ABC announced this week that it will be live streaming the Oscars to its Watch ABC service, but the broadcast won't be easy to watch on your iOS device or Mac. You will need to subscribe to a participating pay-TV provider and live in one of eight ABC geographic markets.
Both the Watch ABC app and the ABC Go website will provide a livestream of the pre-show events, the full Oscar broadcast and the follow-up Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars special. To access this content, you must login to the Watch ABC mobile app or the online video streaming service using the username and password from your cable TV account. Once authenticated, you can watch the stream for free on the day of the event. Archived copies of all the Oscar footage will be available on Watch ABC until March 5.
The list of partner pay-TV providers include Comcast, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Midcontinent Communications, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber and AT&T U-verse. Customers of these providers must live in one of the following eight ABC markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Fresno, Calif.
If you live outside these areas, you can follow the Oscars on your iPad or iPhone using third-party apps like NewsFusion or E!'s Live From the Red Carpet. The ABC's Oscars telecast will begin at 7 p.m. Eastern (4 p.m. Pacific) on Sunday, March 2, 2014.