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Oscars 2019: how to watch the Academy Awards online

The 91st Academy Awards are tonight, February 24th, at 8PM ET / 5PM PT on ABC. It’s the movie industry’s biggest night when a selection of the past year’s films, as well as the actors, directors, and other important people who helped create them, are lauded for their achievements.

You’ll be able to easily watch the Oscars as well as the red carpet happenings beforehand, regardless of your TV setup. Over-the-air antenna users and satellite and cable subscribers have it the easiest. But if you’re a cord cutter, there are plenty of noteworthy over-the-top streaming services that will give you a free trial.

Who’s hosting the Oscars?

The show promises to bring some surprises and shocking disappointments, depending on which films or talent you’re rooting for. But it’s likely that nothing will top the show’s controversial host situation. Actor and comedian Kevin Hart was pegged to host this year, but he withdrew from the position (the Academy didn’t fire him) after critics pointed out a series of homophobic tweets on his personal Twitter account and related anti-gay stand-up material he’d performed in the past.

This will be the first Academy Awards ceremony to be host-free since 1989 when Rob Lowe headlined a panned Snow White-themed musical number in lieu of the usual host chatter. As Casey Newton said in his daily newsletter The Interface, “The show is much better off without him.” But the novelty of a host-less show is worth checking out, if only to see whether the Academy addresses the controversy head-on, or awkwardly maneuvers around it.

How do I watch?

The Oscars will air on ABC, which is easily accessible if you have an over-the-air antenna or a paid cable or satellite subscription. If you pay for television, you can alternatively watch a live stream of the Oscars on, or through the ABC app on your preferred streaming device once you’ve signed in with your cable or satellite credentials.

If you all you want to watch is the red carpet segment of the show, you’ll just need a Twitter account. It starts at 6:30PM ET / 3:30PM PT, and the live stream can be viewed from The Academy’s profile.

For cord cutters, there are more than a few ways to tune into the Oscars. Several over-the-top streaming services come with ABC included in their channel offering, though you’ll want to check in your region, as availability varies depending on location. If you don’t want to pay a penny, all of these services offer free trials if you haven’t already cashed it in for prior events:

  • Hulu Live TV
  • YouTube TV
  • Sling TV
  • DirecTV Now

How do I watch the ceremony outside of the United States?

A list of international TV channels that have broadcasting rights for the Oscars hasn’t been shared, though it’s probably safe to assume that most that aired the awards show last year will be doing so again in 2019. If you live outside of the US, here’s where you’ll likely be able to tune in.

What’s up for awards?

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite lead the pack of contenders, with 10 nominations each, including Best Picture. Other films up for the top award include A Star is Born and Vice (both have eight nominations), Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther (seven nominations, and it’s the first superhero movie to ever be nominated for Best Picture), Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman (six nominations), and lastly, Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book, which each have five nominations in other categories.

Here’s a full list of the nominated films.

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Office Oscar pool: Done. RSVP for your friend’s viewing party: Done. Whatever your plans are for this Sunday’s Oscars, get up to speed with everything you need to know about the 91st Academy Awards ceremony.


The ceremony will air on ABC on Sunday.


The Oscars will start at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PST.


Besides watching the Oscars on TV, viewers with a cable or satellite subscription can also livestream the ceremony on their laptop, phone or tablet through or the ABC app. The ceremony will also be streamed through all of ABC’s streaming services, including YouTube TV, Sling TV, DirecTV, and PlayStation Vue. Subscribers with Hulu Live TV will also be able to stream the ceremony.

For viewers unable to watch the show, the full broadcast will be available on the ABC site and app until March 3. The ceremony will also be available the day after on Hulu.


“All Access: Red Carpet Live” will begin covering the red carpet at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PST and will continue coverage throughout the end of the ceremony. The red carpet can be streamed through the same services as the awards ceremony.


For those who can’t get enough of the red carpet coverage, E! will be streaming exclusive Oscars Red Carpet coverage from 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PST. Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic will host “E! Live from the Red Carpet: Oscars 2019” starting at 5 p.m. ET.


A new addition to the Oscars, The Official Oscar Game allows viewers to answer trivia questions, make category predictions and participate in real-time polls. The more viewers participate, the more points they win to be entered in a drawing at the end of the night for $50,000. Start answering questions on at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PST and live tweet your successes with the #OscarsGame and #Oscars hashtags.


