You don’t need cable to watch Turner Classic Movies (TCM.) All you need is a streaming device like Roku and a streaming service that carries TCM. Below are all the streaming services that carry TCM.
Watch TCM on Sling TV
TCM is one of the many channels on Sling TV. However, it’s part of their “Hollywood” add-on package. Sling TV offers two base packages with different channel offerings call the “Blue” and “Orange” package. Each costs $30 per month. Subscribers then add the “Hollywood” ad on at an additional $5 per month for a total of $35 per month.
Watching TCM on Hulu Live TV
Hulu is another way you can stream TCM. Previously Hulu was known for its vast on-demand streaming library. Recently, they have added a Hulu Live TV service for $64.99 a month that offers Live TCM Online Streaming. Hulu Live TV is one of the best live TV streaming services available. It includes the following features:
- The basic package comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage. (Upgrades available)
- Watch on 2 screens at once. (Upgrades available)
- Comes with 6 customizable profiles
- Includes entire Hulu streaming library
Check out our full review of Hulu Live TV for more details.
TCM on AT&T TV Now
TCM is one of the channels available on AT&T’s streaming service AT&T TV Now. However, at $55 per month, it’s a bit more expensive than the other options. Check out our review of AT&T TV for more details.
TCM on YouTube TV
YouTubeTV also carried TCM, as well as limitless storage space for recording your shows. Your library of recorded shows can be streamed anywhere. TCM is included in the base package for $64.99 a month. Check our review of YouTube TV to see if it’s available in your area.
TCM is about the Classics
These days it feels like the biggest stars in Hollywood are green screens. The rise of CGI means movies can show just about anything their writers can dream up – and studios can vie for our dollars with increasingly-ostentatious spectacles of effects.
And then, there’s TCM. Turner Classic Movies is quietly, consistently offering up an antidote to this blockbuster mania. On that channel you won’t find much color – in fact, most of what it shows is black and white. Instead, you’ll get classic movies, generally but not always made before the 1960s.
Our world was quite different then, and one might question whether these movies are relevant today. But check out the titles TCM offers on demand and the first to stand out might be the 1944 movie “Gaslight,” in which Ingrid Bergman plays a woman whose husband manipulates her into believing she is crazy. Modern feminists might be amazed to learn that women were thinking critically about “gaslighting” back in the World War II era – and those thoughts could inform today’s fight for equality.
Likewise, you’ll find 1962’s “The Manchurian Candidate,” another often-referenced film. Its subtlety and intricacy make for a powerful statement about the sinister motivations under those institutions that we think we can trust – showing, once again, that our modern day issues have been around a long time.
Then, of course, there is “Dr. Strangelove: Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb” from 1964, chilling in its depiction of an insane, immature man able to manipulate people into a nuclear war … ok, never mind, maybe I’ll just sit over here for a while and watch Marvel’s glittery modern “Doctor Strange,” instead, just for my personal sanity’s sake.
Classic movies aren’t all disturbing and profound, however. TCM offers plenty of lighter stuff, too, that provide a glimpse into the cultural world of the past. Its website does a good job of helping viewers to navigate it all by providing collections of movies (such as those with “meet cutes” or those with a certain star.)
And more than many channels, TCM has crafted a community around its channel. For 10 years, TCM has hosted an annual film festival in Hollywood, bringing fans together to watch classic movies on the big screen. Year-round, you can join fans in sort of fan club called TCM Backlot: if you pay $7.97/month you can join a local chapter of fans and enjoy other benefits like streaming “rare videos,” touring the studios and even appearing on air. You can even join a TCM wine club in which you purchase bottles of wine that they say pair with their classic movies.
In any case, with wine or not, it’s easy to forget these old movies and leave them in the realm of college film classes. But they are a worthy addition to your streaming time if only to provide a bit of depth and historical perspective. And fortunately, you don’t need cable to do so.
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