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Going back a decade ago, there was exactly one way that a person could watch the Academy Awards: on television. That, however, is not the world that we live in anymore. These days, any big event that is worth watching on the small screen is now also available online, and streams for anyone who doesn't have direct access to a television set. Unfortunately, the tricky part of this is that the rules and availability of these broadcasts are never consistent from event to event. But that's exactly why we're here to help you out!
With the 2017 Academy Awards happening tonight, we've thrown together this handy guide that will hopefully help you learn exactly where and how you can stream the event from your own computer - whether you're living in the United States or in other areas around the world. Read on, and enjoy the show!
How Can I Watch The 2017 Academy Awards Online?
Unfortunately, just as there have been in past years, there are a few restrictions. For starters, you can only access the live steam if you already have a cable subscription -- as you have to log in through your service provider.
The second catch is that streaming the Oscars is geographically limited. At this time, most can only watch the ABC Live Stream in Chicago, Illinois; Fresno, California; Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, California; New York City, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina and San Francisco, California. Though, if you're a DirecTV subscriber you will also be able to watch the show online in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Boston, Massachusetts; Ft. Smith/Fayetteville, Arkansas; Jackson, Mississippi; Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Monterey-Salinas, California; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Omaha, Nebraska; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Portland-Auburn, Maine; Savannah, Georgia; and West Palm Beach, Florida.
How Can I Watch The Oscars If I Can't Access The Official Live Stream?
While being a cable cutter certainly has its advantages in other areas, watching the Academy Awards isn't really something that is offered for that particular entertainment lifestyle. If you don't have a cable subscription, there is no official way to actually live-stream the Oscars online. This means that short of finding someone who is on Facebook Live/Periscope/etc., you might be out of luck when it comes to watching this year's awards show. The good news is that videos and clips of the biggest events find their way online fairly quickly, and you can easily find out all of the winners and losers by skipping down to the fourth section on this page!
How Can I Watch The Academy Awards If I'm Outside The United States?
While the Academy Awards take place in America, and primarily reward American films, Americans are hardly the only ones who enjoy the Oscars. The reality is just about the entire world loves Hollywood films, and as a result are invested in seeing them win major awards. Fortunately, there are networks globally that will wind up broadcasting this year's show. You can get the full details on international options over at The Hollywood Reporter, but below you'll find a rundown of major countries/regions and the channels that will be showing this year's Oscars:
Australia: The Nine Network
China: CCTV6's streaming video service M1905
Hungary: Duna TV
India: Star India
Italy: Sky Italia
Japan: Wowwow Satellite Network
Latin America: TNT
Middle East: Movies Festival HD
South Africa: M-Net Movies Premiere channel
South Korea: Channel CGV
Spain: Telefonica's Movistar+
U.K. And Ireland: Sky Movies Oscars
Where Can I See The Winners List?
This is the area where you're good friends here at CinemaBlend are here to help you out. Whenever a major awards show is hosting a broadcast, we're always watching and keeping a live record of all of the categories and films/individuals taking home prizes. This year is no different. Writers here at the site will be keeping a close eye on the show, and once the winners are announced, we'll be sure to update our list. Be sure to keep refreshing this page as more prizes are announced, and hit the comments section to express all of your thoughts and feelings about the victors and the losers!