How to Live Stream the Oscars (2021)

No cable needed to watch the Academy Awards

The Academy Awards, more popularly known as the Oscars, are usually held on a Sunday in February each year at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET. This glitzy event is the pinnacle of awards season complete with fashion, drama, and surprises, as well as the potential for upsets and controversy.

There's no need to miss a minute of the fun, even if you're on the go or don't have cable. Watch the Oscars online or live stream the event from your smartphone, computer, tablet, or even a compatible streaming device.

The 93rd Academy Awards will air on April 25, 2021, eight weeks later than initially scheduled. The eligibility window is extended to February 28, 2021, to compensate for the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the film industry.

Haven't been to the movies much? You can skip the theater and stream many of Oscar-nominated films at home.

Mahershala Ali, Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Casey Affleck at the Oscars in 2017
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How to Watch the Oscars Live Stream

ABC has exclusive rights to the Oscars, and there are a variety of ways to stream the show.

If you have a computer handy but no TV, watch the Oscars on This option requires a television or satellite subscription, and your market must offer ABC. To stream the Oscars on, go to the site, select Watch Live, and verify your cable or satellite subscription. Note that the stream will not be available until the Oscars telecast begins.

For more information about whether you can live stream the Oscars from your location, check out ABC's list of participating television providers


Watch the Oscars on your phone, tablet, or streaming device with the ABC app. The ABC app is available for iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, and more. After you install the app on your device, enter the log-in information for your cable or satellite provider. Like, availability is limited based on where you live.

Other Ways to Live Stream the Oscars

Live stream ABC from subscription services you may or may not already have to watch the Oscars. Consider a free trial to test out a service and see if it's a good fit for you.


AT&T TV Now, formerly called DirecTV Now, includes ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and many more channels.


Hulu + Live TV includes ABC CBS, Fox, NBC, and ESPN, and more. A 30-day free trial is offered.


YouTube TV offers live streaming, on-demand TV, and an online digital DVR recorder. YouTubeTV gives you access to ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and more. There is a free trial offered.


Sling TV offers services for on-demand and live-stream television programming. Sling TV is available only in select markets, however. A free trial is available.

These providers offer live streaming ABC shows only in specific markets. Before you sign up, make sure you're able to watch the Oscars.

If the Official ABC Live Stream Isn't Available

If you live in an area where ABC isn't available through the ABC website or any of the online streaming services, there is no official way for you to stream the Oscars

There are unofficial ways to stream live events like the Oscars, however, including Ace Stream. To use something like the Ace Stream application, you'll need to wait until the day of the ceremony and then search the internet for an Ace Stream content ID that features the Oscars.

Only use Ace Stream Content IDs from trusted sources. When searching for this type of content, use a good ad blocker and avoid clicking on misleading advertisements. Use these programs at your own risk.

Use a VPN to Watch the Oscars Online

Online television streaming providers are region-locked, but you can sometimes get around this by using a virtual private network (VPN). This doesn't always work, and some streaming providers require both your billing address and the physical location of your device to correspond to the same ZIP code or city.

Oscars Red Carpet Pre-Show Live Stream

Some of the most memorable moments of the Oscars happen on the red carpet before the show even begins. Make sure you catch the official red carpet pre-show, via the or ABC app streaming options, or check out the Academy Twitter feed all day for updates. The E! network usually streams its red carpet coverage starting at 1 p.m., as well.

ABC's Oscars: All Access page is a great place for exclusive interviews and other content, though it won't have the actual telecast.