1. Actor in a supporting role

2. Makeup and hairstyling

3. Costume design

4. Documentary feature

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5. Sound editing

6. Sound mixing

7. Production design

8. Foreign-language film

9. Actress in a supporting role

10. Animated short film

11. Animated feature film

12. Visual effects

13. Film editing

14. Documentary short subject

15. Live action short film

16. Adapted screenplay

17. Original screenplay

18. Cinematography

19. Original score

20. Original song

21. Directing

22. Actor in a leading role

23. Actress in a leading role

24. Best picture


While “The Favourite” may have received 10 nominations (along with its competitor “Roma”), there is no clear favorite in the race for best picture. “Green Book” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” may have won in their respective best film categories at the Golden Globes, but both have found themselves in the midst of controversy.

“Roma” is also vying to make Oscar history as the first foreign language film to win the best picture category. The apparent underdog at the beginning of the awards season, “Roma” has won best foreign picture at the Golden Globes, best picture at the Critics Choice Awards, and best film at the British BAFTA awards.

While “Black Panther” might not be receiving much talk as a best picture likely, it has made history as the first superhero movie nominated for an Oscar.


For the second time in Oscar history, the ceremony will run without a host. Instead, a variety of presenters will take turns hosting the event. Among the presenters are Tina Fey, Keegan-Michael Key, Awkwafina, Melissa McCarthy and Samuel L. Jackson.


Use the hashtag #Oscars to live tweet during the ceremony. And unique to All Access, viewers will be able to submit questions for nominees via Twitter on @TheAcademy using the hashtag #OscarsAllAccess. Lucky viewers will get to see their question asked live.

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For the love of Jackson Maine! Hollywood’s most glamorous evening of the year, the Academy Awards, will finally descend upon us on Sunday, February 24, in all of its controversial glory. Unluckily for a lot of us, ABC still hasn’t given in to a “free livestream for everyone” policy. However, if you happen to be well-versed in the art of getting what you want, here are some options on how to make the most out of your Oscars evening.

For starters, watching the perpetually hostless ceremony is easy as pie if you actually have a cable subscription. The Oscars will be airing live at 8 p.m. ET, and can be viewed on live television, on, or on the ABC app. Prior to the ceremony, ABC is offering a free preshow on its website called The Oscars: All Access, which, if you don’t have a cable subscription, is being touted as the only “official” way to watch interviews with the nominees, presenters, and performers. Of course, red-carpet coverage will abound if you have cable, as well — ABC will begin its live fashion musings at 5 p.m. ET, and E! will also kick things off at 5 p.m. ET with its traditional Live From the Red Carpet special. E! is also doing a pre-red-carpet show, also from the red carpet, which will begin at 1 p.m. ET. That’s a lot of carpets!

Cable aside, subscription-based services — including YouTube TV, Sling TV, DirecTV, and PlayStation Vue — will let you livestream the Oscars through ABC. Most of these platforms have a free-trial period that everyone can take advantage of, thus making sure your viewing party costs zero dollars. (Just remember to cancel the trial before your credit card gets hit. Nothing worst than getting charged for another month, eh?) Or, if you have the patience to wait about 12 hours until watching, Hulu will have the entire ceremony available to stream on Monday morning, if you have an active Hulu subscription. Now, go forth and predict the very up-in-the-air winners!

Watch the Oscar Nominations: Live Stream the 2020 Academy Awards Nominees

The time has come to find out the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards. The nominees in all 24 Oscar categories will be announced live this morning from Hollywood by Issa Rae and John Cho. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be live streaming the 2020 Oscars announcement from various social media channels, including their official Facebook page ( for the Academy’s Facebook feed) and Twitter page ( for the Academy’s Twitter feed). Additionally, the nominations announcement will also live stream on the official Oscars YouTube Page, the video for which has been embedded below.

What films are expected to dominate the Oscars? After the Golden Globe Awards and the Critics Choice Awards, it appears likely that Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” will wrack up the most nominations this year. Both movies are likely to earn Oscar nominations in the double digits. Other major contenders include Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite,” Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story,” Sam Mendes’ “1917,” and Todd Phillips’ “Joker.” Many Oscar pundits will be watching closely to see how films like Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” fare with Academy voters. “Little Women” has great critical acclaim, but it’s not a lock in the major categories.

