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 https://oscar.go.com/live 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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