How to watch Lifetime online for free

Whether you're looking for Lifetime movies or emotional reality TV, here's everything you need to know.

Nov 14, 2018, 5:45 am


Joseph Knoop 

Joseph Knoop


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Lifetime has been one of the few places on television for reliable female-oriented programming, and that’s no small feat. If you’re looking for a Lifetime live stream to catch up on all your favorite shows and reality TV series, here’s everything you need to know. 

What is the Lifetime channel?

Originally founded in 1984, Lifetime struggled to find its footing until a change in leadership brought about a new wave of programming geared toward women. In the decades since, Lifetime has become synonymous with made-for-TV films and television programs featuring female leads, such as the Kirsten Dunst vehicle 15 and Pregnant or the campy Lizzie Borden Took an Axe in 2014. It also hosts a small selection of reality TV programming, like Married at First Sight or Dance Moms.

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Lifetime live stream: 5 ways to watch for free

Nearly every major live TV streaming service includes Lifetime in some capacity, (with the the exception of YouTube TV.) No matter which one perks your interest, you can sign up for a free trial to see how you like it.

1) Philo

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If you have to save a buck, Philo is unbeatable. What it might lack in news (though it offers BBC World News) and live sports it more than makes up for with entertainment options. In addition to Viacom essentials like MTV, VH1, and Comedy Central, Philo TV is the cheapest way to watch AMC online and Hallmark Christmas movies. With Philo, you get both a Lifetime live stream and Lifetime Movies. Did we mention it’s just $20 per month? (Here’s a guide to Philo TV channels.)

Game-changing feature: Besides the unbeatable price? Well, there’s 30 days of unlimited DVR space, and a free trial that only requires a phone number instead of a credit card.

2) Hulu with Live TV

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  • Cost: $54.99 per month
  • Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, Samsung, Vizio, Echo Show, and iOS and Android devices
  • Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)

It’s exactly what it sounds like: Hulu’s on-demand library paired with live TV. Even better for Lifetime fans, you’ll not only get a Lifetime live stream but also Lifetime Movies. Channels that might appeal to the same audience include the CW, HGTV, FX, A&E, and plenty more. Pair that with Hulu’s on-demand library and you’ll probably never go hungry for drama shows or movies again.  (Here’s a complete guide to Hulu Live TV channels.)

Game-changing feature: Every subscription comes with free access to Hulu’s on-demand library, meaning you can catch up on all of your favorite shows. (Here are our picks for the best movies on Hulu, Hulu documentariesanime, and the must-see Hulu original series.)

3) Sling TV

Sling TV is split up between two packages (Sling Orange and Sling Blue), but thankfully, Lifetime is included in both, so you’ll only need to pay $30 a month if a Lifetime live stream is your main goal. Sling Orange is your pick if you want ESPN and Disney networks, but other than that, Sling Blue is a better option, especially if you enjoy a broader spectrum of sports channels. In the way of entertainment, you’ll get BBC America, AMC, HGTV, and plenty more with Sling Blue. Of course, you can also combine the two packages (Sling Orange + Blue) for $45 a month. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.)

Game-changing feature: Variety. Sling TV lets you customize your subscription with more than a dozen add-on channel packages.

4) FuboTV

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Fubo is a really solid choice if you also need a healthy spectrum of sports content to devour. To its credit, it includes both a Lifetime live stream as well as the Lifetime Movies channel. It’s also one of the few places to get Oxygen, for those ladies who really enjoy true crime programming, in addition to the Hallmark Channel. It’s a pinch more expensive than some other options, but in terms of variety, it’s hard to beat. (Here’s a complete guide to FuboTV channels.)

Game-changing feature: Three-day replay for games and 500 hours of cloud DVR.

Other ways to watch Lifetime online

1) The Lifetime site 

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Like a lot of other channels, Lifetime allows people who subscribe to most of the above streaming services to access a Lifetime live stream and movies either on its website. Simply go to, select the show you want to watch, and you’ll be prompted to provide your login information for one of the applicable services. Hulu, FuboTV, DirecTV Now, and Philo are all accepted, but unfortunately, Sling TV is left out of the fold.

2) The Lifetime app

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Devices: Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and iOS and Android devices

If you’re always on the move, it’s a great idea to download the Lifetime app. The same subscriptions that unlock live programming on the Lifetime site will also let you watch full new episodes and movies.

New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites of 2018 and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for a specific channel, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, Starz, Sundance TV, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, Willow, AMC, FX, Fox News, Freeform, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FS1, TBS, TNT, Tennis Channel, Golf Channel, Syfy, HGTV, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Bravo, Discovery, PBS, the CW, BBC, CSPAN, NBA TV, MTV, Comedy Central, Food Network, TLC, HLN, A&E, Animal Planet, National Geographic, the Weather Channel, the History Channel, and NFL RedZone without cable, as well as free movies on YouTube. If you’re on the move, here’s how to watch Fox Sports Go and live stream NBC Sports.

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