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How to Watch the Oscars Without Cable or a TV

Shouldn't be too hard, but here's the scoop.

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For most of the year, cutting the cord is a no-brainer, as it’s an easy way to save money while streaming services like Netflix and Hulu provide more than enough prestige viewing options for TV lovers. However, there are still a few televised events that need to be watched live to get the whole experience, including the Oscars, whichairs Sunday, February 24 at 8 p.m. ET (Red carpet coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET). Because even though you haven’t seen a non-Pixar or Dreamworks movie in theaters since becoming a parent, you still want to watch the biggest night in movies.

But for cord-cutters, this presents a real dilemma: how do you watch the Red Carpet coverage and ceremony without cable? Fortunately, there’s an easy way to watch the hostless Oscars without having to resort to stealing your neighbor’s cable or going on a sketchy website that’s illegally streaming the ceremony. An official live-stream of the entire Academy Awards will be available on ABC.com or the ABC app, so long as you have a participating TV provider account.

You can also watch live if you use a variety of subscription-based streaming services, such as Sling, DirecTV, PlayStation Vue, and even YouTube TV. A lot of these even have free-trial periods, so you could sign up to watch the ceremony and then cancel without having to pay any sort of monthly fee, assuming you haven’t already used up all your free trials (no judgment).

And if you somehow find yourself unable to gain access to any of these or are unable to watch live, the entire ceremony will be available to stream on Hulu 12 hours after its original airing. Is it ideal? Not really but it’s better than having to hire a babysitter and hope that you can score a pity invite to your co-worker’s viewing party.