Just a few thoughts as one of the most watched broadcasts of the year – the Academy Awards – is about to go live.
It seems like years ago when I first posted how ABC would not stream the real ceremony, but instead stream something else called Red Carpet. Well not much has changed. Today there is limited streaming ability. Here is what we see in San Diego:
Besides live streaming, the ability to view on demand, with pause/start is also very limited. That’s too bad because the Oscars would be the ideal program to view on demand. Let’s say you’re having a party and some of your guests will arrive 15 minutes late so you’d like to pause the start time. Well unless you have the traditional cable/DVR arrangement, you are out of luck with many modern streaming options, e.g. Sling, Vue, DirecTV Now etc.
Perhaps the Oscars, like the Super Bowl, is best appreciated as a live event. If something dramatic happens, no good posting it on twitter 15 minutes later.
Streaming has evolved to become simply an alternative cable chord to the home. Meanwhile “linear TV” (live with commercials) has become almost unbearable. It is likely that these highly valued commercials play a part in the lack of a universal streaming option.
Another factor might be trying to delay the total disintermediation of Cable. When you can get anything you want, on demand, via the internet, your local cable provider becomes purely an ISP.Cable is convenient, and right now, streaming the Oscars show, is somewhat less than convenient.
But because of the waning popularity of “linear TV” I doubt this attempt to limit streaming will last. Let’s see what happens in 2018.
For those looking for one, here is a bootleg stream that seems to work