If you’re wondering how to watch the Oscars online, you can stream it on abc.com or on the Watch ABC mobile app, but be aware, it requires a subscription.

Most of us will probably watch this year’s Academy Awards on TV, but if you want to watch the Oscars red carpet pre-show, you can stream that for free from several different places. The show will be hosted by Chris Rock,


oscars livestream

ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences have a ton of Oscars material on the livestream agenda Sunday night. But the main event is only available via livestream for people in certain cities, with certain pay TV companies. You can stream it on abc.com or on the Watch ABC mobile app, but it requires a subscription login and for you to be in some of the country’s biggest markets, like Chicago and Los Angeles and New York. For the rest of you, TV it is. But if you don’t care about the actual awards, and you’re cool watching “who are you wearing?”-style red carpet entrances and backstage acceptance speeches — good news! ABC is streaming lots of this material at Oscar.com, and a special “director’s cut” version of events will stream for free on AOL, Yahoo, ABC news and Comcast XFINITY. h/t recode

Chris Rock to host the Oscars

For the second straight year, Facebook will also stream Oscars material. This year, the company is partnering with AMPAS to stream smartphone video from the red carpet and backstage. Last year, it partnered with ABC on similar material.