The 87th annual Academy Awards are set to air on Sunday, February 22 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, with red carpet coverage starting at 5:30 p.m. (see below). This year, ABC will be live streaming the red carpet and backstage footage from the show via its Watch ABC web and mobile platforms, as well as on its Facebook page. If you are a subscriber to one of any major pay-TV providers, or have access to the corresponding accounts, you will be able to stream the whole show for free.
How to watch online:
You will have to log in to Watch ABC using your pay-TV account. However, the live streaming feature is only available in eight major markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Fresno, and Raleigh-Durham.
For those without access to an account, you can still watch the red carpet and backstage feeds for free on the Watch ABC page or on ABC’s official Facebook page.
The “director’s cut” feed from backstage will begin streaming at 7 p.m. ET and will feature three different channels from more than 20 cameras placed throughout the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. ABC also plans to add select video clips to the Oscar website shortly after they air on TV.
In addition, the E! network will be streaming its red carpet coverage, hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic, beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET and continuing until the award show begins at 8 p.m.
And finally, you can watch the AP’s Red Carpet livestream coverage here
How to watch on mobile:
The Watch ABC app is available to download for iOS, Android, Kindle and Windows mobile phones and tablets. Like the online system, only those will access to pay-TV accounts will be able to watch the full show, though ABC will provide backstage footage for free with no sign-in required.
For those who do not have access to watch on TV or online via ABC’s platforms, Mediaite will be covering the entire award show live Sunday night, posting video highlights as soon as they happen. Make sure to check out all of our Oscar coverage here.
Watch live red carpet coverage below, via Us Weekly:
[photo via ABC]
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