Everyone wants to see 2020 come to an end. This article is going to cover how to watch all the big televised New Years’ celebrations live and celebrate the arrival of 2021. We even cover what to do about the pesky streaming delay we experience with streaming live TV.
About the Live Streaming Delay
Yes, there is a slight delay with streaming live TV. I figured it’s best to cover this issue before getting into how to watch the ball drop for 2021. There is a slight delay to most live streams. The delay averages about 30 seconds, which isn’t much, but if one wants to know the exact second the ball drops, then the problem isn’t streaming. It’s physics. There is a slight delay vs. over-the-air signals you receive with a TV antenna, even with cable TV. You can experience this at a sports bar when the game on cable TV is slightly behind that same game airing on a TV using an antenna. If the delay bothers you, you will want to use a TV antenna to watch 2020 end on ABC, NBC, or Fox.
How To Watch The New Year on TV
There are a number of televised specials that will ring in the The New Year. The most popular are:
- ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest
- NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2021
- CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen
- Fox’s New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast 2021
Let’s look at how to watch each without cable
Watch New Years Rockin’ Eve
New Years Rockin’ Eve will air on ABC live on December 31 starting at 8 pm Eastern on ABC. For all your options, you can see our guide to watching ABC without cable. However, the options that will work for most are:
The celebration will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Lucy Hale in Times Square, which will not be open to the public this year due to the pandemic. The show will feature performances by Brandy, Billy Porter, Cyndi Lauper, Jimmie Allen, Miley Cyrus, Nelly, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Maluma, Ella Mai, and Lewis Capaldi. Ciara will be hosting the West Coast celebration airing from LA.
Watch CNN New Year’s Eve Live
CNN New Year Live will be starting on Dec 31 at 8 pm eastern. We provide all the details on how to watch CNN live in our guide on how to watch CNN without cable. Briefly, you can watch CNN though the following services:
- Sling TV – You can watch CNN free for 3-days with this free trial.
- Hulu Live TV – caries CNN and offers a 7-day free trial to Hulu Live TV
- DIRECTV Stream Now – caries CNN and offers a 1-week free trial
- YouTube TV – caries CNN and offers a 1-week free trial
CNN’s New Years’ Eve Live will be hosted by Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen. The event will feature performances and appearances from John Mayer, Snoop Dogg, Patti Labelle, Jimmy Buffett, Carole Baskin, Josh Groban, Leslie Jordan, Dulce Sloan, Desus & Mero, Kylie Minogue, Aloe Blacc, Goo Goo Dolls, and Jon Bon Jovi.
Watch NBC’s New Years 2021
NBC’s New Years’ special will air on NBC live on December 31 starting at 10 pm Eastern on NBC. For all your viewing options, you can see our guide to watching NBC without cable. However, the options that will work for most are:
NBC’s New Year event will be hosted by Carson Daly. Performers will include Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Chloe x Halle, Jason Derulo, AJR, Goo Goo Dolls, Kylie Minogue, Busta Rhymes with Anderson .Paak, Bebe Rexha with Doja Cat, and Sting with Shirazee.
Fox New Years Eve Roast and Toast
Fox’s New Years’ bash will air on Fox live on December 31. The special runs from 8 pm to 10 pm eastern time. There will be an hour break before coverage starts back up at 11 pm eastern to countdown to 2021. For all your viewing options, you can see our guide to watching Fox without cable. However, the options that will work for most are:
Fox’s New Years’ Eve Roast and Toast will be hosted by Ken Jeong and Joel McHale. The event will feature live performances from Ava Max, Gabby Barrett, Green Day, and John Legend, and appearances from Cheyenne Jackson, Jane Krakowski, Leslie Jordan, Mayim Bialik, Morris Chestnut, Randy Jackson, Tim Allen, and Tom Payne.
Watch the Ball Drop Free
Of Course, you can watch the 2021 ball drop free with a TV antenna, or a free trial to Hulu Live TV or YouTube TV. However, you can also watch the commecial-free live stream of The 2021 Times Square New Years Eve ball drop on the web or you mobile device at any of the sources below:
- on Twitter @TimesSquareNYC
- on Facebook at Time Square’s NYC page
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