ABC to join 21st Century with Official Live Stream of 2014 Oscars

This year is different. ABC seems to have gotten the memo that some people watch TV over the internet.  The official stream is very limited unfortunately:

  • Requires a Pay TV subscription.
  • Only 9 providers participating.
  • Only 8 markets included.

Boston you’re out of luck, but Fresno is good. I suspect that these geographical limitations are business issues and not technical ones. After all the Super Bowl was live streamed everywhere and  attracts more than twice the the viewers than what is sometimes called “the Super Bowl for women”.

photo: RCB on flickr

photo: RCB on flickr

Of course the great irony is that where the stream is available you probably don’t need it – just put up an antenna. An even greater irony? If you have cable credentials why do you need the stream?

Which got me to wondering. Exactly what are the scenarios where one might have internet connectivity but no ABC over the air? Let me know if you can add to the list:

  • Apartment dweller with no Cable or antenna feed.
  • Out of range to the nearest ABC affiliate.
  • Living outside of the USA.
  • Anywhere outside your home with 4G or WiFi access.
  • You are at home but away from the TV room.

In any case the remedies are the same as last year.  And as s usual, I’d love to know how you will watch and  if you even care.


There are some  unofficial streams that work:



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14 Responses to ABC to join 21st Century with Official Live Stream of 2014 Oscars

  1. Len Mullen says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Oscars. Not sure I ever will. Of all the networks — including the independents — I think ABC is the one I would miss the least if it went away…except that it carries our MeTV feed. I think it’s ironic that my biggest concern with ABC going off the air is that I will lose a retro TV channel. That probably says as much about me as ABC.

    • Greg says:

      I like the opening of the show. Especially when Billy Crystal does it. After that I start to tune out while my wife continues to pay attention….

  2. Augustine says:

    I think that the trajectory of Ernst Borgnine mirrors that of Hollywood: a talented actor with a long and successful career likes to talk about his masturbatory habits in public. So, no, I couldn’t really care less about the superficially glamorous preening of an industry that lost practically all of its artistic relevance and that now obsesses in bearing its torn and venal soul out.

  3. Greg says:

    You really don’t like Hollywood that’s for sure. I wonder myself why the industry feels compelled to share political views at all, and not just stick to entertainment.

  4. Susanne says:

    To add to your list of scenarios: my local ABC station broadcasts in a frequency that my Mohu antenna won’t pick up.

  5. Teresa says:

    Looking forward to the awards show. I find Ellen Defense is entertaining without being obnoxious.

  6. these stream links dont work

  7. Len Mullen says:

    I walked into the living room when Ellen was talking about pizza. I fully expected Dominoes or Papa Johns to stream in from all sides. That would have been a million dollar commercial with lots of earning ops for those who won Oscars,

    • Greg says:

      You’re right. Maybe they thought of that later. One critique said it dragged. The twitter selfie was interesting. I’m curious if the image was really one from Ellen’s android camera.

  8. Len Mullen says:

    I didn’t stick around — just passing through. I only stopped to admire the image on my new 60″ plasma tv which seemed to be pleading for me to change the channel.

  9. This was a very smart move. We only wish the would stream more often. We have a couple million users on Rabbit TV who would buy this kind of service tomorrow if it were available.

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