The 2020 Oscar nominations will begin approximately at 8:18am ET with the announcement of the following categories (not listed in order of presentation): Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Costume Design, Film Editing, Original Score, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.

The nominations announcement will continue at 8:30am ET with the presentation of the remaining categories (not listed in order of presentation): Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Directing, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Song, Best Picture, Production Design, Visual Effects, Adapted Screenplay, and Original Screenplay.

The 92nd Academy Awards will not have a host, marking the second consecutive year ABC will hair a host-less Oscars. The ceremony is set to take place on Sunday, February 9 on ABC. Watch the 2020 nominations announced live in the video below. The feed will begin at 8:18am ET.

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Netflix’s Roma leads the pack with 10 nominations, including a Best Picture nod, while Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born is up for eight Oscars, including Best Actor for Cooper, Best Actress for Gaga, Best Supporting Actor for Sam Elliott and Best Original Song for “Shallow.” Bohemian Rhapsody has five nods, including Best Picture, and a Best Actor nomination for Rami Malek, while Green Book earned five nominations as well.

Gaga and Cooper are expected to perform “Shallow” during the Oscars telecast, and producers have also announced performances from Jennifer Hudson, Queen featuring Adam Lambert, and Bette Midler, who will be covering “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” originally performed by Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns. You can stream all the nominated films and songs online here.

For the first time in 30 years, the Oscars will be without a host, and viewers will no doubt be tuning in to see how the emcee-less proceedings play out. The 2019 Academy Awards air live this Sunday, February 24th at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on ABC. The network is streaming the show on its website, but you’ll have to sign-in with your cable provider or satellite service.

Conversely, you can also sign up with a live TV streaming service and use it to watch the show online, or cast it to your TV. We like Hulu with Live TV, which includes ABC on its channel lineup and lets you stream content from your phone, laptop, tablet or smart TV. , which will get you instant access to the ceremony (Note: streaming sites like Sling TV and fuboTV do not carry ABC at all, so even if you’re signed up on those platforms, you won’t be able to view the show).

Another option: Get a conventional antenna like this one from Amazon to try and pick up your local ABC affiliate for free. Amazon Prime members can get next-day delivery so your antenna arrives in time for Sunday’s big show.

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Oscar Nominations: Watch the Live Stream

Issa Rae and John Cho will host the announcement beginning at 5:18 a.m. PT.

The 2020 Oscar nominations are being announced early Monday morning.

Issa Rae and John Cho will announce the nominees in two parts, with the first batch starting at 5:18 a.m. PT. The first categories to be announced include actor in a supporting role, actress in a supporting role, costume design, film editing, original score, animated short film, live-action short film, sound editing and sound mixing.

Beginning at 5:30 a.m. PT, the nominees in a second batch of categories will be announced. Those include actor in a leading role, actress in a leading role, animated feature film, cinematography, directing, documentary feature, documentary short subject, international feature film (formerly best foreign-language film), makeup and hairstyling, original song, best picture, production design, visual effects, adapted screenplay and original screenplay.

The live stream will be available on all the Academy’s websites and digital platforms, including, and its Twitter, YouTube and Facebook pages. The announcement can also be viewed via satellite feed and local broadcasters.

The 92nd annual Academy Awards are being handed out once again at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. ABC will broadcast the show live Sunday, Feb. 9. The ceremony will be hostless for the second year in a row.

Watch the live stream below.

14 Oscar-nominated movies you can watch on Netflix and other streaming services

  • US viewers can stream 14 movies nominated at this year’s Oscars on Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu, and more.
  • They include best-picture contenders like Netflix’s “The Irishman” and animated nominees like “The Missing Link,” which can be found on Hulu.
  • Netflix led this year’s nominations with 24.
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The Oscars are just around the corner and viewers eager to catch up on the nominated movies have more options than ever before.

14 of this year’s nominated features are streaming in the US on the likes of Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, or YouTube. They range from best-picture contenders like Netflix’s crime epic “The Irishman” to animated movies like “The Missing Link,” which can be found on Hulu.

