I “cut the cord” quite a few years ago, but do pay for a few streaming services like Amazon Prime and Netflix to get my entertainment fix. Without a cable television subscription, some content is off-limits. One of those cable-only channels is Lifetime, known for its endless supply of cheesy, low-budget movies that tug on one’s heartstrings and appeal (largely) to women.
Lifetime movies aren’t my cup of tea, but with Sunday’s release of Christmas Ever After, a new film starring Tony Award-winning actress Ali Stroker, I found myself searching for a way to get access to the channel. Ali is a wheelchair user — the first to appear in a lead role on the Lifetime network. I’m not a movie critic and won’t attempt to review the film, but others have done so on IndieWire, Marie Claire, The Mighty and TV Fanatic. If you have a disability, care about disability representation or simply want to enjoy a wholesome Christmas flick, you should give it a watch.
But, if you’ve cut the cord like me, you have two options for watching the movie. The first option is to rent or buy the movie from Amazon Prime video. A rental costs $2.99 or you can own the movie in HD for just $4.99, which is a great deal.
Alternatively, if you’d like to watch the movie for free, you can open an account with a TV provider and stream the movie online. Don’t worry, you don’t have to sign-up for an expensive Comcast or DirecTV account. In fact, with minimal effort, you can take advantage of a free internet TV trial and get streaming in a matter of minutes. The following online TV services offer a free trial and enable access to Lifetime’s on-demand streaming library.
- FuboTV — Free trial for 3 days
- Hulu with Live TV — Free trial for one week
- Philo — Free trial for 7 days
Since I have previously used up my free trials with FuboTV and Hulu, I created an account with Philo. It doesn’t offer the broad selection of channels that the others do, but I was only concerned with access to Lifetime.
Once I had my Philo account set-up, I was able to authenticate my account and stream Christmas Ever After from the Lifetime website. It really is that easy!
So, what are you waiting for? Sign-up for your free Philo TV trial, watch the film, and come back here to let me know what you thought
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