Live Streaming the 2015 Oscars

For the 2nd year in a row ABC is  offering a live stream of the Oscars, and again with these  major limitations:

  1. You need to log in with your Cable credentials.
  2. You must be in one of these markets: Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco.
  3. Only “participating TV providers”. ABC is not listing these anywhere for 2015, so I assume it will be at a minimum the providers we saw in 2014.
oscar self 2014

Ellen’s famous 2014 Oscars”selfie” captured from my twitter feed

Damn ABC, are you sure you want anyone to watch this live stream? Why not throw in a few more restrictions like age, income,  and citizenship?

I must wonder who ABC is actually targeting here. If you have a cable subscription in the first place then why do you need to watch online?


But suppose you don’t have a cable package nor an antenna, how can you watch the Oscars online? It’s a shame that Aereo is gone, and that Sling TV doesn’t cover ABC but here are a few other ideas:

Complicated methods:

Proxies and VPN’s: In theory it should be possible to use a proxy, or VPN to access and spoof your location to one of the supported markets. Top it off with some borrowed cable credentials and you’re in. Similarly you might try and access ABC via USTVNOW, again combining it with a proxy service. As of this writing I’m still experimenting with these with only partial success. Check back for updates.

Screen capture from stream2video

Screen capture from stream2video

Sketchy streaming sites: If you Google “live tv streams” you will find these. And they will drive you nuts wtih a dizzying array of pop-ups, and links that are sometimes hard to close. As I write this on Sunday morning this link from seems to have a reasonably good feed from some ABC channel.




Easier methods:

  • Get an antenna.
  • Organize an Oscar’s party with friends that have cable.
  • Sports Bars They might be able to spare you a set on a slow sports night.

In any case ABC needs to stop screwing around with this half ass streaming  and just make it online for all. If free streaming works for NBC and the  Super Bowl, why should it  not work for ABC and TV’s Number 2 event?

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2 Responses to Live Streaming the 2015 Oscars

  1. Augustine says:

    Oscar who?

    Seriously, it’s been over a couple of decades since I last watched the Oscars. Actually, almost three decades, for the last time I remember was the year after Milos Forman’s “Amadeus” got the best picture award, as I was surprised that a good movie had been awarded. It was just too much preening for my way of life.

    Though for about a decade good movies continued being awarded, since the mid 90s the pictures chosen as best have sometimes been mediocre, repeating a pattern that dominated the 70s.

    Anyways, I tend to watch mostly foreign movies. Hollywood has been self-referential for most of my life and nothing original has come out of it. Though production quality achieved excellent levels, the art of story telling has suffered terribly. Movie makers abroad don’t have such a baggage.

  2. Greg says:

    Personally, I like the opening, and performances, but the actual acceptance speeches are the epitome of boredom. Maybe I could make a good drinking game out of the phrase “I’d like to thank” but otherwise yawn.

    . I cover it just because it is such a big TV event.

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