Netflix led this year’s nominations with 24, which not only included two best-picture nominees, but animated feature, documentary feature, and short film competitors, as well.

The streaming giant has come a long way since 2014 when it nabbed its first nomination. Last year, it scored 15 nominations, led by “Roma.”

Below are 14 movies nominated at this year’s Oscars that you can stream right now in the US:

Watch the Oscars in its entirety on Hulu and ABC

If you missed Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony you’re in luck, because the show will soon be available in its entirety online. In a press release issued late Sunday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said the ceremony will be available for streaming in the US on Hulu, Hulu Plus,, and the ABC Player app. It’s scheduled to go live at 6AM ET Monday morning, and will remain online until midnight ET on Wednesday.

“Perfect for anyone who just wants to relive the most magical moments of the night.”

This marks the first time that the Academy has repurposed its showcase event for online viewing, signaling a subtle shift from an industry that has thus far been reluctant to embrace web streaming. “Our goal is to give fans as many ways to enjoy and engage with the Oscars as possible and this will provide another great opportunity for them,” chief marketing officer Christina Kounelias said in a statement. Karin Gilford, Senior Vice President of Digital Media at ABC Entertainment, added that the initiative was geared toward those who missed the event last night, as well as “anyone who just wants to relive the most magical moments of the night.”

Monday’s launch is part of a broader digital campaign that the Academy launched this year. During the ceremony, offered a selection of “Real Time Oscar Highlights” uploaded almost immediately after their original broadcast, while the second screen Oscars app allowed users to view the ceremony from different camera angles, including some backstage feeds.

Not surprisingly, Hulu and ABC’s online stream will be supported by 15- and 30-second ads from an array of sponsors, including Diet Coke, Hyundai, JC Penney, and, of course, Samsung.

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This Sunday, February 24th, The 91st Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The Event will air on ABC with red carpet coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. PT. The awards ceremony underway at 8:00 p.m ET, 5:00 p.m. PT.

Interestingly, this year’s Oscars will be without a host. Kevin Hart was slated to host but opted to step down in the wake of some homophobic tweets. A replacement was not named, so this year the Oscars will go on unhosted.

This isn’t the first time the Oscars have gone un-hosted. The last time it happened in 1989, was an unmitigated disaster. So it might be worth tuning into this year for the schadenfreude alone.

Watching This Year’s Oscars

It’s pretty easy to watch “The Oscars” without having a cable or satellite TV subscription. The best way is free with a TV antenna. You will just need to be close enough to a metro area that broadcast ABC over the air. For information and details on using one, please check out our guide to choosing the best TV antenna.

Streaming The Oscars

In order to stream the Oscars this year, you will need a streaming service that offers your live local ABC affiliate. ABC is available on various streaming services in different parts of the country. Hulu offers ABC Live online in most areas of the country. You can use this handy tool to see if they offer ABC in your area: Check ABC Availability by Zipcode on Hulu Live TV

To see other streaming services that will allow you to stream ABC in your area please check out our guide to watching ABC online without cable. All services offer a free trial. Therefore, you can just sign up, watch The Oscars on Sunday, then cancel your service before the trial ends.

If you live in Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham or San Francisco, you can also watch the Oscars online via the ABC Go App. Check out for more details

The ABC Go App will need authentication from a pay-TV provider. Luckily, YouTube TV happens to be one of those providers. If you live in one of the ABC streaming eligible areas, just sign up for YouTube TV and you should be able to use your YouTube TV credentials on ABC’s website or app. You can see

If you don’t mind watching The Oscars a day late, those subscribing to Hulu’s streaming library (the $7.99 plan, not the $45 Hulu Live TV service) can catch it the day after. You can simply watch using this free trial to Hulu. That means there is no need to DVR the Oscars. Just pick up the free trial to Hulu and stream the 2019 Oscars whenever you want.

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As each year passes, it seems like the Academy Awards broadcast gets more and more dramatic, from the red carpet looks to who’s hosting (or not hosting as the case may be). Needless to say, this year’s Oscars ceremony (which airs Sunday, February 24) is sure to be the most talked about show of the 2019 awards season.

Here’s how to tune in live — whether you’re watching on TV or streaming on your laptop —so you don’t miss a thing.

