UPDATE: For watching the 2019 Academy Awards airing on February 24th please see the article “How to Watch the 2019 Oscars without Cable“
This Sunday, March 4th, The 90th 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. Host Jimmy Kimmel gets the awards ceremony underway at 8:00 p.m ET, 5:00 p.m. PT.
It’s pretty easy to watch “The Oscars” without having a cable or satellite TV subscription. The best way 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. To see which service 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 or going to http://abc.go.com/watch-live. However, these sources 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.
If you don’t mind watching The Oscars a day late, those subscribing to Hulu’s streaming library (the $7.99 plan, not the $40 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 2018 Oscars whenever you want.
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