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Hey, Alexa! Play It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams because it's that special time of year when the Hallmark Channel is gearing up for its annual "Countdown to Christmas." With 41 brand new, original holiday movies, you can bet it's going to be spectacular—yet again!
The countdown officially begins Friday, October 22 (a week before Halloween). To make sure you don't miss a minute of the Hallmark holiday action, we're breaking down how you can watch and stream every debut. If you really want to spice things up for the holiday season, don't forget to order your Hallmark Channel wines and brush up on your Hallmark Christmas movie drinking game that'll be a hit at any holiday watch party.
Here are all the ways you can watch Hallmark Christmas movies, including if you don't have cable!
If you want to watch in real time, check your local listings to see where Hallmark airs in your city. Although the official schedule hasn't been released, set a calendar reminder for Friday, October 23, to kick off your Christmas movie marathon.
Hallmark's Streaming Services/Apps
Hallmark Channel Everywhere is a free streaming service. All you need to do is log in with your cable provider info, and you can watch the Hallmark Channel live as it airs. You can also watch a selection of movies and TV shows anytime, as well. And if you don't have a cable provider, check out the limited selection of programs that are unlocked and are able to be watched without logging in.
Hallmark Channel Everywhere is also available as an app on the App Store and the Google Play store. The app works just like the website, with the content available for free after logging in with your cable provider info.
Hallmark Movies Now is a video subscription streaming service that focuses solely on movies. As the website states, you can find movie programming that doesn't air on Hallmark's channels, in addition to movies from the Hallmark Hall of Fame library. But while Hallmark Movies Now does air holiday content, it won't be the same as "Countdown to Christmas." The subscription service cost is $59.99 a year (which breaks down to $4.99 a month), or a monthly subscription available for $5.99 each month. There's a 7-day free trial to explore before officially signing up.
Other Streaming Options
If you've recently cut the cord on cable, there are other ways you can watch Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries without a cable provider. As tech website Grounded Reasons explains, there are many streaming services that let you watch TV channels without needing a cable provider, for varying prices.
FuboTV offers a 1-week free trial, and after that it's $64.99 for the family package. Sling TV offers $30/month packages with a three-day free trial. The Hallmark Channel is part of an add-on package for as little as $5 extra a month. AT&T TV Now has several options, but the basic package will get you your Hallmark channels for $55 a month.
Hallmark Channel is part of Philo's service, and you can sign up for a free seven-day trial just using your phone number. After that, you can get 61 channels, including Hallmark, for $20 a month.
If you're looking for a cheaper way to watch Hallmark movies and TV shows altogether, there's also Frndly TV. The streaming service offers 15 channels, including all three Hallmark options, at just $5.99 a month.
After the Movies Air
If you missed a movie or just want to watch one again (of course you do!), you still have options! FuboTV offers Lookback, a feature that allows viewers to watch previously aired content for up to 72 hours after the original air time. With Sling TV, you can check and see if the movie you want to watch is on their On-Demand program, or you can record the movie on their Cloud DVR Plus, but it's an extra $5 a month for 50 hours of storage.
On the Radio
If the Christmas movie magic doesn't fill your holiday cup, tune in to Hallmark Channel Radio. Last year, Hallmark and SiriusXM joined forces and started playing holiday music 24/7 on November 1, so hopefully we have that same treat in 2020!
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