How to Watch and Stream the 2019 Oscars Red Carpet

ABC’s red carpet coverage will begin at 5:30 p.m. ET. In case you want to get started a little earlier, tune into E! for Live From the Red Carpet with Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic, which starts at 5:00 p.m. ET.

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If you’re planning on watching the red carpet on your laptop, tablet, or phone, you can live stream it through ABC Go or on the ABC app. Look out for The Oscars: All Access, a live coverage giving viewers backstage access, red carpet highlights, among other perks.

Last year, Facebook also streamed the red carpet from the Academy’s official page.

How to Watch and Stream the 2019 Oscars

The Academy Awards will begin at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The show has lasted as long as four hours in the past, but here’s hoping it ends on time at 11 p.m. ET.

In addition to watching the ceremony on TV or through one of ABC’s streaming services, you can also watch it on YouTube TV, Sling TV, DirecTV, and PlayStation Vue. All are subscription-based services that include ABC as part of their packages.

The Oscars ceremony will also be available on Hulu (but not until the day after the actual event, unless you have a Hulu with Live TV subscription).

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The 92nd Academy Awards Ceremony is going to take place in just a few weeks, so we are getting excited about the whole event, figuring out who won the Best Movie and every other nomination, as well as seeing the show and enjoying the classy evening. Plus, we’ll be watching the Oscars online!

The Oscars next year will honor the best films of 2019, and we have yet to see a list of nominees because the voting hasn’t even started yet. In fact, according to the schedule from the Academy Board of Governors denominations, voting opens on January 2nd and closes on January 7th, so we’re only going to see the nominees announced on January 13th.

The 2019 Oscars had Bohemian Rhapsody leading the ceremony with four awards, and Green Book following with three of them. Bohemian Rhapsody took home the awards for Best Actor for Rami Malek’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury, while the Green Book took home the Best Picture award.

There has been no official announcement about who will host the Oscars this year, and we hope we don’t get a repeat of last year when the event went without a host whatsoever after Kevin Hart took a step down from the event following the discovery of some problematic tweets of his.

When and Where to Watch the 2020 Oscars?

The 2020 Oscars will be broadcast on February 9th, 2020, and you’ll be able to watch the whole thing on ABC.

How Can I Live Stream the 2020 Oscars?

Every year we have more and more options to watch our favorite content online because it’s so much easier to rely on even the device that you have in your pocket, such as your smartphone or maybe even your smart TV at home, instead of relying on a cable company. When it comes to watching the Oscars on ABC, we suggest you use Hulu, which is a great single bundle platform that will allow you to enjoy a ton of content. Start your 7-day free trial on Hulu today!

If you want more content, Hulu has a couple of channel packs that you can try out so you can view even more content. There are also several premium networks available for you. There are Hulu apps for most of your devices, including iOS phones and tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Roku, and more. (Note: ABC is a channel that is broadcast in select markets only, so if you live in an area that does not get coverage for the network, you can use a VPN to connect to a server that’s located in a different city, where the channel is available. .)

Here’s how you can set up your Hulu account so you can start your 7-day free trial:

  • First, you’re going to have to visit the Hulu website and go to the live TV side. Find the “Start free trial” button to kick off the subscription.
  • Then, you will have to provide your name, as well as other personal information, including an email address. Make sure to create a safe password for your account.
  • Then, you will have to pick the live TV plan and choose any channel packs that you want to add, as well as premium networks.
  • Next, you will have to provide your card details, so they can have everything in order to bill you once the 7-day free trial is complete.

Other Ways to Watch the Oscars

YouTube TV – Another platform that will help you watch ABC is YouTube TV, which is a great single bundle platform that carries a ton of content we are sure you would enjoy. You should also know that YouTube TV allows subscribers to enjoy content on up to three devices at the same time, and to record as many shows as they want, as the Cloud DVR storage space is unlimited. There are no channel packs to add to your subscription, but you can get a few premium networks.

How Can I Watch the Oscars Outside of the United States?

