Hallmark Channel: Watch the Valentine's Day Lineup Without Cable
It's time for Cupid and Loveuary on the network, and you can stream all the romance as a cord-cutter.
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If there's one thing you can count on the Hallmark Channel for, it's all the warm and fuzzy holiday-themed content that airs daily. Valentine's Day has already kicked off on the network, and you can tune in for an array of romantic stories and Loveuary programming, which includes titles such as Love & Jane and Paging Mr. Darcy.
If you want to watch the Hallmark Channel, but don't have a cable or satellite TV provider, your best bet is streaming. While you may already be watching Hallmark Movies & More content through a free, ad-supported television platform like Pluto TV, it's the Hallmark Channel that's flush with new titles this season. Here's where to stream it without cable, and how a VPN can help your experience.
The least expensive streaming service that carries the Hallmark Channel is Peacock. The app features a Hallmark hub where you can watch new movie and TV series releases live as they air on the broadcast network, or stream them on demand for up to three days. In addition to watching Hallmark titles on demand, viewers can check out three live channels on the streaming service that run content 24/7: Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and Hallmark Drama. Some Spanish-language content is also available.
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You'll need a Peacock Premium subscription to watch Hallmark. It costs $6 a month for the ad-based version, or $12 a month for Peacock Premium Plus, which removes most commercials and gives you the option to download select content to watch offline. Note there are some ads on the Premium Plus subscription due to content licensing agreements.
How to watch the Hallmark Channel on a live TV streaming service
Several live TV streaming platforms carry the network in their channel lineups, but we advise you to choose one that's best for your budget and content preferences. Philo is a budget-friendly option, and it offers a free trial period. To learn more about live TV streaming offerings, read our channel comparison and this matchup between YouTube TV and Hulu Plus Live TV.
For $25 per month, Philo is the cheapest live TV subscription service out there. It offers over 70 live channels including Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Drama and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Watch new titles as they air live with the option to stream content on demand or save your favorites using the DVR. Read our Philo review to learn more.
The live TV streaming service offers the Hallmark Channel, and you can watch content live or on-demand. The platform costs $73 per month, and you can type in your ZIP code to see which local networks are available in your area in addition to the regular lineup. Read our YouTube TV review.
Perhaps you're traveling abroad and want to stream Peacock while away from home. With a VPN, you're able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to Hallmark content from anywhere in the world. There are other good reasons to use a VPN for streaming, too.
A VPN is the best way to stop your internet service provider from throttling your speeds by encrypting your traffic. Using a VPN is also a great idea if you're traveling and want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and log-ins while connecting to Wi-Fi networks. Streaming TV can be a bit smoother with a reliable, quality VPN that's passed our tests and security standards.
You can use a VPN to stream content legally as long as VPNs are allowed in your country and you have a valid subscription to the streaming service you're using. The US and Canada are among the countries where VPNs are legal, but we advise against streaming or downloading content on illegal torrent sites. We recommend ExpressVPN, but you may opt for another provider from our best list such as Surfshark or NordVPN.
If you're looking for a secure and dependable VPN, our Editors' Choice is ExpressVPN. It's fast, works on multiple devices, and provides stable streams. It's normally $13 a month, but you can get 15 months for $6.67 a month by opting for ExpressVPN's annual plan that includes three months free.
Follow the VPN provider's instructions for installation and choose a country where the Hallmark Channel is streaming on Peacock (i.e. the US). Before you open the streaming app, make sure you're connected to your VPN using your selected region. If you want to stream content on more than one device, it's possible that you'll need to configure each one to ensure you are signed in. Go to settings and check your network connections to verify you're logged in and connected to your VPN account. Now you're ready to open Peacock to stream.
If you run into issues with streaming, first make sure your VPN is up and running on its encrypted IP address. Double-check that you've followed installation instructions correctly and you've picked the right geographical area for viewing. If you still encounter connection problems, you may need to reboot your device. Close all apps and windows, restart your device and connect to your VPN first. Note that some streaming services restrict VPN access.