Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is a great channel for mystery lovers who want to share with the whole family. And you don’t need a cable subscription to enjoy it. In fact, you have better options online.
In a hurry? If you just want a good source for Movies & Mysteries and the other Hallmark channels, these services provide that and a whole lot more:
- Philo: Get the Hallmark channels with 60+ others for the rock-bottom price of $25/mo. Check it out with a 7-day free trial!
- Vidgo: Offers 95+ channels including all the Hallmark ones for a low monthly cost. Get the first more risk-free for $10!
- FuboTV: Get all three Hallmark channels as part of its base 100+ channel plan with something for the whole family. Try it free for 7 days!
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The Hallmark channels, as a group, are synonymous with family-friendly made-for-TV movies and an annual two-month celebration of televised Christmas Americana. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (HMM) specializes in mystery and murder-themed series and movies, with some non-mystery Hallmark Channel movies and a few classic syndicated mystery TV series such as Matlock and Magnum, PI.
When it comes to killing your cable bill, though, there’s no mystery: you can get away with it without missing a single installment of Aurora Teagarden. Read on to find out how!
How to Watch Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Live Without Cable
Hallmark’s production company, Crown Media, oversees the programming for all three Hallmark channels: The Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (formerly The Hallmark Movie Channel), and Hallmark Drama.
While Hallmark movies and series are largely religiously neutral, due to their family-friendly content and wholesome reputation, their audience overlaps a fair bit with more religious-based family channels, such as INSP, FETV, Pixl, and Freeform, which used to be the Family Channel.
Those who enjoy the Hallmark channels for their romance or lifestyle programming may also enjoy Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network (LMN), Discovery Channel, and Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
The Hallmark channels are not available over the air (OTA), meaning you can’t pick them up with an antenna like ABC or CBS. Instead, you need to subscribe to a third-party provider.
The good news is that this third-party doesn’t necessarily have to be a cable or satellite company. For many people, online streaming services can completely replace your traditional cable, both lowering your bill and providing more flexibility in what and how you watch. Read on for more details.
Streaming Services With Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Of the seven current major streaming services, only two don’t carry the Hallmark channels: YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV. (YouTube TV does provide Hallmark Movies Now as a premium channel.)
But the good news is that, for most of these services, the three Hallmark channels stick together, and can all be found in the same tier, package, or add-on. In other words, if you get one, you’ll usually get all three.
Little Philo keeps its service affordable by taking a pass on the more expensive channel licensing (yes, WarnerMedia, we’re looking at you). But they still manage to maintain a very respectable collection of cable favorites.
They carry all three Hallmark channels, plus INSP, OWN, Discovery Channel, Lifetime, and the Lifetime Movie Network. See our Philo review for details!
Vidgo is a good mid-range service offering over 95 channels for only $55 per month. And it’s only $10 for the first month so you can try it out without risk.
Vidgo’s channel line-up already tends to the family-friendly, so it’s not surprising they carry all three Hallmark channels, plus FETV, INSP, Lifetime, Lifetime Movies, Discovery, Oprah Winfrey Network, and Freeform.
For more information on Vidgo, see our detailed review.
FuboTV may focus on sports, but the vast majority of its 100+ core channels feature programming other than athletic competitions — including all three Hallmark channels, Freeform, Oprah Winfrey Network, and the Discovery Channel. INSP is available as an add-on, but sadly, no Lifetime channels are here.
Fubo’s programming packages start at $64.99/mo (Starter) with a 7-day free trial. It also includes 250 hours of Cloud DVR storage and streaming on up to 3 screens at a time. In most areas, it includes all your local channels including less-available ones like The CW.
For more information about FuboTV, see our detailed review.
Sling TV offers two plans for $35/mo each: the Orange plan (“Good for NCAA football and families”) and the Blue plan (“Good for pro football and news”). For the terminally indecisive (or seriously TV-obsessed), there’s also the Orange + Blue plan for $50/mo.
In order to get the Hallmark channels, you’ll need to get Lifestyle Extra, an add-on that also includes the Lifetime Movie Network. It adds $6/mo to the total cost of your package. Other channels available on Sling are Freeform, Discovery, Lifetime, FETV, Insp, and Pixl.
All Sling TV plans come with 50 hours of DVR storage and the Blue plan allows you to watch on up to 3 devices at once. For more information, check out our Sling TV review.
