Watching classic movies on Apple TV is now easier with TCM (i.e., Turner Classic Movies). TCM is not just a television network but the best app of classic movies out there right now. It’s a brand completely dedicated to classic films fans. It has one of the huge classic movies libraries globally, and recently they added their official app on Apple TV’s App Store. You can watch both TCM live and on-demand classic movies with the TCM app. If you have an interest in watching classic films, TCM should be your primary choice. Let’s check out the different ways to stream TCM on Apple TV.

How to Watch TCM on Apple TV

Those with the Apple TV 4K and HD models can directly get TCM from the App Store. Look at the below section for detailed guidance.

Pocket Guide: Open the App Store on Apple TV >> highlight Search icon >> input as TCM >> select Watch TCM >> click Get >> tap Open.

#1 Turn on your Apple TV and connect it to your home WIFI.

#2 Use the Apple TV remote controller to select the App Store tile.

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#3 Navigate to select the Search option using your Siri remote.

#4 Type TCM in the search bar using the virtual keyboard.

Click the Search icon

#5 Select the official TCM app when it comes up in the search result.

#6 Finally, press Get and enter your Apple ID password (if required).

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How to Activate TCM on Apple TV

#1 Open the downloaded TCM app on your Apple TV. It will show you an activation code on your TV screen.

#2 Note down the activation code and head to the TCM Activation Webpage ( by using your mobile or desktop browser.

#3 Enter the activation code in the required field and click on Submit. It will verify your TV service provider.

Activate TCM on Apple TV

#4 Once you complete the verification process, you’ll be able to access the content on your Apple TV’s TCM app.

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Alternative Method: AirPlay TCM from iOS Device

Before following the below steps, make sure you’ve enabled AirPlay on your Apple TV. Those with older model Apple TVs can try out this method.

#1 Open the App Store and download the Watch TCM app on your iOS device.

#2 Launch the downloaded TCM app and play any of your favorite content in it.

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#3 Then navigate to the Control Panel on your Apple TV and choose the Screen Mirroring option. This will show you the list of nearby available devices on your iOS device screen.

Select screen mirroring

#4 Pick your Apple TV to create a connection.

#5 Once the screen mirroring request is established on your TV, you’ll be able to see the TCM iOS app’s screen on your Apple TV screen.

TCM encompasses a wide range of classic movies in different genres. In the TCM app you may also filter out preferences, and that will recommend stuff for you to watch. Furthermore, it is compatible with both tvOS and iOS devices. So you can either add the app directly on your TV or rely on the AirPlay option by installing the TCM app on your iOS device.


Can I watch TCM on Apple TV?

By downloading the TCM app on Apple TV’s App Store, you can watch TCM on Apple TV.

Can you stream TCM without cable?

With streaming services like Sling TV, Hulu, YouTube, and DIRECT TV STREAM on Apple TV, you can get access to TCM. Get a subscription to any of these streaming services, add that particular streaming service app on your TV from App Store, and enjoy watching your favorite classic movies on TCM without cable.

What are some of the best movies on TCM?

The best classic movies you will find with the TCM app include Westworld, A Star is Born, Light in the Piazza, Arsenic and Old Lace, Stagecoach, etc.