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What Channel Is TCM On?

TCM (Turner Classic Movies) is the go-to channel for the best movies of yesteryear, going all the way back to the 1920s. Here’s how to get TCM in your home.

Turner Classic Movies, commonly known as TCM, launched in 1994 as a cable home for classic films dating back to the ‘20s—the 1920s, to be clear. These days, TCM is part of Warner Bros. Discovery, but it remains commercial-free and uncensored (for now). The channel also carries many a movie that isn’t available to watch anywhere else on cable, satellite, streaming, or even DVD or VHS tape.

Get TCM in your neighborhood

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What channel is TCM on near me?

TCM isn’t as widely available as Warner Bros. Discovery cousins TBS and TNT, but it can still be found in most major cable and satellite TV provider lineups (usually in the more expensive packages). If your city/area isn’t listed below, enter your zip code in our service finder tool below the table.

TCM channels in major U.S. cities

City Cox channel DIRECTV channel DISH channel Optimum channel Spectrum channel Xfinity channel
Albuquerque, NM N/A 256 132 97 N/A 169
Atlanta, GA N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Austin, TX N/A 256 132 N/A N/A N/A
Bakersfield, CA N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Baltimore, MD N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Bronx, NY N/A 256 132 97 N/A N/A
Brooklyn, NY N/A 256 132 97 N/A N/A
Buffalo, NY N/A 256 132 N/A N/A N/A
Charlotte, NC N/A 256 132 N/A N/A N/A
Chicago, IL N/A 256 132 97 N/A 169
Cincinnati, OH N/A 256 132 N/A N/A N/A
Cleveland, OH 71 256 132 N/A N/A N/A
Colorado Springs, CO N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Columbus, OH N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Dallas, TX N/A 256 132 97 N/A 169
Denver, CO N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Detroit, MI N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
El Paso, TX N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Fort Lauderdale, FL N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Ft. Worth, TX N/A 256 132 N/A N/A N/A
Fresno, CA N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Houston, TX N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Indianapolis, IN N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Jacksonville, FL N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Las Vegas, NV 71 256 132 N/A N/A N/A
Los Angeles, CA N/A 256 132 N/A N/A N/A
Louisville, KY N/A 256 132 N/A N/A N/A
Memphis, TN N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Miami, FL N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Milwaukee, WI N/A 256 132 N/A N/A N/A
Minneapolis, MN N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
New York, NY N/A 256 132 97 N/A N/A
Oklahoma City, OK 71 256 132 N/A N/A N/A
Orlando, FL N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Philadelphia, PA N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Phoenix, AZ 71 256 132 N/A N/A N/A
Pittsburgh, PA N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Portland, OR N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Sacramento, CA N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
St. Louis, MO N/A 256 132 N/A N/A N/A
St. Paul, MN N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Salt Lake City, UT N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
San Antonio, TX N/A 256 132 N/A N/A N/A
San Diego, CA 71 256 132 N/A N/A N/A
San Francisco, CA N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
San Jose, CA N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Seattle, WA N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Tampa, FL N/A 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Tucson, AZ 71 256 132 N/A N/A 169
Washington, D.C. N/A 256 132 N/A N/A N/A

Data effective as of post date.

Get TCM with cable or satellite

Wherever you find TBS, TNT, Food Network, and other Warner Bros. Discovery channels, chances are that TCM is also in that service provider’s lineup. But, TCM is considered a premium channel by some cable and satellite services, making it available in their more-expensive packages only.

Xfinity

$20.00–$80.00/mo.

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Cox

$61.00–$152.00/mo.

DISH

$84.99–$114.99/mo.

DIRECTV

$69.99–$159.99/mo.

Only satellite providers like DISH and DIRECTV are available nationwide. For more cable TV provider options, visit our Best TV Providers guide.

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Get TCM with a live TV streaming service

TCM is included in only three live TV streaming services’ lineups in the states: YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, and DIRECTV Via Internet. The live TCM channel is available as part of a movies-centric add-on package with Sling TV.

YouTube TV

$72.99/mo.

Hulu + Live TV

$76.99–$89.99/mo.

DIRECTV Via Internet

$69.99–$159.99/mo.

Sling TV

$40.00–$55.00/mo.

Learn more about streaming live TV by checking out our Best Live TV Streaming Services page.

Level up your internet for streaming movies

You’ll need a solid internet connection for the clearest streaming experience. Read up on it in our Best Internet for Streaming guide.

Get TCM with Max, TCM.com, or WatchTCM app

Most of TCM’s content can be viewed on-demand through the TCM hub on Max.

With a cable, satellite, or live streaming TV service account login, you can watch TCM’s movie library at TCM.com or through the WatchTCM app available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android, and iOS devices.

What’s the cheapest way to get TCM?

Price:
$9.99–$20.99/mo. or $99.99–$209.99/yr.
Library:
35,000 hrs. of content
Features:
Series and movies from the Turner Library, Warner Bros., Discovery, and more

Data effective as of post date. Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

The least expensive way to watch TCM movies is through Max, which starts at $9.99 a month with ads. But the TCM hub on Max doesn’t give you access to the full on-demand TCM library or the live channel.

A live TV streaming service subscription can get you access to all of TCM using your login watch through TCM.com or the Watch TCM app. Sling TV would be the cheapest of the live TV streaming options. You can subscribe to Sling TV’s Orange or Blue plan for $40.00 a month and then add the Hollywood Extra channel package for an additional $6.00 monthly.

What’s on TCM?

TCM’s movie catalog consists mostly of titles from Warner Bros., MGM, and RKO Pictures, with some films licensed from other studios for limited runs. The channel’s movie library spans from the 1920s to the 1990s, with hundreds of titles rotating in and out monthly. The current list of TCM movies can be found at TCM.com.

What’s TCM?

TCM began as Turner Classic Movies in 1994 as part of media giant and film aficionado Ted Turner’s collection of cable channels as his own answer to AMC (then known as American Movie Classics). The first-ever film to air on TCM was Gone With the Wind (1939).

Today, TCM is part of Warner Bros. Discovery. Most cable, satellite, and live TV streaming service providers that feature TBS, TNT, and truTV also carry TCM. Apart from network promos, TCM is commercial-free and runs films entirely unedited.

What channel is TCM on FAQ

How do I watch TCM?

You can watch TCM as a live TV channel on cable and satellite TV providers, like Xfinity and DIRECTV, or live TV streaming services, such as YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV. With a TV provider login, you can also watch TCM at TCM.com or through the Watch TCM app. You can also view most TCM content on Max.

Is TCM a cable channel?

TCM is a 24/7 cable channel showing classic movies from the 1920s to the 1990s. TCM movies are also available on-demand through TCM.com, the Watch TCM app, and the TCM hub on Max.

Is TCM the same as Turner Classic Movies?

Media mogul Ted Turner launched Turner Classic Movies in 1994, but the channel has been referred to as the shortened TCM for most of its existence.

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