Here’s how to watch the 2019 Oscars livestream online

Each year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences separates the good from the great in the world of film by sending each of the winners in 24 categories home with one of the shiny, golden trophies known as Oscars. This year’s ceremony — the 91st Academy Awards — breaks from tradition by not featuring a host after the controversial departure of Kevin Hart from the gig, but the ceremony does boast a wide-ranging list of Oscar nominees in many of the categories, including a few noteworthy actors and actresses who are indicative of the changing face of Hollywood.

If, for whatever reason, you’re not planning on watching the 91st Academy Awards on television, it’s all good. Digital Trends has you covered. We’ve compiled all the best ways to watch Hollywood’s biggest night, both on your living room TV and elsewhere. If you need to catch up with the nominees, here’s a short list of the top films available to stream.

Note: Red carpet coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. ET. The ceremony itself will begin at 5 p.m./8 p.m.

Watch on TV

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If you are planning to watch on TV, ABC has broadcast the Academy Awards for the last 40-plus years and will continue to do so until at least 2028. Once the awards ceremony is underway, ABC will be the only TV channel in the U.S. showing the Oscars. Where ABC falls on your channel list, however, depends on your cable or satellite package, as well as your location.

If you’re not a cable customer, you should look into picking up an HD antenna. There are numerous digital antennas that will allow you to pick up ABC (free of charge!), and we’ve rounded up the best of them. After you get your antenna set up, enter your address here to find out which channel ABC is being broadcast over in your local area. An antenna might not be as reliable as cable, but the broadcast signal occasionally offers higher-quality video than what your satellite or cable provider serves up.

Watch via ABC’s website or app

Watching the Academy Awards on your desktop is as easy as visiting ABC’s website and logging in with a cable subscription from a participating TV provider. (Most every TV provider has ABC.) And if you miss the livestream, the telecast will be available to stream on-demand for a limited time following the live broadcast. If you’d prefer to watch on a smartphone or tablet, the ABC app is your best bet. The app is available for iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire devices. Here are lists of direct download links and frequently asked questions.

Here’s the catch: To watch via either of these methods, you’ll need to be in one of eight locations: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; and Fresno, California. Otherwise, streaming won’t be available via the ABC website or app.

Streaming services

Every popular cord-cutting platform offers ABC, one way or another. You might need to be living in the right area, though, so make sure to double-check before ponying up any cash. They all offer free trials, too, so if all you want to do is watch the Oscars and bail, you can do that.

DirecTV Now

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DirecTV Now only offers live ABC coverage in select markets, so you’ll need to make sure you’re in one of them before signing up. In addition to the markets listed above (Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco), the following markets get access with a DirecTV Now subscription: Albuquerque, New Mexico; Boston; Milwaukee; Monterey/Salinas, California; Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Arkansas; Jackson, Mississippi; Kansas City; Oklahoma City; Omaha, Nebraska; Pittsburgh; Portland/Auburn, Maine; Savannah, Georgia; and West Palm Beach, Florida.

To get ABC on DirecTV Now in one of the aforementioned markets, you’ll need to sign up for the $40 “Live a Little” package, which is the cheapest package available. DirecTV Now is available on the following devices:

Compatible Devices
Apple iPad Amazon Fire devices
Apple iPhone Roku devices
Apple iPod Touch Android phones
Apple TV Android tablets
Safari Google Chromecast
Google Chrome Select smart TVs

PlayStation Vue

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Just like DirecTV Now, you’ll need to check (just click the little pin icon next to the Start Streaming button in the upper-right corner) to see whether ABC is available in your area. If it is, you’ll need the $45 Access plan (the cheapest Vue plan) to watch.

PlayStation Vue is available on the following devices:

Compatible Devices
PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4
Android devices Android TV
iOS devices Apple TV
Android devices Amazon Fire tablets
Roku devices Amazon Fire TV
Google Chrome Safari
Firefox Microsoft Edge

Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu’s Live TV streaming program, launched in mid-2017, just offers one channel package, for a $40 monthly fee. As with most other options here, ABC is only available in select markets. Head here and enter your ZIP code to see if you qualify. Hulu with Live TV is available on the following devices:

Compatible Devices
Apple iPad Amazon Fire TV devices
Apple iPhone Roku devices
Mac PC
Android phones Android tablets
Apple TV Google Chromecast
Xbox One Xbox 360

Youtube TV

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Of all the streaming services listed, YouTube TV is (by far) the most comprehensive when it comes to supported locations. For $40 per month, you’ll get ABC and a host of other channels (though, obviously, we only care about ABC right now). If your area isn’t listed, simply start the sign-up process and it’ll prompt you to enter your ZIP code.

YouTube TV is available on the following devices:

Compatible Devices
Apple iPad Apple TV
Apple iPhone Roku devices
Android tablets Android TV
Android phones Google Chrome
Google Chromecast Select smart TVs
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