouTube TV
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 Turner Classic Movies
- Cost: Free with streaming or cable subscription
- Devices: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android and iOS devices
After you’ve signed up for one of the services above, do yourself a favor and download the Watch TCM app. It lets you watch TCM on demand and a live stream of the Turner Classic Movies channel. It’s the best of both worlds and incredibly convenient.
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