How to watch Grandma

Best way to watch Grandma (2015)

Grandma is a beloved indie film that premiered at Sundance in 2015. The film explores the plight of a grandma who tries to help her granddaughter through a difficult, potentially life-altering ordeal. If you’re looking for a way to watch Grandma, streaming services are your best bet. In fact, for its relatively low-cost, and a catalog full of licensed and original content, we think Starz is the best video-on-demand (VOD) service to watch Grandma online.

A subscription to Starz is $8.99/mo., making it more affordable than comparable apps like HBO Max ($14.99/mo.) and Showtime ($10.99/mo.). And when you sign up today, you’ll get seven days free with Starz’s trial period. After watching Grandma, if you decide Starz isn’t for you, simply cancel before the trial period is up and you won’t be charged. 

All the ways to watch Grandma online

Starring Lily Tomlin, Grandma is not only an indie darling produced for $600,000, but it explores feminist themes over three generations. The plot of Grandma follows a lesbian poet who travels around Los Angeles with her pregnant teenage granddaughter as she tries to raise enough money for an abortion.

There are multiple streaming services that carry Grandma to watch on-demand. Some of those streaming apps, like Hulu and Sling TV, only provide the movie, Grandma, if you purchase the Starz add-on.

Streaming servicePrice
HuluStarting at $5.99/mo.
Sling TVStarting at $30/mo.

Streaming Grandma

Deciding where to watch a Grandma stream really depends on what other content you’d like. Each of the below services has unique offerings that might make it easier for you to choose one over the other.


Hulu offers a dynamic range of plans that include Basic ($5.99/mo.), Premium ($11.99/mo.), Hulu Basic + Live TV ($54.99/mo.) and Hulu Premium + Live TV ($60.99/mo.). When you sign up for Hulu, you’ll get 30 days free or seven days for Live TV plans. And for those who want to bundle their Hulu subscription with family and sports content, you can do so with the Disney+ bundle for $12.99/mo. For less than the price of Netflix Premium ($15.99/mo.), you’ll get three unique services. 

To watch Grandma on Hulu, you’ll need the Starz add-on. So, if you have a Hulu account, you can add Starz to your subscription for an added fee of $8.99/mo. If you don’t choose to add Starz to your Hulu account, there are a number of similar indie films you may enjoy like Ben Is Back, I, Tonya and What They Had.

Sling TV

Sling TV is a cable replacement service that works without any additional hardware or binding contracts. The cable-alternative service is praised for its customizability with a la carte add-ons that can be added to any of its three plans: Sling Orange ($30/mo.), Sling Blue ($30/mo.) and Sling Orange + Blue ($45/mo.).

Since Sling TV works just like traditional TV, you’ll have a variety of national networks all at your fingertips. There are quite a few channels split up between Sling Orange and Sling Blue. That’s why if you want the best of both worlds, you have the option to combine Orange and Blue for a well-rounded experience.

When you purchase the Starz add-on, you’ll receive six channels (Starz, Starz Comedy, Starz Edge, Starz Encore, Starz Kids & Family and Starz West) dedicated to Starz programming, along with on-demand access for $9/mo. Other premium add-ons consist of bundles like EPIX ($5/mo.), Showtime ($10/mo.) and the Sports Extra package ($10/mo.).


Starz is available as a standalone app for $8.99/mo. In addition to a constantly updated cycle of blockbusters and prestigious movies, Starz also produces a variety of original series. Original series currently streaming episodes include MotherFatherSon, Seduced: Inside The NXIVM Cult, The Spanish Princess and The White Queen. But you’re here for Grandma. Starz provides the most direct way to watch Grandma, along with other comparable films like Before Midnight, Disobedience, Irrational Man, Lady in the Van, Love Is Strange and Truth.

With Starz, you’ll have unlimited use of downloads and streaming on-demand content. And to sweeten the deal, you can stream with up to four screens simultaneously.

Renting vs. buying Grandma

If you don’t want to add another subscription service to your lineup, renting and buying are better options. Renting is better if you just want to see the film once, but buying is great if you want the movie to be a permanent part of your lineup.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video is more than your average VOD streaming service. In fact, if Prime Video doesn’t carry a film for free within its catalog, chances are that you can locate the title in its hub for media rentals and purchases. One of the movies you can buy or rent is Grandma. The film is available in high definition (HD) to rent for $3.99 or purchase for $12.99. Amazon also hosts a Starz button which will navigate you to the Starz page where you can sign up for a seven-day free trial. 


Vudu only offers Grandma for purchase, so if you’re only looking to rent, you’ll need to consider another service on our list. You can choose between standard definition (SD) and HD, but either way, it’ll cost you $13.99. Vudu also lists similar films that you can buy or rent. These include Please Give, The Meddler and Youth in Oregon.


Did you know that you can buy or rent movies with your YouTube app? That’s right, by syncing up your payment information with YouTube, you’ll have the power to find pretty much all of your favorite movies and shows. YouTube matches the rates on Amazon Prime Video for rentals and purchases.

Our hot take 

If you’re wondering where to watch Grandma, there are quite a few services out there. But there’s one app we believe stands out as the best for watching a Grandma stream, and that’s Starz. It’s easy to use the standalone app or the Starz add-on from one of your favorite platforms, like Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Sling TV. Movies like Grandma are constantly being cycled through the libraries of various streaming apps. So, make sure you catch Grandma on Starz while it’s still a featured title. When you sign up for Starz today, you’ll get your first week for absolutely free.

Zack Kulm

Zack Kulm is a writer and contributor of He covers a variety of topics from entertainment and gaming technologies to pop culture commentary. Kulm received a degree in English from Penn State University and Film Studies from Pittsburgh Filmmakers Institute. He also produces award-winning documentaries.