4 Ways to Watch TCM Without Cable
Updated November 29, 2023 • Staff • Edited by Davan Hamilton
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Our top pick for streaming TCM without cable is Sling with the Hollywood Extra add-on for an extra $6/mo. But there are also 3 other options for watching TCM without cable, including YouTube TV, DirecTV Stream, or Hulu Live TV. Here's why our team likes Sling better than all the rest:
- Sling plans start at $55, which makes it affordable for most people.
- Sling offers as many as 3 simultaneous streams so more than one person can watch at once.
- In addition to TCM, Sling also gives viewers access to NaN other channels.
- American streamers can access Sling all over the country. Traveling outside the US? Sign up for a VPN like ExpressVPN to access TCM on Sling from abroad.
Because we're living in 2023, your streaming options for TCM aren't limited to Sling, however. Let's break down all the options.
What's on TCM?
With an abundance of classic films, TCM is true to its acronym "Turner Classic Movies". The network is the place to watch classics like Breakfast at Tiffany's and East of Eden.
Our top 4 picks for streaming TCM without cable
Our vote: Watch TCM on Sling
Our team prefers using Sling to stream TCM without cable for all of the reasons we mentioned up top. Not only is Sling affordable for most people at $55 per month, but it also provides live streams of NaN other channels in addition to TCM. If you’re trying to watch with friends or family on the same account, Sling offers 3 simultaneous streams.
Here’s how Sling pricing breaks down. Though plans start at $55, you might find that a more expensive plan has the channels and number of simultaneous streams you need.
In addition to TCM, Sling has channels like: .
You can watch Sling content on devices like: android-tv or amazon-fire-tv.
Watch TCM on YouTube TV
Another great option for streaming TCM is YouTube TV. It’s not our team’s top pick because the base price of $72.99 is slightly higher than the price for Sling, but YouTube TV still has plenty of advantages.
In fact, some people might prefer to use YouTube TV for streaming TCM if they also want to watch NaN other channels like: .
If you’re trying to watch with friends or family on the same account, YouTube TV offers 3 simultaneous streams.
Here’s how YouTube TV pricing breaks down. Plans start at $72.99 but channels and features increase as you move up the tiers.
You can watch YouTube TV content on devices like: android-tv or amazon-fire-tv
Watch TCM on DirecTV Stream
Our next pick for watching TCM is DirecTV Stream. We recommend Sling and YouTube TV first because they have a better combination of price and channel availability, but if they don’t work for you, DirecTV Stream is another good option.
Note, though, that if you’re simply worried about regional restrictions, we highly recommend signing up for a VPN like ExpressVPN to access TCM via streaming no matter where you are.
Up to -1 people can watch programming on DirecTV Stream at the same time with DirecTV Stream’s simultaneous streams feature.
Here’s how DirecTV Stream pricing breaks down. You can subscribe to DirecTV Stream starting at $74.99.
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You can watch DirecTV Stream content on devices like: amazon-fire-tv or android-tv.
Watch TCM on Hulu Live TV
Hulu Live TV is another good option for watching TCM without cable.
Up to 2 people can watch programming on Hulu Live TV at the same time.
Here’s how Hulu Live TV pricing breaks down. You can subscribe to Hulu Live TV starting at $76.99.
You can watch Hulu Live TV content on devices like: android-tv, apple-tv, or amazon-fire-tv.
Other ways to watch TCM
We keep track of all the availability changes in streaming — even when a channel isn’t available on one of our favorite streaming services. Here are all of the streaming services that offer TCM /> — and the ones that don’t offer it yet.
How to watch TCM on your device
The days of streaming from laptops are basically over (unless that’s what you’re into!). Most people prefer to watch live TV on other devices — like Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. These days, most every streaming service is available on every device. But it’s always worth checking before subscribing. Take a look at the below list to find out how to watch TCM on your device.
Watch TCM on Roku devices with Sling and others
Watch TCM on Apple TV with Sling and others
Watch TCM on Amazon devices with Sling and others
If you have a subscription to one of the following streaming services, you’re good to go for watching TCM on your Amazon device, like an Amazon Fire TV: Sling, YouTube TV, DirecTV Stream, or Hulu Live TV.
Watch TCM on Chromecast with Sling and others
The bottom line: Watch TCM without cable on Sling
According to our research, Sling remains the best option for streaming TCM without cable because it’s the cheapest option with TCM available. Depending on your region and other streaming habits, though, you might find that another service works best for you. Other choices for streaming TCM include YouTube TV, DirecTV Stream, or Hulu Live TV.
And don’t forget — if you’re trying to access TCM from a region where it isn’t available on your preferred streamer or if you’re outside of the United States, you can watch with a VPN like ExpressVPN.
Davan Hamilton • Editor
Davan Hamilton is an editor and writer based in Jacksonville, FL. Holding a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, her writing spans a wide range, from essays on film criticism and analysis to surreal poetry. When she’s not glued to her computer, you can find her building endless amounts of Lego sets, binge-reading manga, or playing with (fighting) her cat.