DirecTV Stream (formerly AT&T TV) is the only service to split up the Hallmark trio. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and the Hallmark Channel are available in the base Entertainment package ($69.99/mo). It also includes Lifetime, Freeform, and Discovery.
Hallmark Drama is only available as an add-on. It’s worth noting that, for some reason, HMM is included in the Entertainment and Premier plans but is an add-on with Choice and Ultimate, the two middle tiers.
All packages come with at least 20 hours of cloud DVR, 20 simultaneous screens, and local network channels. Read our DirecTV Stream review for more details.
Other Ways to Stream Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Don’t go yet! There are some alternate ways to watch Cedar Cove and other Hallmark favorites:
- Frndly TV: This amazing little site provides over 20 channels of feelgood family entertainment, education, and information starting at just $5.99/mo. You get ad-free original movies, series, and brand-new exclusive content from HMM, the Hallmark Channel, and the Hallmark Hall of Fame film series.
- On-demand: Hallmark content is individually available streaming on-demand or for purchase on various streaming services such as iTunes, VUDU, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, Xbox, and others.
- Hallmark TV App: This app allows you to watch all three Hallmark channels live as well as on-demand content. You need to log in with your provider via TV Everywhere, however.
Watching HMM With Your TVs and Streaming Devices
The streaming industry has really come together over the past few years in its support of the many smart TVs and streaming devices on the market. You can now watch HMM on most devices you own.
All the services (except DirecTV Stream) run on smart TVs based on Android TV. And casting to TVs has become very popular with most smart TVs having Chromecast built-in. And if not, you can also get a Chromecast device to connect to your TV.
Many of the services directly support some smart TVs. All of them other than Vidgo and Philo support recent Samsung models. Sling TV, FuboTV, and Hulu support LG and Vizio smart TVs. FuboTV also supports Hisense smart TVs.
There is universal support the popular TV “stick” devices Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku.
And if you want to watch HMM on your phone or tablet, everyone supports iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android.
Sling TV, FuboTV, and Hulu support the Xbox One gaming console. Hulu also provides support for the PlayStation and Nintendo Switch.
There are more supported devices than these. Check our service reviews or the service provider’s website if you don’t see your device listed here.
So if you’re hooked on both Murder, She Baked and Murder, She Wrote, you won’t be missing your favorite amateur sleuths if you murder your cable bill. Just sign up for one of the services above and mark this case closed.
What happened to the Hallmark Movie Channel?
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries launched in 2004 as the Hallmark Movie Channel, an overflow channel for The Hallmark Channel. In 2008, the Mystery Movie film series was moved to the movie channel to make more room on the main Hallmark Channel for lighter romances. Scripted TV series followed in 2010. In 2014, the third Hallmark network, Hallmark Drama, was added and the Hallmark Movie Channel became Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
What kind of shows can I watch on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries?
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries shows a variety of movies, most of them made-for-TV features that already premiered on The Hallmark Channel. They range from romance to western. And of course, every year comes the hotly anticipated Christmas programming, consisting of original holiday-themed movies mixed in with marathons of classics.
Recent HMM movie premieres include:
- Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Honeymoon, Honeymurder
- Sweet Revenge: A Hannah Swensen Mystery
- Mystery 101: Deadly History
- To Catch a Spy
- Morning Show Mysteries: Murder Ever After.
Several of these are part of the Signature Mystery Movie series. Other currently running Signature Mystery Movies include:
- Murder, She Baked aka Hannah Swensen Mysteries
- Crossword Mysteries
- Martha’s Vineyard Mysteries
- Signed, Sealed, Delivered aka Lost Letter Mysteries.
HMM also has some original series:
- Cedar Cove
- Chesapeake Shores
- Good Witch.
And finally, they air some classic syndicated mystery series from the 80s and 90s:
- Murder, She Wrote
- Magnum PI
- Diagnosis: Murder
What’s the cheapest way to watch Hallmark Movies & Mysteries?
The cheapest way to watch HMM is Frndly TV, at $5.99/mo. Even if you went for their top package with the HD and all the extras (same channel listing though), it would still only be $9.99. If you’re looking for more than feel-good family vibes, Philo is the next cheapest at $25/mo for over 65 channels. Or you could go for a Sling TV package, also an excellent value at $35/mo.
How do I watch entertainment channels beside HMM?
These guides will help you watch the most popular channels without cable or satellite TV: