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OH MY GOD! SANTA’S COMING! I KNOW HIM!
That’s the cry of everyone screaming along with Elf at the same time when it’s shown on Channel 4 every year. But ever since 2013, Elf is no longer shown on Channel 4. They’ve waved goodbye to Will Ferrell’s comedy, like Mr. Narwhal sending it off into the world to find a new broadcaster and/or father.
Why? Because Sky bought out the exclusive rights to show Elf in the UK, which meant no more Elf on Channel 4 and no more communal Elf viewings (or #Elfalongs). Bah, humbug, the bunch of cotton-headed ninny-muggins.
TV Broadcast Alert
ITV is broadcasting Elf on Sunday 16th December 2018 at 6pm.
Want to watch it on your own time? Amazon has snapped up the streaming rights to the modern holiday classic, which means that Elf is now available to watch on Amazon Prime Video in the UK, as part of a £5.99 monthly subscription (with a 30-day free trial). Which means there’s still a way to watch Elf online. For free. And legally.
Where can I watch Elf on-demand in the UK?
Elf is now available to buy on iTunes and Google Play and to rent and buy on TalkTalk TV Store.
But while Elf may not be on Netflix UK, it is available on Amazon Prime Video.
Amazon Prime Video is a streaming service that is included with an Amazon Prime membership, which costs £79 for a year. The good news, though, is that you don’t need to pay for a full Prime membership to get Prime Video: you can subscribe to just the video streaming service for £5.99 a month. Want the free delivery and other perks that come with Amazon Prime proper? You can also sign up to that for £7.99 a month – with both monthly subscriptions free of any contracts, so you can cancel any time you like. With a 30-day free trial available, you can even sign up for one month, then cancel before your first payment, and there you have it: Elf available to watch online legally for free.
Want to #Elfalong with everyone else and you don’t have it on DVD? Sign up to Amazon Prime Video, which costs £5.99 a month. Then sign up to Twitter and start recapturing that sense of communal spirit again. Because, as of 2013, Guardian journalist Stuart Heritage has begun has an annual tradition of live-tweeting an #Elfalong on (usually) the first Sunday in December.
Elf may have gone from Channel 4, but social media is how video on-demand’s individualising effect can be cancelled out. Event television isn’t dead: VOD has given us the ability to build our own viewing communities instead. In the words of Will Ferrell’s modern Christmas classic, it’s just nice to meet another human that shares our affinity for elf culture.
Or, to put it another way, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear – whether that’s at 6pm on Sunday 16th December or any other time you like.
Where can I stream Elf online in the UK?
Where can I rent or buy Elf on pay-per-view VOD?