So just like last year, ABC chose not to stream the actual broadcast from the Oscars on their official site. Once again they will have complementary content online, and also the “Official Oscars App” with similar content. This includes things like backstage and red carpet cameras. I believe doing this protects the value of the actual broadcast which is measured in percentage share of total audience. The higher the share, the higher the value, the costlier the commercial. Also all those “second screens” (smart phones, laptops, tablets) can be monetized with separate content, and separate ad revenue.
So who is this a problem for anyway? Last year the complaints I heard were from two categories:
1. Rural households without access to an ABC broadcast.
2. Americans living abroad wanting to tune in.
In either of these cases the viewer has a broadband connection but no ABC connection. So what can you do?
Well my first thought was maybe the new Roku TWC partnership would at least enable someone willing to actually pay for ABC to get it, but after reading through some of the comments over at DSLreports I realized that’s not gonna happen.
Damned it this isn’t feeling just like the live sports situation. Sure you could have a friend DVR it for you, or even use a torrent but what good is that? The event loses all it’s mojo after real-time.
Unfortunately I know of NO LEGAL WAY TO WATCH ABC LIVE FROM OVERSEAS. ABC has given you little choice but to scan around the net for some sketchy streaming site. Caution: if you Google something like 2013 Oscars streaming you’ll be overwhelmed with garbage sites filled with ads and malware. At the present my old standby sports sites are not streaming anything but sports. Check back between now and the broadcast and I’ll update below with any streams that seem to work. Add comments if you have info.
Possible streaming sites for ABC 2013 Oscars:
2. First Row shows ABC links on Saturday, but no guarantee these will be working Sunday with the Oscars.
3. This looks legitimate. Canada’s CTV site says they will live stream the Oscars. Will we need a proxy to access it?