Where can I watch Elf online in the UK legally?
Staff Reporter | On 01, Dec 2019Reading time: 2 mins
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 15th December 2019 at 6.10pm. Missed that one? It’s on again on 24th December 2019 at 5.15pm. Missed that one too? It’s on a third time on Christmas Day at 4.10pm.
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 included with Amazon Prime, which costs £5.99 a month (with a 30-day free trial) for Amazon Prime Video or £7.99 a month for a full Prime membership, including free next-day delivery on Amazon orders.
Want to #Elfalong with everyone else and you don’t have it on DVD? Sign up to Amazon Prime, or just 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 6.10pm on Sunday 15th December or any other time you like.
Elf is available to watch online on Amazon Prime Video as part of a Prime membership or a £5.99 monthly subscription.