How to Live Stream The Oscars Online (February 2019)

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Mahershala Ali, Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Casey Affleck at the Oscars in 2017
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The Oscars are on ABC again in 2019, with extra red carpet coverage also on tap courtesy of Entertainment Weekly and People. Live streaming the Oscars is easy to do when you follow a few simple tips.

The awards ceremony, and some of the red carpet, will be available on your local ABC channel, but you can also live stream the entire event on your computer, phone, or even your television if you don't want to miss a minute of the action.

Oscars 2018 Date, Time and Channel:

Date: February 24th
Time: TBA
Channel: ABC
Stream: ABC Go

How to Watch the Oscars 2018 Live Stream

ABC provides two official ways to watch the live stream of the 2018 Oscars: ABC.com and the ABC app. These options both require a television or satellite subscription, and they are only available in certain markets.

ABC.com is a great option for watching the Oscars live stream if you have a computer handy and can't get to your television, while the ABC app is a better choice if you want to be able to watch on your phone.

Important: For more information about whether you can live stream the Oscars where you live, check out ABC's list of participating television providers

If you're watching on a computer, you can also check out live coverage of the event on ABC's Oscars: All Access page.

Oscars: All Access is a second-screen experience, which means it features a ton of exclusive interviews and other content, but it won't actually show the telecast of the Oscars award ceremony.

Stream Oscars Live on ABC Go

To live stream the Oscars with ABC Go, you need three things: a computer, an internet connection, and a subscription to a participating television provider.

If you have all those bases covered, then live streaming the Oscars is pretty easy:

  1. Navigate to abc.go.com/watch-live.
    Important: The stream will not be available until the Oscars telecast begins.
  2. Click on watch live.
  3. Verify your cable or satellite subscription.
    Note: You will need to enter your log-in information for your cable or satellite subscription account to proceed.
  4. Return to abc.go.com/watch-live if your browser does not do so automatically, and you will be able to watch the Oscars live stream.

Watch the Oscars Live on Your Phone

To live stream the Oscars on your phone, or another compatible device, you will need to use the official ABC app. This is an app that works on phones, tablets, and even some television streaming devices.

If you don't already have the app, here's where to get it:

After you install the app on your phone or other device, you will need to enter the log-in information for your cable or satellite provider.

Like ABC Go, you can't watch live television like the Oscars on the ABC app without a valid cable or satellite subscription. Availability is also limited based on where you live.

Other Ways to Live Stream the Oscars

If you're a cord-cutter without a current subscription to a participating television provider, you can't watch the Oscars live stream through ABC Go or the ABC app.

The good news is that you can watch the Oscars live stream through online services like Sling TV, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, and even Hulu with its live television option.

Like ABC Go and the ABC app, these providers only offer live streaming ABC shows in specific markets. So before you sign up, it's important to be sure that you'll actually be able to watch the Oscars.

What If the Official ABC Live Stream Isn't Available in Your Area?

If you live in a city that isn't served by ABC Go or any of the other streaming services, and watching the Oscars broadcast on a television with an antenna isn't an option, then you're out of luck.

There are other streaming options for the Oscars, like Ace Stream and Kodi, but they aren't officially supported.

If you resort to one of these methods, you'll have to wait until the day of the event and then search for an Oscars Ace Stream content ID or look for a Kodi add-on that features the Academy Awards.

Important: Only use Ace Stream content IDs and Kodi add-ons from sources you trust. Use these programs and services at your own risk.

Using a VPN to Watch the Oscars Online

If you live in a city where ABC isn't available through ABC Go and other streaming services, you may be able to use a virtual private network (VPN) to watch the Oscars.

Oscars 2018 Red Carpet Pre-Show Live Stream

Date: February 24th
Time: TBA
Stream: TBA

Some of the weirdest, most awkward, and memorable moments surrounding the Oscars don't actually happen at the awards ceremony: they happen on the red carpet.

While the official Oscars telecast and live stream include some red carpet coverage, you'll miss out on a lot of the action if you wait to tune in until the broadcast goes live on your television.

If you don't want to miss out on anything, you'll want to check out pre-show. It was provided by People and Entertainment Weekly in 2018, and it featured hundreds of famous faces and live coverage from three different locations on the red carpet.