How to Watch Turner Classic Movies (TMC) Without Cable TV

Cord cutting is becoming easier than ever. In the past ditching cable TV meant giving up many channels you love. Now you can break free of overpriced cable TV and long-term contracts and still get the shows and movies you want.

Turner Classic Movies is a great channel many cord cutters want access to. With a wide range of classic movies many movie lovers consider TCM to be a must-have channel. The good news is cord cutters have many options to watch TCM without paying for overpriced cable with a long-term contract.

Watch TCM Live

You can watch TCM live just like you did with cable. Services such as Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DIRECTV NOW offer TCM, and not only will you get TCM but you will also get 30 to 40 other channels included with each service.

The best part is they all offer a free trial.

Sling TV: 7-day free trial

PlayStation Vue: 5-day free trial

DIRECTV NOW: 7-day free trail

They all offer their own benefits and a slightly different channel lineup. My suggestion is to test them out and find what one fits your needs.

Classic Movies On-Demand

If you love classic movies TCM has launched a new streaming service called FilmStruck. Now not everything on TCM will be on FilmStruck because they often remove and add movies. Plans start at $6.99 a month and go up to $10.99 a month. This service is for the hard core movie fans who want some of the best classic movies at their fingertips.

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  • filmex

    It’s hard to beat Vue if you are a fan of TCM. We had Sling for a year and during that time roughly once a day we would come across a TCM title which wasn’t airing because of restrictive streaming rights. This has happened twice in the year we have had Vue.

    Plus, one week we recorded every single movie TCM aired on the Vue cloud DVR just to see if we could (we could). That was something we couldn’t do when we were paying $125/mo to DirecTV and Cox because their DVR couldn’t record half as many films without reaching capacity.

    Filmstruck will be interesting once they are fully available on all devices. They don’t have but a slim-pickings inventory of TCM titles. They primarily serve as the new home of the Criterion Collection. This is the same collection you used to get “for free” as part of Hulu.

    Filmstruck does offer bonus materials that Hulu never did, but as of right now, it’s hard to say viewers have been served by this move, certainly with a not inexpensive subscription price.

    • Brian Smith

      may I ask… is the channel ‘synced’ with the cable channel? I had sling and was kind of upset that the guide on HGTV did not match up to what was on the Sling channel..

      • filmex

        At this point it seems TCM is merely a partner in the Filmstruck channel. I checked it out during Beta and was somewhat underwhelmed. While they do offer a number of films that are part of the TCM library, it is hardly an extensive list. I think you probably can access an equal number via Watch TCM.

        So it’s not like Filmstruck is aligned with the TCM schedule in any way. They don’t broadcast the TCM schedule, merely provide access to some of its films. They seem to be using the Criterion Collection as their main calling card. And again, in that we watched tons of Criterion titles when they were on Hulu for years, the idea of now having to pay a separate subscription fee just to access them now, seems to us a marginal attraction.

        The TCM that appears on Vue is the same as on cable. The guide reflects what is on accurately. Since the Roku only shows us the next six programs that are appearing on any channel, we go to, look at the week in advance, do a search on Vue for the titles we want to record (the next 7 days of broadcasts will show up in search although not yet shown in the 6-program guide), and save the upcoming week’s worth of shows we want to record all at once. That beats continually checking back to see what the next six programs to air will be.

  • BigO

    I would also suggest to check out your library as well. Many older movies have been released on DVD in recent years, and this is how I have been getting my fix since cancelling cable (loved TCM). In our library system – and I think most others – you can search and reserve the titles online- and then go and get them once you are notified they are ready.

  • Rich

    When will we see Filmstruck on the Roku?
    That is my primary device as well as the most popular OTT box. We are now one third of the way through 2017 and I have not seen it yet.

    Filmstruck may or may not be the best option for me, but I want to be able to judge for myself and not be just pick from what else is out there.

    • filmex

      I would suggest going to and checking out their library of films to see if it is something you would be interested in on any device.

      We took part in the Filmstruck Beta program. We are a Roku family and it would have been nice to have been able to use the Roku at that time. But, having checked it out and seen it is primarily a warehouse for the Criterion Collection, with thousands of TCM titles not available, offering it in Roku won’t factor into our decision come accessibility time.

      Check it out. Especially since a large number of Criterion titles being offered continue to be broadcast regularly on the TCM channel. I have a number of Criterion titles in “My Shows” that continue to pop up again and again.

  • nimbyyg

    TCM would be good to have again. I say “good” because it’s not perfect, with so many movies not to my taste. But it provides more than I can watch most days. So yes, I want TCM; not TCM ET. AL. Give me just TCM for, say, $12/month and I’ll be happy and free of Sling’s throwback to cable: channels paid for but unwatched. I already rejected that.