How to Stream the Oscars

Slate's Culture Blog
March 1 2014 1:33 PM

How to Stream the Oscars

Oscar award statue
You can now legally watch the Oscars online as they happen. But it's not easy.

Jemal Countess/Getty Images

Catching up with the Super Bowl and other live TV events, ABC will finally offer an online live stream of the Oscars this Sunday. In a reminder that we’re still talking about ABC, they’ve also put comically elaborate restrictions in place. The lucky ones who meet all those restrictions should head over to abc.go.com/watch-live.

Who are the lucky ones? To watch the live show in full through ABC online, viewers will have to be approved pay-cable subscribers in one of eight designated markets. So that means to watch the show online, you’ll need a pay-cable password from one of eight providers (Comcast, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Midcontinent Communications, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber, AT&T U-verse), and you need to be in one of the eight selected markets (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham, and Fresno).

Advertisement

If you happen to be one of those people, or know someone who is, then you can just head to the ABC website

If you’re, say, an RCN cable subscriber in Washington, D.C.—or a person who actually only watches TV online—you’re decidedly out of luck with ABC’s pilot program. That’s probably by design. Variety notes that ABC’s endgame is to gain leverage to charge content providers extra if they want to offer access to its online viewing platform. The lowly Web viewer who wants to watch the show without a password will be restricted to highlight clips posted on the official Oscars website shortly after they air.

Or, of course, there are other options, which ABC’s digital gymnastics all but beg viewers to seek out. 

Jeffrey Bloomer is a Slate assistant editor focused on video. Follow him on Twitter.

TODAY IN SLATE

Frame Game

Hard Knocks

I was hit by a teacher in an East Texas public school. It taught me nothing.

Republicans Like Scott Walker Are Building Campaigns Around Problems That Don’t Exist

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

If You’re Outraged by the NFL, Follow This Satirical Blowhard on Twitter

The Best Way to Organize Your Fridge

The World

Iran and the U.S. Are Allies

They’re just not ready to admit it yet.

Sports Nut

Giving Up on Goodell

How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.

Chief Justice John Roberts Says $1,000 Can’t Buy Influence in Congress. Looks Like He’s Wrong.

Farewell! Emily Bazelon on What She Will Miss About Slate.

  News & Politics
Politics
Sept. 16 2014 2:11 PM Spare the Rod What Charles Barkley gets wrong about corporal punishment and black culture.
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 16 2014 2:35 PM Germany’s Nationwide Ban on Uber Lasted All of Two Weeks
  Life
The Eye
Sept. 16 2014 12:20 PM These Outdoor Cat Shelters Have More Style Than the Average Home
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus Video
Sept. 16 2014 2:06 PM A Farewell From Emily Bazelon The former senior editor talks about her very first Slate pitch and says goodbye to the magazine.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 16 2014 1:27 PM The Veronica Mars Spinoff Is Just Amusing Enough to Keep Me Watching
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 16 2014 1:48 PM Why We Need a Federal Robotics Commission
  Health & Science
Science
Sept. 16 2014 1:39 PM The Case of the Missing Cerebellum How did a Chinese woman live 24 years missing part of her brain?
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.