And, action! Oscars to make its live stream debut on the web, apps
27th Feb 2014 | 22:31
And, cut! Watch ABC app requires authentication
The Oscar broadcast will be live streamed in its entirety this Sunday, from the celebrity-filled red carpet to the Best Picture winner reveal seemingly a dozen hours later.
The Ellen Degeneres-hosted 86th Annual Academy Awards mark the first time the show is being made available to internet users.
However, as ABC noted in its press release today, the live streaming functionality will be limited to certain cable providers and, on top of that, just eight cities.
The lucky Oscar live streaming A-listers are in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno, Calif.
Live streaming requires Comcast, Cablevision, Cox, Charter, Midcontinent, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber or AT&T U-verse.
Watch ABC-supported devices
The Watch ABC video player can be accessed on the web via websites Oscars.com, ABC.com and WatchABC.com.
The mobile app is free to download on iOS and most Android devices through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, respectively.
In addition to these smartphones and tablets, Kindle Fire slates will also be able to access the live stream through the Amazon Appstore's Watch ABC app.
There's a Watch ABC app available on Apple TV, but ABC didn't list it as part of its Oscar live streaming lineup. A spokesperson for the Disney-owned channel told TechRadar, "No, just mobile and desktop devices" when we asked.
ABC starts broadcasting the Oscars at 8:30 p.m. EST (5:30 p.m. PST) on Sunday.
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