How to Stream the Oscars Tonight Online

Hint: You might want to borrow someone's login info.

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The 89th annual Academy Awards show airs at 8:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 26 (and red carpet coverage begins at 7 p.m.) on ABC. That means it’s time to make your predictions, grab some snacks, and plop down on the couch to watch the Oscars.

Here’s a comprehensive list of ways to watch the Academy Awards:

Watch the Oscars on TV

This is probably the simplest option. The show comes on ABC, so if you have a cable-connected television, look up ABC in your local television listings. It’s easy. You’re ready to go.

If you have a TV but you don’t have cable, you can watch the Oscars on ABC with an HD antenna. If you don’t have one of these, you still have time to run to an electronics store and grab one for about $20.

Watch the Oscars Online via ABC

If you’re a cable subscriber but you’re at work or you’re away from home for whatever reason, you can watch it live at abc.com or through the ABC app. This only works if you’re a cable subscriber, though, and it only works if you live in the following TV markets: Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco.

If you’re a DirecTV subscriber, you can use your login credentials to watch online but only if you live in Albuquerque, Boston, Ft. Smith/Fayetteville, Jackson (Mississippi), Kansas City, Milwaukee, Monterey-Salinas, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland-Auburn (Maine), Savannah, or West Palm Beach.

Check here to find out whether you have a participating TV provider.

Watch the Oscars Online via Sling

If you have a Sling TV subscription, you can watch the Oscars that way, and if you don’t, you can sign up for a free trial. But again, this online provider is subject to local blackouts. The Academy Awards broadcast will only be available in Chicago, Fresno-Visalia, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco.

Find Someone Streaming the Oscars on YouTube

This isn’t exactly legal, but if you don’t have a TV provider and you can’t use someone’s login credentials, you can try to find someone streaming the show on YouTube.

Follow the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Twitter

If all else fails, you can follow the action at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Twitter for live updates and highlights. Even though Deadpool got snubbed, it will still be worth it to watch Jimmy Kimmel host the 89th annual Academy Awards.

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