If you happen to be traveling outside of the United States right when the Oscars are scheduled to air, then you can still use your platforms from home. In order to do this, however, you’re going to have to get creative because live TV services and streaming platforms are all geo-blocked, so you can’t access them as you do at home. What you’re going to need is a VPN that can change your IP address in just a few seconds. We can recommend ExpressVPN, which is one of the best tools on the market, with 5,000 servers across the world, including dozens of them in the United States.

Here’s how you can use ExpressVPN to enjoy the Oscars wherever life may take you:

  • First, you’re going to have to Sign Up for ExpressVPN (49% OFF) after visiting the website. The whole process will only take you a couple of minutes to complete, and then you’ll be able to access any of the available servers. You should also know that ExpressVPN offers all subscribers of a 30-day money-back guarantee, so if there are any issues with the service, you can always ask for a refund.
  • Next, you have to look for an app suited for your device and to install it. When that process is complete, you can launch the tool and log into your account.
  • Then, you have to find a server that is located in the United States and to connect it.
  • When the connection has been established, you can launch Hulu so you can start enjoying the Oscars when it airs.

Can I Watch the Oscars on the ABC Website?

This is something that you will be able to do because ABC carries a live stream on its website that you can access by logging into an account. In order to do this, you will need to use credentials from your TV provider, which can be a live TV service or cable company. There are also apps for ABC that you can download for your devices and watch using those, too. (Note: ABC’s app and website are both geo-blocked, so if you want to access any of them while traveling outside of the United States, you are going to need to use a VPN. .)

Can I Watch the Oscars With a TV Antenna?

This is also something that you will be able to easily do because ABC is one of the channels that still broadcast over-the-air, so an antenna will help you enjoy any of its content. Antennas are super easy to use as you don’t have to install them, and then you get to watch it dozens of TV channels for free, which is absolutely great and something anyone should want.

We do think you should visit a site such as NoCable before making a purchase, because there are areas where ABC is not available, and you should find out whether you live in such an area or not. There, you will have to provide your ZIP code, and they will tell you exactly what channels are available in your location. It’ll also give you more information about how far the broadcast stations are from your location, so you can figure out what range you need your device to have in order to enjoy as many networks as possible.

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Oscars 2018: How to watch the Academy Awards livestream

The 90th Academy Awards show is tonight, Sunday, March 4, starting at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT, with comedian and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel serving as emcee.

As in previous years, the Oscars won’t be the easiest show to stream online. ABC, which televises the Oscars, will offer a livestream on its website,, and via the ABC app for various mobile and smart-TV platforms.

But in a display of how much ABC still really wants you to watch the Oscars via an old-school TV service, the stream is restricted to people living in specific markets who subscribe to participating TV providers.

Those markets: Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco. The provider list includes the major companies: Comcast, Charter Spectrum, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon and DirecTV, as well as YouTube TV.

By the way, you can watch it for free if you have an antenna attached to your TV. Crazy, right?

In addition, DirecTV subscribers in some other markets will also be able to access the stream, according to ABC’s Oscars FAQ. Those are: Albuquerque, Boston, Ft. Smith/Fayetteville, Jackson (Mississippi), Kansas City, Milwaukee, Monterey-Salinas, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland-Auburn (Maine), Savannah and West Palm Beach.

The broadcast will also be available to stream through a Sling, Hulu Live TV or YouTube TV subscription.

This year, you’ll be able to watch some red carpet and backstage moments through Facebook Watch starting at 6:30 pm ET / 3:30 pm PT. The Oscars livestream, or what Facebook and ABC are calling “The Oscars: All Access,” will be on both the Academy’s page on Facebook Watch and ABC’s Facebook page, as well as on and

ABC is touting that, this year, “the Facebook community watching the ‘The Oscars: All Access’ live stream may also receive a digital autograph from one of their favorite stars on the red carpet.” We’re not sure exactly what that means, but if you try it out, let us know.

Amazon is also making a play for Oscar coverage. Alexa is prepared to answer any questions you may have, such as, “Who is going to win Best Picture?” and “When are the Oscars airing?” Alexa users can also enable skills for Oscar trivia and challenge each other on past Oscar winners by asking, “Alexa, play Best Picture Oscars.”

One big award to watch: Everyone’s favorite actress, Meryl Streep, is nominated for Best Actress again. She’s breaking her own record this year with her 21st Oscar nomination.

Happy viewing, and may the best Meryl win.

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