The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, honors the best of the best in the filmmaking industry. From actors and actresses, to directors, and even costume designers, every level of filmmaking is represented at the Oscars. The 90th Annual Academy Awards will take place Sunday, March 4 at 7 p.m. ET (although the actual ceremony won’t start until 8:30 ET). Want to watch the Academy Awards online?
As usual, the Academy Awards will be hosted by ABC. But luckily, you no longer need to have cable to enjoy the show. Now, you can watch the Academy Awards live stream from home, without a cable subscription! And we’ll show you how…
DIRECTV NOW Lets You Watch The Academy Awards Without Cable!
We know that watching the Academy Awards live is important to you, so we are glad to announce that this streaming service will allow you to do just that! DIRECTV NOW will let you watch ABC and many other channels live. You don’t even need a cable subscription to enjoy it!
Pricing for a channel bundle of nearly 60 channels starts at just $35 per month. There are sometimes promotions that will allow you to get a cheaper price, or even a discount off a new streaming player in exchange for paying a few months in advance. You will have to check their website for the most current deals. DIRECTV NOW does not lock you into a contract, so you are free to cancel at any time.
There are several features of DIRECTV NOW to look forward to:
- It’s entirely online; no satellite required
- No mobile restrictions so you can watch on the go (including on your computer)
- If you are a mobile data user with AT&T – DIRECTV’s parent company – as your cell provider, watching from the DIRECTV NOW app will not be counted as data usage!
- Simple grid interface that is reminiscent of traditional cable, making for easy navigation
Since this is such a new service, there is likely to be more added in the future. We will keep you up to date. You can read our in-depth review of the DIRECTV NOW service here. However if you’ve heard all you need to hear, you can sign up for your free week-long trial right now!
You can sign up and be ready to enjoy the Academy Awards right now, but if you would rather know all your options, here are a few more to consider:
PlayStation Vue Can Also Let You Watch The Academy Awards Online
If you’re looking for another streaming service to get the Academy Awards, look no further than Sony’s PlayStation Vue. Vue will let you watch The Academy Awards either live or on-demand on ABC.
Starting at $29.99, you will get at least 30 channels, plus you can watch your favorite shows via your PlayStation 3 or 4 or on a number of compatible devices such as your iPad, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast devices.
Although Vue (review here)is now nationwide, you may only be able to get ABC live in certain areas that carry your local channels. If you You can check their website for more specific information by inputting your zip code. If you miss it live, you will be able to access the program via their on-demand features.
Finally, we should warn you that there are mobile restrictions on this service, which means you will only be able to watch at home. But that is most likely where you are hosting your Oscar viewing party anyway, right?
If you’d like a free week trial so you can test out the specs of the service for yourself, you will find that here.
Watch The Oscars Live Stream with Sling TV (in Select Areas)
Sling TV is one of our favorite cable alternatives. For just $20 a month with no contract, Sling TV gives subscribers access to 20+ top TV channels, which can be watched live. Everything is available live at the same time as it goes on air, plus there’s a rotating selection of on-demand content available.
Sling TV channels include ESPN, TNT, AMC, TBS, Food Network, Disney Channel, and much more. The basic package does not include ABC, but you can add it as part of the Broadcast Extra package for an additional $5 a month. Note: ABC live stream through Sling TV is currently only available in the following markets: Chicago, Fresno-Visalia, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco.
So, if you live in one of those areas listed above, you can pay $25 a month ($20 for the basic package + $5 for the Broadcast Extra bonus channels) to get access to ABC, plus 25+ other great channels. There’s no contract, so you don’t need to commit to more than a month. If you don’t live in one of those select markets, you can still subscribe to Sling TV, but you won’t be able to get ABC.
Not sure yet? Try a FREE 7-day trial of Sling TV to get a feel for the service yourself!
Watch The Oscars Online from Oscars.com
The official Oscars website will offer the Oscars live stream on the official website. It will be free, but unfortunately, it requires a cable TV authentication/log-in, and it’s only available in select cities. Which means, you’ll need a cable subscription to go this route. Still, it’s useful if you already have cable but just won’t be at home during the ceremony. You can use your cable login to access the Academy Awards live stream from anywhere with an Internet connection.
Watch Live with an Antenna
Not in a market that receives ABC via live stream? Then you need to turn to the antenna. Yes, that’s right. They still work! In most areas, you’ll be able to receive ABC in HD for free over the airways. I recommend the Mohu Leaf 50 as my favorite antenna for the average viewer. For more info, check out my antenna guide here.
Now that you know how to watch the Academy Awards online, we hope you enjoy the show! Please leave a comment below if you have any questions.