No cable? No problem—You can still watch the Oscars
Here's how to watch the Oscars without cable.
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The 93rd Academy Awards are nearly upon us. With no single host and a different, COVID-conscious setup, the awards ceremony will look a bit different this year, but the nominees are nonetheless spectacular. From Minari, to Judas and the Black Messiah, to Nomadland, the Oscars should be worth catching. If you don’t have cable and you’ve run into the yearly dilemma of wanting to watch an awards show but finding yourself wanting to avoid using your parent's cable login to see the Oscars, you're in luck.
You can catch the Oscars on Sunday, April 25th at 8 PM ET, on the ABC app if you have a cable subscription or login, but if you're looking to stream the Oscars elsewhere, you can check out the options below.
Our editor-in-chief David Kender swears by SlingTV, especially when it comes to streaming one-off events, like March Madness. You can sign up for a month of SlingTV for just $10, then your bill moves up to $35 per month for access to a number of other channels. You can opt for Sling Blue (ideal for news and entertainment) or Sling Orange (good for sports and families). You'll want to sign up for the free local channel package to get access to ABC, but the good news it that you can get this channel regardless of the package you pick.
AT&T TV Now
You can view the Oscars live when the show airs with AT&T TV Now. The service allows you access to over 65 channels including TNT, ESPN, and more. The free trial will allow you access to the awards ceremony in all its glory, and you can also get a free year of HBO Max with some packages of AT&T TV Now, so if you're in the market to bundle your services but still want access to live channels, it's a great move.
YouTube TV functions as a cable-replacement subscription that allows you to view ABC live content and more for a monthly fee. The subscription service allows you to watch content from NBC, HGTV, CNN, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, AMC, and more. If you want to watch the Oscars without paying for the service in full, you can also participate in a free two-week trial.
Hulu + Live TV
If you already have a Hulu subscription, but you want the convenience of live channels alongside it, look no further than the Hulu + Live TV add-on. Hulu is great for streaming original series like The Handmaid's Tale, and with Live TV you can watch live content and live airing shows from channels like FX, CNN, ABC, and more. You can catch the Oscars on the ABC channel with Hulu + Live TV.
Hulu + Live TV can also be bundled with ESPN+ and Disney+ for $72.99/month. You can customize Live TV with add-on services like HBO Max, Starz, Showtime, and more.
You can watch the Academy Awards live with fuboTV. Much like YouTube TV, FuboTV is a great option if you love watching live TV but want to avoid paying anything more than a flat monthly fee for your live streaming. You can get a free trial of fuboTV for 7 days, after which point you would begin to pay the fee.
Can you watch the Oscars live with an antenna?
ABC is available through most basic cable, so if you have access to an antenna and you want to tune into the Oscars that way, that's an option as well. If you have yet to buy or want to buy a digital antenna, we've reviewed several and ultimately we recommend checking out the Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse 35, which offers an elegant design paired with top-notch performance.
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